We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucy Yeh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lucy, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Looking back at my life from the perspective of being 51 years old, I can clearly see where I learned what “work/life balance” actually means to me. In my 20s, I thought I lived with balance – but I didn’t know that I didn’t know what that was. I worked in HR and recruiting at the time, and loved my job. Loving work was a good thing, but it also meant I worked ALL THE TIME – 12 hours a day, 7 days a week most of the time. My diet was not healthy, and I never exercised, and because I was young I could go out late with friends after working a long day, and function fine on less than ideal sleep. That lifestyle caught up to me in my 30s. I was still in recruiting at that time, and I still loved certain things about my job – but rather than wanting to deal with and socialize with lots of people, I was drawn to deeper, more selective communication. I started realizing that I was giving away a lot of my energy, and not replenishing enough to just have for my own self. I took a solo vacation to Hawaii and enjoyed slowing down jn nature. When I got back, my behavior at work shifted towards more of a coaching aim (even though that wasn’t a title/job at that time). I started to exercise more, eat healthier, and protect getting plenty of sleep every night. As I headed towards my 40s, I quit my corporate HR/recruiting job, and prioritized one-on-one relating. The drive to feed that depth of communication led me to become independent and grow the coaching practice that I have today. Along the way, learning about Ayurveda, bodywork, and mindfulness as well as focusing on coaching others helped me realize what feeds my soul Today, at 51 years old, I live for my meditative time, and being in nature. Balance means that I give myself time to sit still in between clients, I take the time to make my own healthy food 95% of the time, I aim for at least 8 hours of sleep, and I get into nature as often as I can. I purposely own a small calendar that tracks all my appointments; it only has 7 lines for each day, because if I can’t fit it in that space, I’m trying to pack too much in a single day. I am not so much a consumer of things as I am an enjoyer of experiences. I practice self care by receiving acupuncture, walking in the early mornings, and taking care of myself as much as possible. At this age, I could not live like I did in my 20s! And I often wonder what my life would have been like back then, had I known what I know today.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I have had a private practice that is split between Career/Life Coaching, and Bodywork, since 2006. I could not have predicted that my practice would get to this place; I just aimed to help people and the clients found me. My work in Human Resources and Recruiting gave me a foundation for the career coaching part, and my interest in the way that the body holds stress drove me to learn about the intricacies of bodywork. Coaching wise. most clients come to me to improve themselves, get better jobs, make more money, be more independent, and be happier! I help people market themselves to the outside world, so that they are perceived in a way that supports the way they envision their future success. Sometimes this includes physical makeovers, improving communication styles or relationships (business or personal), resume optimization and interview preparation, even dating coaching. It’s about actively dealing with whatever prevents them from being happy. Everyone is a different mix of needs, and everyone has a fascinating story! Bodywork wise, my area of special focus is addressing jaw tension, TMJ, and bruxism. Some clients even incorporate career and life coaching with some bodywork, in the same session. Most people understood the benefit of bodywork, but when I first began coaching, “Life Coaching” was just emerging. People did not know what that title meant; once they took the time to understand, there was a lot of excitement about how coaching can tap into the wisdom that we each have within us.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First stop: Sidecar Doughnuts in Santa Monica for a deliciously drippy eggs benedict doughnut, or the Santa Monica Farmers Market for Harry’s Berries’ amazing strawberries! Then a drive up PCH to Self Realization Fellowship, to walk around the Lake Shrine, and have a meditative moment in their tiny chapel. Next, continue driving up PCH and turn off at Zuma Beach, El Matador State Beach, and Point Dume. At some point, either grabbing a huge delicious burrito from The Country Kitchen in Malibu, and bringing it to the beach for a picnic, or to Malibu Seafood for the best fish and chips and an awesome view of the ocean. Rori’s Ice Cream or Sweet Lady Jane on Montana for something sweet and a stroll around caps off the day nicely!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my friend Natalie Campanella! Natalie started a non profit organization called HoldYou Foundation, that gives support to families in crisis, helping them financially and emotionally as they deal with and care for a child with a life threatening illness. She is the hardest worker, the most selfless giver, and has helped 281 families pay rent/bills/hospital parking/groceries, And she’s a loving mother and wife and sister and daughter and cousin on top of that all. She never stops, because she knows that so many people count on her every day.