We had the good fortune of connecting with Randi Kofsky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Randi, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I find habits fascinating. The process of learning how to gently undo certain habits in order to lean in and create new, sustainable habits definitely helped me gain traction as a Solopreneur, both personally and professionally. I view habits as containers which provide awareness of how I spend time and this overarching habit of thinking has been instrumental for growth.
A useful habit that has proven critical as a business owner is keeping track of daily expenses in addition to monthly and yearly. Staying connected to finances like this has helped me in seemingly unrelated areas like how I buy clothes. I used to not invest in style, thinking it trivial, yet at the same time I didn’t always love what I wore. Tracking a specific amount to spend allowed me to maintain a limited wardrobe filled only with what I feel great in, saving time and resources for other things.
In my Healing and Therapy practices, I often help clients review habits of movement, thought and emotion to strive toward respectfully making changes that can serve themselves and others better. Whenever I want different results, I need to form a different habit.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I came to a crossroads career-wise when I was about to enter a graduate program in Public Health. I majored in community psychology as an undergrad and worked at clinics and hospitals afterward. I became interested in alternative health and began taking classes once a week at a local massage school. After managing to save and travel for a bit, I realized I was more excited about the possibilities in holistic healing than administration. I delayed grad school and became a Bodyworker. I am certified as a Reiki Master and have practiced Cranial Sacral Therapy for 14 years. Subtle touch therapies like these, tend to bring up emotions and this inspired me to continue to graduate studies in Psychotherapy. In Bodywork, my lens is informed by an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and energy flow. I view the body as greater than the summation of its parts and that philosophy carries forth into my Psychotherapy practice. I don’t see clients as a list of symptoms. I want to know more about their experience and how they relate to daily life. I use mindful modalities that calm and separate different parts of the mind and ego in order to slow down and connect to the places where anxiety, pain and trauma began, and when ready, can release from the nervous system. Sometimes I will bring in guided imagery or guided energy work. Referencing the body assists in weaving together a greater meaning and purpose in clients’ lives and this is where transformation exists.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite thing about LA is how passionate people are about what they are into and how they share it with others. Playa Provisions is my favorite eatery. There’s actually 4 separate venues in one building! Dockside is perfect for high-end dining in a casual mood after a walk on the beach. There’s also Grain, a speakeasy vibe whiskey bar. And, I have spent hours drinking coffee while working at their King Beach cafe and house-made ice cream shop. Bicycles are available to rent as well. They are providing outdoor seating and take out during Covid. www.playaprovisons.com
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s an endless stream of people I need to credit for anything I’ve been able to accomplish. One person who’s been an inspiration is Angeles Arrien, PhD, a cultural anthropologist, teacher and author. She has written and taught about spirit and connection with body and mind. Her book The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary has survived all of my residential moves over the last 20 years. Dr. Arrien’s research incorporates a detailed yet accessible understanding of shamanic traditions of indigenous peoples around the world. The book itself can be read cover to cover, or utilized as a workbook. I’ve tended to access it a few pages at a time as a grounding reference for helping clients as well as a guide for myself in the process of learning to trust the wisdom of the earth that comes forth in an open heart. Dr. Arrien was a living example of how to walk the Four-Fold Way in a lifetime. I highly recommend her work for meaningful insight in Leadership and beyond.