Um, do you know that I’ve coached hundreds of women since I started offering dream career guidance in 2008? And that these women are freakin’ rock stars, leaving soul-sucking jobs and traveling the world and launching creative, grown-up businesses and simply doing work that fits their lifestyle goals? Well ya do now – and you’ll hear their stories firsthand in my Client Case Studies series! I literally spent 15 minutes deciding which was the best quote to pull for this image, because holy wow does Lauren Kay Roberts ignite some *truth*! A content creator, writer and fundraiser by day, Discover Your Dream Business led the way for her to shine her light on coaching and teaching yoga for changemakers. She’s focusing on changing the world by making changes to her *own* world, and I know this activist will inspire *you* into action on this Monday!
Why did you decide to work with me?
I’d been following you since 2010 (!), and when I was finally ready to really go for it with the vision I had for my work, you were the first person I thought of. Your learn-by-doing approach has especially resonated, and I’ve always loved reading your blog and following along on social media over the years. You’re so kind and funny and smart, and it was clear from all the client testimonials I’d seen that you were the real deal!
What were you doing work-wise when we started working together – and what are you doing now?
I was and currently am working as a content creator, writer, and fundraiser for progressive political causes and nonprofits, but since Discover Your Dream Business (DYDB) I’ve moved into my own space of offering workshops on how to build people power, as well as beginning to coach and teach yoga to change-makers who are running for office, working as front-line activists, or just getting started in their own awakening around how to show up for this crisis moment we’re in as a country and planet.
I’ve also gotten way braver about putting my own face and story out there instead of hiding behind what I create for the amazing people and groups I work for!
What was your biggest takeaway from our work together?
To just DO it. I’ve always struggled with perfectionism, and even though I had a lot of awareness around it, it has reared its ugly head in so many new ways since DYDB. With the coursework, support from you, and from the women in our group, I’ve been re-learning how to work with and through that resistance when it comes up…which is all the time.
And sometimes, “just doing it” means taking a break, like when I had some big life stuff happening part-way through the course and needed to pause. The doing at that point was in the not-doing, which is what I needed in order to keep going forward for the long haul.
Think of someone who is currently in the shoes you wore when we first started working together. What advice do you have for her?
Oh my goodness. You are so worthy of bringing your vision to life, and we NEED YOU. There are going to be so many “rational” reasons that your fear-brain, our toxic cultural conditioning, and even people close to you will have for you to keep playing small, but if there’s anything I know for sure, it’s that we need everyone to show up BIG if our communities, democracy, and planet are gonna make it.
I know it’s heavy to put it that way, but it’s also empowering for me to think in those terms. We actually do have the power to create the future we want, whether that’s through our art, our votes, our parenting, our business, etc. if we’re being true to who we are and the life we know we’re here to live.
That doesn’t mean it’s *all on you* or any one individual to make *all the change*, but when we each bring our gifts and talents to life in whatever way makes sense for who we want to be, I truly believe that that’s what’s going to make the future one where everyone can be safe and free and even thriving – one tiny revolution at a time.
Is there anything that’s been a game-changer for you when it comes to your business that you can share? We’d love a good resource or a mindset/productivity tip!
The most important mindset shift is something I’m still trying to get better at believing: the money, the connections, the clients, the whatever will show up when you believe you can handle them, know you deserve them, and make space for them in your life.
The universe is not going to hand you a ton of money if you’re having trouble managing what you’ve already got (and btw, that’s an over-simplification, because of course there’s systemic poverty and oppression…I’m talking about people who have a certain level of access and privilege). The clients are not going to show up if YOU are struggling to show up for the ones you currently have. If you’re exhausted and burnt out, the universe is not going to give you more to deal with.
That’s all to say — right now I’m focused on building the support systems, everyday practices, and boring ol’ business processes that can hold what I’m asking for. Like sleeping. And doing my taxes.
What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
Whew – a lot, but in a good way! I’m going to be coaching and potentially teaching yoga to candidates who are a part of a group that’s recruiting regular, working people to run for office.
I’d love to keep coaching change-makers of all kinds – super experienced, brand new – in 1-on-1 sessions and groups, so feel free to DM me anytime @laurenkayroberts on Instagram if you’d like to work together!
My ongoing work with organizations like CTZNWELL, Race & Resilience, and others is going to get very busy. And we recently had the last of the in-person workshop series that my friend and I have been collaborating on (People, Power, & Yoga – we’ve been getting together on Sundays to talk about voting and getting political on our yoga mats ahead of the local elections that just happened!), and we’re about to start planning events for 2020 as the election heats up.
I’d love to keep practicing civil disobedience when I’m able to, which is a huge privilege. Oh, and I also need to finish my website… You can find info on all of these things over on Instagram @laurenkayroberts.
Where can we find you and your work?