Today I'm happy to introduce you to Lauren Dobey! I "met" Lauren in one of the many Facebook groups I'm in, and I was intrigued by what she does. I mean, have you ever met a freedom catalyst before?
As a child, I wanted to be a ______ when I grew up. I had always wanted to be the next Nancy Drew. If you aren’t familiar, Nancy Drew is a detective book series for girls. I LOVED reading those books and trying to figure out who the criminal was. I even had a little detective kit that I would carry around. I loved all things about mystery and piecing the clues together to solve the crimes.
How close (or far) is your current career from that dream? I hadn’t really thought about it until now, but my childhood interest in detective work influenced my adult desires to help women uncover the parts of themselves that they’ve kept hidden. I am like a detective for your soul!
What is your official job title? I like to call myself a Freedom Catalyst.
Ok, now what does that really mean? I believe Freedom Catalyst paints a picture for the way that I wish for every woman to feel—free. I desire for each and every woman to live a life that sets them free and that is an expression of their true, authentic self. As women we are often told to “follow the rules” and be the “good girl” and I think that really limits our dreams and visions. Our life journeys do not need to follow a linear path and it can even be totally opposite of what we “think” we’re supposed to be doing. Our evolution does not have to look like anyone else’s; it is our unique life to live. The only truly right path is the path that is in perfect alignment for the individual. During client sessions, we look at all areas of their lives to determine what is out of balance, underwhelming, or just plain-old sh*tty and to discover new possibilities for them.The work that I do with my clients has led some of my clients to create a new business, leave an unhealthy relationship or to quit their unfulfilling day job. Ultimately, the results that they receive during our work together affects all areas of their lives. My goal is to help them fall in love with their lives again.
What is a typical day like? Being an entrepreneur means that my days can vary and can sometimes be very hectic. To give you an idea of an ideal day, it would begin with me waking refreshed and energized without an alarm around 7:00am. After I get out of bed I take my two dogs for a walk. Then I begin my morning practice which consists of a green juice made with organic ingredients, some journaling and some meditation or self-hypnosis. These are the foundations of a grounded and balanced day for me. On most days I try to get to the gym in morning. I begin working at 9am or a little later. My working hours can vary day-to-day. I take client coaching calls, work on my marketing and connect with potential clients. I try to take a break from my office and meet up with a friend for lunch. Since working from home can be really isolating, it's important to me to put an emphasis on personally connecting with friends.Throughout the day I will take breaks almost every hour to do some grounding breathwork or mindfulness meditation. I like to wrap up my workday by 6pm, unless it is one of the two days per week that I take client calls in the evening. Often I have a social event or activity in the evening out in Manhattan. But, if I’m home at night, I wind down by making a healthy dinner- I love to cook! After dinner, I fill my bathtub with tons of bubbles and lavender essential oil to ease myself into further relaxation. I may watch a little bit of TV (I love Scandal!) or read some inspiring books for the remainder of the evening. I have an gratitude practice that I complete before lights out at 10:30pm.
How did you end up in this career? This career found me. I had been on a path of self-discovery after first a painful divorce and then the illness (and eventual death) of my best friend. I knew that there was more to life that working hard in unfulfilling work. I began to really, truly understand the mind-body connection. I immersed myself in books, seminars and programs that eventually led me to study at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) to become a Health Coach. After some time, though, I decided that I wanted to focus on other aspects of a woman’s life, not only their health, and that led me to begin my work as a Freedom Catalyst.
What kind of education or training did you complete for this career? After IIN I decided that I would love to learn additional, deeper transformational coaching skills so I enrolled in the Transformational Coaching Method program by Holistic MBA. This program gave me a broaded skill set to help me facilitate much deeper change work with my clients.
What advice would you give to someone who wants a similar career? My advice it to follow your own guiding light and try not to follow what others are doing. If you do, it might feel like you are wearing a pair of pants that are a size too small. Follow your truth, your dreams, your desires. Do not be afraid to change directions, or even quit something that doesn’t feel right, because it doesn’t have to be viewed as failure. You can choose to view it as a learning experience. What you’ve learned will likely serve you in a way that you might not understand at the moment. I deeply believe that life is made up of building blocks of experiences and each one of those blocks is shaping us to be a well-rounded, fully lit up women.
Do you have any other career dreams? What do you want to be when you grow up? My dream is to continue to share my message with the world in an even more visible way via television or media. I also have the intention to create global events for women to have unique, profound experiences that nudge them step outside of their comfort zones so that they see just how amazing and capable they are.
Any last thoughts or encouragement for others trying to decide what they want to do “when they grow up”? Just keep taking steps forward, no matter how small the steps or how scary it may feel. You will astonish yourself when you realize what you can accomplish when you set the intention to push yourself slightly outside of your comfort zone. You’ll look back and think “wow, I’m pretty f***ing amazing!”
And that's Lauren! What an awesome career, huh? If you'd like to learn more about her and her services, head to laurendobey.com.
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