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Daily Inspiration: Meet Laurel Kuzins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laurel Kuzins.

Hi Laurel, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I was born and raised in Northern California; from Middle School until my late 20s I battled with anxiety. I was constantly looking for love outside of myself, comparing my life to others, and dealing with, what I now call chronic not-enoughness. After graduating from college in Santa Cruz, I moved to Southern California in 2011 and started working at a software startup. When our small team was acquired by a Fortune 500 company, my career was catapulted into acceleration and I took on a role doing Marketing via Partnerships and Business Development. I love working with people and solving problems so this seemed like a great fit. After going through two more acquisitions at different companies over the following five years, I felt less and less of a connection to the work I was doing. In hindsight, one of the best things that could have ever happened to me was when I got laid off from my last startup job in 2017. While the sting hurt at the time, being laid off opened my eyes to the fact that sending emails and doing deals wasn’t enough of an intimate connection to people for me, I wanted to go deeper. Having done my Yoga Teacher Training while working full-time, I never gave an ounce of energy to consider teaching as a profession; now, at this life crossroads, I started to think differently. I gave myself six months to start from the absolute bottom to see if I could make enough money to live off of in LA (no small feat) and… spoiler alert.. it worked!

Over three years of experience in, I absolutely love running my own startup as a business of one! Every year I do an additional certification to continue my education; what was once Yoga has since become Pilates, personal training, nutrition coaching, and beyond! Having a strong sense of curiosity and love for helping people makes it easy to succeed in the field of wellness but I also have to make sure I walk the walk. Taking time off or pausing to rest hasn’t always been easy for me, and truth be told, I don’t really love doing cardio. There are a number of ways I continue to push myself – by maintaining a beginner’s mind open to learning and growing in parallel with my clients. Flash forward to this current moment, I’m running a business I love, surrounded by people I love, and continuing to cultivate self-love by showing up as fully and authentically as I can in everything I do. While I haven’t discovered a hack to happiness (although for many years I tried), by continuously making micro-decisions about what I eat and moving my body each day, and spending as much time in nature as possible it creates a powerful whole picture where I’m able to tackle life and apply my energy to greater things like climbing mountains and being a kickass friend.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Not always, as mentioned in the previous statement, but these areas of struggle with anxiety, comparison, and more have also been my greatest teachers. I am who I am not in spite of my struggles but because my struggles enabled me to tougher in some areas, soften in others, and find balance in almost everything I do.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I specialize in working with people to help them build sustainable, healthy habits from the inside out. Having experience as a multi-faceted fitness instructor teaching Pilates, Yoga, and personal training, being a nutrition coach, and studying psychology I use this mix of knowledge and experience to look at health from a more holistic perspective than only numbers on a scale or reps in a workout. People are so unique and special that there is no one size fits all prescription to help clients feel the best in their bodies, we have to look at the bigger picture; how is your mindset supporting you? how much sleep do you get? how much water do you drink? how do you spend your time? By taking this more unique approach and creating a truly safe space where we measure progress and celebrate wins both big and small, I’m proud of the method I have built to help clients make significant and meaningful changes in their lives.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I teach Yoga and Meditation in prisons! There’s a truly fantastic 501c3 called Prison Yoga and Meditation I’ve been working with for the last five years to volunteer teach a population in our society that can really use knowledge of these skills both in and outside of the institution.

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