Women In Wellness: Lauren Krasnodembski of Mind Muscle Motivator On The Five Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Help Support People’s Journey Towards Better Wellbeing
An Interview With Candice Georgiadis
Focus on your achievements: The mind can be naturally wired to see everything that still needs to be competed, but when you can train your mind to focus on what did get accomplished it will create natural forward momentum to keep going and can reduce stress and anxiety.
As a part of my series about “5 Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lauren Krasnodembski.
Lauren is the author of Reclaim Your Power: A Guide That Allows Your Passions and Purpose to Discover YOU. Lauren is also the creator of the Mind Muscle Motivator, a transformational wellness company that helps busy driven women become passionate about their life and clear about their purpose. She is married to her high school sweetheart and is blessed with two beautiful children. By day Lauren is a full-time privacy attorney for a fortune 10 company and enjoys spreading light and love wherever she goes.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share with us the story about how you first got involved in fitness and wellness?
Through divine intervention. Honestly, I had no intention of ever working in this industry and it wasn’t until my passion and purpose discovered me that I started to pivot into the wellness world. I was working as a healthcare privacy attorney and I could feel that I was supposed to be doing something else, but I had no idea what. I’ve always been a driven person, but when you don’t know what you are after, it is a bit hard to set goals and get results. Think of it as a mini mid-life crisis trying to answer, “what do I want to be when I grow up.”
In 2018 I was asked a question, “what are you passionate about” and I quickly realized that I didn’t have an answer and that I had lost myself through this process we call life. These questions sent me down an inward four-year quest for answers. Through myself discovery process, my passions and purpose naturally discovered me and that is when I realized that my true passion and purpose is to help others on their self-discovery journey! A fire within me was lit, which led me to create my passion pathway program and write my book Reclaim Your Power: A Guide That Allows Your Passions and Purpose to Discover YOU!
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
I believe that we all have hidden gems within us. Some of us may know what they are, but may find their gems are a bit dusty. Others may not even be of aware that anything special lies within them. This was certainly true for me. I was a great box checker, avid achiever, and persistent people pleaser who lived up to what society deems as “successful.” But success didn’t equate to fulfillment. My 4-year inward quest forced me to confront several things that were blocking me from my true potential. When I was able to work through things like my imposter syndrome, anxiety, and past experiences that shaped how I unconsciously took action, it was as if weights were lifted off of me. I started showing up in my life differently. I was more bold, confident in my abilities, and was taking action from my heart versus from a place of fear. Writing had always been difficult for me and a dreadful task. However, once I was able to lift this invisible weight off of me that I was carrying around the gift of writing presented itself. All of the sudden, I found myself writing long Instagram posts, which eventually lead to me writing my book Reclaim Your Power. I believe this revelation of hidden and dusty gems is not just true for me, but others as well.
Can you share a funny story with us along your journey? What lesson or take-away did you learn from it?
When I decided to incorporate yoga into my life, I asked an experienced yoga teacher to give me a private lesson and she said, “I’d love to introduce you to the practice.” I looked at her dumbfounded…like what is “the practice?” She gave me a smile and laughed because she could tell I was so confused! I then began to realize that yoga is called the practice because each session on the mat is different. Much like each day. It is the act of practicing the skills yoga teaches both on and off the mat that makes us better each day.
Can you share with our readers a bit about why you are an authority in the fitness and wellness field? In your opinion, what is your unique contribution to the world of wellness?
I know first-hand what it is like to create a life that you thought you wanted only to feel unfulfilled and like something is off without the slightest clue what to about it or where to go for help. My unique contribution is my personal experience that led me to develop a passion pathway to help guide high achievers and busy driven women to turn their hustle into alignment with their heart’s desires. Desires they may not even know they have! My 10+ years as an attorney has trained me to issue spot for things that others may not see and my undergrad in psychology has given me a background into the human psyche.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I believe that everyone is strategically placed in your life at the exact moment you need them. Some people are placed in your life for its duration and others only for a season. To date, every person in my life has helped me in some way, but the one person who stands out is my dad. He demonstrated what a strong work-ethic looked like, what it means to be passionate about what you do, and is the epitome of being of service to others.
Prior to suffering from a brain tumor, my dad was a doctor. He was the first person in his family to go to college and his success was completely self-made. He truly loved what he did and you could tell it didn’t feel like work to him. As a little girl, he would often take me and my brother and sister on rounds to visit his patients in the hospital. These visits stuck with me growing up. They showed me that you can go after whatever you want in life, and not only can you be passionate about what you do, but you can make money doing it too! The water balloons we made out of the hand gloves were a nice perk too!
Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s move to the main focus of our interview. We all know that it’s important to eat more vegetables, eat less sugar, exercise more, and get better sleep etc. But while we know it intellectually, it’s often difficult to put it into practice and make it a part of our daily habits. In your opinion what are the 3 main blockages that prevent us from taking the information that we all know, and integrating it into our lives?
- Become aware of your automatic habits. Many of us believe that we know ourselves and are emotionally intelligent, but so often that is not the case. In fact, Tasha Eurich an organizational psychologist, conducted research on self-awareness and found that even though most people believe they are self-aware, she found that self-awareness is a truly rare quality. In a study she conducted with nearly five thousand participants, Dr. Eurich found that only approximately 10 to 15 percent of people actually fit the criteria for self-awareness. There is extreme benefits in understanding your automatic habits because once you are fully conscious of them you have a greater chance of creating lasting change.
- Trying to do it all. Why is it that on the same day we start the diet we also plan go to the gym, buy all the healthy food, get our entire to do list completed, read, and get eight hours of sleep. This of course sets anyone up for failure. Focus on one thing and then begin to layer something else onto it once you’ve mastered the one thing. Use the mantra, “less is more!”
- Failure to carve out sacred time: Do you find that your day consists of things that light your soul on fire or things that leave you drained and unmotivated? If it’s the latter, you are likely not carving out enough time to do things that make you tick or you are failing to move outside of your comfort zone. Naturally your energy will be drained, which causes you to make poor decisions elsewhere in your life. Can you imagine if you spent time doing the things you loved and what kind of sustainable energy you would have?
Can you please share your “5 Non-Intuitive Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing”? (Please share a story or an example for each, and feel free to share ideas for mental, emotional and physical health.)
- Know your top values and live them daily. This one may sound silly, but I’ve found that so many people aren’t clear about what their top values actually are. In fact, many are using their precious energy and time on things that they don’t even value. This is where unfulfillment can creep in. Save yourself the heartache and each day align your actions to what you actually value.
- Say NO to create space for your HELL YES! I feel very passionate about this, which is why I dedicated an entire chapter of my book, Reclaim Your Power, to this topic. Ask yourself why you are doing the things you do and whether or not you are saying yes to things that you actually desire. If you find yourself saying yes to something out of guilt, to spare someone’s feelings, or because you think you should do it, know that these are signs when you should actually be saying no. By doing this, it begins to free up time for other things. You will begin to feel more motivated, settled, and clear about what feels good, which in turn will set you up for your HELL YES!
- Trust the process and stop trying to control everything! Sure, everyone loves a sense of control and direction, but what if you trained your mind like a jedi warrior to trust the process of life. To stop resisting the bumps and unexpected turns along the way. After all resistance exerts way more energy than flowing with life and is the ultimate time suck. So, get in the habit of training your mind that life is truly happening for you and that you are able to trust the process of life. Watch how the Universe will conspire with you once you decide to make and embody this shift.
- Know your worth and stop thinking like an imposter! We all have the dreaded monkey mind that has the ability to swing from one not so great thought to another. One great way to combat this is to create a personalized I AM affirmation. Using your I AM affirmation increases positive beliefs that you have about yourself, creates forward momentum, and puts that monkey back in its cage. The body does what the mind believes so you might as well be feeding your mind with the truth and not what your irrational monkey wants you to believe. My personal affirmation is, “I am a passionate powerful, present and peaceful leader who is whole and complete and an instrument of divine light and love.” Go to my website www.mindmusclemotivator.com for instructions on how to develop your own “I AM” affirmation.
- Make Time Your Bitch. They say time is your most precious resource so it’s time to start using it wisely, and that means incorporating more fun and spontaneity in your life! You probably thought I was going to tell you to set more goals for yourself, but I’m asking you to do the opposite. Why? Because there is enough work to go around and you have trained your mind and body to achieve. If you are curious about your passions and true purpose may be, it’s time for a break to create some space for your passions and purpose to discover YOU! Allowing yourself to have fun and be spontaneous will naturally fuel your body with energy and creativity. This is where the magic happens!
As an expert, this might be obvious to you, but I think it would be instructive to articulate this for the public. Aside from weight loss, what are 3 benefits of daily exercise? Can you explain?
- Moving your body each day releases stored emotions that may be lingering in your body.
- Exercise can be uncomfortable and may not always be on the top of someone’s list of things to do, but it instills two very important life skills: 1) Teaches you how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and reminds you that you can do hard things 2) Establishes a positive habit.
- Moving your body naturally motivates you to be more mindful of what you put into your body throughout the day. Have you ever noticed the different between a day that you work out versus the day you don’t?
For someone who is looking to add more fulfillment in their life what 3 things would you recommend that are absolutely critical?
- Become an observer of your own life. We are so busy doing that we leave no time to learn more about ourself. Pay attention to what thoughts are running through your head. Begin to listen to your body. Start to notice when you have the most energy or when you feel the most drained.
- Learn more about yourself! Use your strengths daily! I am a huge proponent of personality tests and astrology. Take the Enneagram or Clifton Strengthfinders. Look into your life path number, Human Design or seek out a professional astrologer. The more intel you have about yourself, the more successful you will be at running your own life versus life running you.
- Focus on your achievements: The mind can be naturally wired to see everything that still needs to be competed, but when you can train your mind to focus on what did get accomplished it will create natural forward momentum to keep going and can reduce stress and anxiety.
Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story?
No Matter What by Lisa Nicohlos. I listened to her audio book each morning on my way into work. I was in a season of my life where I didn’t have any time to read and I was going through a difficult period. Lisa’s story gave me hope and inspiration. Her story reminded me that we all go through hard times, but that no matter what we can get through it and become stronger. There is always light on the other side.
Hosting a long weekend retreat for busy driven women. I’ve found that when we take time to slow down and really discover ourselves on a whole new level, magic begins to happen and we start to realize things beyond our imagination.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?
In school you are given the lesson and take the test. In life, you are given the test and learn the lesson. — Tom Bodett
Have you ever noticed that there are certain things that continue to show up in your life? Perhaps it’s being treated poorly by certain types of people. Whatever it may be, I believe that these patterns continue to show up in your life for a reason. These patterns helping you learn a particular lesson. I personally kept noticing that I would switch from job to job, hoping to find true fulfilment. It wasn’t until I addressed underlying thoughts like, “I am not enough” and “I am not smart enough” that my life started to shift. Get into the habit of asking yourself, “what is this situation teaching me?”
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Oprah! She is the epitome of someone who is passionate and living her true purpose to serve others!
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Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!