It’s #FabulousFemaleFriday! This week are Connecting with the wonderful Laurel Garner. Laurel will be joining us at Camp Connect as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
Mother, nutritionist, passionate about life.
Where did you grow up, where do you live now, and if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Calgary. Penticton. Right here in Penticton surrounded by my community and family.
What challenges you, and how do you overcome?
Time management, and balancing being a mother, a wife, a friend, a nutritionist, and anything else that might come up on a daily basis. I overcome this by making priorities in each moment and by asking myself “what is truly important in this moment?”
What is your favourite quote, and why is it meaningful?
Dance like no one is watching
This is part of a longer quote, but this part reminds me to live and dance and be for me and not for anyone else.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it – I don’t believe in being fake in the artificial sense, but when I am feeling less than confident about business or speaking in public or other things, I think that putting on a brave face can get you through and end up surprising you in what you can achieve.
Tell us about a book, piece of art, or musician which really speaks to you, or has changed your perspective?
My dad – Ian Clayton. I heard his music all my life but it wasn’t until I was older that I really ‘heard’ it and understood the passion that filled each note.
What are you most proud of in your life?
The relationship that my husband and I have. It is so strong and at pivotal points, could have not worked out. I am proud that we have made it through and still stand strong beside each other.
Self motivation! This is something many people struggle with and are not able to harness with ease. I believe that this superpower is accessible to anyone but it can be something that takes some practice and guidance. I do not always have access to this superpower but am grateful that for most of my life, I have been able to unleash my inner superpower of self-motivation.
What is your favourite personal virtue? Why?
Transparency. I value being real, and being true. I think that in doing this we all have so much to offer the world.
Who or what inspires you? How do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from my husband who is the most loyal individual I know and a very hard worker. I find inspiration from my son, Jaxton, who reminds me how to have fun, live in the moment, and find pleasure in the simple things. He also reminds me when I lose sight of what is most important.
Tell us about a weakness, and how you use it to your advantage.
I am a perfectionist. I think that this is a strength but also a weakness that can hold me back from moving forward or completing projects. I use it to my advantage to produce quality work and learn to let go and move on once I have put in sufficient effort. This is something I work on all the time.
This is something that I struggle with as I want to give my all to all areas of my life. Recently I was forced to re-evaluate my ability to give my all in all areas of my life because I was overworking myself. I was not enjoying life because I was so tired and my relationships with my husband and son also felt the pressure. I find it helps me to make choices each day based on what feels best for me and my family in that moment.
Thanks so much to Laurel for sharing her insights with us, and Connecting with our community!
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