We had the good fortune of connecting with Laurel Elders and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Laurel, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
For years this passage in “A Course In Miracles” intrigued me. It states, “You need do nothing.” This one passage stumped me the most. When I read the words, “You need do nothing.” I felt anxious. I have gotten through life taking action why would I not take action to fix it? If something is off, why should I not takes steps to correct it? I feel safest when I taking action. In prayer, I asked for the meaning of this message. I waited. I waited. Crickets…. I thought, “Well, I guess this is one that just won’t ever makes sense to me.” I left it at that. Yet, there was a part of me that knew that some of my action taking was so knee-jerk it had the potential to do more harm than good. This was an area in my life I had to contend with. What happened next was interesting. Over the next two weeks I kept receiving flashbacks of life regrets. Things I have done or said that if I could do it all over again, I would. I thought it odd since I had mostly made peace with my life, regrets and all.  Then one morning in prayer, I received the rest of the message. All of my regrets had one thing in common. I hadn’t listened to my heart. I jumped into a reaction and taken action. My results fell short of being helpful. What I learned:  – You need do nothing…. alone.  – You need do nothing… without guidance.  – You need do nothing… until you are ready. The Course invites us to get at peace first before making any decision or taking any action. Peace is where guidance, wisdom and your Highest knowing is accessed. We will never find wisdom in the worry. Have you ever noticed the harder you fought, the worse things got?  The bigger the picture we see, the more we are free. The bigger the picture we feel, the more we can face the real. The bigger the picture we invite, the more we help things go right.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I was fortunate. My early formative years were spent nestled in a country valley on the outskirts of Durango, Colorado. In the backyard was an acre of land where I chased butterflies, played with creek snails and climbed apple trees. It was an idyllic setting, away from all abounding chaos found in city life. If you read the local newspaper, the worse incidents reported entailed a kitten getting stuck up in a tree and a grandmother calling the in the town firefighters to get it down. I recall waking up one day to a huge herd of elk sleeping and grazing the morning away without a care in the world. Everything felt so amazing – so “right” – in that moment. The air was crisp in the country, the water was pure, the food was pure. The roads were not littered to death like they were when we traveled to visit my grandparents in the heart of Tucson, Arizona each summer. Across from our quaint burgundy wooden cabin was a vast valley floor, resting between towering mountainsides and peppered with gorgeous small family farms, every 5-10 miles or so. The morning mist would illuminate the valley in a way that could leave anyone breathless and putting Bob Ross paintings to shame. It was vibrant green, sprinkled with luminous willow trees swaddling the Animas river bed as it gently twisted and turned across the soft landscape. It was one morning in particular that left a dent in my heart. I was propped up at the living room window, gazing across County Road 250 at the vastness of the valley in front of me. I soaked up the soul level peace this valley brought to me. I will never forget my mom informed me that sadly, they received news of a non-local developer purchased the entire valley and, “has plans to develop all of it with malls and housing developments…” and I don’t recall anything else she said after that because my heart started pounding as I tensed up with growing and protective fury. I felt twists of devastation, anger and helplessness flow through me. At a young age, I learned greed could rule people’s hearts on large scales. I learned that people with power didn’t always use it for the greater good, but for their own selfish aims. I learned that instead of using profit for good – or to tear down and rebuild a bad area and turn it into a good area – that people often choose to do what they please without regard for the sacred aspects of life or consequences, intended or not. I learned life is sacred, warrants respect and in return it bears fruit, true abundance and not just more “things” to distract us. Abuse it, use it for biased aims all bear negative side effects. Yet, two weeks later, we got good news. The deal fell through. The heart of the valley was saved from destruction and Durango, a quaint little valley town would remain quaint for the time being. Do not celebrate too fast though. Two decades later Walmart moved in putting century old utterly unique family businesses flat out of work. Looking back, I have realized that land was my first true heart-break. It was my first eye-opener to the world dynamics at play and my first realization that we can do better… but is a choice. I learned biased people are the cause of the biggest harm accomplished in this world. I learned that biases create blinders that shroud positive solutions from taking root. I learned that we do not struggle against good and evil like the Hollywood movies imply. We struggle against good intentioned people with biased hearts against pure hearted aware folks. That moment shaped me. My awareness of impact. My beliefs. My values. I now own a business. A business with global outreach. I consciously choose to do good in the world with my business. My company does not just stop there. We are on a mission to leave a positive footprint through our work for generations to come. Not one human being can convince me that we are not intelligent enough of a species to fix the problems this world faces. We are. Covid showed us we have the power to pivot. My company is taking a stand to raise the bar on success by training professional coaches to step into their calling. The world needs coaches now more than ever. Coaches are trained to help their clients identify blindspots and turn obstacles into opportunities. Peter Drucker said it the best, “The best way to predict the future, is to create it.”

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some of the best times I’ve had are at quaint little hide away restaurants and Tucson has quite the variety of little gems! Ginza Sushi, Dominic’s Real Italian and Wild Garlic Grill are just a few favorites I highly recommend! Tucson also has an excellent new bouldering gym called Rock Solid. If you want to get a challenging and unique workout in, but beat the heat, this is the place to go! Outside of town are the best get-aways, all within an hour and half. We have Patagonia Lake for camping, kayaking and paddle boarding. Then northeast is Mount Lemmon where you can drive into the pines for a picnic or oversee the city of Tucson. There is also plenty of hiking, climbing, biking and camping options on the mountain.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give deep appreciation to my mentor Sandy Hogan.

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