We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Beardsley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I always wanted to be a healthcare practitioner, and once I allowed myself to think outside of the box of what a doctor role “looked like”, I stepped into making the difference I was meant to have in the world.
Fast forward beyond years of working in the hospital and private group practices, I started my own business to deliver my unique approach to health and people.
To me a business is a reflection of its owners and I wanted my practice to center around community, self-sufficiency, teamwork and empowerment. Alongside my safe and effective treatments, I focus on teaching wellness methodologies to build a foundation of health that will last a lifetime. I tell my patients and my staff that my goal for them is to not need me, and that is the truth. My biggest wins are when patients and staff share how they navigated through some health concerns on their own.
What should our readers know about your business?
What is one thing about my industry that others are probably unaware of
That Naturopathic Physicians are graduates of medical school programs accredited through the US Department of Education, and are licensed and board certified physicians (in the state of AZ)
Risk taking – how do you think about risks? What role has taking risks played in your life
The more comfortable I have become in risk taking, the more success has shown up in my life. Risk taking requires trust – mainly in myself.
The journey of developing my trust muscle began with a mindset shift – once I truly believed that I am capable of ANYTHING and that everything is figureoutable, I no longer feared trying new things.
After years of self-work reading books, attending seminars, devouring online courses – I decided that I was ready for more than an ordinary life. I want an extraordinary life, and continue to strive for this – and in order to have this, one needs to exist outside of comfort.
Enter risk taking
It’s scary, and then exciting and I have grown to appreciate and even celebrate the times in my life when I feel uncertain and fearful – because I know I am growing.
And I have not only experienced more success in my professional and personal life, in being comfortable with risk taking and thereby confident in myself – I have witnessed my health transform as well. I bring this concept into my medical practice.
Other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success
Choosing to lead by my voice and share what was uniquely mine. Leaning into your god given gifts is uncomfortable and once I was able to truly see what I was skilled in, my happiness soared. This is why I am fascinated with entrepreneurs. They/we are out in the world, vulnerably sharing our gifts with the potential of failure AND the guarantee of fulfillment.
What is that most important factor behind your success, the success of your brand
Again, my work and my life coexist, they harmonize. I do what I teach, I walk the walk and talk the talk and I feel that this transparency allows for clients to relate as well as feel inspired. Sure, I have expertise, though I am not here to be THE expert. I allow my clients to observe my learning and seek out the inner expert within themselves.
What is the most difficult decision you have ever had to make
4 years ago – leaving a steady, high paying, reputable and secure job to go off and build my own business
Work Like balance – how has your balance changed over time? How do you think about the balance
My work is my life and my life is my work – there is no division. And I write this with a smile and a complete sense of balance. I believe that when you have the privilege of making money doing what you love, you never “work” a day in your life. I no longer talk about nor perceive work as a place that I am required to go but rather a service I have the opportunity to provide.
I run a busy private medical practice and an online wellness program with my husband AND I have three young children (2 years, 3 years and 4 years) that I am present with daily. I have an active social life and time for myself. This all takes daily practice and intention. As life has gotten busier, maintaining balance has become more of a challenge and I always go back to my belief that “I can have it all”
Do you have a favorite quote or affirmation. What does it mean to you / what do you like about it
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”
I love this quote because it challenges one to approach problem solving in an unconventional way. As a doctor, mother, wife, confidant – I am helping others seek change and I have found that what we focus on becomes our reality.
Why did you pursue an artistic or creative career
To me, healthcare is art – because it involves humans whom are intricate, elaborate and completely unique beings with diverse backgrounds, histories and goals. Sometimes, on the hard days ;-), I wish there was a set algorithm for curing migraines, or getting rid of joint pain – and then I remember that I chose a profession that is centered around people, not conditions. Each intake I conduct or lab I review is a distinct process requiring the inclusion of stories, circumstance, energy, background – it really is an imaginative and collaborative effort with no certainty of how it will end when you begin. It is exciting. The human body and human beings dazzle me daily.
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?
Hike in the morning in South Mountain Coffee and light breakfast at The Farm at South Mountain
Spa services and dining at Civana Wellness Resort and Spa
Nutrient IV therapy for a regenerative boost at my office (Blocks of Health in North Scottsdale)
Stop at Abundant Space for a meditation and shopping
Yoga on the Valley Ho roof top
Dining in Old Town Scottsdale FnB restaurant
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have been inspired by Vishen Lakhiani, founder of MindValley and author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind and Buddha and the Badass. His work and commitment to growth has changed the way I do business and life
I have also been inspired by Wendi Cleckner with Freedom and the Seed and Mill Avenues Midwives in Tempe, Arizona, Wendi delivered our 3 children and helped me harness my true power in motherhood and in holistic wellness.