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

Hi LaVie, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
The most important thing I’ve done as a parent is to be present for my 5 children. I’ve worked in Child Welfare for over 15 years and I take this position seriously. It is my personal belief that a career as a Child Welfare Social Worker was not necessarily designed for individuals with large families and young children. For many years it was a juggling act trying to balance career and family in the social work profession. The job is not only stressful but realistically it requires long hours in order to be truly successful in this field. It comes with a huge responsibility which required me to be away from my family in order to adequately assess safety and risks.

When I was home I didn’t have any energy and I felt depleted and drained. I realized I had to make some serious life changes. I switched over to a new social work position to ensure I had set hours. Most importantly, I created an individualized self-care plan. I began to assess all areas of my life and thought about what I could realistically do to improve those areas in my life. These steps improved the quality of my life drastically and in turn helped me to be available in their lives in the manner which they needed me to be. The best gift of all is time and being present in a child’s life. The impact on my children has been phenomenal because they truly understand I value them, love them and intentionally dedicate time to them.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Social Worker by profession. I earned my MSW at Salisbury University. As a former military spouse I’ve have the privilege of working in many different fields within the social work profession all over the United States and in Germany. Currently, I am still in Child Welfare as a Social Worker but my passion is now advocating for the development of individualized self-care plans. I highly encourage others to prioritize their overall health and well-being through self-care. Self-care is not just spa days or vacations. It’s doing the real work of being mindful of your overall needs and actively ensuring you are a priority in your life. After my day job, I create content on social media to promote self-care with a focus on lifestyle, inspirational quotes and travel.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In order to have the best time in DC it’s always best to take advantage of all the free things you can do in the city. The first place we would visit is the United States National Arboretum. There are so many health benefits to being outdoors, walking and enjoying nature. One of the most popular attractions is the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the Arboretum and the National Capitol Columns. Next we would visit Lavagna for some Italian cuisine and then walk over to the famous cupcake shop, My Cake Theory to either create our own unique cupcake or get a specialty cupcake. It’s definitely one of the coolest places to be in DC. We would end the day visiting the Kennedy Center which offers free performances at 6:00 PM.

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 would like to shout out my husband Preston E. Turner II for being my biggest supporter and an amazing father. He supported me when I started promoting self-care on Instagram on my page @life_is_her_name.

I would also love to shout out my father Urbane F. Bass III for encouraging me to go into the field of Social Work, being my #1 mentor and being a sounding board for me throughout the years.

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