We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Gardner-Penner and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lindsey, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Short answer: I want to leave people and the world better than I found them. Full answer: I want to help change the way we talk about mental health, normalize feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, depression, etc. These are all normal human responses to stress, triggering events, and uncertainty. No one should feel shame about their mental health struggles. There are tools out there that can help you regulate and manage negative emotions and there are also tools out there that can help to heal completely from unwanted emotions and limiting beliefs – usually stored deep in our subconscious part of our brains from past events and traumas from when we were younger. I hope to help improve who has access to the right mental health tools for the individual, because the healing process is not a one size fits all. I particularly do this work to help women and mothers who are overwhelmed with all the many roles they’re trying to juggle but just don’t know where to start to make any real change in their lives. I try to encourage people struggling that they do not have to hide behind their issues and then help by providing tools and resources for a better, more fulfilling life.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have a daughter who is a cancer survivor. She is here today and thriving from a life saving bone marrow transplant but when life returned to some form of ‘normalcy’, I was severely struggling mentally. I wasn’t present in my life and was unhappy and suffering in silence, trying to put on a brave face. I set out on a mission of healing and I was determined to create something positive from my experiences.

I need to have a way to collaborate and work with others. I have a background in theatre, a highly collaborative business but when the pandemic took a huge hit on the arts industry I had to pivot my focus but I still needed a creative outlet and a place to connect with others. I started connecting with others through social media, people going through similar difficult issues, other moms of cancer fighters. I realized I loved helping friends and those around me see themselves they way I see them. I have a passion for advocating for mental health resources and ending the stigma around mental health.

I discovered in the past couple years that what fulfills me most in life is connecting with others, sharing our stories and wanting to improve the lives of those around me. I was determined to use the time at home as my opportunity to really dig deep and do some self healing work and even though things were really really hard, I found solace in the quiet and took this time being in lockdown to read, learn, and take online courses. I became certified as a wellness coach and mental health consultant. I started collaborating with people focused on similar life missions and I found my passion of helping others find tools that can change their lives. I was finding great success with working on myself and I had to find ways to help others know they have what it takes within themselves to get through the inevitable life stresses and can transform their own lives.

The work I have done and the life changes I have made have been far from easy, it’s work and it takes work every single day but I have overcome some very very difficult life challenges and I know firsthand that life moves on, we grow and learn and we can become better humans because of our struggles. We get to be creative and write our own life story to share with the world. Life itself is a collaborative art. There is healing and beauty on the other side of trauma.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love this question!! I currently live in North Phoenix and my favorite time of year is hot air balloon season, when I wake up and almost every morning see them flying over my house. The first thing I would do is book a sunrise balloon ride! I would then spend a couple days driving north. We’d drive the 89A up through Sedona stopping at Tlaquepaque and the Chapel of the Holy Cross built into the red rock. We’d then adventure up through Oak Creek Canyon, maybe fit in a hike, and then head up to Flagstaff to show them the sights and my old stomping grounds of my alma mater, NAU. Back in town I would head down to Old Town Scottsdale to peruse the shops and galleries, maybe buy some turquoise jewelry and of course stop at The Sugar Bowl for a treat. We’d head down to Tempe for a walk along Tempe Town Lake, stopping by the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts, maybe to catch a show or just listen some live music, then stop at Postino Wine Cafe for their Bruschetta. I would schedule a night out to meet up with friends and family either up near Desert Ridge Marketplace, grabbing dinner at Barrio Queen or head down for brunch at 32Shea located off Shea and 32nd St., where I grew up, with a drive through my old neighborhood showing them the house I grew up in. I would definitely plan this trip during basketball season to catch a Phoenix Suns game – conveniently also during hot air balloon season! This would be a dream week for me!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Goodness, so many have been my support, Natalie Andrews from Heartspark Voice has been a treasure, a true friend and support; the amazing humans I work with at The Bridge Initiative, a non-profit theatre company here in in the valley with a mission to amplify underrepresented voices, but with my own business, I wouldn’t be doing what I am today without having found Orpheus Mind technologies, a mental health app,

For years I have struggled with my own mental health issues, dealing with anxiety and depression, traumatic life events, and then the global pandemic was more than I thought I could handle. I had been trying to find ways to ‘fix’ myself and started talking openly about my struggles and I was connecting with many others going through similar issues. I was feeling less alone. I took a deep dive into learning how the brain works and healing from trauma and I had to find something that worked for me. At the start of lockdown of 2020 I was about to have a mental break. I started using the Orpheus tools and within a weekend of using the modules my life was changed! I found something that I knew was working for me. I was able to clear negative emotions rooted deep in me that have been carrying around for years and I saw results almost instantaneously. After months of doing some deep healing and self work and wanting to pay it forward I started working with clients to help them transform their lives. I have a team of mentors that support me and I wouldn’t be able to do the work I am today without these resources and irreplaceable friendships.

Website: https://www.azlindzthrivingwithanxiety.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/az_lindz_thrivingwithanxiety/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindseygardnerpenner/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/azlindsey

Other: orpheusmindtechnologies.com www.bridgeinint.org

Image Credits
MDH photography

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