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

Hi Valerie, how do you think about risk?
You have to be willing to be brave, jump in and take risks. Without risk, there is no reward-it’s that simple. As the Fredrick Wilcox quote says”You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” Take the first step and keep going. You need to be at ease with the fact that you may not know how you are going to get the results you want, you have to experiment along the way. Failure isn’t the end. It’s the beginning! Taking risks has lead me to this life and amazing career. I took a risk and went back to school in my thirty’s. Took another and relocated to Arizona. I keep taking them and now I’m here (and looking for the next one!)

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a dual licensed therapist, massage and esthetics. I love that I have the opportunity to help people feel better. The effect that these two touch modalities can have on people is amazing! There are so many ways to continue educating yourself and others. The human body is fascinating-creating change in it so you can continue living your life to the fullest is the best feeling in the world. I’ve learned that self care is not selfish.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When a friend comes to visit me in Phoenix-they will leave tired and stuffed! I have several must haves for visitors. Gadzooks for enchiladas. Drinks at Undertow and Century Grand. Tacos at CruJiente. Dinner with wine on the patio at El Chorro. Fresh pasta at Mora. I could go on forever! A trip to the Desert Botanic Gardens, walk with kangaroos at the World Wildlife Zoo, a Friday night baseball game with fireworks at Chase Field, a spa day at any of the local world class resorts, a Jeep tour in Sedona.

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?
So many people along the way have helped build me up, but my biggest supporter has been my husband, Rod. When I said I wanted to go back to school he said “let’s make this happen.” He encouraged me to take the dual spa program at the Aveda Institute Denver. When I started thinking about working for myself, he said absolutely-you should have done this years ago! He’s always got my back.

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