If your hustle has ever affected your health, your heart has told you when it's time to make a big bold change, you feel disorganized, or you want to play a bigger part in making the world around you a better place (but struggle with making the time), this show is for you.
Meet Lauren Faulk. She is a fiery, multi-lingual, country Cajun-turned-Mexico City teacher and social do-gooder. Professionally, Lauren is the Owner of Latin Language Link, where she teaches business executives how to maneuver (and negotiate better!) between English, French and Spanish. Outside of work, Lauren is the General Coordinator of Rizos de Amor y Alegra, an organization that donates custom-fitting wigs made of human hair to Mexican children who need them due to illness.
Lauren brings her past, her passions and oh-so-many candid life lessons to us here in Le vital corps Salon, so do join us. Learn more about Lauren and her work at Latin Language Link and Rizos de Amor y Alegra.
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Selected link love + resources from the episode
- Connect with Lauren on social media: Twitter | Twitter
- Sandra Costello
- Third-culture kids
- The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Dr. Seuss (children's book author)
- The Velveteen Rabbit by Magery Williams (children's book)
- The Minimalists (documentary film)
- The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost (poem)
- Lady Gaga
- Kickass Theme Music: “Things Are Getting Better” Written by Rishi Dhir. Performed by The High Dials.
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Quotes + selected highlights from the episode
All of this wisdom is from Lauren herself (with some minor edits for readability).
[00:12:16] [On investing in other people] There's a happy like oh-I'm-excited, but this is a real, true, deep happiness that it gives me. [5.8]
[00:16:38] That power we have as human beings to opt for making someone's day a little bit better in any way that we can is empowering. It's contagious. [13.1]
[00:37:52] [On her formative years as a student] I didn't understand the possibility of being able to get organized. I would have a test. I would have homework. I would have tons of things. Because no one gave me the tools to actually organize myself, I just felt caught. I constantly felt like I was falling behind. [25.1]
[00:50:23] [On her cardiac health scare] My whole life - my health - was radically turned upside down. It made me really analyze who I was. It made me analyze what I was investing my personal drive in - my life in general, not just my career, how I'm defined by my success, and how much stress I was taking on constantly. I just acted like, "Oh, this is normal. I'm supposed to be going crazy at this age and this early in my career." I found out it wasn't. I found it doesn't produce anything except a really stressed person affected in more ways than just being aggravated all the time or going to sleep really late and waking up really early. It became much more than that. [57.8]
[00:56:19] [On success] If you would've asked me 5 years ago, I would have said, "Success is being the best in your game and still having your shit together." Now I would have to say, "Success is defined by me." I define success. It's not defined by the people around me. It's not defined by the people I think I'm in competition with. [24.7]
[01:06:09] Be better than you were yesterday. [1.2]
[01:16:12] [Reflection on making bold changes after her health scare] Life is telling you to slow down. Life is telling you to do what you love to do, but change the rhythm. [5.1]
[01:40:47] [On emphasizing material things] I used to think that I needed to give and give and give to make someone happy. Or I needed to receive to make me happy when, really, none of that fulfilled me. [9.9]
[01:46:48] Humans are made of pure experiences. [2.0]
[01:52:41] When I start seeing people who are like, "I don't care." Those are my favorite people. People who do not give a fuck are my favorite people. [6.7]
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