One morning this week, an acquaintance in my industry - a kind, jolly fellow I see a couple times a year at hair shows, who was my "audience pick" the last time I spoke on stage because of his supportive nods and eye contact - was stabbed in his own front yard in Los Angeles. It's incredible how much we don't get to control about life, including the ending of it. When faced with tragedies and even minor challenges, when bad weather blows through your world, perspective comes from remembering what counts.
The most precious resource I have is time. This season was all about how those I consider successful - those who value their own time as much as I do mine, and are happy with how they spend it - make decisions about what to pursue and learn to navigate the stumbles and hiccups along the paths they build for themselves.
My wish for you in 2017 is satisfaction with how you spend your hours on this earth - whatever that looks like. Here's to research! I'll be back in 6 weeks with another baker's dozen of creative professionals.
I loved chatting with Sarah about podcast hosting, careers, and image. She did actually let me do her hair after our interview, and we had a great time in the salon, as well!
Sarah's delightful podcast is all about living a "B+ life" - sounds a lot like valuing curiosity over perfection, no? ;)
Sandra Laeser, LMFT, is a special client of mine with a very cool job. She helps individuals with their relationships, and her patchwork approach pulls from the various schools of psychology to help her patients design solutions to their own challenges. We chat at her home in Reston, VA about the similarities and differences in our jobs, creative communication, her career change, and the behavioral process of choosing to change one's own life.
This wise therapist gets to the heart and soul of what To Research! is about, and is the perfect guest for the finale of Season 1. I'll be publishing a recap minisode in the next couple of weeks, talking to a bunch more cool people, and then begin releasing another baker's dozen of interviews in February.
PS: I'm not the only one thinking about the relationship between sitting in the chair and laying on the couch. Illinois has been in the news lately for legally involving stylists in the fight against domestic violence.
Cheers! Here's to celebrating curiosity at all costs.
Statistician-turned-hairdresser and salon owner Lauren Dufresne interviews creative professionals from various industries. Listen in as this diverse group of high achievers share their questions pondered, answers swallowed, and the aspirations that determine the direction of their lives.