We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Olivia Serpico and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren Olivia, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“Every step is a step.” This is a mantra I reflect upon often. In processes of both business and life, it is easy to get caught up in how much MORE there is to do. Whenever I notice that the road ahead steals too much of my focus, I find myself feeling frustrated, and lose much of the energy that I NEED to keep moving forward. This is when I reflect on the affirmation, that every step is a step. Sure, there will always be that road in front of us, but once that focus shifts to each step along the process the perception of the journey changes. Each stride becomes stronger, full of purpose and intention. That frustration dissipates, allowing me to regain that energy to continue taking the steps necessary to accomplish my goals.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I wear many hats in my professional life! One of these hats is Coach Lauren, where I work independently as a certified personal trainer. During quarantine I quickly adapted my business to a digital space. What set me apart from others at this time is that I used my passion as a trainer not to only help others stay motivated, but to donate all of the money I raised to the organization “Frontline Foods.” This organization purchased meals from local businesses to help support them, and brought these meals to frontline workers. I pride myself on my dedication to community. This introduces the other hat I wear in my professional life! My Master’s degree is in community psychology, and when I am not doing burpees, I work as a Sr. Director of Community Development for a holistic day planning app called Owaves. Most recently, we have developed a relationship with the NIH, which has allowed me to use my skills of community building in a virtual space for projects that are helping to support racial equality in medical research. I believe challenges are there to show you how bad you want something. The life I am so proud to lead did certainly did not come without challenges! One of the biggest leaps of faith I took was moving across the country from NY to San Diego. While moving across the country, I also juggled writing my doctoral dissertation, as well as switching back and forth between my coach Lauren hat and community developer hat, maintaining relationships with my friends and family at home, and building new relationships in a city where I didn’t know any one! I am the biggest advocate of experiencing life outside of your comfort zone. So much of my heart is in NY with my family still residing there, however, I knew that staying meant living within the confines of my comfort zone. If I didn’t take that leap of faith, I know I would have never been able to reach out and run full speed towards the opportunities I have found here in San Diego.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live Downtown, and one of my favorite “daycation” agendas is taking the Coaster up to Encinitas, and visiting the Self-Realization Fellowship! While I’m in Encinitas, I’d stop for a honey latte at Better Buzz, a Cali Creamin at the biergarden, and a lobster roll at Lobster West. Then, I’d spend the rest of the day hanging out at D street beach! North County has a totally different feel from Downtown! While I love the relaxed, surfer vibe of Encinitas, I am a city girl at heart. My downtown agenda would start with an iced matcha latte from Holy Matcha, and workout at F45 East Village. Then, I’d take a nice long walk down towards Seaport Village, hanging out for a while in Embarcadero Park. Dinner would be from Monello in Little Italy. And then, for some fun and games at night, my favorite bar is the Shout House- a dueling piano bar!
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’d like to shoutout my friends, family, and coworkers that have helped to support my vision of fueling frontlines during this time of quarantine. Each week, we would meet via zoom for a 1 hour workout — and in this time were able to raise over $1250! We fueled a small ER/ICU in San Diego, NY, and Austin in partnership with “Frontline Foods” and the World Central Kitchen. Not only were we able to make these contributions, we stayed active and were able to be there for one another during a time when it was so easy to feel lonely. I am grateful for the group that joined me each week as part of this project!
Other: My fitness instagram can be found @holyhiit.fit , and the instagram I have been using for fundraising is @fuelingfrontlines
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