We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Shimabukuro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I have always had the motto Work Hard, Play Hard. Recently, I have had to self-reflect and adjust how I approach work-life balance due to a recent head injury. I used to work 12-hour days and didn’t really listen to what my body was telling me about self-care. I have learned how important understanding Mind, Body, & Spirit is when approaching work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I knew what I wanted to do from a young age. Movement was always something that calmed my soul. My mother put me in dance classes when I was four years old, and I never looked back. I have several degrees that incorporate dance; I have an associates degree in dance technology that I got when I was 18 years old and a bachelor’s degree also in dance. I have loved learning about how different cultures incorporate dance in their beliefs. When I helped with a field day at an elementary school I was working at, I investigated getting my teaching certificate with a master’s degree in physical education. I have worked hard to get where I am professionally, but it has always been a combination of real-life learning and going the extra step to get certified. I found a love of Yoga and was lucky enough to get my certification in Australia from one of the best Yoga certification programs in the world. As with life, there have been challenges along the way but with each challenge I have learned lessons that move me forward. I don’t think you can learn much in life without challenges. It is those challenges that build resiliency.
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 in Southern California so most of my favorite spots are located there. Harbor Island is a favorite area for sailing, paddling and other water sports. There is a Japanese Restaurant, Ototo Sushi Company, that my husband I frequent that is near the airport. The skyline of San Diego is breathtaking especially at night. I would recommend visiting Coronado Island, there is an excellent bike trail that explores the island.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My story would never have been written if it wasn’t for my family. I was lucky to have amazing support while growing up and into adulthood. My mother is my biggest cheerleader while my father has been a strong influence on how I approach life. They both taught me the importance of being a good steward of the environment. My father has a love for the ocean that he shared with me at a young age. I learned to sail, ski, and kayak while in grade school. I have an amazing husband who has a kind soul and who also loves water sports. He makes longboarding look effortless and when he is riding a wave it is truly magical to watch. As I recover from my injury, my support is endless, and I am so appreciative.