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

Hi Lauren, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was that I didn’t want to be dependent of others. After years of working for others I had started to feel trapped and suffocated because of their demands and schedule. I realized I needed to take the leap in to full time entrepreneurship into order to live the life I desired and deserved.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I help women breakthrough to their next level of success with an 8 step formula I created called Soul Career Clarity. In this transformational journey we work through mindset obstacles, overcoming limiting beliefs, tap into natural born gifts and then we analyze where there current reality is, what their biggest dreams and goals are then we create a detailed action plan to turn their dreams and goals into reality. This program is so powerful and truly life changing, but hard work! I am so proud of my clients that take action and do the work required to create their dream life. I’ve also written a book based off this formula called Soul Career Clarity, it’s available on Amazon – the digital version is only 99 cents and it’s a #1 Best Seller!

I’m a partner at Ciao Ciao Piadina, an Italian restaurant specializing in Piadina which is a traditional flatbread that is filled with Italian meats, cheese, and fresh produce. We are located in La Jolla and plan to open by the end of 2020!

My calling in life is to give back and serve others and I do this through the nonprofit I am a volunteer Vice President of, Help The Kani. We provide education and essentials for students and women in southern India. I travel to India yearly to check in on the projects we manage.

To get to where I am today took years of efforts and NEVER GIVING UP! Through challenges, trials and tribulations I am proud to say, I have made it! Even through the challenges I KNEW I was destined to be part of great things and I kept pursuing my goals. Sometimes I would take breaks, but I would always come back to what I wanted to achieve and make it happen. My advice to others is to tap into what your calling and purpose in life is and use that every day to keep you motivated and inspired to keep moving forward.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I moved to San Diego eight years ago and love when friends visit, we have so much to offer as a region! I think it’s important when visiting a place to experience a great view at the start of your trip so you can get the lay of the land, so I would start off taking my guests to Cabrillo National Monument. That way, they can understand the lay out of San Diego.For dinner we would hit up Coasterra so they can enjoy sunset on the water and the skyline as the back drop. Learning about the history of the area is important so we would spend time in Old Town and enjoy hand made tortillas at one of the Mexican restaurants in Old Town. To continue our history lesson we would take a ghost tour in the Gaslamp District! Gaslamp’s history is unique and has wild stories so I love sharing this with guests. A hike at Torrey Pines is always a special experience for visitors so that is def on our to do list with lunch at Ciao Ciao Piadina (haha, gotta promote my own restaurant!). For dinner we would hit up Ambrogio 15 in North Pacific Beach, their pizza is the best! Little Italy is always a favorite so we would spend an evening enjoying the vibe at Piazza della Famiglia and eating food from the variety of vendors in the Little Italy Food Hall, the pasta from Semola is fabulous! My favorite beach to hit up is Windansea so we will spend the day at Windansea and get California Burritos at Santana’s Mexican Food afterwards. Apple Pie in Julian is a must so a day trip out east is on our agenda as well! The San Diego region is so diverse and first time guests are usually surprised when visiting the Julian area so I love to add this to the itinerary. I would wrap up their time in San Diego with a day on the bay! I would ask a friend with a boat to take us out for the afternoon and grab sandwiches from Rubicon Deli before we head out.

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 want to dedicate this shout out to… Snoop Dog. He gave a speech in which he said, “Last but not least, I wanna thank me I wanna thank me for believin’ in me I wanna thank me for doing all this hard work I wanna thank me for having no days off I wanna thank me for, for never quittin’ I wanna thank me for always bein’ a giver And tryna give more than I receive I wanna thank me for tryna do more right than wrong I wanna thank me for just bein’ me at all times” – Snoop Dog This speech made me realize that we need to recognize all the hard work we have done in our lives and careers and say thank you to ourselves more often.

Website: www.LaurenTurton.com
Instagram: LaurenTurton
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-turton
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurturt
Other: Ciao Ciao Piadina IG: CiaoCiaoPiadina Website: CiaoCiaoPiadinaSD.com

Image Credits
Daniella Swelldani Javier Luna

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