We had the good fortune of connecting with Lorraine Stagg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lorraine, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk-taking – we all do it. It happens every day and you might not even know it. The choices you make, all have a type of risk associated with it. Risk gets the wrap for being the adrenaline sports – skydiving, climbing, skiing, public speak. You might associate risk with the big, in-your-face type of things. Risk is also, having hard conversations. Having the desire to improve your life. Creating the habits, routines, and changes to better your life. It’s learning how to put yourself first when it feels impossible. Practicing a growth mindset and gratitude. All risks take practice, skill, and resilience.
Risk has been one of the themes in my life – from moving from New Jersey the day after I graduated grad school to Colorado with having no job. Deciding to leave a career in hospitality to work in an Emergency Room. Then, the move to San Diego to try a new place. Each time in my career, I knew where I was headed and the thought of taking the risk to try something new was enticing. It had another challenge and something new to learn. When you take a risk, there’s always a lesson.
Taking risks with trying new sports, a new outdoor adventure, and even going on solo road trips – sometimes have been terrifying in the moment. That terrifying moment soon leaves – remembering the trust within yourself, your skills, and your abilities to handle challenges. Taking risks helped me realize the potential of myself and everyone around me.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The mission behind The Risk Chick is to empower women to transform their lives through self-care to tap into their confidence and take risks. It’s what was (and still is every day!) the driving force to start a business. Having a clear purpose, passion, and reason why is what makes the challenges easy to overcome. When The Risk Chick was created, I just finalized a divorce, learning how to get out on my own and do the things I love. Then, I tore my ACL and all of the plans I created were on hold. I had to learn how to take care of myself to do the crazy risky things I loved to do – climbing, solo road trips, ski trips, CrossFit competitions. Using a background in Organizational Change Management & the research behind creating habits – I was able to create a system through self-care that laid the foundation for people’s goals & dreams.
I’m most excited about a launch of a Group Coaching program. When you have a community backing you up with encouragement, support, and when to kick it into gear – it makes transforming your life faster and easier.
When you’re taking care of yourself – healthy habits, challenging yourself – you have more energy. You have a clearer head, then you’re able to take those risks you’ve always wanted to take,
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Get your hiking shoes, bathing suit, flip flops, a few changes of clothes, and you’re water bottle. We’re heading out in a Sprinter van for the day – loaded up with surfboards, snacks, mountain bikes, and all the camping gear. Chairs, marshmallow sticks (yep, we’re making s’mores), blankets, and hammocks.
We’re going to head east for the first few days, to Mt. Laguna. There are a ton of hiking and biking trails. We’ll explore the bike trails, walk along portions of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), and relax in hammocks for some true rest and relaxation time.
Then, we’ll head back to the coast – to San Elijo State Beach. We’ll catch the surf whenever we want, head into town for Fish 101, walk to Philz Coffee in Encinitas. Throughout the few nights, we’ll be camping at the beach, we’ll head into Encinitas for the Taco Stand. We’re in San Diegos – tacos are a must!
We’ll end the trip in La Jolla – kayaking in the sea caves, then head to Trilogy for yoga and decadent vegan food. No trip to La Jolla is without hiking Torrey Pines. Those views are like no other.
Before heading out of San Diego, we’ll stay a few nights at The La Valencia Hotel for relaxation after a week of adventures in the van!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to first recognize Sara Blakely – who recently sold her company Spanx. She was committed to figuring out a problem and believed in herself. She taught me about patience, believing in the purpose of Spanx, and made the idea of being an entrepreneur realistic.
The support I have from my friends & family is irreplaceable – being the cheerleaders, photographers, and the ones to listen to crazy ideas. It takes a squad to fulfill the mission of The Risk Chick!