Entrepreneur Q&A – Lauren Marsh
The wonderful thing about entrepreneurship is that it enables you to earn a living doing something you are passionate about.
Of course, there are many factors involved that you have to take into consideration, such as making sure your business model is feasible, nevertheless the opportunity to center it around something you love is available.
All it takes is a little bit of bravery and a whole lot of passion.
Sometimes we are lucky, and we are able to create a profitable business that aligns not only with our passion but also with our purpose in life.
It is incredible to witness someone work on something that they truly believe is their life’s purpose.
The passion, the energy and the success that flows from it is truly inspiring.
It is almost as if they draw energy from the work itself.
To solve a problem in society that we feel passionate about is incredibly fulfilling.
Not only are you earning a living and simultaneously boosting the economy in your community, but you are also improving the lives of others.
Entrepreneurs who successfully do this are modern day superheroes.
I feel as though this next incredible woman is a fantastic example of the kind of entrepreneur I am speaking about.
Eating disorders are rife amongst women today and I am sure that I do not know one woman who has not struggled with the battle between brain and food.
In a society that largely celebrates a certain type of physique, many women are left feeling inadequate and unhappy with themselves.
These destructive thoughts lead to a very unhealthy relationship with food, and they can spiral into restriction, binge eating and even anorexia or bulimia if they are not carefully managed.
I believe that many people have not yet come to realize the severity of this global crisis and just how many people are affected by it. It is important to note that it is not only women who suffer from eating disorders but there are also many men who struggle with eating disorders.
Our relationship with food is one of the most important relationships we will have in our lifetime because it is one that directly affects our daily moods, well-being and mental health.
This is why it is vital that we cultivate a healthy relationship with food.
Learning to use food as fuel and to eat intuitively was the only thing that helped me break the binge-restrict cycle that I was a slave to for many years. Rebuilding my relationship with food has been a slow process, but I cannot express how much the rewards outweigh the work in this aspect.
I am so excited about this interview because it introduces you to an incredible woman who is tackling this crisis by providing a real solution to the problem.
Lauren Marsh is extremely passionate about the work that she does, and it visibly shows.
She has recently launched her brand-new website and her new binge eating disorder program.
I feel privileged to have been able to interview Lauren and learn more about her and her business.
Tell us about yourself and your business:
My name is Lauren. I have an online practice called “Lauren Helen Nutritional Therapy” – I am a Clinical Nutritional Therapist as well as a psychotherapist.
My practice specializes in eating disorders and disordered eating.
Why did you decide to start your own business?
Eating disorders have touched my life on a very personal level and I have seen people that I love being failed by the recovery system.
I released there was a Dynamic approach to healing that was lacking – Hence studying nutrition, psychology, and then eating disorders.
What are the secrets to your success?
Gosh, Authenticity = every single time.
What tips can you give for work/life balance?
I am a biggie on this topic – not only is it important to me but it can also be the cause of many “disorders”.
Boundaries are important here; I would go as far as stating that the first step to self-care is implementing boundaries.
What has been your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur?
Self-Doubt. Perhaps even imposter syndrome, especially when the practice is having a slower month. I think success is measured by how busy one is, right? But a simple reminder to be grateful for the slow and trust that life always provides.
How did you persevere through the tough times?
Self-care, acceptance, self-compassion. Everything that I teach my clients.
There is no light without accepting your moments of darkness.
What do you want to achieve next?
BIG DREAMS! I have recently launched my very own Binge Eating Disorder program. It is something that I have been working on for a while, making accessibility paramount for people who are not be able to afford individual therapy.
What are some of the challenges you face regarding innovation and growth?
Marketing and promoting to reach more/new clients.
What do you do for encouragement and motivation?
Gratitude journaling, manifestation meditation (every day).
Connecting with like-minded colleagues, people who inspire me.
What advice can you give to women who are afraid to start their own business?
Speak your truth even if your voice shakes, one of the hardest lessons we have to inevitably learn is that not everyone is going to embrace or even understand your idea/business – this does not mean it is not a GREAT one!
Lauren has an incredible energy; she is wonderfully positive and incredibly calm and centered.
I want to take a moment to recognize how amazing Lauren’s new program is.
We all know how expensive therapy can be and that is why Lauren’s binge eating disorder program is such an incredible step towards the future in the world of psychology today.
Not many people are able to afford continuous therapy and Lauren’s program allows people access to the help that they need at a much lower price and from the comfort of their own home. – This is brilliant.
This topic is dear to me because of personal experience and because I have witnessed this crisis steal so much time and joy from so many amazing, beautiful people in my life.
I am so grateful for women like Lauren who are using their time, energy and resources to help other women cultivate healthier relationships with food.
The businesses that truly succeed in this world, succeed because they solve a problem.
They provide a viable solution to a challenge that consumers face.
The WHY of the business has to be about solving a problem rather than about making money.
When you build a business based on your passion or somehow improving life for others, the money naturally follows.
This is why I know that Lauren is going to make an absolute success of what she is doing and I can’t wait to witness it.
Rooting for you Lauren!
– Caitlin Oelofsen
Lauren Helen Nutritional Therapy