We had the good fortune of connecting with Lara Buelow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lara, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
No matter what I am up to in life, I’m always kicking around a side project, a passionate hobby, or planning an adventure. Every opportunity I have ever pursued is one I have framed as a learning experience. I have had a million different jobs and have considered myself a serial job-hopper. Most of those jobs I didn’t like very much, but they were a means to an end. They provided me with customer service experience, working on a team, getting to know new people, money to spend or save, and always taught me something about myself. I have always dreamt of having my own businesses – and those ideas were manifested through my projects and hobbies. Often times it meant leading a group of people or developing products. Once I deemed my situation “secure enough” and understood what it meant to me to be able to pursue my own business, I went for it. No matter what your situation is, there’s always an opportunity to stay connected to what you are most passionate about. Starting my own business, working for myself, is one form of expression that is important to me. This is how I am currently creating connection and impact in the world.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I set up my coaching practice in 2017. What sets me and my coaching apart from others is that I’m an artist (both in training and in life) with a passion for environmental and social justice. I am also a mega planning/sticker/notebook nerd with an insatiable appetite for bold colors. I am most proud of having meaningful conversations with people who end up making huge changes in their own lives. I am also proud of choosing to stay true to myself and go out on the limb that is starting your own business. Starting your own business is tough, so sticking with it and learning everyday are some of the most challenging and most rewarding aspects of the lifestyle. I love having deep conversations with people and helping them implement meaningful change. Starting and running a business has not and continues not to be easy for me, but I do love it. The easy parts have been in the practice of coaching and creating. I love having a platform that represents my values. I love being able to say “I’m walking my talk, I’m part of the change I want to see in the world.”
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Haha, in the light of covid and that I am in the third trimester of my second pregnancy, I have to laugh at this. However, we have had many visitors during our time in Denver and love exploring. We live in the City Park area and I love walking in City Park. The Zoo is beautiful and worth visiting. As is the Museum of Natural Science. I’m a big fan of the Museum of Modern Art downtown. I also LOVE RiNO and doing the mural walks. I paint murals myself, so doing a self lead tour looking at murals, stopping at cute coffee shops and places to eat along the way is my idea of a good time. We’ve been to Charlie Brown’s piano karaoke several times, which is a great way to cut loose. Some of their food is surprisingly delicious! The botanic gardens are stunning. A get away to the mountains is not to be missed. I’ve done the Indian Hot Springs in Idaho Springs, St Mary’s Glacier is incredible (dare you to take a dip in the lake after a hike! I’ve done it!). If you like outdoor sports, snow shoeing and skiing are a blast for in the winter time. There’s a lot to see and explore here! Red Rocks, of course, a real eye-popping jaunt. There’s a lot still to see on my list! Put on some walking shoes, hit the streets, stop at outdoor breweries, and enjoy yourself!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost I dedicate my shoutout to my immediate family. They are an incredible group of supportive individuals, who I am lucky enough to call my brother, sisters, and parents. All my friends, teachers, and peers who have supported both my artistic and coaching projects, whether with words or acquiring services, are super appreciated and honored. I will also shoutout to iPEC and the amazing group that I received my coaching certifications with. I continue to remain connected to them and value their support and guidance.