We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren N Penn D.C. . and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren N, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk is great most of the time. It allows us to get out of our comfort zone and into our purpose. I feel like I have taken a lot of risks in life, growing up. Defiance is a kind of risk, and the road less traveled is a BIG risk. These paths I’ve taken have helped me to become a physician, open a business, raise a child as a single mom, and just being a freedom fighter. I will always fight for the underdog.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a holistic healer & chiropractor. What sets me apart is that I focus on root causes of the pain, problem or concern. Many of my patients come in with chronic pain – they have gone to other practitioners but have not found a solution. They could come in with a headache and tell me their medical history and I ask numerous questions to determine what type of treatment they have had so far. I learn about their past treatments and proceed to inquire more about the origin and beginning of their complaint. I am proud that I care for people in a way that most people have not ever had doctors care for them. I take time to get to really know them. I became a chiropractor at 45 years old, after spending more than 25 years working as a surgical and OR tech. So my path was not direct, and it wasn’t easy. Lots of failure, challenges & resilience. Some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way are: slow & steady wins the race. Never judge a person where they are, because you never know what they’re going through. And that nothing is for naught…all that you go through is for a purpose, sometimes unseen in the moment. What I want people to know/understand about me is that I am more than a chiropractor. Many call me a “healer.” Some say I am a sage, some say I am a lifesaver. But I am just a woman who is pursuing her purpose and life to the fullest I can. And healing is at the core of my purpose
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So I live in Colorado Springs, CO. My favorite destination spot here is what is known as “Garden of the Gods.” This park consists of natural red rock formations that seemingly grew up out of nowhere in the middle of the city. Looking at those red rocks with the backdrop of a clear blue sky is something to write home about for sure. Garden of the Gods is one of Colorado’s most popular park destinations for both locals & tourists. Some of my other favorite destinations in the area are: Rainbow Falls, the May Natural History Museum (literally a bug museum!), The Broadmoor Hotel, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. In terms of eating out, my favorite restaurant here is called Four Brothers. I happen to know the chef, Brother Luck, so I’m sure that my visiting friend and I could have a special meal prepared for us. We would also want to spend some time downtown, where we would shop for men’s clothing at The Men’s Xchange. Owner James Proby is an extraordinary philanthropist, and full of life’s wisdom. This is a store where you don’t just get great men’s fashions, but you also leave with some knowledge and life wisdom that you would never have expected. Finally, for those who like quirky and out-of-the-ordinary attractions, I would definitely take you to Bishop’s Castle – a hand-build honest-to-god castle build over some 40 years by an eccentric gentleman. The castle is very tall, and probably a little adventurous as well.
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 want to give a shoutout to my dad Alvin Penn. He taught me that I had no limits, that I could do anything I put my mind to. My dad taught me that no job is “gender-specific.” A man can sew, cook & clean and a woman can fix cars, lay concrete, and barbecue. One of the most important lessons I think he taught me is…as a runner you can slow down, but don’t ever stop. In life, you can slow down, like a runner, but don’t ever stop. Don’t stop learning, don’t stop growing. My second shout out is to a friend and mentor Mr. Dale Larry. Mr. Larry was my sergeant – and kind of my “Army dad” when I was serving. He saw in me what others despised: raw intelligence. And he inspired me to keep my vision and encouraged me to go to school while in the military. And long term, he taught me gratitude. To my son, and Millennial Sage Malek Scott, I also want to give grace. He has taught me how to love unconditionally. He reinforced my ideology of being a freedom fighter and fighting for the underdog. While most people assume that a son gets wisdom from his mother, it certainly works the other way as well. Finally, to the Nicholsons, I want to thank them for teaching me about love, life & family. How to love myself even as I didn’t yet understand myself. They taught me how to navigate as a young single mother and gave me a foundation for adulthood. Thanks to all of you mentioned here. I would not be the person I am today without all of you.
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