We had the good fortune of connecting with Lora Cheadle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lora, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
My success is due to the fact that I did not listen to others about what “could not” be done. I was not afraid to experiment and try something new that had never been done before, and because of that, I have achieved a level of success that is extremely fulfilling. As an attorney I was very used to following the rules and coloring within the lines. Although that brought me a lot of success in the legal realm, it didn’t bring me a lot of satisfaction. I knew that I didn’t want to practice law any more, but I wasn’t really sure what it was that I did want to do, I spent a lot of time experimenting, following my passions, and getting to know myself on a deep and introspective level. That was when I realized that my biggest frustration was the bullying and abuses of power that I had witnessed or experienced in my life. I had a strong sense of justice (which is why I went to law school) and I a burning passion to help people stand up for themselves, own their power, claim their worth, and experience the satisfaction and joy of a life well lived. Because of my unique skills as an attorney, fitness trainer, and intuitive hypnotherapist, I saw how to do that in a way that was revolutionary and totally unique. I did not limit myself to what had already been done. I created my own methodology, (the five steps of FLAUNT) and my career took off. I got a book contract with a very well-known publisher, I have worked with hundreds of women, and I have changed hundreds of lives. I credit my success with my ability to think outside the box and to be brave enough to not let other people’s opinions and judgments slow me down.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I coach high achieving women who are ready to stand up to injustice, reclaim their power, own their worth, and take the lead in the dance of life so they can live with fulfillment and joy. No other coach out there has been both a successful corporate attorney and a burlesque star. I don’t just talk about the difficulties of being judged or treated unfairly because of the way you look, I have experienced unfair judgment myself and I am passionate about the fact that the way a women looks and expresses herself has nothing to do with her intellect or capabilities. Yes, I use a lot of traditional coaching techniques in my one-on-one and small group coaching, but I also bring in the concept of burlesque, creativity, and fun! As women, we work hard enough already. The last thing we need to is more drudgery. Coaching, self-development, and empowerment is fun, and I know exactly how to make the process joyful. Although I have overcome many challenges throughout my lifetime, my most significant and devistating challenge was learning of my husband’s infidelity, at the same time I got my book contract. Not only did I have to navigate the devastation of finding out that 15 years of my life was not what I thought it was, figure out what I wanted to do with my marriage, deal with all of the feelings of betrayal, loss, rejection, sadness and grief for myself and my children, I also had to manage the deadlines and creative process of writing a book. No matter what one of my clients has been through, I know how hard it is to accept both the pain and the joy, the shadow and the sparkle, and to integrate it all, honestly, into a beautiful, cohesive life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Any trip to Colorado must begin with a day of hiking in our beautiful mountains! Whether it’s a day hike around Red Rocks followed by lunch and shopping in Morrison (Besso de Arte has a great patio, as does Morrison Inn and Tony Rigatoni’s) or venturing up to Silverthorn for shopping, (the outlets at Silverthorn) hiking and lunch at Red Mountain Grill, the mountains are a must-do activity. Day two we’d spend downtown, checking out the Denver Art Museum, touring the Capitol, having coffee at Union Station, spending a long afternoon at the Tattered Cover, eating at Hard Rock Cafe on the 16th Street Mall, and catching a show at The Clocktower Cabaret or the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Day three we’d stroll around the Denver Botanic Gardens, shop and have mala readings at Tibet Imports, and eat at India Oven. Our last day we’d chill out at Lake Steam, spend an hour at the Five Star Salt Caves, followed by Sushi Den and hanging out on South Pearl.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my Shoutout to Alexia Vernon, Public Speaking Expert and Moxie Maven, and Juju Hook, Empowerment and Branding Coach for Midlife Women. You both have the ability to see potential in me that I sometimes lose track of myself, and to take my words, ideas, and concepts and tell me what I’m trying to say when I’m too tangled up and flustered to say what I mean! Your expert guidance and support has meant the world to me!
Other: Get a free copy of The Top 20 Things That Block Your Sparkle and What to do About Them at www.nakedselfworth.com Buy a copy of my book, FLAUNT! Drop Your Cover and Reveal Your Smart, Sexy & Spiritual Self at Amazon, or wherever books are sold! https://www.amazon.com/FLAUNT-Cover-Reveal-Smart-Spiritual/dp/1608686213
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