Entrepreneur, teacher, writer, expert generalist and advisor
Laura's first career as a professional healthcare consultant was short lived thanks to 9/11 and the Enron scandal which happened within two months of each other.
As Laura watched the company where she worked disintegrate and people around her question their personal safety, she realized that nothing was guaranteed and that making an impact on the world was more important than making companies rich.
Laura left the pursuit of the corporate dollar to build a life pursuing her passions, leveraging her innate ability to teach, communicate and motivate which naturally led her to coaching and writing.
Laura began her professional life as a consultant (boooor-ring) for Arthur Andersen in Chicago after she earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Purdue University.
If you have never heard of Arthur Andersen it's because it no longer exists thanks to it being the accounting firm for Enron when that company decided to shred a bunch of documents it wasn't supposed to.
Just prior to the Enron scandal, America was brought to its knees with the 9/11 tragedy. As Laura watched all of this go down, she realized she needed to make a change. So she left the corporate world to become a high school Spanish teacher.
Luckily, she already knew how to speak Spanish and after earning her Master’s in Education, she worked as a teacher for eight years, teaching both locally and abroad allowing Laura to blend her passions for teaching and traveling.
Somewhere along her journey, Laura heard Madonna credit her fit body to yoga so she gave it a try because if it's good enough for Madonna, well.... The results were more than physical for Laura. Yoga became a way for Laura to (re)connect to what was most important to her, the feeling of living a balanced life.
Rather than just be a yogi, though, Laura decided to merge her passion for yoga with her passion for teaching and dedicated the summer of 2007 to earning her 200 hour RYT certification so she could teach yoga, and she's been doing it ever since.
While she was teaching high school Spanish, she spent three summers teaching a language and cultural immersion program in Oviedo, Spain, allowed Laura to become fluent in Spanish and experience a culture that embraced a more relaxed, sustainable and enjoyable work pace.
While teaching and mentoring high school students had its rewards, the schedule back home ultimately got the best of her. She fell ill with a bizarre immune system disorder that resulted in a blood issue that could only be controlled by severely altering her diet. She knew immediately that there had to be a better way, so she went on a quest to find it.
This quest led Laura deeper into the study of the human body, including the physical, mental and energy bodies. She began to understand that our health is a result of how we interact with the world which has been proven over and over again in various studies: stress is detrimental to our longevity.
Laura's search took her to the field of energy work, specifically to Reiki. Much like her previous passions, Laura decided to go all in and she earned a Reiki Master certification which she used to train others to become Reiki practitioners.
Laura leveraged her certifications and life experiences to again switch careers to something she was more passionate about and to have more flexibility in her schedule (thanks, Spain!)
She co-founded a small healing and coaching business with Candy Irven. When Candy purchased a local yoga studio called Tree House, the business partners, friends and soul sisters decided to merge their healing and coaching business with the yoga studio, moving it literally beneath the studio in a space they affectionately called The Sanctuary (because who wants to say they work in a basement?)
Laura loved turning her passions into careers and realized she also loved the freedom of being her own boss and helping others to live a life elevated.
Having acquired a fondness for the entrepreneurial spirit, the dynamic duo decided to start another business, along with cardologist Paula Krueger, called Kismet (itiskismet.com).
Kismet is a website that helps people understand their life purpose through the lens of cardology (the science behind the playing cards). Laura is a Six of Clubs (aka The Tuned In Realist).
Laura is not only a supporter of the gig economy, she thrives in it having worked as a tutor, interpreter, legal assistant, yoga studio manager, coach and cardologist.
In fact, she's managed to turn it into a career by coaching others on how to turn their passions into opportunities.
During her free time, Laura works out, practices yoga and drinks coffee, some days lots of coffee. She loves salsa dancing, floating, boxing and bingeing science fiction TV shows.
Laura believes each individual chooses their unique life path and purpose. The challenge is in discovering it before it’s too late.
It’s this process of discovery that Laura loves most which led her to write her book, Get Your Spiritual Shift Together. You can learn more about Laura at laurahaehl.coach.