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IMBY Inspo: Lauren Chiarello

Our weekly blog series highlighting the women that inspire us

Photo Credit: Rick DeWitt, MSKCC

Lauren Chiarello
Founder, Chi Chi Life
New York, NY

RIGHT NOW: WHERE ARE YOU, WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON, AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU’RE WEARING?

Sitting in the sunshine reveling in the warmth of this October day. I have a small public park across the street from my apartment – it’s my favorite place to pop out during long stretches of working inside. I’m currently working on outreach to secure food + beverage partners for a corporate wellness panel speaker series I am producing this month. I’m wearing super soft, comfy + adorable jogger pants by Alexis Mera..

SUM UP YOUR STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE.

I adore classic + comfortable pieces with fun twist.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO?

My students. I see the tangible change they are making through exercise. I’m simply the cheerleader + my hope is to help my rockstars lead their best lives – both in body + mind.

HOW DO YOU LIVE ‘MINDFULLY?’

I pour my heart + soul into everything I do. I want each class, event, project to have purpose + meaning. I carefully reflect on how I spend my time + energy to ensure it makes sense with my life mission.

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP?

Nothing too unique, smash my alarm button + jump into the shower!

WHAT DOES YOUR MORNING ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?

I teach or train clients every morning very early, so I try to get a bit early to review programming + enjoy a cup of coffee to give me a boost!

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO WORKOUT?

Oh so many to choose from. My top favorites are Pilates, Barre, TRX, Yoga, Cycling + Running.

WHAT’S THE ONE ITEM OF CLOTHING YOU WEAR THE MOST?

Sports bras, LOL!

WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR LIFE (AND CLOSET!) A LEAN, MEAN, CLUTTER-FREE MACHINE? 

I consider myself a master scheduler – I can squeeze a lot of juice out of each day. I’ll admit, my closet / apartment can get neglected. I’m working on getting things more organized + decluttered – it’s not easy!

YOU’RE A BUSY BABE. HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK, HEALTH, AND YOUR RELATIONSHIPS?

This is a really tough one. It’s truly a dance + I find it very difficult to feel successful in all areas at all times. I’m still working on finding a formula that works best for me + my husband. And it’s always changing, depending on current priorities! I value the importance of showing up + supporting my loved ones efforts. You never know how much you can help others until you try to hold space for them.

WHAT PODCASTS OR BLOGS DO YOU KEEP UP WITH?

I regularly listen to one podcast – The Career Passport with Jill Ozovek – she has monthly themes + powerhouse women who are insightful game changers in work + life. I always come away learning something new!

I have a bunch of favorite blogs – depends on what I’m looking for to inspire me.

For magical food recipes: Rachl Mansfield, The Mimimalist Baker, Wingspan Wellness

For life / work insights: Alexandra Franzen, Marie Forleo, Ralph Marston’s The Daily Motivator

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?

My family – my dad for never giving up, my mom for her endless compassion, my sister for her continuous thirst to learn, my husband for his warmth, patience + humor.

FAVORITE SPOTS FOR A HEALTHY MEAL?

Candle 79 for a magical splurge of seasonal vegan fine dining!

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

“The squeaky wheel gets greased” – my dad. Always go after what you want. Never give up.

WHITE HOT LIGHTNING ROUND– GO!

HEELS OR FLATS? Sneakers. Those are considered flats, right?!?!

BUSINESS OR CASUAL? Casual. I sort of live in spandex!

EARLY MORNINGS OR LATE NIGHTS? Early mornings. A clean slate + so much goodness lies ahead.

NEW YORK OR LA? New York. Though I love Santa Monica / Venice!

COFFEE, TEA, OR MATCHA? Coffee. My fuel!

COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE: LIVING INTENTIONALLY MEANS… Opening your eyes + heart through listening to others.

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