Meet Michelle Lazarus! Michelle co-owns The Dailey Method Venice along with Tenaya Figueira, and will be partnering with us for our WE CARE Event. We asked her a few questions to learn more about her life as a mother and entrepreneur.
B+G: What is your favorite part about being in Venice?
Michelle: The beach, the food, the community
B+G: What are your favorite restaurants and places to bring the kids to in Venice?
Michelle: Gjusta is my favorite restaurant to bring the kids too! There’s something for everyone, you don’t feel bad about rolling in with three kids, and the food is amazing. We love going to the beach. It’s why we still live here even though our family has expanded (exploded!!!) and we try to go whenever we can.
B+G: What inspired you to open Dailey Method?
Michelle: The thrill of starting a business in our community excited me. It had always been a dream of mine and the opportunity came at a time when I was looking to make a positive change. Being able to commit to something I believed in and support others by sharing a method that I'd fallen in love with and experienced game changing benefits from, just felt good.
B+G: How do you balance being both an entrepreneur and mother?
Michelle: I used to think balancing all of it was the goal but I’ve come to realize, most days, finding true balance just isn't a reality. For me it’s more important to have a plan but know that some days, it might be more about surrendering to what might come my way than living up to the expectations we put on ourselves. I still struggle with it but am finally letting go of that “I have to do it all” mentality. Somedays I'll be super productive, get everything done, plus cook dinner and tuck the kids in, and other days, everyone will be a mess, I’ll be at my capacity and still won't be able to answer an email, make my bed, or even take a shower...and that’s ok too.
B+G: What tips would you offer moms trying to find time for exercise in their busy schedules?
Michelle: Schedule it in like you would an important meeting! Even if it has to be at home while your baby sleeps. A little self care is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family. Also accountability helps. If you have a friend with a similar schedule who likes to do the same things you do, make a plan with each other and stick to it.
B+G: Tell us in what way motherhood has impacted your life the most? What key values do you hope to give your children when it comes to their identity and family?
Michelle: Oh man, SO much. Before I was a mom, I walked through life with a lot more worry and fear - and though I still have my days - my children have given me this incredible opportunity to walk a path of so much love instead. To know and continually experience it through them, and with them, is the greatest gift in the world and it has changed me deeply. It has made me much more secure - and even though some days I feel like I’m flailing big time, I can more easily pull myself up and keep moving forward without getting bogged down by the negative. They are my greatest teachers. I hope my children love the skin they’re in, value humor, compassion, kindness, and authenticity...and know that if they work really hard they can do what they want.
B+G: Proceeds from the WE CARE event will be donated to RAICES. Will you share why you chose this organization in particular?
Michelle: A calling to support families that don’t have the luxuries my children and I do.