(So)(Co) Sit Down with Laura Fisher

I'm excited to share this week's (So)(Co) Sit Down with you! Laura Fisher and I met in late 2014 through a mutual friend. We instantly knew we were meant to be friends. She has been an incredible supporter of my business and a constant reminder of the importance of self-care and self-worth. She's one of those people that I feel as though she has been in my life forever.  

Starting a business on your own (especially in the harsh winters in NYC) can certainly be isolating but I've been fortunate to have co-working days with Laura where we create a schedule for the day in order to be as productive as humanly possible. I'm inspired by all the work that she has done and continues to do to make our world a healthier place. 




How do you spend your days?

My week is usually filled up with meetings, developing educational programming, and leading webinars for Farm Commons, the nonprofit I work for. I'm lucky to work from home, so I also get in a fair bit of cooking, connecting with friends, and always make time for yoga or some other form of exercise. Lately I've been making an effort to incorporate more creativity into my routine. Right now that's been re-learning how to play the piano. It's a lot of fun, and forces me to use my brain in new ways. I don't know how my neighbors feel about it, though.

What are three things you are grateful for?

1. The opportunity to work towards a cause that I feel passionately about.

2. Having access to fresh and healthy food and clean water on a daily basis. 

3. Chocolate/wine (I can't choose between the two!)

Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.

Conscious, healthy, playful, and active. Hopefully I can put "balanced" on that list soon, but it's still a work in progress!

If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?

Such a tough one! Depends on the season, my mood, who else is in attendance... but I'm known for my enormous, colorful salads. 

If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?

The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. Not only is it a classic and a great read, but the message is really powerful. It reminds me that outer beauty and the face we put on for the world is nothing without the foundation of who we are underneath. It may have been written in the late 19th century, but the themes of living an authentic life and the consequences of moral duplicity are timeless. 

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

I really want to say meditate. But, the truth is, I immediately get out of bed and put the kettle on for a cup of coffee.

If you could change one thing in your daily routine, what would it be? What would it take for you to make that change?

Slowing down, for sure, and squeezing more pleasure out of each moment. I tend to rush around with such a sense of urgency, and it's not until I remember to pause and look around that I remember how good it feels. To do that more consistently, I need to commit to meditation, deep breaths, and working daily reminders into my route to stop me in my tracks. It's definitely a practice!

Oh also, I can never swipe my MetroCard properly the first time through. So, I'm working on that.

What does being healthy mean to you?

Feeling centered, balanced, and accepting of my decisions and myself.

Have you ever been faced with health concerns that pushed you to change your lifestyle?

Luckily I haven't experienced a major health concern, but growing up I always had digestive issues. It wasn't until three years ago that I discovered that I could take control of my health through what I ate. I started shifting my diet to including fewer processed foods and cutting down on common inflammatory ingredients, and I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) to learn as much as I could about holistic health and wellness. I definitely feel a lot better these days, and living a healthy lifestyle has become something I'm pretty passionate about. 

What song can immediately change your mood in the best way possible?

Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show is an old favorite that always brings back warm and fuzzy memories of spending summers in the Adirondacks. Lately I've also been really into anything by Flume. I've been blasting it and dancing around my apartment to beat the mid-afternoon slump.

What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted your way of thinking?

I'm lucky to be surrounded by a lot of wise, insightful people that give me great advice. But, something that I draw upon often comes from my dear friends Patty and Erick Taylor who own Devon Point Farm, where I worked for a season. Whenever I start to overthink a situation, a relationship, life in general... they tell me to throw my hands up in the air and just say " I just don't give a fuck!" It sounds kind of silly and simplistic, but it reminds me not to take everything so seriously. My life feels so much better when I operate from a lighter place and take the pressure off, and things always seem to fall into place.

What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?

A great fitting pair of jeans is the best investment a girl can make, in my opinion! A pair of those and a tank top to show off my chaturanga muscles and I am good to go.

Complete this sentence: "In order to be happy, I need to..."

Spend quality time with my friends and family, do yoga, eat well, and laugh as much as possible!

What do you have going on in your life that you'd like to share with the (So)(Co) Community?

Right now I'm pretty focused with my work at Farm Commons, and I'm excited about the contributions we're making to the sustainable agriculture community. I am also a writer, and I've been playing around with the idea of a book sometime in the near future. I need to work up some courage for that, though!

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I'm an environmentalist and health nut living in NYC. My professional background is a mix of community organizing, sustainable food systems, holistic health coaching, and marketing. Currently, I work for Farm Commons, where we provide small farmers around the country with the legal resources they need to build stable and resilient businesses. Outside of work, you can usually find me at a yoga class, on a bench somewhere in the city reading a book, or catching up with good friends over a good meal.

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