Meet Lauren Fleshman
MEET THE MUSE: Lauren Fleshman – athlete, coach, activist, writer, entrepreneur, and one of the fastest women in the world.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being surrounded by compassionate, good communicators whom I can work on big ideas with while running 15 miles on a riverside trail.
What is the trait you are most grateful for in yourself?
Willingness to be wrong.
What is the trait you most cherish in others?
What breaks your heart?
Women feeling less than, being torn down, tearing themselves down…women and girls not knowing how amazing they really are. Missing your calling.
What is your current state of mind?
Highly engaged when I should be going to bed. Imaginative.
If you could inspire one change in yourself, what would it be?
Being a better manager. Of time. Of human resources.
If you could inspire one change in the world, what would it be?
I would bring the power of women to sports so sports could be more powerful for women and girls.
Where do you look for inspiration in your daily life?
My family. My women. My sport. My online community.
What do you want to be remembered for?
Being myself. Going where I’m called. Inspiring passion, thought, and action.
What is your motto?
When you realize failing doesn’t make you a failure, you give yourself permission to try all sorts of things.
I am a professional athlete of 12 years, coaching professional women distance runners in Bend, Oregon. I use writing and storytelling to convey the truths of putting your entire being into what you care about as a way to inspire wild dreaming, great effort, and ownership of a personal definition of success. I aim to tell the story of athletics in a way that has never been told in the hopes that it can broaden the view of what role sport can play in our lives. The work I do on my blog, with my energy bar company Picky Bars, with brands I partner with, is all aimed at bringing purposeful, positive, transferable energy to the community. I’m also a sport progressive, working toward improvements in athletes’ rights, ethics, and leadership.
What/who inspired your work?
Great African American writers, fiction and non-fiction alike, who used story telling to fuel a movement, to spark souls. I’m inspired by the people I work with at Oiselle, who provide a nurturing environment for dreaming, brainstorming, and taking action.
What are the challenges you face with your work?
Over-stimulation. Work/Family conflicts. Lack of focus.
What do you love most about your work?
The feeling of using my brain and soul to their optimal capacity.
How can we support your work?
Because this is our “Back to School” Issue:
Who are your greatest teachers?
My screw ups. The people I fall in love with.
What has been your most difficult lesson?
You can do anything you want, but not at the same time.
What are you learning right now?
That I should’ve started this interview before 10pm.