Lindsey Schwartz is the author of the best-selling book Powerhouse Woman, Founder of The Powerhouse Women Event, and business/health coach with Isagenix. Everything Lindsey does revolves around bettering and motivating other women. We were lucky enough to attend her first Powerhouse Women Event in September and were both impressed and inspired by how relatable and genuine Lindsey is. Learn more about Lindsey Schwartz…
Hometown: Green Bay, WI – I’m a Midwest girl at heart, but snow isn’t my thing so I’ve lived in AZ for 10 years now!
First job: My first part-time job was bagging groceries at a little store in my neighborhood. I loved it because arranging the groceries to fit perfectly in a brown paper bag was basically like a real-life game of Tetris (nerd alert). The only thing I didn’t love was the uniform—a tacky blue smock and white collared shirt with a gold polyester necktie to complete the ensemble. That uniform didn’t help my street cred as a 15 year old at ALL.
Favorite AZ restaurant: There are so many to choose from! But a consistent favorite for the past 10 years living in AZ is Postino. They had me at “wine bar.” I absolutely love the cozy ambiance and the food (…that bruschetta!!).
Person who has impacted your life the most: My husband Elliot! He pours belief into my crazy dreams and encourages me to think bigger. Five years ago he fully supported my decision to quit my corporate job and pursue my own business full time, and that one decision forever changed the course of my life. He also has really big muscles (I’ll get some serious wife points for including that – haha – but no joke, he’s buff!)
Your biggest accomplishment in your eyes: Finishing and publishing the book has been my biggest accomplishment to date, hands down. The entire process made me face my biggest fears and insecurities, and stretch wayyy beyond my comfort zone. To put it in perspective, I had a health & fitness blog for 3 years and in that time published one new article per YEAR. Yep…there were exactly 3 articles on the blog and I’m pretty sure the only person who read them was my mom (thanks mom!) I didn’t consider myself a writer, and if I’m being honest I was petrified of putting something out there and having people judge it. I’m so proud of myself for seeing the project through. The blessings that have come into my life as a result of the book have been unbelievable—and I would have missed out on all of these blessings if I had given in to my fear.
The biggest obstacle you have overcome: The biggest obstacle I’m (constantly) working to overcome is my own limiting belief. I’m really good at getting in my own way and finding evidence for how “not good enough” I am.
I invest time in personal development daily, and I know that as I continue to play a bigger game the fears and insecurities will only get louder. But the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that fear is really just a sign that I’m going in the right direction. It never fully goes away. I think the goal is to learn to manage it and take action in spite of fear.
Someone who inspires you: I’m most inspired by people who share their successes AND their struggles. Authenticity speaks louder than a “picture perfect” life (because let’s be honest, no one has it all together all the time!) A few specific women who come to mind are Lori Harder, Kacey Luvi Pearson, and Heidi Powell.
Favorite quote: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Never compare your journey to someone else’s. We’re usually comparing our behind-the-scenes to the other person’s highlight reel, or the beginning of our journey to the middle of theirs. All entrepreneurs go through a learning curve, and most people overestimate what they will accomplish in a year but underestimate what they can do in five or ten years.
What makes someone fabulous: When someone unapologetically owns their unique strengths and talents, and uses them to help other people.