Everyone! Meet Leah Shadwick LAc, the warm, welcoming, engaging practitioner and owner of Birds Nest Acupuncture! Before becoming an amazing Austin acupuncturist, she was a New York City clothing stylist. We are SO lucky that she decided to make the transition. Her care for women is evident in her demeanor and her mission to help them address health issues is ever-present in her work. Makes my women’s-health-heart go pitter patter.
1. Tell me about yourself and what you do?
I’m an acupuncturist, small business owner, wife, and mother. I live with my sweet family in East Austin and my practice is Birds Nest Acupuncture, which is centrally located in Austin. In my acupuncture practice I specialize in treating mental health and women’s health issues. My style of acupuncture is called alchemical, which means that I work with my clients to create transformation in their lives, that help them overcome obstacles to their optimal health and well being. I use acupuncture to guide them through a process of healing that fosters self awareness, body awareness, and makes space for new possibilities to arise. Acupuncture is a holistic medicine which balances body, mind, and soul. It shifts our energy, also known as Qi, and it is amazing what can happen when we do that… we almost always feel better!
2. What motivates you to do what you do?
I love the feeling I get when I start to see people look and feel better. The day they walk into my office and I can just tell that they are changing and their health and vitality is improving. I feel like too many people are walking around stressed, depressed, anxious, unsure of themselves, and not feeling well. This is not how we are supposed to feel! All of these emotions and feelings have an impact on our physical health and can create disharmony, pain, and disease. I genuinely love to help people, connect with them, and empower them to become the best version of themselves so they can follow their path in this lifetime. Fortunately, my job also fuels my passion for psychology, women’s health issues, mindfulness, and holistic medicine. Acupuncture can dramatically change a person’s life and I’m committed to spreading awareness about it's benefits.
3. Tell me about a moment when you felt truly awesome:
I feel pretty awesome these days because I’m cleansing and I’ve taken my home cooking to a new level in my newly renovated kitchen.
But if I think about my past, I would have to say it was right around the time I met my husband. I had reached a really good point in my life. I was in my early thirties, in grad school for acupuncture, and on a big time path to self discovery and self love. I dove deep into my studies and personal growth. I was doing tons of yoga, reading, reflecting, and learning about myself and my place in the world. I had given up on my attachment to meeting “the one” I would marry. Instead I was trying to focus on all the positive aspects of being a single and independent woman. In that moment I just decided to trust that what was meant to be would be. Then all of a sudden… when I truly let go… I met my husband. Ha! That was awesome! It just felt like a time period when everything was just falling into place and I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
4. How do you get through periods of self doubt?
I meditate, I pray, or I call my mom. Sometimes I just need to stop my over-thinking mind and try to listen to that voice inside me that knows best. Sometimes I need a reminder that I’m okay and some reflection back that my thoughts are irrational- my mom is good at that. There is a part of myself that tries to bully me and tell me that everything needs to be perfect, and that is just not true. I don’t have to be perfect. I just have to be MYSELF. I try to remind myself to do the things that “feel good” as opposed to what I think I should be doing. I think that if you continue to do what feels right for you, then you naturally live into the places that foster self confidence.
5. What do you want other women to know about self-acceptance and self-celebration?
Trust in yourself! Learn to trust your inner voice and guidance. It is there, I promise!
If we all take some time to stop the mental chatter and listen for a moment, we would be amazed at what we heard. I believe we all have a path and purpose in this world. We should all learn to follow our own path and stop worrying about what others are doing. We can absolutely be inspired by others, but we should always remember that we are own individual person and we have something unique to offer this world. My son has this children’s book that talks about this exact sentiment and I have always liked it. It’s titled On The Night You Were Born and my favorite line is “Life will never be the same. Because there had never been anyone like you...ever in the world.” Kids can naturally feel how special they are and we should learn from them and try to feel the same way.
See what I mean? Leah is so cool. I am going to take away many things from this interview, especially the ideas of creating the life you want, doing what feels right for you, and recognizing what makes you feel special. YES! Check out her work at Birds Nest Acupuncture by clicking here.
If you want emotional guidance in creating the life that you want and embracing your unique qualities, email me to schedule an individual therapy consultation!
- Lauren, HHT