Seeking Wellness with Michael LaValley

Michael LaValley 

Podcast MLaValley Seeking Wellness with Michael LaValley Podcast

Michael LaValley is a returning guest, but many things have changed since the last time he was on the podcast. Essentially, Michael began feeling burned out and realized that the way he’d always assumed was the right way to do things wasn’t necessarily right after all.   

Michael says that people don’t tell you that when you’re trying to be successful, you still need to take time and space for yourself. Michael began to scale back as much as he feasibly could on work and other projects while he worked to find his way back to physical and mental wellness.   

Michael says that his wife was a great source of support during this time, especially because she experienced a similar journey. Michael worked to beat his soda addiction by going cold turkey. He lost 75 pounds. He also found more peace and wellness than he’d had previously. He began to rebuild his projects on that foundation but was also careful to ramp things back down when it became too much. At work, he made his team aware of some of the things that were going on and let them know he was working on it but avoided oversharing.  

In today’s episode, Michael talks about what it was like to give a presentation on these experiences and shares some of the things he’s doing now, such as his Instagram activity and projects he’s working on for Evolving Architect.  

What You’ll Hear on This Episode  

  • What’s happened since the last time Michael visited the podcast 
  • Michael’s experience with burnout 
  • How Michael got back to mental and physical wellness 
  • How Michael handled work and talking to his team and supervisors about his issues 
  • Michael’s weight loss journey 
  • How Michael’s wife helped him in his wellness journey 
  • Michael’s presentation about his burnout and recovery experience 
  • What is coming up for Evolving Architect 
  • Michael’s Instagram and how he’s using it now 
  • Michael’s advice for aspiring architects 
  • What Michael knows now that he didn’t know then 
  • The book that changed everything for Michael 
  • Michael’s most important resource 
  • Michael’s best timesaving trick 
  • How listeners can find Michael 

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode 

  1. It’s important to take time for yourself when you need it 
  2. You need a support system that can help you through difficult times 
  3. Don’t neglect your physical and mental health for your work.  

Michael LaValley’s Advice for Aspiring Architects 

“I would say, for someone who wants to be an architect, I would absolutely advocate for anybody who is creative and loves design or loves looking at the profession to be an architect. I think it has fulfilled me in ways I couldn’t even have imagined.” 

Favorite Quotes 

“I know that today I need to always check in with myself.” –Michael LaValley on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then 

Start with Why gave me the context for sort of how to find my why, I guess, and find purpose in my life in a way that was positive and meaningful.” –Michael LaValley on the book that changed everything 

“Actually the one that comes to mind immediately because it’s the one I’ve been using the most is actually an app. It’s an app called Libby.” –Michael LaValley on the resource he can’t live without 

“My best time-saving trick is using Trello.”  –Michael LaValley on him best timesaving trick 

Resources Mentioned in the Show: 

Michael LaValley 
Evolving Architect 
Michael on Instagram 


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