HEY, GURU!

Candy & Laura here. We call ourselves intuitive guides & conscious entrepreneurs, but really we’re just like you. We’ve had our own share of ups and downs, experiencing everything from life in corporate america to heart break (and divorce) to life-changing illnesses.

Those experiences taught us how to unleash our inner gurus. AKA that feeling of being calm, energized and connected. All. The. Time. And that is why we created It’s You, Guru… to help YOU do the same. 

CANDY IRVEN

6 of Diamonds, Aquarius, animal & coffee lover, real talker, wellness enthusiast, blogger & conscious entrepreneur

 

Candy’s career began at the Lafayette Journal & Courier (a Gannett newspaper) in the advertising & online departments. She spent just under two years at the paper, learning to manage daily deadlines & customer expectations. This is where Candy was first introduced to the potential of the Internet (yes, she’s that old)

As the director of the online department at the J&C, she yearned to work for a company that more fully embraced technology. In 1999 she was offered a job to work for a technology start up in Indianapolis, IN that would eventually IPO & rename themselves to NIC.

Almost 15 years later & at the height of Candy’s corporate career with NIC, she realized she wanted more out of life than a fancy title & a closet full of shoes. 

Despite professional success, her personal life was anything but. She had two failed marriages followed by a long-term relationship that was going nowhere. She had been so focused on her career, she had forgotten (how) to focus on herself. So…

To the shock of nearly everyone around her, Candy walked away from her career in 2014 to embark on her most challenging job yet… (re) connecting with herself, healing her heart & finding her soul’s purpose.

Because Candy had always dreamed of being a writer, she decided to give it a try. Every day for a year, she blogged about her escape from the daily grind & self discoveries at 365go.me . (This is where you can reeeeeeally get to know her.)

Once free from her corporate restraints, Candy was able to finally begin teaching yoga, a certification she had earned in 2010. 

Her love of water & the outdoors, led her to teaching yoga on paddle boards, affording her a level of freedom & expression she hadn’t felt since childhood. 

Candy also discovered a passion for the intersection of science & spirituality, called metaphysics.

This led her to earn a coaching certification in the Psychology of Dynamic Eating from the Institute of Eating Psychology in Boulder, Colorado. 

Armed with knowledge, certifications & experience she was ready to begin helping others. So Candy partnered with Laura Haehl, her best friend & soul sister, to open their first energy-focused business, nesha, beginning their journey as conscious entrepreneurs. 

Candy eventually bought a yoga studio in Indianapolis called Tree House & nestled nesha into the basement which was affectionately called “The Sanctuary”.

She moved her yoga teaching indoors & spent several years teaching adults & student athletes, while also providing  energy work & food coaching services in The Sanctuary.

She volunteered at a local domestic violence shelter where she taught children the power of yoga & breath work.

In 2016, Candy became an USUI/Holy Fire Reiki Master & co-founded a cardology-based business called Kismet with her bestie, Laura, & cardologist guru, Paula Krueger. 

Kismet is a website that helps people understand their life purpose through the lens of cardology (the science behind the playing cards). Candy is a Six of Diamonds (aka The Sensitive Advocate).

She eventually transformed her quiet yoga studio into a zen performance lab called Altitud. But a Camino pilgrimage in 2018 ignited something life-changing within Candy, a connection to her Higher Self.

Realizing that living a dream & a passion can be two very different things, she closed everything down, got certified in Beyond Quantum Healing & in 2019 moved to an amazing little mountain town you might have heard of called Asheville, NC where she (re)committed to living her passion of helping others to become their own guru.

To unwind, Candy enjoys yoga, kickboxing, being in nature, traveling alone or with friends & getting sucked into psychological thrillers.

But more than anything, she loves spending time with Sheba, her American Bulldog. Nothing beats the unconditional love & uncontrollable tail-wagging of a furry friend.

Candy holds a B.S. in Organizational Leadership & Supervision from Purdue University. She earned distinction as a Sagamore of the Wabash recipient from Governor Frank O’Bannon & was a recipient of the Indianapolis 40 Under 40 achievement award.

She’s also a 500 hour certified yoga instructor, USUI/Holy Fire Reiki Master, eating psychology coach, BQH practitioner & guru coach.

 

LAURA HAEHL

6 of Clubs, Aries, chocolate & coffee aficionada, nature lover, Spanish speaker, teacher, writer, wellness enthusiast & conscious entrepreneur

 

Laura began her professional life as a consultant for Arthur Andersen in Chicago after she earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Purdue University.

If you have never heard of Arthur Andersen it’s because it no longer exists thanks to it being the accounting firm for Enron when that company decided to shred a bunch of documents it wasn’t supposed to.

Just prior to the Enron scandal, the U.S. was brought to its knees with the 9/11 tragedy. As Laura watched all of this go down, she realized she needed to make a change. So she left the corporate world to go into a job that would allow her to have more impact on the world… teaching high school Spanish.

Luckily, she already knew how to speak Spanish & after earning her Master’s in Education, she worked as a teacher for eight years.

Teaching both locally and abroad, allowed Laura to blend her passions for teaching & traveling into a successful career.

Early on in her journey (circa 1996), Laura heard Madonna credit her fit body to yoga, so she decided to give it a try. The results were more than physical for Laura. Yoga became a way for Laura to reconnect to what was most important to her, the feeling of living a balanced life.

Rather than just be a yogi, though, Laura decided to merge her passion for yoga with her passion for teaching & dedicated the summer of 2007 to earning her 200 hour RYT certification so she could teach yoga.

While she was teaching high school Spanish, she spent three summers teaching a language & cultural immersion program in Oviedo, Spain. This allowed her to become fluent in Spanish & experience a culture that embraced a more relaxed, sustainable & enjoyable work pace.

While teaching & mentoring high school students had its rewards, the schedule back home ultimately got the best of her. She fell ill with a bizarre immune system disorder that resulted in a blood issue that could only be controlled by severely altering her diet. She knew immediately that there had to be a better way than living such a restricted life, so she went on a quest to find it.

​This quest led Laura deeper into the study of the human body, including the physical, mental & energy bodies. She began to understand that our health is a result of how we interact with the world which has been proven over & over again in various studies: stress is detrimental to our longevity.

Laura’s search took her to the field of energy work, specifically to Reiki. Much like her previous passions, Laura decided to go all in & she earned a Reiki Master certification which she used to train others to become Reiki practitioners.

Laura leveraged her certifications & life experiences to again switch careers to something she was more passionate about & to have more flexibility in her schedule (thanks, Spain!)  

She co-founded a small healing & coaching business with Candy. When Candy purchased a local yoga studio called Tree House, the business partners, friends & soul sisters decided to merge their healing & coaching business with the yoga studio, moving it literally beneath the studio in a space they affectionately called The Sanctuary. (because who wants to say they work in a basement?)​

Having acquired a fondness for the entrepreneurial spirit, the dynamic duo decided to start another business, along with cardologist Paula Krueger, called Kismet (itiskismet.com).

Kismet is a website that helps people understand their life purpose through the lens of cardology (the science behind the playing cards). Laura is a Six of Clubs (aka The Tuned In Realist).

Laura is not only a supporter of the gig economy, she thrives in it having worked as a tutor, interpreter, legal assistant, yoga studio manager, reiki master, intuitive coach, cardologist & BQH practitioner.

Over the years, Laura has turned her passions into careers. She also loves the freedom of being her own boss & helping others to discover that they too can live a passionate & balanced life.

​​​During her free time, Laura works out, practices yoga & drinks coffee, some days lots and lots of coffee and chocolate. She loves hiking, exploring new places, salsa dancing, floating, boxing & bingeing science fiction TV shows.

Laura believes each individual chooses their unique life path & purpose. The challenge lies in discovering what it is.

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