We wanted to take a moment to introduce you all to our Executive Assistant, Miss Lacey LaCosse! Lacey has been a part of our family since 2014 at Dutch Bros. Coffee, and her eagerness to learn, ability to execute tasks promptly, incredible work ethic, flexibility, intelligence, loyalty and loving personality has made her a true stand-out in our eyes. In fact, we have had the privilege of working with her older sister, Lindsey who was just as incredible as her (basically everyone in the LaCosse family are all wonderful).
On a wellness note, Lacey is a leader in healthful living and radical self-care. She has had to curate her diet to accommodate food sensitivities, prioritizes her mental health on a daily basis, and always makes wise decisions with her health at the forefront. It makes perfect sense to have her assisting BZenWellness on demonstrating what radical self-care means in leadership.
If you’re curious who sends the emails, and creates some of the social content, this is your girl, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have her in our lives. Here’s a little more about Lacey:
Lacey was born in San Jose, California and shortly moved to beautiful Grants Pass, Oregon where she grew up with her parents and two older sisters. She grew up living an active lifestyle, balancing multiple sports and managing to keep up good grades. Volleyball was always her favorite and one of her biggest passions in High School!
Lacey moved to Eugene, Oregon in the fall of 2013 to start her education at the University of Oregon. UO always held a special place in her heart as both of her sisters are former Ducks. She found a home in this unique town and fell in love really quickly. Lacey began her journey with Dutch Bros Coffee in 2014 and spent the next five years growing and learning within the company.
Lacey is currently finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Oregon. She plans to graduate in Spring of 2020 with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and looks forward to seeing where that will take her next! You can find Lacey working in the tasting room at Sweet Cheeks Winery when she is not attending class and she also enjoys hanging out with friends and family, and loving on her five nieces and nephews in her free time.
We asked Lacey a couple questions so you can get to know her better:
1. Tell us about your first experience with yoga.
My first experience with yoga was actually at the University of Oregon. I took a Hatha yoga class my freshman year and let me tell you, it was really outside of my comfort zone. I had no prior experience and was super nervous! The experience ended up being extremely rewarding and taught me to slow down, breathe, and really be in tune with my body.
2. What drew you to B Zen Wellness?
Brittany came to me a couple years ago telling me about this dream she had of creating a space to share her passion for yoga and wellness. Obviously, I was drawn to B Zen Wellness because I will whole heartedly support Brittany in whatever she wan to do, but it was the honest, inspiring and thought-provoking content that really pulled me in.
3. What other work are you doing in the world?
I am currently finishing up my senior year at the University of Oregon where I have found a passion in the world of Psychology. I will graduate in Spring of 2020 with my Bachelors of Science in Psychology. I am still trying to figure out what I want to do when I graduate but for now I am absolutely loving investing in myself and learning about this incredible field!
4. We first starting working with you at Dutch Bros Coffee. Tell us a little more about your experience and tenure at Dutch Bros.
I first started working at Dutch Bros in 2014. It was in that time that I realized what a special place Dutch Bros is. Dutch Bros saw me through some of the darkest times in my life and some of the most amazing times in my life. It provided me with opportunities that were absolutely unreal and life-changing and blessed me with so many amazing friendships. I met Brittany and Jonah during my time at Dutch Bros and am so lucky to call them my friends and mentors. Brittany and Jonah provided me with incredible leadership that helped me achieve roles that ranged from barista, to event planning, donation coordinating, as well as helping with Payroll and HR responsibilities. They have mentored me through so many different phases of my life and I am thankful to be working with them again!
5. What does being of service mean to you?
Being of service means helping others in a selfless manner, without expectation of reciprocation.
6. What drew you to studying psychology?
As someone who has struggled with mental health, Psychology drew me in as a way to fully understand what I was going through and also as a way to understand those around me. I have always been a great listener and drawn to helping others by offering a space where they can share feelings and issues. My interest in Psychology came without question once I came to University and offered me a platform to learn about and enhance those skills that already came so naturally to me.
7. What is your favorite self care practice?
My favorite self care practice is putting my favorite music on, lighting a candle, pouring myself a glass of wine and completely letting myself get lost in the world of art. I love to paint and draw! Acrylics, charcoal, and pencil are some of my favorite mediums. Creating art is a way for me to truly unplug from the world and express myself.
8. What does radical self care mean to you?
Radical self care to me is showing up for yourself even on your hardest days and developing the skills to be honest with yourself and your needs.
9. What is your most embarrassing moment?
I once told a guy that I loved him at the end of the first date because I hadn’t dated in a while and was so used to telling my friends “I love you” when I was leaving them that it just slipped out!
10. What/who inspires you the most?
This question is easy for me. My mom is by far the most inspiring person I know and is such an amazing role model in my life! She has gone through so many medical road blocks in her life but has overcome every single one with grace and optimism. I owe my strength to her and am so thankful to have her!
Be well, friends. Thank you for reading