Laura Sage: Creator, CH/LL

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Laura Sage is the creator of CH/LL, a modern meditation studio. Laura was driven to create CH/LL by her desire to establish a regular meditation practice and her frustration at not being able to find a place in Chicago, where she resides, that resonated with her. She is the force behind everything CH/LL and brings years of relevant business acumen to the table. She is also the Director of Marketing and Investor Relations at Castle Creek Arbitrage, a Chicago and London based hedge funds. In 2004, Laura and her sister Halee, started The Lynn Sage Foundation which is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. The Lynn Sage Foundation funds doctors early in their careers and provides these doctors with an opportunity to test potentially groundbreaking research with the goal of eradicating cancer. The Foundation is named after their mother, Lynn, who passed away from breast cancer at the age of 39. Laura earned her MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Business and holds a BS in Economics from the University of Arizona.

What do I do best?

I am really good at headstands. I was a gymnast as a kid.

I am also pretty good at accomplishing multiple tasks. This is different than multi-tasking.  Meditation has taught me that doing multiple tasks simultaneously isn’t efficient nor does it produce the best outcomes. I’m usually better off giving my full attention to one task at a time. In any case, I can get a lot of disparate things taken care of efficiently .

What makes me the best version of myself?

I’d like to think the best version of me is yet to come. But, space to think helps bring out the best in me. I have introvert tendencies and need a reasonable amount of time alone.

What are my aspirations?

It sounds so hokey, but the world will be a better place if more people meditated. I’d like to help make that happen.

I’d also really like to help find a cure for cancer.

My Biggest Success?

Being a good daughter, sister, partner, aunt, relief-parent.  

My Most Challenging Moment?

Starting Chill had been the most notable, recent, challenging moment. I couldn’t fathom the degree of emotional resilience it would take. There’s just so much to establish and accomplish when starting a new business, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Having a meditation practice to lean on has helped a lot. It also helps to break down what needs to get done into smaller more manageable victories.

My Motto?

Hmmm, I never thought of myself as a motto-type, but I do believe in treating others the way you’d want to be treated. I also believe that the price of success is usually hard work.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

This one is easy, my sisters and my boyfriend are my favorite adults. I’m lucky to be in love with a bunch of younger “little” people. Pretty crazy about my business partner, Claire, too.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

I have an apartment in Utah that’s pretty important to me. The mountains and nature are so grounding and help me unwind.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the South of France. Africa is a stunning mystery that I am eager to explore more. Asian cultures are so exotic and fascinating + I get to learn so much about meditation there. Of course, I always love a weekend in a great city like London or New York too.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

I’m really into items created by The School of Life right now. The School of Life is a London-based company devoted to developing emotional intelligence. They make stuff like Know Yourself and Calm prompt cards and Color as Therapy coloring books.

I was also recently introduced to Cereal Magazine which is this stunning (also UK-based) publication that focuses on design + art + fashion.  It’s really a work of art unto itself. I LOVE their esthetic. Rosa and Rich, the creators of Cereal, stumbled into Chill looking for the Doughnut Vault which is this great doughnut place around the corner from our studio in Chicago. Doughnut Vault was sold out of doughnuts, which turned out to be Chill’s and my good fortune.  

My Current Passions?

I’m a little obsessed with the Netflix series House of Cards. It’s such a naughty pleasure – the opposite of wholesome. I’m pretty late to this party, but I rarely watch TV. Until now. I’m binge watching the first season on my iPhone while exercising or when my boyfriend won’t turn off CNN in bed. Nothing against CNN, but one cycle of the news per night is enough for me.  I’m going to have to repent and read Emerson or Thoreau after season one.