Connecticut native, social media influencer and fitness instructor, Lauren Seib, reluctantly moved from NYC back to CT. However, she quickly fell in love with the community and amenities at Harbor Point in Stamford. Here is our interview with Lauren Seib: Life in Stamford’s Harbor Point.
Tell me about your move to Stamford, CT?
My hubby and I are both from Madison, CT and moved into the city for work after graduating from UConn. Mike was there just over two years, I on the other hand just under a year. I was HEARTBROKEN when our NYC roomie was transferred out west and Mike’s company moved to Stamford—sparking us to go back to our CT roots. I felt like I didn’t “get the Big Apple out of me” however the second we settled in Fairfield County, I knew we had found our home. When we first discovered Stamford’s Harbor Point five years ago, we had to tap into our imagination a bit as it wasn’t nearly as developed and buzzing of a neighborhood as it is today. Harbor Point has completely transformed—and continues to grow. We love living in Harbor Point for its quaint harbor, young/energetic community and proximity to Manhattan. At the time, I was still commuting to New York City for work so the 7-minute walk to a Metro North express train was ideal!
Tell me more about living in the Harbor Point section of Stamford. Why do you like living there?
Yes! We love living in Harbor Point! Harbor Point is a safe, dog-friendly community (we have a 5-year-old pug named Henry) filled with like-minded young professionals. I look forward to the farmer’s markets and live music in the park all summer long! We’ve met a lot of our nearest and dearest friends thanks to living here—which we are forever grateful for! Oh, and the Harbor Point buildings rock with amazing amenities.
When you moved to Stamford, did you know anyone? Any tips/advice you can give to newcomers on how to meet people?
My sister and brother-in-law lived here when we first moved but they were up north so it was tough finding our local inner circle. I may be biased given my career but I have met almost all of my friends through fitness! Not into mingling mid-sweat? Join a volunteer group or newcomers club.
Can you describe your social life?
Relaxed, low-key, comfortable. With no days off and early wake-up calls, I’m so darn lucky to have incredibly understanding and supportive friends that put up with my early departures and oftentimes lack of alcohol.
What are your favorite restaurants in the Stamford area? Your go-to places?
I’ve never been a big partier but do enjoy a great bite to eat with an awesome atmosphere. My favorite restaurant is Bodega Taco Bar in Darien! Besides that, my social life/career cross-pollinate quite a bit. Must-try studios/gyms with awesome communities: Forme Barre Fitness (I teach 8+ classes a week across their locations!), Greenwich CrossFit, Kaia Yoga, Chelsea Piers and Connecticut Power Yoga.
How would you describe Stamford residents?
Stamford residents are hodgepodge from all over the place, oftentimes “brought” here because of our career. I mean, Stamford is “The city that works” after all!
What are some things you don’t like about living in Stamford?
Despite being a small city, there is still quite a bit of hustle and bustle in Stamford—and traffic but you get that everywhere on I-95, right? 🙂
You are a personal trainer. Tell more about it. How did you get started?
I started my career in publishing, working at FITNESS Magazine after double-majoring at the University of Connecticut in Journalism and Communication Sciences. Not many people can say they landed their dream job right out of college, which I’m forever grateful for but what I came to realize is that my love for wellness went beyond writing about it. I truly believe that I was put on this planet to help people—it is in my blood and quite simply is what gets me out of bed each and every morning before dawn!
So long story short, in 2014, I decided to switch gears, diving into my love for wellness full-time as a studio director and cycling teacher of exhale spa in Stamford. Soon after, I added a barre and 200-hour Baptiste Power Yoga certification to my repertoire, alongside NASM (Certified Personal Training). I’ve taught everything from spin and HIIT to yoga and barre.
Where do you like to work out in Stamford?
I work out in my building’s gym and occasionally Chelsea Piers Connecticut, however, I love Forme Barre Fitness! You can catch me in Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Rye and Armonk 8+ times a week.
Any tips/advice you can give to someone who is looking to move to Stamford
Talk to local residents. While waiting in the lobby of the Harbor Point buildings we were touring, we tried to talk to the building’s residents.
About Lauren Seib
Lauren Seib is a fitness instructor, certified personal trainer, pug mom and kombucha-drinking/guac-loving foodie. Her nourishing, wholesome approach to wellness has transformed not only her own life, but countless others. Lauren’s goal: To spark an empowering revolution of strength, balance and body love—free from frustration. Lauren holds numerous fitness credentials including NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Barre Certified by Exhale, Mad Dogg Athletics — Spinning® Certified and Registered Yoga Teacher 200. She lives with her husband Mike and her pug Henry in Harbor Point, Stamford, CT. Website: www.laurenseib.com. Instagram: @laurcardarelliseib
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