I go by Lauren, LJ, or Lalo. My mom always called me “La Loquita” growing up, and Lalo stuck. I’m a late May Gemini, Aquarius Moon, and Libra Rising. All air!
My favorite part about my womanhood is my adaptability. Feminine energy curves and moves fluidly; swerving around obstacles with mutability and finesse. Having a plan is ideal; life itself is not. Being able to move with and not against the circumstances around us is something I find women to be naturally exceptional at.
I recall watching my mom, a young mother from Colombia who barely spoke any English. Whenever things went wrong or got complicated, I never saw her break a sweat. Not even when the odds were stacked against her. She would accept what was, start over or adapt. I’ve always kept that with me.
My self-discovery is rooted in my healing. The more I commit to identifying and unlearning ways of being that were born out of lack and urgency, the more I’m able to make room for who I am outside of survival. Self-discovery to me is the rediscovery of who I am, and coming back to myself over and over again…as many times as it takes, no matter how far I’ve strayed.
Every time I think I’ve gotten to the root and arrived at the lesson, I’m quickly humbled by how much unraveling it takes to get to that little girl inside me who just wants to be seen, loved, and accepted.