Hi, my name is Lauren Robinson but most people refer to me as Lolo. I’ll answer to both. I think it is interesting the way people tell their story. You have control of how it is told. One story can be told from a thousand different perspectives. How do you tell your story? Are you a warrior, a victim, a wall flower? No way is the wrong way. I am currently rewriting my story and so it is….
I was born in Long Beach, CA but was raised in Houston, TX. My parents split when I was 1 years old so I would spend my summers in Southern California with my dad. When I was in Texas my mom and I were pretty poor and thus moved around a lot. Moving to the next best financially appetizing situation. This led me to attending 6 different schools which made me into quite the social butterfly. I learned to morph into what others wanted me to be. As an adult I’ve learned that it is not about morphing into what others want you to be but rather aligning with your interest and those that fly at the same frequency as you will flock towards you creating the most beautifully healing and loving tribe. You are best at being you. Don’t forget.
I was victim of child sex abuse for many years from a boyfriend of my mom’s that began when I was 8 years old. This trauma luckily manifested in the way that I turned all my focus on school. I would crowd my schedule with advanced classes and I was obsessed with being at the top of all of them. I often held one to two sometimes even three jobs at a time while attending school. I had no time to focus on the abuse. This led me to getting a full ride academic scholarship to the University of California Los Angeles. I majored in Sociology with a concentration in conversational analysis which essentially made me into a human lie detector. I was recruited to the CIA out of college however decided against it and decided to become a doctor. Of course, more school and less focus on trauma.
My best friend died halfway through my medical postbac program and so did the former me. I left my shell behind at that moment in time and my life was completely changed moving forward. I dropped the program. Got involved in some drugs and alcohol and spiraled down the black rabbit hole. It was from the supportive shoulders of friends that held me up and ultimately got me out of the vortex. This event led to what I would coin as, my spiritual awakening. All walls had been shattered and I was laying in the dirt, raw and ready to rebuild myself. On my friend’s birthday following her death I began to receive mediumship abilities. In other words, I speak to dead people. I also began communicating with her, Chloe, very often. She’s sense become a bit of a mentor to me. Always dropping white feathers to guide my path. As time has gone on I have uncovered more gifts such as channeling for people which involves getting downloads and/or messages for people from loved ones that are no longer here or from their guides/universe. I know, it all sounds hippy dippy. But take it from a skeptic, this shit is real. I thought I would have been one of the last ones to believe in it. Now you can find me hugging every tree in site.
Working through trauma has led me to meditation. If I could give any advice to anyone, it would be to start meditating. I began practicing yoga in 2009 to get a yoga bod. It really was not until I started practicing mediation after the passing of my friend that my yoga journey really began. I have been teaching since 2016 and now incorporate my psychic abilities into my private classes. I feel that providing healing in the art of yoga is my true purpose in life.
In 2015 my jiu jitsu journey started out I’m sure like many other girl’s stories, by following a cute boy. I saw his picture on the class schedule and signed up for a year. However, I only went like 5 times for that year. As the years passed I was always fascinated by jiu jitsu but just had not been bitten by the bug yet. However, the bite came in 2018 and I’ve been obsessed since. I love completing and the similarities it has to yoga movements. I have since put together a yoga sequence for jiu jitsu specific yoga called JiYo. I look forward to building this program for my fellow jits fam. I think it could really grow into something special.
If I’m not doing yoga or jiu jitsu you can most often catch me out in the ocean or looking up cheap flights to anywhere in the world. I have a huge passion for the healing abilities of the ocean and learning about other cultures through traveling. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”-Helen Keller. How will you write your adventure?
What is your current state of mind?
What are your addictions?
Chocolate, Coffee and Brazilian Men
What are your biggest accomplishments in life?
Being the first one in my family to graduate from college
Words that most describe you:
If you could have a super power, what would that be?
What is it that you want to do when you grow up?
Learn another language fluently
Tell us one thing we don’t know about you but we should:
My first detention was when I was in kindergarten for pantsing a kid. I was too young to keep after school so I had to sit in a room with the other bad kids for an hour. It was like a microwave minute. Longest hour of my life.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be and why?
Abolish social media. It’s poisoning the youth.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Loving and being loved.
What is your greatest fear?
Foam. I hate it. The sound of it rubbing up against other things makes my skin crawl. One of my first jobs was working with surfboard foam and it was one of the worst decisions of my life.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
JFK because we have the same birthday and I have socks with his face on them. He’s just a gangster and the government didn’t like that so they had to off him.
Which living person do you most admire?
I most admire anyone truly genuine. So often in our world today with social media we have created an army of wannabes. And I am right there with them. I still think at some point I’m going to magically turn into a pro skateboarder and I post bogus skate videos all the time. Just be yourself and the world at large will love you. Being a kook is totally cool if you own it.
What do you like most about yourself?
How I can make jokes about really dark things and not take myself too seriously. None of us make it out alive anyways.
What is the trait you most DISLIKE in yourself?
I broke my nose twice in two separate street fights and now my wannabe instagram modeling career is over because I resemble Owen Wilson on a good day. Its probably many other reasons why but that’s what I tell myself. So here we are.
What is your greatest extravagance?
My collection of tattoos that are often matching with a friend or few and majority of them done by a friend. My body has become a collaboration of the homies and therefore always make me smile.
What is your greatest regret?
Working at a place that sells foam that I would have to touch on a regular basis.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To throw away underwear I’ve had since middle school. I just can’t part with it because I save the pretty ones for special occasions or days where my outfit sucks.
If you were to die and come back as another person or thing, what do you think it would be?
My dog. I treat that bitch like a queeeeeeeeeen.
What is your most treasured possessions?
The cards my family and friends have given me over the years and my old cell phones that I save because they have old voicemails on them from my best friend that passed away.
Where would you like to live if you could live anywhere in the world?
Your mom’s house
What is your ideal occupation?
I want to be a psychic CIA agent that has a yoga/jiu jitsu studio as a front where we put on retreats all over the world but every time I step out for “coffee” i’m actually going on a secret mission. And my side hustle is slam poetry competitions and underground garage tattoos. And I’m a professional skateboarder somehow too.
Who are your heroes in real life?
What is your life motto?
“Nothing matters very much and few things matter at all.” -Balfour
List 3 things you cannot live without?
Topo-chico, Thrift Stores and the Ocean
What is your legacy?
To give more than I’ve taken
What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” -Alan Watts. Alan Watts is essentially a walking piece of advice. Any and all that he has written is worthy of a second thought.
What do you consider your greatest personal failure?
Not taking more pictures and videos of the people I love that are no longer here.
Many thanks to:
My sponsors who sponsor me because we’re friends and not really because I’m that great at anything. Kekoa, URBN Water, Vuori, Studio 540, Bumbag, Matuse.
I apologize for any feelings that were injured during the making of this questionnaire. It’s not you, it’s me…or some shit.
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