We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Paez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lauren, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I created Lala Lotus Co. when I was in treatment for chronic Lyme disease. I was sixteen when I decided to learn about crystals and their individual meanings. I quickly learned that crystals helped me with so many things, like anxiety management. Eventually, I learned how to incorporate crystals into jewelry so that I could have my crystals with me and distract myself from the hardships I was facing in treatment. Often, I gave my creations to other patients. Sometimes something even so small as a thought can change someone’s day for the better. Knowing that I could make a difference fueled my motivation to turn Lala Lotus Co into a business. I had so much great feedback and support that I decided to start selling my creations on Etsy. Even today, I am always being drawn to crystals and their unique meanings; I am always learning more about them. I’m known for my work with crystals and gemstones, specifically my custom pieces. All of my crystal products are reikied and infused with good energies from certified reiki and energy healing masters. Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into a patient through touch, activating the natural healing processes of the patient’s body, and restoring physical and emotional well-being. This practice can also be used in distance sessions and on crystals. Energy healing and reiki are both things that have helped me tremendously on my journey, so I want to share them with the world in my own way. My goal is to give back, and help people, ultimately making a difference in the world.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Lala Lotus Co. is known for its handmade custom artwork, clothing, and jewelry. While all of our creations are unique, I am incredibly proud of our crystal and gemstone products. As they are infused with good energies and reikied by certified masters. I take into consideration that each and every crystal has its own unique properties. For instance, black tourmaline is a powerful healing and protection crystal that I would strategically pair with clear quartz. Clear quartz (also known as the “master healer”) is an extremely powerful stone that has the unique ability to amplify the energies of other crystals. Together they create a powerful piece that promotes healing and protection to the user. Thought and care go into every single element of Lala Lotus Co. Our creations are both beautiful and meaningful. Often bringing love, light, and healing to the community. Which is why I make custom creations. They Inspire me to connect to everyone on a deeper level so each piece turns out unique. Some people reach out asking for specific things like help with anxiety, protection, or even manifestation; this is when understanding a person’s needs and the specific combination of crystals are essential. Each crystal has its own unique frequency and can be enhanced by other crystals with similar frequencies. Thus providing the user with the customized good energy they requested. Getting to where I am today was a journey of always striving to learn and evolve. Every day, I expand my knowledge about reiki, energy healing, crystals, and being an entrepreneur. It is not always easy, but there are still many joyous times through this endeavor. I overcame the challenges that life threw my way by staying motivated with my head held high. What helps me the most during the challenging times is the love, and support of family and friends. Thankfully, I have a fantastic support system that continually inspires and lifts me up throughout this journey. I have learned to never give up and find the silver lining in every situation. Even when things are looking bleak, there is always at least one positive. Every opportunity that we face allows us to grow, learn, and expand. Thus I will continue to evolve and transpire past my limits. I want to inspire others and teach the world more about energies and the properties of crystals. For me, crystals have changed my life entirely, I am extremely empathic and pick up on different energies and emotions. Being an empath can be challenging sometimes, but my mission is to help others learn how to deal with all the crazy energies life throws at us, ultimately creating more light and healing in the world around us.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love going on adventures around Arizona. From being able to check out new shops and restaurants to exploring nature! I would take my friend to High Street, a wonderful self-sustaining community that has lots of incredible restaurants, shops, and a comedy club. Some of my favorite restaurants in the area are Hula’s, Modern Margarita, and Mellow Mushroom. Let me tell you, Mellow Mushroom has amazing pizza and pretzel bites. After some lunch and laughs, I would take them on an expedition through the place where I often find my inspiration, Old Town Scottsdale. I have always loved Old Town for its food, dancing, and interesting shops. One of them being Old Town Gypsy; they are a small hidden gem, always carrying new inventory every time I go in. From their super cute clothes and accessories to their customer service, Old Town Gypsy is honestly fantastic. One of my favorite places in the world is Sedona. I connect with the energy in the valley, and the red rocks are just breathtaking. Sedona has gorgeous vortex hikes that give off powerful energy, and I would highly recommend Devil’s bridge and bell mountain for just that reason. Vortexes are cross-points between energy fields in the earth’s grid system. I am obsessed with the many crystal shops that can be found in the area, with so many rare crystals waiting to be found. Some places even offer to take photos of your own aura! There is so much to do in Arizona and plenty of unforgettable memories waiting to be created.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many beautiful souls that I would love to thank for supporting Lala Lotus Co. I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my mom and friend Chris Chavez. I have no idea where I would be today without the support and encouragement of my mom. She has taught me so many things. Her creative mind continues to inspire me daily and has helped me grow Lala Lotus Co. I would also like to acknowledge my friend, a fellow business owner Chris Chavez. It is inspiring to know another young entrepreneur. He has taught me so much about running a business, and that anything is possible if you’re willing to put in the work. Lala Lotus Co. wouldn’t be the same without the two of you. Thank you for supporting my dreams and my business. I am forever grateful for all of your love and encouragement. I am truly blessed to have you all in my life.

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Twitter: @Lalalotusco
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Image Credits
The first picture was taken by Chris Chavez. The other 8 were taken by me.