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

Hi Lauryn, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Life is a creative foundation to me. It’s innate for me, + I feel all of us to make each move, navigations, + delegations an art form. From doing the dishes, to stocking your fridge/ turning it into an altar, navigating your personal finances, to parenting. It’s all a medium of formulating, stacking functions, planning, and then completely letting go and seeing what reveals itself. The creativity comes in; in how we transmute/formulate what has revealed itself. So for me to be able to create a product line while choosing Ayurveda as a path, it’s what I’m already doing in my world internally; what a treat to then extend that outward to the world + share my process. The why; is because it was innate. I try to follow what feels natural to my contribution + purpose.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m at this junction in my life where I’m very proud of my process. It always comes down to the process/ evolution. I’m excited for the unending creative output and what’s to come. I’m proud that I’ve come this far. It has not been easy, i’ve bootstrapped my brand the whole way through and have worn almost all the hats. I’ve earned my trajectory + I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m behind every detail – concept, design, photo, direction, formula, and outroll etc. Hack to overcoming the challenges? Betting on yourself relentlessly. I’m very clear on my dharma/purpose- so I choose to feed the vision. It’s an everyday choice I choose to make. Sole is an invite into my world. Into Italian Herbalism, Ayurveda for modern living. Holistic Practices, and the art of Ritual. From me to you, from Nature to you.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My go to spots here in Los Angeles; the hot springs to re calibrate your system + get some sulfur/minerals. Rick’s Produce in Los Feliz for the best farm fresh Açaí bowl in this city and then right next to it Is Melody Wine Bar for tapas/ organic orange wine accompanied by good conversations to be had. A beautiful hike in Topanga Canyon for mountain/ocean views.

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?
My reverence is always first + foremost; my ancestors, guiding my hands, heart, + will to create. The spirit of my Father. My Mamma Bellafiore. Dasil Velez. My Previous Mentors/ Elders; Ethan Roland, Rob Norris, Rosana Workman, Thomas Workman. Uhuru Solidarity. Dr. Vasant Lad.

Website: Soletoyou.com

Instagram: @laurynbellafiore + @soleayurveda

Image Credits
Lauryn Bellafiore, Mansoor Anwar, Myron Rogan -> (profile/headshot pic of me only)

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