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Meet Loren Smith of She is. . . in Palmdale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Loren Smith.

Loren, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
“She is…” movement started in 2015 when I ended an abusive relationship and took the time to self-heal. It took a lot to pick up the broken pieces and rebuild all I had lost within myself in that relationship. After taking the time to heal, I wanted to strive and ensure that women around me did the same for themselves. I had already lived a life uplifting women through my poetry and wanted to take it a step further. The concept of “She is…” is for the individual to unlock whoever they are within themselves. It is for you to bring whoever you are hidden underneath your pain, anger, etc. and become whoever that true version of yourself is. Throughout the years, I have dedicated my life to ensuring people around me are inspired through my words and actions.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Anything that is worth having takes work. I wish I can say that the road has been smooth, but that would be false. Being someone who is an inspiration to others means that you have to endure many trials and tribulations. Earlier, I spoke about ensuring I bring out the best version of someone. In order for me to do that, I have had to first bring out the best version of myself. In 2018, I almost lost my life due to an infection caused by cosmetic surgery. It lead me to receiving emergency surgery, that caused me to have a hole in my stomach and be hospitalized for a week with a wound vac attached to me for two months. In that challenging time, I had to remind myself who I was. I had to stand on my brand and know I am strong, I can overcome any obstacle placed before me, etc. I have had to deal with more trials than I have the opportunity to share, but what matters is that I got to the other side. I used that pain and created purpose out of it and it built the strong women I look at in the mirror every day.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am known mainly for my spoken word/poetry. My stage name is “SoReal” and I speak on various topics that people can relate to. What makes me most proud is the work that I do for the community, not just locally, but internationally. It has been a focus to not just help those around me, but be a vessel of service to those in other countries, such as Haiti. I specialize in speaking to the youth and woman by sharing what I have gone through in order to help them grow. What sets me apart from others is that I am extremely transparent and real about my life. I am an open book and do not mind sharing my lows because I have realized that there are many who suffer in silence. It is such a blessing to be able to use all that I have gone through in life to help encourage others.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I am not sure if I can consider luck playing a factor in my business, whether good or bad. I believe we all are called to be someone or do something in life. In that calling, things align for us at the time it needs to in order for us to reach whatever next level is meant for us. You of course have to put in work, but what is meant for you is meant for you and there is no one that can take that from you.

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Danny Thomas

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