TRUE – TRUː/ = REAL; GENUINE; AUTHENTIC:
BELIEVER – BꞮˈLIːVƏ/ =
TRUE BELIEVER = A PERSON WHO PROFESSES ABSOLUTE BELIEF IN SOMETHING
Lauren was your typical 19 year old when a sudden and devastating turn of events changed her life forever. Lauren was involved in a car accident which left her with a broken back.
Going through multiple surgeries and spending a significant amount of time in hospital, Lauren was in a dark, lonely and unknown place.
Rather than falling deeper into this mindset, Lauren made a decision to start a new life with a fresh perspective and create opportunities for herself to ensure that she was living the life that she wanted.
This took her down an extraordinary path and has led her to become an Aerial Performer, who recently featured at the Commonwealth Games!
Lauren is a true inspiration and shows just what is possible when you truly believe in yourself and never, never, never give up xx
Meet Lauren Watson, Lorna Jane True Believer …
Lauren Watson – True Believer
Describe yourself in 5 words:
Quirky, Creative, Determined, Passionate, Honest
Who inspires you and why?
I’m inspired by the amazing Morgan Rose Moroney; I have started getting coaching in more ground work like rolls and handstands. She is not only a talented hand balancer who makes it look easy but she is really patient and encouraging with my progress.
Another one of my idols is Dreya Webber, who is Pink’s aerial coach and choreographer who is still performing in aerial and is over 40! Yes ladies!
What drives you every day to strive for your goals?
I’ve discovered that quality of life is so important and it doesn’t matter what shape, size, background or disability we have, it’s still possible to make things work for us.
Through my own journey, I’ve found that sharing has helped many others not only with disabilities but able bodied souls who want to start their own healthy journey to a longer life too.
I want to live my life the way it makes me happy and a huge part of that is circus – I truly live for it.
How do you maintain self-belief through challenging times?
I find journalling to be quite helpful when I feel my head is getting too crowded with self doubt. I ask myself all the questions about what I feel I’m failing at and then I answer them with a positive outlook, so I can change my thinking back to believing in myself again.
I also have the mantra ‘you are doing the best you can so give yourself a break today’ which I think has also helped me swing around.
It’s so easy to compare yourself to other people, but at the end of the day I’m not like them and they are not like me so I don’t need to be so hard on myself.
Quick fire Favourites:
Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray – Charles Dickens (I love the classics)
Place: Fiji is where its at.
Tunes: SIA – what a songwriter!
Quote: “There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there you must go beyond them’ – Bruce Lee
Sound: Aerial rigging clanging
Instagram Account: Morgan Rose Moroney
How do you Move?
I like to move un apologetically in the air on aerial hammock or lyra.
I quite often put music on and close my eyes so I can sense by body in the space around me and do so without worrying if I look perfect or if anyone is watching.
Movement is a personal journey for the individual taking it and I don’t care if I look perfect or slightly mad – it’s about being comfortable in my own skin – and aerial has helped me gain that.
How do you Nourish?
Lots of healthy yummy vegetables and protein to keep my body going all day, so I have the energy to enjoy life.
I also make sure I drink plenty of water throughout the day and I can’t go past a yummy herbal peppermint tea after a meal to help settle my stomach.
How do you Believe?
I tell myself I am amazing every day, not to be conceited but so I can appreciate my own uniqueness as an individual.
Even on days when I don’t feel great I look at myself in the mirror, sit up tall and compliment my reflection on the things I do love about my body, my mind and who I am.
Positivity is contagious and by allowing myself to rejoice in my strengths, I hope it also can encourage others to find the things they love about themselves too – and own it.
If you could share one piece of advice, what would it be?
We are all different so what works for others might not work the same way for you so be patient in your journey and believe that if you can put your mind to it, you can find a way to adapt it to make it your own.
Whatever your goal is, things take time but if you can see ahead to the big picture not only will you see results but your quality of life will improve and happiness is free. Remember that.
Who inspires you through their incredible drive and self belief?