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At the innocent age of four, Alicia found her mother’s lifeless body in their small dwelling. Shortly there after her life turned volatile with the introduction to life of physical and sexual abuse. The death of her mother, paralleled with the ending of her childhood, and the on-set of her foster care journey to a abuse and self-destruction. At four and a half, Alicia experienced sexual abuse by the hands of someone who was suppose to protect her innocence. After, many bouts in foster homes; she joined the local gang selling illegal drugs for survival. At 15 years old she was forced to leave her last foster home in Pasadena, homeless, and a high school drop-out. By the time Alicia was 16 she had checked all of the statistic boxes that indicated death. Three years later at the age of 19, she had 3 children, no direction, guidance nor support.

Her metamorphosis of being a former drug dealer, gang member, and a victim of child abuse and domestic violence, teenage mother and high school drop-out, Alicia had now mothered six children and started her educational journey. Her journey began after a violent physical attack from yet another toxic relationship where she sustained a broken jaw and other injuries. It was then she made a vow to God, simply put, “If you remove him out of my  life, I will serve You” and God did just that.

Metamorphosis: The Butterfly Experience gives readers a first hand account of second chances, redemption, forgiveness, the power of love and hope. We hope that you enjoy this inspiring journey of her metamorphosis as you embark on your own personal journey.


The butterfly which is symbolic of a complete metamorphosis from being an egg, larva, pupa to an adult is one of God’s most beautiful creatures. Although, our lives may not parallel in experiences and/or culture but one thing that is definite about us all is that life is about stages and like the butterfly we have to evolve. The following stages of a butterfly is symbolic in helping all of us look closer at ourselves and determine in this moment where we are and where we want to be.

stage1The First Stage:
The Egg

A butterfly starts life as a very small, round, oval or cylindrical egg.  Butterfly eggs are usually laid on the leaves of plants, they are very tiny eggs.  You will have to take some time and examine quite a few leaves in order to find some.

stage2The Second Stage:
The Larva (Caterpillar)

Butterfly larvae are actually what we call caterpillars. Caterpillars do not stay in this stage for very long and mostly, in this stage all they do is eat.  When the egg hatches, the caterpillar will start his work and eat the leaf they were born onto. This is really important because the mother butterfly needs to lay her eggs on the type of leaf the caterpillar will eat.

stage3The Third Stage:

The pupa stage is one of the coolest stages of a butterfly’s life.  As soon as a caterpillar is done growing and has reached their full length/weight, they form themselves into a pupa. Inside the pupa is where all of the action is; the caterpillar is rapidly changing. Within the pupa the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation, called ‘metamorphosis,’ to become the beautiful parts that make up the butterfly that will emerge.

stage4The Fourth Stage:
Adult Butterfly

Finally, when the caterpillar has done all of its forming and changing inside the pupa, an adult butterfly will emerge.  As soon as the butterfly has rested after coming out of the pupa, it will pump blood into its wings in order to get them working and flapping. The butterfly will then master flying and will immediately search for a mate in order to reproduce. In this final stage adult butterflies are constantly on the look out to reproduce, lay eggs and the butterfly life cycle will start all over again.


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