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Happy Women’s Day 2021. Know we wouldn’t miss this celebration at Rising Lotus! Our flowers got to express their true creativity in expressing what International Women’s Day means to them. Here is a quick read on this year’s National Women’s Day celebration presented by the United Nations. https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day This year’s theme: ‘ ‘Women in leadership: […]

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Helloooo Rising Lotus Family! We wanted to share some nice updates and photos from this past week. 1) Proiles for each of our Rising Lotus flowers on our website, 23 total at the moment. Take a moment to look through each of their proiles with their smiling faces and links to their home regions. We […]

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Rising Lotus Art Exhibition 2022 Video Hi Friends and Family! I wanted to showcase a video that has moved me over this past week. Rising Lotus hosted our first ever Art Exhibition last week! Our flowers were able to showcase their incredible talents. In this video, each flower plays the role off curator, explaining their […]

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We wanted to take a moment to highlight an organization you likely know at least in name: The United Nations or “UN” and where we at RLCV see our visions perfectly aligned. A little background information: the UN was founded in 1945 post World War 2 with “a commitment to maintaining international peace and security, […]

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As we have been staying in close touch with our 2020 graduates Asmita Ghimire and Bandana Magar, we felt we jsut had the good news with our supporters! Asmita has been spending time with her parents and sister and has been able to continue her secondary education online throughout 2020 at Diamond Secondary School. She was proud to […]

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We hear it often enough: that a few dollars and cents per day can make a profound difference in a child’s life. I have always had questions when I heard this statement. Can this really be true? What quality of life is this donation providing? And is there a way for me to ever connect […]

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Monsoon rains in Nepal have caused floods and landslides across 75 districts, killing and displacing many. Keep Nepal in your thoughts and prayers as they are still recovering from devastating earthquakes as well. Read more

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photo by Rebecca Tillett {Event Countdown: 2 Days!!} gotkarma? is just 48 hours away!! Did you get your ticket yet? If not, grab one (or several) here: http://www.gotkarmaonline.com/ Soooo, as event night approaches, are you wondering what to wear? Yes, well, this is a Rising Lotus event, mind you … so leave the tuxes, suits, […]

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Fact: Fun people have WAY more fun! {Event Countdown: 3 Days!!} Hey … wanna know what’s SUPER fun? = Hanging out with fun people … at fun events … with lots of great stuff going on: great food & drinks, great music, great interactive art and live performances, great stuff to win and bid on, and […]

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Sep-2012

{Event Countdown: 4 Days!!} Raffle! Raffle! + a Silent Auction worth shouting about. Win lots of fun FREE stuff + bid on lots of other awesome stuff. In addition to an amazing collection of art with which to pretty up your walls, we’ve also gathered an assortment of stuffy-stuff to make you smile BIG. From […]

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This year’s gotkarma? event is a vibrant showcase of some of Orlando’s top artists. If you are an art lover, you will, without a doubt, love this event. An art project we’re particularly excited about is artist Rob Leaman‘s Community Paper Flower Garden Exhibit. For months (!!!) Rob and the gotkarma? event team … along […]

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So, our big gotkarma? event is right around the corner. The crowd list is growing rapidly and, as we expected, the types of peeps eager to join the party are fellow music-loving souls, like us! {Birds of a feather like to ‘jam’ together.} Great music is a huge part of this year’s gotkarma? event. No […]

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When most people feel grateful, they just send a thank you note. Not Jessica Samuels. She says “thank you” by throwing a party! Yes. This year’s gotkarma? event (did you get your tickets yet? get on it! get on it!) is one big giant hug and thank you from Jessica to Rising Lotus founder Tracy Brandt. […]

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On May 21, 2012 Rising Lotus Founder Tracy Brandt was featured on the international blog Do What You Love. Tracy’s commentary was rather unconventional. But then again, pretty much everything Tracy does is unconventional. (It’s kind of the thing we love most about her around here). Take a peek at what she had to say […]

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Does paper really grow on trees? Yes it does but it is still not easy to come by. The children at Rising Lotus go through so many supplies. This stack of beat up notebooks belongs to just one child and it is only for part of one semester. Keep in mind, there are 13 children […]

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Our Kindness Campaign has wrapped for the time being, but Rising Lotus founder (and super duper cutie pie) Tracy Brandt put together a little “thank you” video for all of you who stuck with the campaign. Check it out: So, if you did enjoy the Kindness Campaign, please consider making a donation to Rising Lotus […]

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Okay. Here we are. It’s the LAST Kindness Challenge. Much love and appreciation to those of you who made it this far!! We’re concluding our campaign with a weekend long challenge wrapping up our theme “Kindness Outward Requires Kindness Inward“. Are you ready? …. here’s your challenge: So, remember… there are TWO parts to this […]

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“Hey, Stupid! ….You’re fat! You’re ugly! And no one wants to hear what you have to say!” <ouch!!> You know what, if we spoke to our friends the way we speak to ourselves … we wouldn’t have very many friends.  I would NEVER put up with someone speaking to me in an unkind way, yet there […]

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  Oh! My! Gosh!!!! I’m totally jumping up and down over here.  This challenge has me super excited and my brain is already percolating with all kinds of fun, playful ideas (Pretty sure I’ll be doing this challenge more than once).   So, let’s get right to it. You get TWO DAYS to complete this Kindness Challenge, and it’s called: […]

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Happy Monday!!!! … It’s a brand new Kindness Challenge week (hooray!). In fact, it’s the LAST Kindness Challenge week (boo!!!!!). BUT, I have a really fun new theme and some great, really fun new challenges for you (hooray!!!) lol. 🙂 Our NEW theme for this week is Kindness Outward Requires Kindness Inward. Basically …You can’t give what you don’t […]

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  They say that good fences make for good neighbors? Likewise, healthy boundaries make for healthy relationships. So often we think that kindness means a complete collapse of boundaries (e.g. being someone’s doormat). But that doesn’t even make sense. What could possibly be AUTHENTICALLY “kind” about allowing yourself to be used or mistreated? That doesn’t honor you […]

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 “I’m sorry. Please, forgive me.” Five of the most powerful and healing words a human being can utter, and yet so few of us do. We are great at cataloging a laundry list of people who have done US wrong and who owe US an apology, but how forthright are we about the people in our lives […]

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“Everyone needs someone to be there for them … just to be there.”  -Pema Chodrom Today, I’m thinking about friendship and how much fun it is when friends show up during the good times.  Joys are truly made bigger when they can be shared with people we love. But what about showing up for a […]

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  My Nana was a seriously bad ass, Grade A, super cool old lady. When I was little, sure,  she was a pretty great grandma … but once I became a young adult, she became one of my very best friends. This transition happened because I made a point of sitting down with her and […]

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It truly saddens me how narrowly our society defines “beauty”. Not only how narrowly we define physical beauty but also how those narrow definitions apply to art, ideas, experiences, other cultures, other’s peoples’ feelings, etc.  … And how, if something doesn’t align within those crazily narrow standards, than it is labeled bad /ugly, and we collectively dismiss and […]

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ZOMBIES!!! I swear, sometimes I think we have all morphed into completely zoned-out zombies. Peter M. Leschak says “All of us are watchers — of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway — but few of us are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing.” We walk through this world in a […]

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Hello! Hello! It’s Tuesday morning and your Kindness Challenge videos are back!! And today’s challenge is all about something I am a known stickler for: MANNERS!! Take a look … Alright, so get on out there and rock that politeness, people!! Say “please”. Say “thank you”. Open doors, help people out. Be gracious. Be gentlemanly. […]

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Happy Monday! Guess what! Guess what!!!! …. I’m floating something seriously extra FUN your way today. So get excited!! YOU are definitely going to want to be a part of this!! B/c I’m a little behind on filming Kindness Challenges (next one will be ready Tuesday morning) … I decided, in the meantime, to “GET RANDOM” myself (a […]

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Question for you: when people ask “How Are You?” , is your response always:  “Stressed!…Busy!!” ??? Yep, I hear ya. But here’s the thing… EVERYONE is feeling just as overstimulated and overwhelmed as we are. We forget that sometimes. As a result, we also forget to pitch in and help one another out … (“But Cris!! My schedule can not […]

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Great job on the first challenge, gang!! Thanks for the comments on yesterday’s post and on our Facebook wall. Today, we’re going to continue our theme of “Small Gestures Make a Big Difference” with another easy challenge to keeping warming up those kindess muscles. Today’s challenge is called “Just Because” … and here it is: […]

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Hello! Hello!! It’s your “got karma? girl” Cris here… It is the FIRST day of the got karma? Kindness Challenge and Tracy and I are so excited about it we are nearly out of our minds. So we made a little video giving you an overview of the full Kindness Campaign (including info about our fun Kindness AWARD […]

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