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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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