The start of the New Year is always exciting. A New Year means clean slates and the opportunity to create a new self. We set goals to improve ourselves or what we can do to look better so we can in turn, feel better. Gym membership signups sky rocket and restricted diets are put into place but over time, this drive somehow dwindles. We work harder at improving how we look on the outside, however what we should really focus on what is on the inside. With this, I mean your heart.
I am a firm believer that altering your lifestyle to develop healthy habits is truly important. Healthy forms of artistic outlets, great work outs (for me kickboxing, learning a dance routine or yoga stretching), good nutrition and surrounding yourself with good people all add to a healthy lifestyle, however, one healthy habit that I think most people don’t work hard enough in is their walk with faith. Whichever faith or higher being you believe in, this act of improving your relationship with God on a daily basis, helps maintain a healthy mind and grateful heart. This can be done in many ways; read more on your religion, get plugged into your church community, journal or meditate to name a few. I found that this helps you feel more secure with yourself and those around you will feel that love.
Focusing on your faith allows you to dedicate time to the One who answers your prayers, gives you clarity, makes miracles happen and gets you through the tough storms. I know I couldn't have persevered the struggles without the grace of God. There were times where I felt no one could understand my situation, but hearing the word of God and receiving the support of his followers, gave me the healing I needed. As a result, I am happier and stronger within and my situation has drastically improved because my deeper walk with faith. My intention is to help spread the good word of trying this healthy habit.
It is said the way you feel inward, shines outward. Here at Team Lotus, our mission to share what helps or inspires us to become better individuals. So I encourage to dedicate a little more time with your faith and see all the wonderful things unfold. Take the leap of faith into a better you in 2015!
I often put a lot of pressure on myself and when I’m overwhelmed, I feel numb to all sense experience. I even psych myself into thinking I’m behind schedule, but one day I decided to look at how far I’ve come as a person. The past year has been transformative for me and I can honestly say that Lotus has been the biggest contributor to my personal growth; a catalyst to my own self-discovery in aspects I forgot existed within my own being.
When I first worked with Lotus, it was simply a career-minded endeavor. I was still in school at FIDM SF and was hoping to gain experience with a fashion-based company. It’s been well over a year now and Lotus will always have my heart. Funny thing, though, is that our brand encompasses something beyond fashion. You can say our focus is on inner beauty and healing. We like to dive deep into an individual’s soul and lift them up to the light. The key thing we’ve all learned is that transformation starts from within ourselves. Lotus has shown me that in order to bring light into the world, I’d have to be the light myself (a topic I’ve touched base on in a previous blog post).
I’m going to be really transparent with you today and say that I am (have been?) coming out of the spiritual closet. HA! yes, it’s a funny way to say it, but it wasn’t until a year ago that I’ve truly taken a journey on the road to self-discovery, an exploration of my inner world. When I use the term “spiritual,” I’m referring to the individual soul each person on this planet holds in the vessels that we call our bodies. Seeing myself write this makes me want to admit how “weird” I am, but I’m learning to be open-minded and am slowly removing that word from my vocabulary for its derogatory essence. I don’t actually think I’m weird; I’m simply having a unique human experience. I’ve learned to respect my own passions and, in doing so, I’ve grown to love myself-flaws, cracks, scars, heartache and all. The first step in transforming the world is to first transform what’s inside of you.
So, back to my coming out of the spiritual closet… I believe that everyone has the right to know that they can heal themselves. I’ve been tossed around by life’s experiences, and I’ve been pulled in completely opposite directions in my career, but nothing would make me happier than to be a catalyst for another person’s healing and journey to self-realization. In September and October 2014, I was attuned to Reiki levels 1 & 2. For those who are unfamiliar with Reiki, it’s a Japanese hand-placement technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing (you may read more about it here). Since my attunement, I’ve become more aware of myself and toxic habits I may have developed. It’s a constant battle to maintain balance, but Reiki has helped me bridge the gaps between my body, mind and soul. Some key points about Reiki: anyone can learn and use Reiki on themselves and others, it can never cause harm, it is NOT a religion, and it is spiritually guided life energy (“spiritually guided” means that the energy will go where it is needed). There is no need to use your own energy or direction, meaning that you won’t feel drained or tired after a healing session. The energy comes from the universe and you are the vessel that it flows through.
Yup, I went there. This experience has been very personal and intimate to me, but what good comes from keeping it to myself? I’m not yet sure if I’ll create a side business by being a Reiki practitioner, but I feel it's the gateway to healing myself and others. I believe that when we help each other, we help ourselves. It’s rewarding to be in a position of having something worth sharing. I'm still learning and growing, but I'll say this time and time again: "when we rise, we rise together."
[***I’m simply an individual sharing my own journey. I’m not an expert and, no, I haven’t reached the peak of success. Will I ever though? Accomplishment after accomplishment, I'll see room for growth and I'll pursue it. Every experience is a bridge to the next journey, and I’ve been blessed with some really good ones. Thanks for reading! Sending light & love to you all. Have a blessed day.]
It's been a kazillion years since I last posted a blog entry. I like to read more than I like to write, but because our Founder at LPD believes that every voice should be heard, here's the beginning of my writing career. I'm hoping to spark minds and not put anyone to sleep.
Lotus is about making major moves this 2015, by being bold and living by example. We all have our individual passions in life. Aside from my business role (Co-Founder, Director of Sales), my passion lies in helping children. Being a mother myself, I only want my children to have a fair chance at living a beautiful life. Today's world almost seems hopeless, especially for children in our poorer neighborhoods whose parents have to work 2 or 3 jobs just to make ends meet and hardly find the time to talk to their kids. I'm lightweight guilty of being that type of parent, and it isn't easy for me to catch all the shows they watch and music they listen to. There's only so much you can control. I love music and understand it as an art form, but it's hard for me to explain to my 9 year old that being "in love with the coco" has nothing to do with cereal or why Usher feels that, "When you dance on a pole, it don't make you a hoe!"... But it is what it is. All we can do is tell our children the truth, that noteverything they listen to has a positive message. Yes, we live in a world that glorifies drugs and money, but there are also people that believe in changing the world for the better.
This year, one of our goals is to partner up with local artists, musicians and local brands/designers to have a fundraiser for charities that help children. I'll be scouting for singers, bands and talented MC's that talk about real issues on their lyrics (conscious rappers) and are active in their communities. We are writing letters to celebrities and other people of influence to ask them to join us and support this event as well. We have to take action and show our children that music is not only about expression, it's about inspiration!
2015 promises to be a transforming year. Stay tuned for more details on our Music for Charity event. If you'd like to get more info or are interested in collaborating with Lotus, please email me at email@example.com.
Let's make some noise this year and go out with a BOOM!
The beautiful honest truth
A couple of months have passed since we’ve actively posted anything on our newsletters and blogs. Truthfully, I was not prepared to explain my absence yet again. Physically, mentally, and spiritually I felt myself breaking inside, so I had to stop and observe what was repetitively happening within me. I considered writing a positive spin on Lotus making a comeback, but I’ve decided to be transparently honest with you. I am very grateful to tell you now that this last hiatus has changed me... permanently. I’m sharing my story because I hope it inspires a change for you as well in the coming new year.As above, so below
I want to pretend I’ve got it altogether, but I don’t. I want pretend that I’m not afraid of failing, but I am. It is so easy to get caught up in chasing material things and money or whatever else that’s external as attainment for happiness and success. Of course I want these things and I’ve been relentlessly chasing them too. Not enough time, money, or resources are the usual culprits of killing any dream or path to happiness. But I’ve witnessed others who had it all, and yet they lived miserable lives. I wanted to believe these external limitations were the reasons for my shortcomings, but I knew deep down they were not the root of my own suffering. I was aching somewhere else and that pain kept gnawing at me, until finally I fell into a deep immobile sadness. There was an emptiness I felt, and the search for my own salvation forced me to stop everything, including growing Lotus. Guilt, shame, stress, pity, exhaustion - you name it, I felt it. It numbed me to the point of isolation. Here I was, a girl who had BIG dreams of changing the world, yet I was unable of changing myself.
In one of our team meetings during the summer, it dawned on us that the purpose of Lotus’s existence was not simply for fashion. We wanted to exist beyond the product and fulfill something deeper. We wanted Lotus to inspire true beauty from within. We got so excited about this vision. This was our ‘Why’, our purpose, our mission. It became apparent to me that Lotus wasn’t just a denim brand to commodify; it was a way of life, an approach to living which we all had to stand by. We talk so much about inner beauty, liberation, and self-love, yet I myself was lacking these qualities. Where was my balance? How could we be preaching this to others if we were not living examples of it?
The void I felt came from a lack of faith in my own divinity. The fact that we are quicker to judge or condemn ourselves than we are to honor ourselves means there's a huge disconnect in our culture with respect to self-knowledge. Waiting around for proof of faith or an answer outside of myself led me nowhere. It took me this long to realize that faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof. For the past few weeks now, my team and I have been on a journey to liberate ourselves from conditioned expectations and focusing on building something substantial for our community. As we enter the new year, we are committed to changing ourselves from within. Before we can talk about that change, we are going to live it. Get ready for an exciting 2015. It’s going to be a bumpy and fun ride for us all.
Happy New Year and let's get bold!
Lotus Premium Denim is excited to announce we were part of gifting at Billboard's Women in Music Awards 2014! The event was held last month on Dec.12, 2014 in NYC. Honorees include Taylor Swift, Arianna Grande, Jessie J, Paramore's Haley Williams, Aretha Franklin, and Idina Menzel... Thank you GBK Productions for this amazing opportunity.
Lotus Woman, put on your crown and conquer the world!
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These honorees +300 more guests at Billboard's Women in Music will receive our beautiful White Lotus Crown . We hope they feel the Lotus love and message . What a blessing!
What does manure have to do with Lotus Premium Denim? Well I see it as the sh*t we all have to go through, to be able to not only grow, but thrive into our beauty. It’s the pain we feel from heartache, failure, negligence, and all the other things we want to delete so badly from our lives. But it is also a blessing, and here’s why. I see manure as the adversity we need to experience growth. Like a plant, the sun gives us warmth and love, the water replenishes and provides us nourishment, and the dirt and soil keeps us rooted in strength. When you add manure to it, it can help you grow stronger. But it stinks. You hate it. You obviously can grow without it. But when applied right, it helps you grow even stronger and deeper in your beauty.
Last night, my husband sent me this amazing talk by Tyrese Gibson. In it, he says, “In every level, there’s a devil”. Even the most fortunate and seemingly happiest people are battling something. (The beloved Robin Williams is a reminder of this.) I loved Tyrese's talk because he reminds us of the inherent power of our minds. Do not get stuck thinking you cannot change. Who you surround yourself with, where you work, and what you do with your time are in direct correlation to what you've allowed in your life. We play the role of victim because we’ve allowed ourselves to feel helpless from a broken childhood, bad relationships, health issues, or life traumas. But as we’ve mentioned in our previous blogs, the main dialogue we’ve been vocalizing this summer has been about 'perspective'. It’s so hard to shift to a new way of looking at things, but a new perspective can be just as real as the old delusions you’ve been playing in your mind. How many of us want to fix something or change something, only to keep repeating the same bad habits time and time again? Before you can change anything on the outside, you must first change your thoughts on the inside.
The very difficult things in life create the opportunity for us to experience fundamental Love. I’m talking about groundbreaking love. The kind of love that can crush vicious cycles handed down from one generation to the next. The kind of love that can fill an empty heart, aching from loss and broken relationships. That kind of love doesn't come overnight. It can only be experienced through self-awareness and forgiveness. Take a look and smell the manure around you. But from this day on, let it inspire you to change and grow.
Founder & CEO
Many times, we get in our own way. It is easier to say that outside influences or circumstances prevent us from doing what we want in life. But the truth is, most obstacles lie within. Paulyn Nguyen, a true Lotus Woman and our very own Product Developer, believes that everything is a choice. And what you choose to feel is a reflection of what you believe in yourself.
My life is a reflection of my own thoughts.
When you find yourself in a rut or feel stuck in a situation, it's a sign that you need to rise. You need to rise to each situation presented. Life is phenomenal, in constant movement. You’re not who you were a year ago, a month ago, or even a minute ago. Every moment is a rebirth of who you choose to be, and you are always changing. I've felt complacency in thinking I'm not ready to make my next move. But in reality, conditions are rarely perfect to begin most tasks. If we wait until we’re ready, then we may never start. We are given inspiring thoughts and ideas for a reason – to bring them to life.
Life is a choice; love is a choice. Decisions are made every day, and it’s up to you to either reach for the light or remain in the dark. Do you grow and love yourself, or do you wither away in your shadows? Choices shape your chances, and when you choose your thoughts, you choose your circumstances.
The road to self-discovery is a tough path, and I find myself playing two opposing characters.
One is the role of my worst enemy: full of doubt, negativity, and heavy criticisms. I feel the pressure to rush to achievement as if that’s the only way to self-validation. The other role is a loving one, my best friend. I view myself as someone who seeks nourishment, and I give it to myself. In due time, I blossom, and I thrive.
Choose to recognize your own light and nourish it.
You are your own best friend and worst enemy. This saying becomes more relevant each passing day. As a young adult, I’m now planting my own seeds and nurturing them to the best of my ability. Seeds will sprout from darkness into the sunlight, reaching for warmth and nourishment until they’re above the soil; and even after that, they continue to rise. I’m discovering that this analogy resonates with how I nurture my own mind, body and spirit. Just like a plant, I’m reaching for the light. Soil has the ability to keep me in the dark, but to flourish, I must fight this layer of doubt to truly feed my soul.
Follow your instincts and heart to all ends of the universe because the limits lie within your own mind.
Every small battle within yourself is a choice; a choice to live freely or hold back. It’s a matter of allowing your light to shine into all aspects of your life. So love yourself enough to know that you have the power to create your reality.
A huge topic we've been discussing within Lotus is Purpose. Do you know what your purpose is? Are you following it? Do you trust it?
I've come across and studied many successful people and aspiring entrepreneurs. And by success, I'm not only talking about wealth in assets. I mean those who are truly living out their dreams, passion, and purpose. It's both surprising and obvious that they all have one thing in common. They succeeded in doing what they LOVE. These individuals can talk all day about their purpose and can easily spend most of their free time in pursuit of their craft. And I wondered, how did they manage to trust their purpose and attract the right opportunities, despite negativity or setbacks in life? It dawned on me that its nothing more than perspective. What you tell your mind can shape your reality.
I've broken up with Ego and am faithful to Light.
There are voices of fear, doubt, and discouragement that can make you believe your dreams are not valid. For the longest time, I thought the only way to stop it is to get rid of it. But how do you get rid of it? An amazing thing I've learned from a dear friend recently is this -- those voices will never completely go away. How fantastic is that?! The pressure is off; you don't need to get rid of them to reach your dreams. They may taunt you, but they are powerless without your consent. What you need to do is learn how to live with them, knowing you do not surrender to them. My friend said to me, "You must confront them and dominate them with your UNDENIABLE COMPASSION. Sometimes, the person we forget that needs the most compassion is ourselves." This wise woman saved me from a lot of self-sabotaging heartache. I'm passing this gift of knowledge to you, in hopes it can help you too. Perspective is just a shift in thinking.
Remember that self-shame is fear covered up in an illusion, and its deceiving. You think you're being selfless and humble by not claiming your magnificence, but the truth is opposite. You're being selfish by not giving yourself to your purpose and living it out. The world benefits from people who dwell in love; not fear.
Do what is true to your soul this moment.
If you follow your passion, you will be tremendously successful. All of us are different. We all have different desires, goals, strengths, and weaknesses. You have to look within yourself and ask these questions - what makes you leap for joy, what makes you excited, what is your bliss? The answer is your purpose. You need to follow that! You can’t trust society or what other people want for your life. The only thing you can trust is what’s deep inside yourself. It will always lead you to your life calling. Your talents are yours for a reason.
Here at Lotus, we are constantly diving into our own experiences and cataloguing what heals and shapes us, and how it all aligns with our purpose. We know we can only sustain growth if our brand and messaging is embraced by our community. We are not competing with other denim lines. The world can benefit with many expressions of beauty; Lotus Premium Denim being one of them.
If you took the time to read this far, I want you to know that the journey is the same. It doesn't matter if your passion lies in fashion, sports, music, science, art, medicine, or any other calling. The answer is the same. What you tell your mind can shape your reality. Trust your purpose.
Founder & CEO