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
We are SO excited to share with you our recent trip to sunny Los Angeles, California! The Lotus team flew down to LA this past week for a fitting of our samples. After applying a few tweaks, we are now approved for production!!! This means that the Kickstarter production run can now officially begin. Just a few more weeks till we're able to receive the orders and ship our Kickstarter backers their very own Lotus jeans! Thank you thank you thank you for your patience. We thought it'd be fun to share the video snippet below from our trip and fitting session. Please enjoy and have a blessed day =)
Our mentor, Poornima Vijayashanker, founder of Femgineer and entrepreneur, knows all about the start-up struggle so when we turned to her for advice and her mentorship, she knew exactly what we were going through. Thank you, Poornima, for believing in us and for all your support!
Here is a newsletter she wrote about Lotus:
"Almost 2 years ago Sarah Coronado, the founder of Lotus Premium Denim, reached out to me via email. She wanted to meet up and ask me for some guidance. So I agreed to meet up with her.
At the start of our first meeting, she handed me a pair of Lotus jeans to try on. I could already tell I’d like this woman...
The jeans fit like a glove, and I’d soon discover that they’d become my favorite pair!
During our meeting I sat back and listened to Sarah. She told me of how she was frustrated looking for clothes that would fit her small frame. As a petite woman I could empathize with her.
Then one day, a close friend of hers, took her shopping at a high end store. Sarah never thought to buy high end. But after trying on her first pair, she felt comfortable and confident.
She was hooked.
But Sarah didn’t just stop there. She figured other women might be experiencing the same problem, and began to do some market research. Sarah discovered that more than half the female population is under 5’ 6”, but most denim is made for taller women.
Not having a formal background in fashion or design, Sarah knew she’d need to team up with someone. She found a designer whom she proceeded to work with to design a better fitting denim for petite women.
Then she recruited co-founders to help with areas that she didn’t have expertise in like: branding, supply chain, and sales.
Together they produced their first line of denim and started to do sales.
Throughout our conversation I was thinking that Sarah had it together, she was super capable! I couldn’t even figure out why she’d need my help...
Then she proceeded to tell me more.
Sarah told me how Lotus was her side business, she had a full time job as a project manager at a big tech company, and 2 small children to care for. The previous year she had worked herself so hard that she caught pneumonia!
After two years of trying to get Lotus off the ground, she wanted to close shop and move on.
To me it seemed like Sarah didn’t need to throw in the towel just yet. What she really needed was gain some perspective by taking a break!
I told Sarah that any business or project takes time to get off the ground. The first few years are spent researching, learning, and experimenting. Hearing this from me made her realize that it was a natural process, and that she wasn’t an anomaly.
After our first meeting, I kept finding myself wearing my Lotus jeans a lot! I even told other women about them, and they felt the same way wearing them: comfortable and confident.
I can even do yoga in Lotus!
Sarah had created a great product.
But there were some issues with her business.
I did a deep dive into Lotus. I uncovered some problems, but nothing that would jeopardize the business permanently.
Over the next 9 months, I’d help Sarah and her team improve their process.
Last summer Sarah wanted to run a crowdfunding campaign, and I told her I’d help her prepare for it.
I thought we were making great progress. I put a transition plan in place as I was preparing to move to teach at Duke.
Right before my move Sarah hit a brick wall. She was tired and frustrated.
I knew she could do the campaign, but to make it a success she would need to be confident in herself.
My parting words to Sarah were to take a real break. Put the business on hold, and get some rest. The business and the opportunity would wait for her.
6 months went by.
Sarah took time off, went on vacation with her family, and transitioned to a new full time job. The time off had benefited her. She regained her confidence and realized that she loved Lotus, and wanted to run the crowdfunding campaign.
Last month Sarah and her co-founders successfully raised a Kickstarter campaign for Lotus raising $28,424 from 263 backers!
I’m super proud of Sarah and her team for making it happen."
We are so thrilled to be featured on Denimology! Thank you to the beautiful Elena for the great review of our Love jeans. Doesn't she look amazing?!
"The Love is no doubt one of the most unique fits I’ve ever seen...Well done, Lotus Premium – you guys created a truly great pair of denim! I love my Love jeans (excuse me for being repetitive ) and will definitely keep my eye on this cool, young brand that clearly has a lot to offer."
To read the full review, click here.
"I pray for our Kickstarter campaign to deliver a very strong, lasting and impactful message. Let it be successful. Let it garner the right exposure and build a community of women doing beautiful things. Let this work reinforce the Lotus Story and cause a chain reaction of women confronting their struggles and accepting their beauty."
On April 22nd, 2013, I wrote my intentions for Lotus on Kickstarter. I put it in a wooden box and placed it in my drawer. I've not re-opened this box, until today. It's a strange and wonderful feeling to see the dreams that were written down a year ago become a living reality today.
Your overwhelming show of support and encouragement helped us exceed our goal of $20,000 this week!! It's truly amazing and humbling to say the least.
During the course of our campaign, there were some people who questioned our strategy. Why put so much emphasis on one campaign, and take a whole year to build it out? I knew we were low on inventory, cash flow, and resources, but I held on desperately to one goal. I wanted to tell a remarkable story with Lotus.
The videos, photo shoots, trunk shows, and social media posts on Instagram and Facebook all aimed to build one unified story and expression of what Lotus meant to us, and what we'd hope to instill in our small, yet loyal community. Feeling beautiful in your own skin, embracing your imperfections, and inspiring one another to chase our dreams has been and will always be the driving force behind Lotus Premium Denim. Jeans made to fit, for women born to inspire.
The happiness we're experiencing this moment is due to the growing #LotusWoman community we've collectively built with our friends and clients. Our models and muse, our Lotus Ambassadors, our film crew, our expanding team, and our friends and supporters both online and offline have filled our hearts with light and love.
I would like to say thank you once again for giving Lotus a chance. Together we rise.
Founder & CEO
Lotus Premium Denim
The blessings continue to pour in. Some of our lovely Lotus Ambassadors and Team Lotus got together a few weeks ago, and decided to create a video project showcasing the form, fit, and function of our jeans. We asked our community for help in executing this vision. In a heartbeat, we formed a team of dancers, a producer/choreographer, and received help from the youth group Roosevelt Digital Arts who assisted our Director Marlo Rose Alvarado in filming on set. This community is FILLED with raw talent.
A word from our Producer and Choreographer, Paulyn Nguyen. (She's also our Product Developer... talk about talent!)
"It’s been an amazing experience to work with these beautiful souls. The energy in the Lotus space has left a lasting impression on me and I am absolutely grateful for the work and passion that they’ve shared during this production. Thank you for welcoming my art & spirit into your lives, let’s rise together!" - Paulyn Nguyen
Inspired by Beyonce's latest album, Paulyn and the Lotus women executed an original choreography to "Yonce", wearing our high waist jeans Love and Dream (which you can find on Kickstater now). We thank you, and present you "Yonce - Lotus Woman" - http://bit.ly/1pHu42H
Last week, we launched our biggest campaign ever, on Kickstarter. Many of our lovely supporters watched our video and made pledges to our Kickstarter project. Thank You!!!
But some of our supporters have reached out and are still asking,"What is this Kickstarter thing?"
We thought we'd explain the significance of it here.
Kickstarter is a crowd-funding platform that helps designers like Lotus Premium Denim pitch an idea or project to the world to help raise funding for it.
Each project is independently created and crafted by the team behind it. It took team Lotus 12 months to build our project, from shooting videos, crafting our pitch, and brainstorming what rewards to offer our backers (aka our supporters).
Every project has a funding goal and deadline. For Lotus, we aim to raise $20,000 by May 3rd, 2014. If you like what we're doing, you can pledge money to help us make it happen. If we succeed in reaching our funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged on May 3rd. If our project does not reach $20,000 by our deadline date, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
Being a backer to our Kickstarter project is more than just pledging money, it's supporting our dream to create something that we want to see exist in the world.
We are currently bootstrapping our startup. That means that we fund our own production and operating expenses (from our 9-5 paychecks, and sometimes our parents and husbands...#TheStruggleIsReal). This all women run team wants to take Lotus to the top, but need your help.
With the $20,000 funding we aim to raise on Kickstarter, we want to develop our first full collection and take Lotus Premium Denim to the next level.
It's very easy to help. Make a pledge and pick a reward level!
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