Well what a wonderful Wednesday it is today! I hope you are all having an incredible week…I am JUMPING excited about todays post! I’ve had the honour and the privilege of holding an interview with an inspiration of mine, Lori Deschene the creator of Tiny Buddha! So please enjoy!
First of all Lori, please tell us a bit about yourself…
I grew up near Boston, Massachusetts and thought I was going to be an actress until I graduated from college. Growing up, I was an extreme overachiever. In high school, I was Vice President of the Honor Society, I held two jobs, and I often juggled rehearsals for two plays at once.
I was never happy unless I was overachieving with a live audience to validate me.
By the end of college, I exhausted myself into a forced hiatus from life while I learned why I was so frequently dissatisfied with myself. I went from pushing myself to isolating myself to slowly learning to trust, like, and nurture myself.
Over the last decade, I’ve traveled and moved all over the US, held nearly 100 jobs, challenged the roots of my once low self esteem, and found healthy ways to deal with my emotions. I now live in Los Angeles with my boyfriend where I run TinyBuddha.com and travel every chance I get.
It seems like you’ve gone through quite a transition from your high school days to adult life. I’m proud of you for being so strong while going through change and growth! So what inspired you to start Tiny Buddha in the first place?
When I first began tweeting on the Twitter account @tinybuddha, my main goal was to use my online time in a way that felt meaningful for me—and the most meaningful thing I could imagine was sharing ideas that were helping me let go of pain.
That’s what it’s always been about for me: creating a place where we can all help each other heal and experience peace and happiness.
Good for you for creating a place where you wanted to be, that didn’t exist yet! How did you decide on the name Tiny Buddha for your blog?
It was actually a Twitter account before it was a blog. Most people do it the other way around, but at the time, tweeting felt like a simple way to do something purposeful with the busy schedule I had.
At first, the name Tiny Buddha was a metaphor for small pieces of wisdom—140 characters at a time. The name has evolved to also represent the minor changes in thinking and doing that can make a huge difference in our lives.
It’s definitely true that improving one small step per day, can lead to massive positive change in anyones life!! Did you know your website was going to be such a success?
Yes and no. Yes because I believed in both myself and the process. When I launched tinybuddha.com, the Twitter account was already a year and a half old with nearly 50,000 followers. (now, well over 154,000!!!)
I suspected that readers would share the posts if they were strong, and I believed in my ability to provide heartfelt, practical pieces. I’m grateful that Tiny Buddha has attracted guest contributors who do the same.
No, because there weren’t any guarantees. Just because people enjoyed a daily quote on Twitter, that didn’t mean they’d want to read longer content on the site.
As with any creative project, there was a lot of uncertainty, but I’ve always been sure about one thing: If you’re honest, passionate, and committed, growth is inevitable.
It seems certain to me that anyone who has passion as strong as yours, would inevitably be successful! What is the biggest impact that your blog has had on your life?
I feel a lot more satisfied with how I spend my days now, and I’m no longer fixated on that elusive tomorrow when I imagine I will feel happier and more successful.
All my heart and soul are wrapped up in Tiny Buddha, and for the first time ever, I feel certain I am doing exactly what I want to be doing with my time.
Forever the elusive tomorrow…thanks for showing us what being in the now, can accomplish! If you had to pick your one favorite quote, what would it be?
I feel the need to choose two:
“If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.” ~Buddha
“Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.” ~Charles Swindoll
I now have those quotes cemented in my mind, very inspirational! When you’re not working or writing for your blog, what do you do for fun?
When I’m not on the interwebs, I enjoy hiking, practicing yoga, seeing plays, watching movies, going to Disneyland, crocheting, trying new restaurants, traveling, and visiting my family in Massachusetts.
Very cool, I’ve never been to Disneyland, but hope to some day : ) What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I’m not always a trusting person. People often assume because I write about seeing the good in people that I am always open, vulnerable, and trusting, but I sometimes shut down. There are days when I revert into old patterns and want to close myself off from the world.
I am far from perfect, but I focus on progress, not perfection.
No one is perfect, but as soon as we accept who we are, then we can grow and improve into the people we want to be! What’s something that makes you smile?
Other people’s smiles.
Even my smile? lol. I’ve been known to like smiling too! I hear you have a new book coming out, when might that be?
I actually just launched an eBook called Tiny Buddha’s Handbook for Peace & Happiness. It’s a compilation of some of my most popular posts, along with a few new ones. It’s available on my site for $10.97.
I have another book, Tiny Buddha’s Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hardest Questions, which will be available in hardcopy through Conari Press near the end of the year.
It was an exciting project for me, partly because it addresses the challenging questions that can either paralyze or empower us, and also because it incorporates wisdom from Tiny Buddha Twitter followers.
Very cool! I will have to check out all of your publications, you are a very talented writer!! If you could offer only one piece of advice, in regards to living a more positive life, what would it be?
Don’t try to be positive. Just try to be good to yourself. In my experience, everything else grows from a genuine belief that you deserve to be happy, and you have the power to make it happen— if not in one moment, then in the next.
Amazing words from an amazing person! Thanks Lori for taking the time to share with us a bit about yourself! I look forward to keeping in touch with you, and hearing and reading more of the wise words of TinyBuddha!
And thanks to everyone for stopping by and reading! Please have an inspired day, and I’ll see you soon!