Monday, August 20, 2012

Fly Tribe Blog Hop - Giving Back

Welcome to the Fly Tribe Blog Hop.  (Read to learn how you could win a spot in Kelly Rae Roberts' e-course Flying Lessons.)


One year ago I participated in Kelly Rae Roberts' Flying Lessons e-course.  I can honestly say that since then my life has not been the same.

I am a photographer, jewelry designer, and artist with a full-time day job. I took Kelly Rae's course to begin a dream, learn about the online art community, and live a more creative life. I gained so much more. I found a community of creative women that have touched my soul, shared my celebrations, hugged me when times were difficult, and encouraged my dream. 

When a fellow flyer recommended that we join together and give another creative artist the chance to take Flying Lessons for free - I decided to pay it forward and participate by donating. 

I was raised in a small community in Wisconsin, a town of 5,000 people. While growing up my family was always involved in the community (they still are), whether with my church, raising funds for a charity, volunteering at events, or simply helping a neighbor build a garage or fix their house - the list is endless. And, it is second nature to me. 

So much so, that for more than thirteen years I worked directly for some very wonderful charities as a fundraiser and now I work for a fundraising consultant company and help many charities via my day job. 

As an artist, I pay it forward by inspiring others with little bits of flower power kindness which I leave in public places in NYC. In hopes of making someone smile. 


Each Fall, my day job hosts a weekend volunteer trip to help fix up homes for people who can't afford to fix them. We spend 3 days roofing, siding, building, renovating, and anything else that needs to get done. Last year I had a great time and am looking forward to doing it again this year.

I am so excited that not just one of you but 16 of you will have the opportunity to participate in Kelly Rae Roberts' next and last Flying Lessons e-course. You will learn so much about having an online presence as an artist, about blogging, selling your art online, and you will also meet like minded creative souls. 

So, leave a message on my blog (I'd love to hear from you), hop around to the other participants who helped make this all possible (the links are below the photo), and then click over to the Fly Tribe blog, read the post, and leave a comment for a chance to be one of the lucky who get to attend for free.  Oh, and at some moment in the future when you have the chance to pay it forward or give back (however you want to look at it) please give, give, give...it feels so good.

I leave you with a bit of sidewalk art my a well known New Yorker, James De La Vega, who walks the streets and inspires us. 


Cindy Jones Lantier http://www.lantier.org
Rachél Payne http://wp.me/pWRyw-10P
Live Laugh Love Retreats http://livelaughloveretreats.com

Thanks for visiting!



22 comments:

  1. I love your flower power gifts, so cute! Sounds like you have a very rewarding career, My mother used to do that type of work in her younger years, home rehab. I bet that would feel great at the end of the day to know you have helped so many others with your generocity:) Happy Anniversary!

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  2. Lori,

    I love your sweet little flower power kindness gifts... so super sweet! I adore the idea... it would be fun to do a flower power blog hop and everyone leave little flower power kindness, wouldn't it? So much fun! What a rewarding job you have, helping other! It is so much fun to be a fellow flyer with you! Have an amazing hop! Kris

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  3. I also love your wonderful gifts of art. It reminds me of an article i read about guerrilla art. Fantastic concept! Thanks for sharing, Lori!

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  4. you are such a beautiful soul! i love that you leave little flowers everywhere! I need to do that! Kris is on to something!

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  5. The flowers are too sweet...and a guaranteed pick me up for those that see/find them!!! You are a lucky girl to get to do so much good in your day job as well as your creative job!!! A true ray of sunshine! :)

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  6. Leaving flowers, volunteering and taking such beautiful photos are such great gifts you share with the world. I'm so glad I have a fellow Wisconsinite on this journey (former anyway).

    Jill

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  7. My favorite FLOWER girl! One of your biggest fans over here! Happy Anniversary Fly Sister!
    Love ya!oxoxoxoxo

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    1. Deborah, I just want to tell you that every time I see that orange flower of yours, it makes me smile. It is your own brand of Flower Power goodness that you leave for us to find! :-)

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  8. Oh, oh, oh!I LOVE your flower power goodness that you leave for people to find. I can only imagine the tremendous joy that people get from stumbling upon your delightful surprises! I'm inspired! So happy to be soaring along with you as part of the Fly Tribe! Happy Anniversary!

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  9. Love your beautiful giving spirit and so look forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks time. ***squee*** :D

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  10. I LOVE your flower power kindness!!!!

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  11. As always, Lori, you are such an inspiration to us all. I have so enjoyed getting to know you this year. You are such a kind and gentle soul.

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  12. Lori, I just love your flower power gifts that you leave around your city. So glad that we've met through our awesome Fly Tribe, and a big happy anniversary, my friend!

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  13. Lori - I had so much fun reading this post and learning a little bit more about you. What I already knew about you from our time together in the Fly Tribe over the last year is that you are a positive, caring and supportive person and I am so happy to be part of the Fly Tribe with you. Just seeing your photos of the little notes you leave all over the place put a BIG smile on my face. xo, Kathleen

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  14. I'm so inspired by your beautiful post and how you give back! Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories with us. Glad to be traveling on this creative path with you and celebrating with our tribe. Happy Anniversary!!! ((hugs))

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  15. Hi Sherry - I just love your random acts of flower power! How that must brighten up a person's day. Your volunteer activities are so special too. It is wonderful that you took the e-course last year and joined the Fly Tribe.

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  16. I love seeing your flower message photos, and hearing how you are reminding others that magic is afoot! C x

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  17. Hi Lori! Happy Anniversary! I sooooo enjoyed spending the year with you and the rest of the Fly gals. I always look forward to your messages of the universe. Hopefully those messages keep bringing us good news in the years to come!

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  18. Hi Lori, Happy Anniversary and I am happy to be flying with you! I enjoyed reading your beautiful post on giving, and love the idea of spreading the love via flower power kindness!! What a wonderful thing to do. xo

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  19. I love your flower power project! How great is that!? And how great are YOU!?? xoxo L

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  20. Hi Lori, your flower power kindness is so sweet, just like you! It's been a pleasure being part of your tribe and I've so enjoyed watching you bloom! Happy Anniversary!
    XO

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