We’ve gone from a pandemic, to a crashing economy, to an intense uprising for social justice – all while creeping up to one of the biggest elections of our lives. Stress much? This year has come in like a lion, and is going out like a bear on fire. 

Just when you think things ain’t right, they keep getting less right. “SMH” (shaking my head) is getting used hard in 2020. So much so, my neck hurts. I can’t even imagine what it will be like to look back at this time we’re living in. Btw, will we EVER be at a point of looking back??? Sigh.

What’s helping us get through all this madness? Community. People uniting for a cause true to their heart.

It’s the people who have stayed home when they were asked. The people not arguing about wearing a mask at the grocery store. 

It’s the people telling their heartbreaking personal stories about police brutality and racism. The people who sit quietly and listen. 

It’s the people who organize others to stand up for social justice. The people on foot raising those voices up high. 

It’s the people spreading the word about just how damn important it is to be heard. And coming in November, the people who vote.

It’s also the people who searched for this little lost pup:

Butter is Jason’s brother’s dog. He went missing a little over a week ago while his parents, Sean and Alicia, were out of state for a few days. With them gone, their community stepped it up. Big time. A search party extraordinaire was formed. 

As Jason and I drove around the area where Butter was last seen, we came across so many strangers who simply wanted to help. They took our numbers, posted on social media, and kept an eye out. That little guy had no idea how many people were keeping space in their heart to find him. 

During our search, we came across a girl whose dog was off-leash and ran way ahead of her down the street. We drove after the dog and helped secure the little one to safety. I thought to myself, how interesting that while we’re searching for a missing pup, we helped someone else get their dog back. At that moment, I was certain Butter would be found. Synchronicity. With all of this great energy floating about, finding him felt inevitable. 

Sean and Alicia were racing back into town with the strong intention and will that they would 100% find Butter. Sean was even sending their pooch energy to stop running. When they got back, they headed straight to Butter’s last known sighting. Three hours later, after searching high and low, Sean hiked up a very janky hill. A neighbor had spotted a tail. All of a sudden – there he was. After about 36 hours on the run, Butter was found. We weren’t there for the reunion, but man, did we feel it.

(Butter back home with Alicia.)

This experience simply confirmed what I already knew…Everything is 100% possible. 100% of the time.

(Sign hanging on my vocal booth as a reminder.)

What I’ve learned from my transformation (life) coach Jim Fortin (more on that in a future blog) is that when you combine intention and will, and you never let up – you win. Every. Single. Time. 

Butter’s rescue brought many happy tears. Exhaustion. Relief. Hope.

Hope for our future. Hope for our community. Hope for what’s next. 

No matter what comes at you, your community has gotchu.

If you find yourself lost…

No worries.

We’ll find you. 


Julie Slater, aka THE LOTUS FLOWER, looooves music – a rabid fan and musician. You may recognize her voice – she’s a voiceover artist, audiobook narrator, and podcast host (www.julieslater.com). 

Julie has DJ’d on top stations: 88.5 FM and 100.3 the Sound in LA, and 92.3 K-Rock in NYC following Howard Stern. She’s also a news anchor on NPR station 89.3 KPCC in Pasadena. 

Our lil’ lotus spends her time meditating, doing yoga, candle making, and cooking. She has a slight obsession with deep, dark cabernets & small batch whiskey. Namaste!

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