Nadia Ballas-Ruta: October 2010 Innerpreneur Spotlight
Happy Lotus Lifestyles, LLC
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a writer and closet humanitarian who is on a mission to help save the world. I am the product of a mixed religious and ethnic marriage. My parents gave me the freedom to pick whichever religion I wanted to follow. As a result, I ended up studying them all and realizing that we are more alike than we are different. I am also a former monastic and lawyer. I am also a wife, daughter and friend to many.
My passion is for:
helping to promote tolerance and compassion via my work as a writer. A mother in America wants the same things for her children as does a mother in India or in Europe. We all desire shelter, food, security and love.
My business helps you:
to expand your awareness and realize that you have the power to change the world every single day of your life.
My biggest challenge is:
finding the time to do all the things that I want to do. I love to travel. I also love to write and have numerous ideas floating in my head. I just need more time to make these things all happen but I am working on it. I am better at it now than I was a year ago.
I make a difference by:
being real and breaking down barriers. I think it is really important to treat your audience with respect and how you respect your audience is by being authentic. None of us has all the answers. We are all works in progress and the learning never ends. I have learned a lot in my life but I am still learning and I share that authenticity with my readers. People are not stupid. They know when someone is being real and when they are not.
This leads me to barriers. For reasons unknown to us, human beings have an amazing ability to make life more complicated than it needs to be. In order to become extraordinary, you have to develop accurate perception. So I help break down barriers and show people another way to look at life and the potential that lies within them.
I have lots of ideas about:
everything but primarily about how to best help people become extraordinary so that they can do what they can to help make the world a better place.
My first passion in life has always been writing. I think of myself as a writer and artist and have been that ever since I was a teenager. Most of my thought process is rooted in creativity. My belief is that inspiration is everywhere. So whenever I go out into the world, I see something that gives me an idea or serves as an inspiration. My head is full of all kinds of ideas for videos, audio recordings, e-books, blog posts and so much more.
My advice would be:
do what you love and don’t worry about money. It took me a long time to fully comprehend this piece of advice which was given to me by my dad years ago. When you love what you do, the Universe has a magical way of providing you with what you need. Many times people put money above passion and then they think when they have enough money, they will follow their passion. I have yet to see someone actually do that. Life is short and there is no logical reason why you have to be miserable. So do what you love and surrender the outcome.
“The pain that’s created by avoiding hard work is actually much worse than any pain created from the actual work itself. Because if you don’t begin to work on those ideas that God has blessed you with, they will become stagnant inside of you and eventually begin to eat away at you. You might seem OK on the outside, but inside you will be ill from not getting those ideas out of your heart and into the world. Stalling leads to sickness. But taking steps, even baby steps, always leads to success.”
– Russell Simmons