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Founder of Tiny Buddha
In 2008, Lori Deschene held a full-time web content manager job that felt more like a paycheck than a purpose. Looking to inject meaning into her online activities, Lori began tweeting a daily inspirational quote through @tinybuddha, focusing on ideas that address the universal struggles we all face.
This simple daily dose of wisdom quickly attracted a large readership, with over 155,000 followers to date. In the fall of 2009, Lori launched tinybuddha.com as a place where individuals from all over the globe can share stories and lessons about applying those ideas to everyday life.
After years of struggling with low self esteem, discontentment, and a sense of powerlessness, Lori wanted to share her challenges and insights honestly—not as an expert on living wisely, but as someone facilitating conversations that affect our individual and collective peace and happiness.
In an increasingly disconnected, information-overloaded world, Tiny Buddha has emerged as a place for authentic connection—where everyone has the same authority to share what they’ve learned and how they apply it. As the tagline reads, Tiny Buddha offers “Simple wisdom for complex lives.”
Lori has since written her first book, which will be published by the Conari Press at the end of 2011; created an eBook based on her most popular blog posts, which will be available in March, 2011; launched a Facebook page where tens of thousands of friends share their joy and wisdom; and launched a blog coaching business to help other bloggers create meaning online.
Lori attended Emerson College where she studied acting and writing. For the past four years, Lori has written articles for nationally distributed ‘tween publications. To date, she has contributed over 75 articles to Discovery Girls Magazine. Though she speaks to individuals of all ages with her writing, Lori’s message remains the same: We have more power than we think; we just have to believe it and use it.
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