Transformation coach, author, motivational speaker, licensed ordained elder, and online talk show host are just a few titles that the talented Lotus Riché has earned throughout her career. Comparing herself to a lotus flower growing out of murky water, Lotus uses her experience to help others transform their lives in powerful ways. She’s creative and forward-thinking but, most of all, she’s a multifaceted spiritual being having a human experience.
Now living by her motto to show goodwill to all, Lotus is taking her message even further by spreading kindness around the world. How does she do it? Join us for this transformative Sheen Magazine exclusive with Lotus Riché.
Who is Lotus Riché?
In many different cultures, the lotus flower is a symbol of enlightenment, purity, rebirth, and self-regeneration. Even when the roots of the lotus are in the murkiest of waters, it produces the most beautiful flower. Likewise, I’ve been through many murky waters in my life, yet my outlook is one of beauty and light.
My work has taken me around the world from Mexico to Bali and beyond. I lived in Japan for three years and worked as a trainer for the Red Cross Reconnection Program in Guam and Korea. I served as a Student Services Coordinator for the University of Phoenix-Augusta campus. This is only part of my decade-long mission to serve as a pillar of strength and love in helping others.
While in Japan, my mission blossomed as I worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor with the Department of Defense. During my time abroad, I was an active member of the Toastmasters club and an American Red Cross volunteer. I was certified as an instructor in First Aid and CPR, post-deployment Reconnection Workshop Facilitation, and suicide intervention. My humanitarian work with Japanese nationals to feed the homeless population was recognized by the Yokosuka Naval Hospital.
My work with the homeless continues today. I’ve served on the board of The Lighthouse Ministries in Augusta, Georgia over six years. I also collaborate with organizations like She Exist. This work embodies my motto that everyone should have goodwill to all and do no harm to others.
Tell us about Lotus Riché Ignites.
Lotus Riché Ignites is a conglomerate with several divisions. We assist entrepreneurs grow their businesses by providing a one-stop-shop experience. We offer video and bumper creations, social media platform management, graphic and website design, and many other services.
As a coach and consultant, I specialize in creating dynamic change and igniting others to discover their personal best. I help people reconstruct their thought processes to break free of emotional, mental, or physical unwellness that keeps them from achieving their best life.
My mission is to teach people to love themselves unconditionally. My clients are empowered to turn negative energy into positive by saying, “This is me. I accept who I am, what I’ve done, and I’ve learned to do better.” They then move into action and do it.
Tell us about some of your greatest accomplishments.
I enlisted in the US Navy at 19, served 8 years, and graduated at the top of my class as an electrician. Before being honorably discharged, I achieved the rank of EM3 Petty Officer 3rd Class. In boot camp, I served as Section Leader and Master at Arms. After my tour of duty, I was the youngest and only woman of color in the southern region to work for Kodak as a clinical engineer in the 1990s.
I’m no stranger to firsts or nontraditional roles. One of these roles took me to the Southern Carolina Department of Corrections where I graduated at the top of my class and specialized in youth offenders and incarcerated adults. I also served on the Rapid Response Team and became proficient in hand-to-hand combat and firearms.
In addition to working as an officer, I cleaned buildings at night. I earned a BS in Psychology and an MBA while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Along the way, I earned a myriad of training certifications: Life Coach, DISC, Red Cross Instructor, Assist Suicide Intervention, 1st Aid Adult/Child CPR, PTSD and Reconnection. I was nominated for the 2000 Most Notable American Women (1998) and the Who’s Who Registry of Distinguished Individuals (2012). Most recently, I became a 2020 Guinness World Record holder and a #1 international best-selling author.
As a wounded warrior with a hearing impairment who also had to use a walker and cane, I understand how to overcome limitations. When I couldn’t walk without assistance, I thought maybe the world no longer needed me. God sent someone for me to counsel who lamented, “I’m going to kill myself.” My work with this individual helped me save my own life. I learned to be grateful for life. When I returned to the US, I worked at the Shepherd Center where I helped people whom doctors told would never walk again. I’m most proud of my work helping these individuals.
What advice would you give someone who wants to mirror your success?
Write down your vision, make it plain, and ask God for help. I used to be afraid and ashamed to ask for help. I realized it takes more strength to ask for help than to remain silent.
Read, learn, and find mentors. Don’t limit yourself to only living mentors; look for mentors who have gone before you and whose success is evidenced in the world around you. My dad always told me, “No one knows everything about anything,” and that empowered me. Instead of allowing others to make me feel small because of my ignorance, I learned that it was alright not to know. The shameful thing is to pretend that you know something you don’t. Ignorance is a catalyst to having it all if you step into your purpose, embrace that you don’t know, and be willing to learn and move into action.
What sense of purpose drives you?
I’m bringing inspiration to every nation. When I start my shows, I often say, “Hey, this is Lotus Riché. Ignite and take flight in every area of your life.” I help people ignite themselves from within so they can live a healthier and freer life. I guide people on their journey within to the most hurtful place in their lives so that they can finally free themselves of the pain. In the silence of pain, we learn the most about ourselves, the world, and God’s presence in us. I help them connect their head, heart, and spirit to transform their passion and dreams into action.
Where can we find you?
All images courtesy of Lotus Riche