In light of August being Women’s Month, I thought it would be the perfect time to promote some hard working mums. You could find the service provider you were looking for or be inspired to take that leap you’ve been dreaming of.
Q&A WITH LYNN
1. Tell me a little about yourself without including details of your family and work (it’s tough I know 😂)
I’m an introvert who like to socialize with a small circle. I feel like I have just woken up from a long sleep after I wrote my book and after I gave my first motivational talk. I sometimes feels like it’s an out-of-body experience as I never in a million years would have seen myself doing this. If somebody would have told me two years ago that I would get comfortable talking in front of a hall full of people I would probably have said “in your dreams”. But I’m talking about what I know and that makes all the difference. I’m also very passionate about the topic of abuse against women and children. Passion fuels purpose! My other love or should I say weakness (I embrace everything about myself) is fashion. I love clothes and retail therapy is something I’m trying hard to grow out of. The best thing about me is that I love God, thereby my participation in children’s ministry.
2. How many kids do you have and what are their ages
I have one son and he is the 2nd best thing about me. He matriculated last year and is taking a gap year. I’m amazed at his generations courage that they possess. He told me before hand how his gap year is going to span out and it happened exactly as he predicted. He is working at Musica at Century City Canal Walk. This is thee mall to work in if you are a teenager from Cape Town.
3. What is your side hustle? And when did you start?
My side hustle is my only hustle! I resigned from a corporate environment last year to publish and launch my book. While doing that I enrolled in a Compliance Management course but my whole heart is in writing, ministry, motivational talks and my blog: ‘The Right Daughter speaks’. The blog can be found on Facebook. This all speaks to my only hustle, so to speak. It’s like I said before, Passion really fuels purpose. I only need to make it profitable still but one day at a time, one step at a time.
4. What did you do before starting your own business AND what made you leave?
I worked as a Tele-Business consultant for Old Mutual and I left because it did not serve me anymore. I have always been an artist at heart. Books, philosophy and poetry has always spoken louder to me than anything else. I see myself as a positive person but I became very unhappy as my soul was shouting at the top of its lungs “Get out”. The jury is still out on whether this was the right decision but I’m by far a happier and more content person. That says a lot.
5. How do you allocate your time between work and family?
I’m a single Mom and it’s just myself and my son in the house. One of the reasons why I think I became so unhappy, was the fact that we were not spending enough time together. As a single mom you are so often busy making a life that you forget to live. I now have dates with son. We go hike, watch movies together, have spontaneous eat-out-dates any time of the day. It is awesome.
6. What have been the hardships of running your own business?
Since I have just started out, it is at times a scary journey. I’m still busy advertising myself and establishing my brand too. It’s a slow process that you just have to trust. In the corporate environment it’s about being on the ball all the time. I now have to discipline myself on a different path. Something amazing happens though when you decide to step out of your comfort zone to follow your dreams. You start ignoring your fears and it’s so darn liberating. It’s like you literally feel yourself growing to a higher level all the time.
7. What have been the highlights?
There are many highlights. The first highlight for me has definitely been the positive responses to my book. The book is my foundation. I have yet to hear negative feedback. Another one is the feedback I received after my first talk at a High Tea function. People asked for my cell number to book me for functions at their church events. I know in my gut that this is what I’m meant to do! My book is at a radio station at the moment waiting to be reviewed, so although things are not happening at the pace the business world operates in, forward is forward.. one day at time, one step at a time. There is also going to be an article about my book in the Christian Online Magazine this August. I’m really chuffed and grateful about all this. The ultimate highlight though is the motivation and food for thought that I leave for others. I gave my testimony at a radio station last week and while I was there, people messaged about how I’m inspiring them. My ultimate goal is to be of service to others.
8. What advice do you have for other women who are on the cusp of taking the leap into entrepreneurship?
It is so important to love what you do. There’s this saying that if you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life. It is so true. The days are flying by and then I realize I have been busy the whole day and yet it never feels like it. We serve our family and this world better if we live out our true self. I love what I do and I have faith that this is what I’m meant to do. If nothing else, trust yourself and your instincts. We are capable of so much more than we ever imagined.
9. How can we get in touch with you?
I self-published, so I’m selling my book and it’s available at the Rainbow of Hope (a home that fosters children coming from abusive backgrounds). The book sells for R150 but if I have to post it to a different region, it’s an extra R20 for postage. It is also available on Amazon through https://www.amazon.com/author/lynnnel going for $9 for the hard copy and $4 for the e-book.