Lead with Love® Podcast

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Celebrating life, now with Lynnette Abbott

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Do you ever catch yourself watching, wishing and waiting to press play on a dream or idea that’s been brewing in your heart?

What I’ve noticed with many of my clients is they already have success in business, but they have this secret heart project that they want to bring to the world.

In this episode, I get cozy with Lynnette Abbott where we talk about trust, taking steps blindly and making decisions from love, not fear.

Lynnette Abbott is the founder and designer of Craft My Occasion, a company that creates party supplies celebrating children of color.

What started as a party planning company, turned into a purpose-driven company when Lynnette discovered that there was a huge disparity in the amount and variety of party supplies that feature characters of colors.

As a creative, Lynnette was compelled to create more diversity for the party planning industry. Her specialty is not accepting the status quo, crafting, and spending time with her two children.

Craft My Occasion’s party supplies raised more than $21,000 and was named a “Project We Love” by Kickstarter. The party supplies have also been featured in The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Parents, Black Enterprise, and POPSUGAR.

“I didn’t get where I am today in my life by making decisions based on fear.”


What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)

  • How Lynnette made her very first dollar as an entrepreneur in high school and what that experience taught her about business [7:16]
  • Her motivation for improving not only the lives of her own children, but of all children [10:47]
  • The pivotal moment she realized she needed to change directions in her career and still be creative, but with less stress [12:57]
  • What challenges Lynnette overcame to pursue her passion project [17:07]
  • What the journey to start her own business looked like, including the way she successfully used a Kickstarter campaign to make it all happen [19:35]
  • Why a mermaid-theme was her first product and the conversations that told her she needed to create it [28:34]
  • Where Lynnette’s passion for celebrating parties comes from [36:36]
  • The traditions she’s created in her own family around birthdays [40:31]
  • What lessons healing from cancer has taught Lynnette and the way she’s applied them to her business [44:46]
  • The amazing story about how she stopped wishing and waiting, and made her dream of living on Hawaii a reality [52:16]

Resources + links mentioned:

» Craft My Occassion

» Connect with Craft My Occasion on Facebook and Instagram!

» Build Your Challenge

» Love Over Metrics

» Little Mermaid Picture

» Minding Wellness, Lynnette Abbott on Thriving with Cancer

Key Quotes:

  • “I wanted to have things that my children could look at and identify with, and feel proud about. I wanted them to embrace themselves and promote self-love.” [10:44]
  • “I knew for sure I was going to reach my goal, and I don’t know how I knew that. I just had an inner knowing.” [23:51]
  • “I think that what I did the best was just lean into what I’m good at.” [27:02]
  • “Sometimes I think we forget to be grateful that we’re living and we’re alive, so celebrating life to me is not just about birthdays, and it doesn’t have to be a party. Just remember to celebrate the fact that you’re here, you’re alive and you’re well.” [39:06]
  • “This journey that I’ve been on with my healing has caused me to open my eyes to so many things in my life.” [44:48]
  • “I didn’t get where I am today in my life by making decisions based on fear.” [64:13]

I hope you enjoyed Lynnette’s journey as much as I did. In this episode, we mentioned the Build Your Challenge course that Lynnette joined before launching her $21,000 Kickstarter campaign. You can get the 5-step roadmap for free at buildyourchallenge.com.

And to learn more about the Love Over Metrics Incubator that Lynnette has been a part of, make sure you’re on the waitlist at loveovermetrics.com.

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