Name | Chylo’e
Tell us a random fact about yourself | I have over 30 Mac Lipsticks… Lipstick is my thing!
What is your current occupation? | I ‘m a mumprenuer as I run a social enterprise and I am just about to embark on another exciting business venture, but I am a Fashion Merchandiser by profession.
Would you class yourself as an ambitious woman? | Yes, Yes and Yes! My thing is you have to go after what you want as nothing is ever handed to you on a plate, and if it is, always question it!
Through different obstacles in my life I have learnt that nothing is impossible or unreachable; so don’t be afraid to aim high and always believe in YOU!
I also align myself with other ambitious and successful women as I believe you’re only as good as the company you keep. I hope to pass these gems down to the next generation of females coming up.
Have you always been ambitious? | I was raised in a single parent home where I saw my mother work her ass off, and achieve more than some two-parent homes…so to be ambitious is all I know!
She instilled in me, and my sister that nothing is impossible as long as you put your mind to it and work hard. So in her memory I always said I was going to be a success, no doubt about it!
But there was a point in my life just before turning 30 and after the loss of my mum that I started to doubt myself and my abilities. I let fear over shadow my natural confidence.
This was the point where I stared to question my achievements thus far. I asked myself “should I be further ahead?” and all that jazz that normally hits when you reach a milestone, and people start telling you where you should be in YOUR life.
But what helped me get back on track was I started to read more, especially books of inspiration. I began to focus on speaking positivity into my life, and that shifted my way of thinking, which then shifted my way of behaving.
I thought to myself… “what was the worst thing that could happen to me if I challenged my fears?” NOTHING! But if I didn’t challenge myself I would continue to live a life of frustration and un fulfillment.
A big lesson I learnt very quickly is that there are no limits to the mind except those we acknowledge.
And then a blessing happened and my son arrived, I knew I had to be the best mum possible to create and sustain the life that I had always dreamt of. And four years later I am doing just that!
What is your biggest achievement to date? | My biggest achievements to date are my son, and quitting a 12-year career in Fashion merchandising to pursue some of my long term goals and passions, which I feel were being stifled working a 9-5 job.
With more time on my hands I am now able to focus on building my personal brand alongside working on my social enterprise BelEve UK. BelEve UK is a sisterhood; a place for young girls to come, learn, be inspired and find a sense of belonging, through different platforms.
What is your long term vision for yourself? | My biggest goal is to be the BEST me possible, while remaining happy. It is also so important to live YOUR life on YOUR own terms, and by YOUR own standards.
Another vision is to continue to empower, and advocate everything it means to be a woman through BelEveUk and the other businesses I run, and for this to be heard nationally. We have an event on the 15th May @ Box park called BelEve Girls rock, which is a platform for up and coming female musician to showcase their talents! I would love for this event to be as big as Black Girls Rock as it has so much potential!
And last but not least, I have a long term vision to run style workshops that teach young women, especially mums like myself how to be stylishly confident!
What have you sacrificed or willing to sacrifice to achieve your vision? | I have sacrificed a pay cheque!
This has been challenging, as my outgoing didn’t reduce inline with my income!!
But I just put my faith in God that He would provide. Apart from God I had to be stricter with my budgeting, eating out and spontaneous shopping sprees. All these things had to be cut down to a minimum and trust me I already had enough clothes to last a few of us a life time!
But when your backs against the wall, you push harder and become more focused. I had to become more creative. For example, instead of watching TV when I got home, I would sit for hours sorting through and uploading old and unworn clothes onto eBay; creating another source of income.
What advice can you give to other young women that want to pursue their dreams but are afraid to do so? |
Believe in YOU!
Act in spite of fear!
Never let mistakes define who you are!
Dream big and never stop short of reaching the top!
Have a plan but don’t be to rigid with the direction it takes you in, as sometimes the best opportunities come from the worst situations!
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