HI SWEETS! YOU'RE HERE FOR ANOTHER POST IN OUR BEHIND THE HOMEPAGE SERIES!
It's a badass weekly series that's equal parts coffee date (go ahead and refill your mug!) and meeting new friends and all the parts real + inspiring.
So, cozy up + get to know the badass female entrepreneurs (and businesses) behind the homepage.
MEET KAYE NAMBA
"I am Kaye. I am still figuring all this entrepreneurial stuff out. And I am the real female entrepreneur."
Write down five people you know that have never given their dreams a chance. Now, write down five that are living theirs right now. Mmkay, now set that list aside. I'm going to let Kaye finish this wildly inspiring exercise in just a few...
But hold onto that list. It may change everything about how you feel about your life + your biz right now.
If you don't know Kaye, I'm so wildly freaking honored to get to introduce you to her. And if after this interview you want more of her (trust me, you're going to), you can listen to her in episode 17 and 64 of the podcast.
You know those people that inspire your mind + your heart? You're getting ready to meet one.
BEFORE WE DIVE RIGHT IN, LET'S START OUT WITH A QUICK ROUND OF THE QUESTION GAME…
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MONTH OF THE YEAR?
I love December because of the holidays. I’m one of those people that starts playing holiday music right after Halloween. Ha! Ha!
BEACH OR MOUNTAINS?
Beach all day!
WHAT'S A TALENT OF YOURS THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT?
I can sing. Okay, so I’m not a singer, per say, and I actually don’t do it in front of people often anymore ... but let’s just say I’m not terrible at karaoke.
1. TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIZ IN 3 SENTENCES OR LESS.
I’m a life coach and mentor on a mission to support positive change in the world by guiding consciously-driven women to activate their divine purpose through their natural strengths, passions, and talents. I’m a big believer that when women are aligned with inner fulfillment - instead of continually chasing outer attainment - they become the leaders we need in this world.
"I’m a big believer that when women are aligned with inner fulfillment - instead of continually chasing outer attainment - they become the leaders we need in this world."
2. NOW, LET'S START AT THE BEGINNING. WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
I remember it as clear as day ... the day I got laid off from the non-profit organization that I had been at for 12 years. I knew it was coming – having heard from a couple other coworkers that morning that they, too, had been told of their fate with the company – but my eyes still welled up with tears as I received the news in person. Deep in my heart, I felt freed and knew that change always makes way for new opportunities. But there was no denying that fear, uncertainty, and anxiety were also present.
As I said my good-byes that afternoon, I remember telling my (now) ex-teammate, “I want to do something meaningful. Something that is bigger than myself. I have no idea what that is, but I’ll find it amidst all this.”
In hindsight, I now know I may have been spiritual bypassing to make myself feel better in the wake of something that felt like I just had the rug pulled out from underneath me. But my heart really did feel this sentiment, and the Universe was ready to give me the opening I needed to explore what I truly wanted in my life.
From that moment, I knew that I was going to start writing. I didn’t know about what, but that I needed to. So I started a blog, simply to inspire others. I began reaching out to small business entrepreneurs with amazing missions, who were giving back to causes that were personal to them. In connecting with these individuals, I stood witness to the kindness and good that exists in the world. I was fueled by their passions and inspired to continue following mine.
"I’m definitely still in the trenches of my story. Aren’t we all? But I’m more than ever committed to that “something meaningful, bigger than me” purpose I felt was always missing in my life when I was so busy working to climb a ladder I wasn’t even sure I wanted."
I found myself wanting to do more than simply highlighting other people’s passions. I wanted to support those who were finding it hard to follow theirs.
As I got more and more entrenched into following my own “breadcrumbs of desire” (what I like to call everyone’s truest and most genuine desires), I began attending conferences that excited me, taking online courses that would eventually connect me to some of the most heart-driven beings I had ever come across, and got licensed as a Desire Map facilitator.
By taking that step, which I feel like was my first real step into entrepreneurship, I connected deeply back to my first true breadcrumbs of desire: Psychology (a degree I already carried) and mentorship (something I had easily fallen into while in the corporate setting). While rekindling these aspects of myself that came so naturally to me, I also came to know my inherent intuitive abilities, which led me to explore the human connection to spirituality.
I’m definitely still in the trenches of my story. Aren’t we all? But I’m more than ever committed to that “something meaningful, bigger than me” purpose I felt was always missing in my life when I was so busy working to climb a ladder I wasn’t even sure I wanted.
So, I continue to learn about the world we live in, educate myself, gain new perspectives, and explore the depths of our human consciousness in order to support other women to follow their own breadcrumbs of desire.
3. YOUR LIFE + BIZ JOURNEY IS A BOOK. WHAT'S THE NAME OF THE CHAPTER YOU'RE CURRENTLY IN?
“Remember, Reconnect, Rise”
I feel like I’ve been in a transitional period of coming home to my Self ... remembering what’s important and what the driving force behind my business is, reconnecting with what’s true for me, and using those two to rise in living out my purpose.
4. WHAT'S BEEN THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY SO FAR?
It’s really easy for me to think that I won’t make an impact or to doubt myself, so having the strength to keep going during the times of self-doubt has been hard. Some days I feel like I could just throw in the towel, but I know in my heart that the only way to move is forward, not backward.
"It’s been a learning process to trust my instincts and relearn that there truly are no failures, only experiences and every experience is part of this journey."
As any entrepreneur knows, we have to experiment, create, and take risks. It’s in those times that I find myself struggling because, my whole life, I was such a planner and not knowing where one action over another will take me can be disorienting. So it’s been a learning process to trust my instincts and relearn that there truly are no failures, only experiences and every experience is part of this journey.
5. WE'RE ALL BATTLING DOUBTS EVERY DAY AS ENTREPRENEURS. WHAT'S BEEN ONE OF THE BIGGEST DOUBTS YOU'VE DEALT WITH?
One of the biggest fears is that I’m not good enough to be doing the work I do amidst all the other coaches around me. There are tons of amazing coaches out there doing incredible work, so staying true to what I’m all about and my own personal mission has definitely been tricky. Comparison-itis can be such a buzz kill, eh?
6. SHARING IS CARING. AND THERE'S SO MANY BADASS RESOURCES FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS. WHAT ARE 3 OF YOUR FAVES?
- “Light Is The New Black” by Rebecca Campbell: This was such a game-changer in the way I viewed my work and my purpose in the world.
- “The Heroine’s Journey” by Maureen Murdock: I will forever recommend this book to all women. It’s an amazing perspective of the journey we go through in life as women, raised in a predominantly patriarchal world and, (spoiler alert) the more commonly known “Hero’s Journey” doesn’t really apply to us.
- Cerrie Mooney’s “Primary Archetype” test: The results of the test bring to light your strengths and what makes you, you. Then relates it all back to your biz and brand. It’s a juicy resource to help you connect to the soul of your business.
7. IF YOU COULD GIVE YOURSELF ONE PIECE OF ADVICE RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Keep remembering to celebrate all the good and exciting wins – no matter how big or small - that happen along the way.
8. WHAT'S YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH FOR WHY YOU SHOULD CHASE YOUR DREAMS?
Every single one of us can name at least five people we know that never even gave their dreams a chance. We also know five people that are living theirs. Which category do you want to be in?
Kaye Namba is a life coach, mentor and workshop leader. She’s passionate about supporting heart-centered visionaries to courageously make a positive difference in the world through their passions and talents. She guides clients to embrace their truth with grace and empowers them to live their purpose with confidence. Join her new Facebook community (#GetAligned Collective) and catch her weekly live soulful chats.