Don’t let self doubt and fear become obstacles to what you are capable of achieving.
Today we interview inspirational writer and coach Lucy Brummett, founder of lucybrummett.com She’s funny, bright, and full of wisdom. Read on to hear her story as a Latina business owner and the advice she has for anyone looking to follow their dream.
LBT: If you had to describe your brand in three words, what would they be?
Inspirational Writer & Coach, Creative, and Pursuer of Dreams! Okay, so that is more than three words… But still!
Don’t be afraid to get creative!
LBT: Where did the idea for lucybrummett.com come from?
I always wanted to be known for my name. In the beginning, it was lulalucy as a whimsical, fun name for my blog. My start came from writing for the local newspaper in my hometown in Ohio. What started as something to contribute with others ended up becoming my weekly column.
LBT: What makes your site unique?
I write it in my unique style and voice. I value family and time. My purpose is to inspire others to be more, through my writing and coaching. It is important to me to help others find their purpose and passion in this life.
LBT: How did your roots influence your career path?
I remember my parents working hard growing up. I am sure they had dreams too during those years. I often wonder what my parents would have pursued had they had the opportunity to go for it. I believe they had dreams simmering inside of them that deserved the chance to come to life.
LBT: What would you say was the most important obstacle/challenge you had to overcome in getting to where you are today?
My self-doubt and fear have been my biggest obstacles. I wondered who I thought I was, to dare consider myself an expert. This was all due to my limiting beliefs. When I got certified as a coach, I felt myself pivot toward confidence.
LBT: What about aprendizajes? What is the most important thing you’ve learned along the way?
The most important thing that I learned was that being afraid is okay. My Bell’s Palsy journey taught me that it didn’t have to control my life. That is why I took the leap to get past the hang-ups with my smile and face. I gave myself permission to become who I am today.
LBT: If you had to give our readers financial advice for their businesses and/or start-ups, what would it be?
I recommend researching what it costs to start what you are wanting to do. Be open-minded in asking others for help and invest in a coach to help you start.
LBT: Would you have done anything differently?
I am still a work in progress, but I would treat my writing and coaching as a business versus a hobby. A hobby keeps you in your comfort zone and a business stretches you.
LBT: Most successful people are surrounded by people who inspire or help them reach their greatest potential. Who was that for you?
There are several people that continue helping me reach my greatest potential—Barbara (my writing mentor), my mom, my sons, my sisters. and Linda Mendible. Linda planted the seed in 2016 and my blog was born. Of course, I also have to thank Judy Goss and Lesley Jane Seymore for their continued friendship and support. They are two women of influence who I look up to, especially in mid-life.
LBT: How do you balance professional and personal life?
I balance it to the best of my ability, one day at a time. When life throws something at you unexpectedly it can be difficult, but I take the time to pause and reflect on it. My biggest reward is when I have touched someone’s life to take an actionable step or to gain a more confident view in doing so.
LBT: What does being Latino/a business owner in the U.S mean to you? What would you say to other Latinos/as who might want to start a business?
Being a Latina business owner means that we all get one life to become who God created us to be. This means deciding on what that means to you and if you are willing to do the work to get there. I want to continue being a light for others who want to do it too.
LBT: How has the Latino/a Community helped you? How have you helped the Latino/a Community?
The Latino community has helped me embrace what it means to be a Latina. I believe I help the Latino community by giving them hope. It also gives me time to think about how I could further help in the future.
LBT: Where do you see your brand in 10 years? And yourself?
I will always be a writer first. I see books in the future, and I have my first book finished waiting to become published. In 10 years, I will look back and be happy that I kept going and was able to impact the lives I was meant to help.