Name: Christine St.Vil
Business/Blog: Moms 'N Charge™/Purpose Driven Media, LLC
When did you launch your business/blog?
What inspired you to pursue your dreams and begin creating the life you want?
After being forced to leave my job in Corporate America due to the hostile working environment, I knew I never wanted to give someone else that much power of me again.
When I became a stay-at-home mom and went through a period of postpartum depression, one of the ways that I connected with other moms was through reading blogs and comments on blogs, as well as different Facebook groups. It saddened me that I saw a lot of comments from moms and discussions about how they had to wait until their kids either started school or graduated from school before they could start going after their goals or doing the things that really made them happy. I didn't want to just tell my kids they could do anything they wanted to do, I wanted to set the example for them and allow them to see me doing it. They were my biggest inspiration.
How does your business line up with your purpose in life?
I named my business Purpose Driven Media because I believe that even when we're posting and socializing on different social media platforms, it should always have a purpose. I try to live my life on purpose, and that means that my business has to align with my values and beliefs as well.
What do you enjoy most about living life on your own terms?
That I'm following my purpose...that I get to do things with my kids that I didn't get to do with my parents at their age. I love that I get to make my own rules for myself and my family. Living life on my own terms means that I get to relentlessly pursue my purpose, in addition to helping others to do the same.
Describe an a-ha moment.
Oh my gosh, I've had so many. My biggest a-ha moment came at the end of 2010 when I was struggling with the decision on whether or not to leave my job. I knew that I needed to leave but at the time I allowed my fear to grow stronger than my faith. I kept telling myself if I just hung in there for a little while longer, things would get better. When that didn't happen, I switched gears in thinking that if I could just find a replacement job before my baby bump started showing then I would be okay. I went on several interviews, even meeting with senior execs...and nothing.
I then was invited to and attended a seminar called Dare to Live Your Dreams. The speaker said: God will put you in a holy discontent to get you out of certain situations. I remember it clear as day because I broke down. That whole time, I was staying in a situation asking God to make it better, when in fact, He was making it worse because He was trying to get me out of that situation all along. That confirmation was one of the biggest ones I received when I finally decided it was time for me to leave.
What has been your biggest challenge as a blogger or business owner?
The biggest challenge for me initially was finding my voice as a blogger. Then it moved to learning how to use different tools and technology in order to run my business. The biggest challenge for me now is deciding which aspect of my business to focus on because I love what I do. And of course as an entrepreneur, we're always thinking of new ideas.
What keeps you motivated on days when you feel overwhelmed?
My family. My kids and my husband are my biggest cheerleaders. I could be feeling stressed or overwhelmed and then one of them will say or do something that makes me burst into laughter. And it's like a light switch goes off which alerts me to get back to what's important. They help me stay grounded and focused on my priorities.
What’s one thing that you makes you stand out from your peers?
Honestly, I'm surrounded by some amazing peers. I think my story and my experiences will always separate me because no one else has my exact story.
What’s your biggest fear? And how do you overcome your fears?
I believe that fears are there to help us test and strengthen our faith. In my book, we named the last chapter, Do It Afraid. It doesn't matter what you're trying to accomplish. If you're walking in your purpose, you'll always experience some level of fear. You can either choose to Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. I choose to face it and rise every time. It's not always easy, but the cost of not doing it is something that I no longer see as an option.
What’s one lesson that you’ve learned on your journey to being free?
It's not about me. My journey, my tests, my story is really not for my benefit. Yes, my experiences have made me stronger. But my testimonies are to help someone else along the way, in the same manner that other people have helped me along the way.
What are you most proud of?
My children and my marriage. We have a very strong family unit and bond. I'm so proud of the fact that we have such a close relationship with our children. I'm proud of the fact that I get to share what I do with them. I'm proud of the fact that I've done a lot in three years
How do you support other women?
Through my services. I try to support other women as much as possible, whether it's through sharing their products/services on social media, or connecting them to other people who may be able to use them.
What does being free mean to you?
Being free to me means setting the rules and marching to the beat of my own drum. It means that I am the pilot on my own plane and get to control my final destination.
What is your favorite affirmation or quote?
I live by quotes/affirmations. One of my everyday ones: "You are always in choice". It's a great reminder than even when things get tough, I'm in control and have the power to turn things around.
What book would you highly recommend the BeFree Community read?
Well, I'm currently going back through and reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and having discussions on the chapters on Periscope. I think this book is a staple everyone should read more than once. And of course, my own book, Whose Shoes Are You Wearing? 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
Be authentic. Don't be afraid to share your story because that's what people resonate with. Don't be afraid to ask for help along the way because everyone needs it.
Share a fun fact about yourself.
I grew up in the performing arts and traveled around the country singing and dancing traditional East African dances. I'm also one of seven children (number 6).
What exciting things do you have planned for 2016?
I'm excited about more speaking opportunities, and places to share my passion for training and teaching. I've just recently launched my FLY Mom inspired T-shirt line that I'm really excited about. You can check out current designs, and be on the look out for new ones coming soon: bit.ly/FLYMomTees.
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