We had the good fortune of connecting with Tunai Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tunai, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I consider myself to be an employed entrepreneur meaning, I have a full time job and run my own purpose driven small business. The balance of life that I have has changed tremendously since the recent pandemic of COVID-19. As a wife, mother of two school aged children, purpose driven businesses owner, and working full time- the home/work balance has been a constant area of growth. I am so thankful to have such a supportive and “hands-on” Husband and yet I also realize that this may not be everyone’s case so I am extremely grateful and appreciative moreover, empathetic to those who are juggling the many duties and hats they wear without support. Even before the pandemic, this was an area of balance that I had to create for myself but moreso, now than before, I am finding myself having to be creative with how I manage my time, where I spend my time and what I spend my time doing. Setting a routine for not only myself but for my children has seemed to help me manage well the duties I have to carry out on a daily basis. Balance is important yet grace is also a valuable tool. Grace encourages you to be kind, gentle, and forgiving to yourself. Grace keeps you humble and reminds you that you are human. Grace says, “things are out of my control and even when things get a little hectic, I allow myself to feel and will set aside the demands of life that may be present in order to simply just be present”. My daily duties include; getting the kids up, making breakfast, supporting them with homeschool/virtual learning, working from home virtually to meet the needs of the individuals I provide service to, running and monitoring my online candle shop and prayer closet essentials, leading in prayer ministry all while not forgetting my form of self-care, creative “date nights” with my Husband and being supportive of others and what they have been called to do. One of the major tools that I implement daily within my life that has given me a calm in the midst of this new balance of home/work/school/business- and in life in general, is prayer. It is only with my faith in God through Jesus, that I am able to stay afloat as I navigate through this new norm of balance. Once purpose has been clearly identified, it then provides support with deciding what more you add to your plate and also will help you eliminate what does not align with your purpose.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One of the things that sets me apart from others is the specific work God has called me to. My business is more than just a candle shop- it’s ministry. My mission is to inspire others to create their own personal tangible space to seek God in prayer so they will develop their own personal relationship with Christ and come to know their purpose in life which is found in Him. Every purchase and every lit candle helps me meet this vision. The process of aligning the ministry with the business is becoming more easy now than before. I have learned that because it’s ministry I have to first and always keep my eyes on God and never lose sight of the mission and vision that belongs to Him. Remaining flexible is another area of growth that I am learning. Although the vision stays the same- as it is to lead and draw others to Christ, the mission- the how we go about it, may look different so remaining flexibly and following His lead is very vital to my brand.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I call these things a little form of my self-care! In fact, my Best friend (hey Akia), and I just had a day like this not too long ago! Our day started with some shopping at the mall in Culver City. We kind of mall hoped once we found out one of the Macy’s didn’t have what we were looking for so we ended up at the Beverly center. After shopping we went to lunch, and picked up Simply Salad. Along with our day of shopping and healthy eating- as we try to take care of our temple’s- we spent time catching up and talking about life! It’s so refreshing to be able to step outside of this new norm and have some girl time with your bestie! I am a local kind of girl who enjoys the simplicity of life- so shopping, food and great conversation is my kind of day.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout-out to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for who He is in my life and for all that He continues to do in and through my life! Shout-out to TuNai’s Closet Prayer Ministry Tribe! The faithful believers that join me every Wednesday morning at 6:30am via Zoom for prayer! Shout-out to my Husband Dr. Elidge Anderson for being flexible and SO supportive!!! Shout-out to my Pastor, Apostle Ron C Hill and Osie Hill, and my Church- Love and Unity Christian Fellowship for continuing to provide “food for our soul” with streaming prayer, church service, and bible study. Shout-out to Karen Gaithers and the Watchmen on the Wall Intercessory Prayer Group. Shout-out to Ta Mia Marrow of Queen’s Counsel and the ladies of the Bible Study Group.  Shout-out to our Prayer Partners Rasheed and Michelle Terry from Point Target Fitness. Shout-out to my family that I love and cherish, Shout-out to my loyal customers that continue to purchase and support TuNai’s Closet candles and Prayer Closet Essentials. Shout-out to all of YOU- who have made it thus far to the end…YES YOU!

Website: www.tunaiscloset.com

Instagram: @tunaiscloset

Facebook: TunaiAlease

Image Credits
Niketa Calame-Harris @niketacalame Andre Kealii @kealii.creations

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