We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Skinner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
This concept just came up for me very recently and pops in from time to time. When you are a creator, an evisioner, and you use your unique talents and gifts for the greater good, it’s hard to simply “give up.” My motto has always been chase the ideas and creative projects that both excite you and scare you. So, when I get up each day and go to bed each night and I’m thinking, I’m dreaming, I’m feeling my feelings, I know that means its time to keep going. The entrepreneurial journey is a marathon…it’s a process and it’s risky so you have to be ready for it, know your why, gauge it with your values, and get all up in it. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t want this and when I stop wanting it or desiring it, I hope to have enough grace to let it be and let go knowing that I have given it my best and inspired others to keep doing the same.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
At Women Making Waves we are those who believe in something bigger. We are passionate and highly charged, driven by our innate desire to create and seek growth in all aspects of our lives. We aim to inspire and empower, to connect to others and challenge ourselves to make impact by taking our collective ripples and making the biggest waves we possibly can. we believe in hyping other women up (for real). This is a lifestyle community that takes a holistic approach to our journey because for us, it all matters. Emotional, Spiritual, Physical, Family, Friendships and how we do business. We sprinkle it all in with curated events virtually and in person that focus on building Confidence, Competence, & Connections.
We allow women to feel seen, heard, and most of all have a true sense of belonging just by being who they are and for showing up in the world to tackle some of the most daring, beautiful, challenging, creative, thrilling endeavors.
-POP ups with purpose
-Curated community events focused on impact
-Workshops and programs designed with storytelling
-Membership that fosters deeper connection to self and others through mindfulness, movement, and mingling events and practices.
They call this a journey because it is just that. It’s not easy and it takes time, talent, grit, love, passion, and a call to continue even when it seems impossible. The ways I have overcome the challenges was simply to turn inward, trust myself (finally) and find the people and resources around me that would fill in the gaps and support the bigger mission. We co-create, we ideate, we implement and the community benefits.
One thing I think that’s important to share is that we have to begin as business owners to not only shift our programs and processes, but our mindset and ways of thinking and solving things. When we move from transactional approaches to relational a lot changes and quickly.
A fantastic coach once shared with me that what’s important is to move from the goal line to the soul line. That’s the beating heart of business.
My story is unique only in that its mine. I have been through many of the challenges that the women in our community go through. Self doubt, self sabotage, enduring abuse, failing, falling down and getting back up even when we’re tired and don’g want to. I graduated college and tried to fit in to corporate only to leave shortly after and start my own art business (totally opposite of what I went to school for) then became a single mom at 30 at lost it all. I just keep going and once I figured out that the “we” begins with “me” I have found my true path because deep down my values, my passion for purpose driven projects, and my love of community building have led me to the right connections and opportunities that have brought be joy and success in doing what I love.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would go anywhere in WEHO on a weekend. I love shopping and I love art so it’s a playground for both. The other cool spot that I feel is important to note is Larchmont village. Such a sweet vibe like you’ve escaped the city to some small hamlet. Start off at Great White for a beautiful brunch and then check out some local boutiques. We gotta get down to Santa Monica to the beach and walk along the boardwalk watching volleyball matches and people doing classes on the grasses. It’s all magical and it feels like you’re away and home at the same time. That’s rare and deserves a full day of our undivided attention.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have so many incredible heart-centered humans that have helped me on this journey. One in particular that comes to mind is my dear friend and mentor Samantha Pruitt of @EndurancetownUSA who has been in my corner, challenging me, loving on me and keeping me “emotionally fit” to take this on: one foot in front of the other. She has been in the trenches of life and business, community building and coaching and she cares at a soul level about the need for community leaders to find community too.
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