Featuring the Big Dreamers, Believers, Creatives and Entrepreneurs.
The Life Lovers, Spirit Seekers and Thought Leaders.
The Everyday Inspiring women who are creating change in the world in a small or BIG way through their vision, lifestyle, and business.
Today’s Change Maker is the beautiful Kaye Namba from Little Golden Penguin.
I love the way Kaye writes and is sharing her message with the world. She truly wants to make a difference and empower other women to do the same and I know she absolutely will.
She has a big + inspiring vision that is most definitely going to create change in a beautiful way.
I am so excited to share this amazing woman with you and let her uplift and inspire you through her experiences + insights. Please welcome the lovely Kaye Namba…
What does living an inspired lifestyle mean to you?
It’s so easy to get caught up in the drama of life that we often forget to look at all the beautiful things around us. Every day is another day we are given to choose how we want to live. I believe that we are the landscapers of our reality. We can choose to continue living on the coattails of the drama, the hardships, or the bad experiences we have, or we can instead choose to turn those into lessons, breaks, and moments of personal growth. We can choose to be jaded by positivity and second-guess the power of it or we can instead choose to be inspired and use it as fuel to have a positive outlook on life. To choose an inspired lifestyle, then, to me is finding the beauty, gifts, and opportunities amidst the seemingly huge ocean of chaos in the world.
How do you create change in your life and/or business?
I typically retreat to meditation when something in my life or business isn’t working. The next action I take is really taking stock of what isn’t feeling right anymore and then coming up with ways to feel good again. As a coach that is also a Desire Map facilitator, the number one tool that I believe helps create change is taking action on what actually feels good and in alignment with mySelf.
What challenges have you faced along the way?
Most of my challenges have come from dealing with my insecurities. I’ve never been one to call myself a change maker or to be able to see myself as someone who can actually make a difference. So that was definitely a big hurdle to overcome. When I realized that I was only playing small out of fear, I really had to take a long hard look at what I needed to start changing my mindset. I knew that needed to be the first adjustment I made if I wanted to start living that inspired lifestyle I desired. I am in constant learning phase – learning about what fears are hidden deep inside and learning how I can keep showing up to support change in the world.
When did you first know you were meant for something more and how did you take the leap?
I always felt like I wanted to help people somehow, to inspire them in some way, to lead others in some capacity, but I was never in the position to fully embrace what exactly that meant for me. I remember telling people that I was determined to do “something” that actually meant “something.” It was vague, but I knew deep down that I wanted to make an impact.
My first big leap was giving myself space to explore my creative outlet in writing. So I started a blog with one sole intention: to inspire others.
After that, it was leap after leap – from connecting to people who I was truly inspired by to attending a conference with a room full of other dreamers to joining the most beautiful international blogging community, and the list goes on, to becoming a Desire Map facilitator.
But the biggest leap I took was taking a chance on getting myself a coach. It was only then that I got the mindset adjustment I needed to finally honor my true calling as a coach. It was then that I was able to own it and truly start creating my own dream life and business.
It’s been a big journey of leaps so far, but I know I still have a long way to go. So when you ask how I took “the” leap, I’d like to think that I’m just getting started.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
If I could change one thing in the world, it’d be that every single person feel worthy of what they desire for themselves and not have to face ridicule, criticism, and personal insecurities to go after their dreams.
If you were to give one piece of advice to someone who is ready for more but holding back through fear of the unknown, what would it be?
Being fearful is a real thing. It’s the strongest force in stopping anyone from doing what it is they truly dream of doing. It’s the source of all frustrations, anxiety, and insecurity. However, the second worse thing is to be regretful. At least being fearful can be channeled into creating something amazing.
One action they can take if they’re ready is to find someone to help them through it. Whether it’s a coach, mentor, or supportive group, the best way to jump into that unknown is to find others who have been there that can show them the way.
Is there a person or experience that inspired change in your life, if so who and/ or what?
Absolutely. It feels cliché to say my son, but having him in my life has brought so much more clarity of the person I want to be and what kind of life I want to live. He’s definitely given me a new perspective on life that I didn’t used to have. Together with my husband, those two are definitely the inspiration to keep striving to be the best version of myself.
What are your top 3 ways to stay inspired?
One way I stay inspired is simply tuning into what feels good and taking a break when I feel like I’m pushing and stressing over getting my to-do list done. I think it’s really easy to get caught up in what needs to be done that we forget to actually do things that make us happy. So I’ll try to break up the week by spending at least one morning a week at the beach with my son, depending on the weather. Nothing beats beach therapy.
Second, I’ve always said that to be inspiring, you need to be inspired. So a great way I stay inspired is by creating space to be in awe of what others are bringing to the table. And table, as in, what they’re sharing with the world. There are so many people doing wonderful work these days.
The last is by honoring my own journey. It may not be as sunshine and rainbows every day as I wish it were, but it’s my hardships and struggles that I know are tools to use to help others.
I absolutely love connecting with Kaye and getting to know all of these beautiful insights into her life + business. A couple of my biggest takeaways were:
- I really loved how Kaye’s leaps were all a part of a process and you can see that with every ‘leap’ she became closer to where she wanted to be. A great reminder that it can be a small step or a leap but as long as you keep moving forward.
- Kaye’s piece of advice on taking action through fear is ultimately the best form of action we can all take – reach out and get help.
- I loved hearing who has inspired Kaye in her journey and think it’s so special that it is the 2 men closest to her.
I’d love to hear what your biggest takeaways or inspirations were from Kaye’s interview? Please share away in the comments below.
Rooted in a psychology background and using heart-centered coaching + the principles of The Desire Map, she holds a sacred space for clients to shed limiting beliefs and discover their innermost desires.
She guides her clients to own their purpose and step forward with confidence. She empowers the dreamers who want to leave a legacy of their own. But, most of all, she supports positive change in the world and believes it only takes one act of goodness for it to ripple out.
Ready to pull your dreams into your reality? You can find out more at www.littlegoldenguin.com.