Finding a “Plan B” when life demands it.
Meet Lyndie! Originally from England and now living in San Diego, California she has had some amazing travel and career experience. However, after some personal transitions and changes in the economy, Lyndie decided to take more control of her time and income.
Can you tell us a little about your educational and career background?
Growing up, I had my heart set on being a performer. I studied every performance discipline available to me and later graduated from the Guildford School of Acting, which is one of the leading drama colleges in the UK. From there, I moved to London, and spent the next eleven years in theater.
And what was life as an actress like?
Acting, to me, was a career of two sides. Incredibly liberating and creative in its art, but full of restrictions as a profession. It needed to take priority over everything else, as there was always someone else’s agenda (an agent’s or a casting director’s) to put before my own. And whilst actors can be the most loving people on earth, it is an incredibly competitive industry by nature. My life wasn’t my own.
In 2000, I began taking on corporate presenting work. It was in 2003 that I met my husband at a Hewlett Packard event in Paris. Miguel was a director of marketing for HP and living in Munich, Germany. After some time, we made the decision he would move from Munich to London, and just a couple of months after that, I was offered a theatrical role in Germany! It was an interesting start to our relationship…
There came a time when I knew my priorities had changed. Fast forward a couple of years to having our daughter, Olivia. When she was ten months old, we were asked to relocate to California for Miguel’s job. I was all in! We moved to San Diego in 2008, and our son Nico was born two years later.
I was a stay-at-home mom for a couple of years, enjoying the freedom to travel extensively as a family, and catching every one of our children’s milestones along the way.
But… I was also missing work! I needed to feel vital again, and searched different avenues that would stretch and excite me. With a non-traditional professional background, and now being a mother to two little ones, finding a new career was a tall order. I also knew intuitively that if I were going to go back to work, I would need to do it on my terms.
With that in mind, I came across Moms Making Six Figures, and was put in touch with Angie. My time with her at that first meeting changed everything for me! Angie had had a very different background from mine. A graduate of Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, her background had been in Mortgage Banking, in which she had enjoyed a very successful career. But, as Angie told me at the time, she had 3 sons approaching college-age. This meant that she had needed to find a new career that would not only afford her the flexibility to “build a business from the ball-field” – but also, as she put it, provide a stable six-figure income that would maintain itself during turbulent times.
As a mom myself, and coming from a less than dependable industry, this spoke to me. With Angie’s support, I quickly built the foundations of a strong business in the U.S. which I was able to sustain over the following five years, during which we returned to the UK. Angie and I worked as a team from the get-go – and continued to do so during my time away. She travelled to Europe to spend time with me and I returned to the U.S each year that I was living abroad. As much as I enjoyed being back “home”, I was keen to get back to San Diego to build my business closer to the team here. Happily, my family and I moved back to SoCal at the start of 2019.
How has Moms Making Six Figures impacted your life?
Moms Making Six Figures provided me with a “Plan B” that I really hadn’t imagined possible. I work alongside the likes of Angie and other professional women – all of whom joined our team during the last economic downturn, and replaced their corporate incomes in doing so.
For me, it comes down to having a choice. I choose working hard during my self-set hours, and being there for my family when they need me. On top of this I am now on the “other side” – i.e. being part of a team that helps others with a “Plan B” when life demands it.