Carla Wynn Hall Q and A Interview
Can you share your back story with us, a bit about your childhood?
I was born in 1969 the daughter of a factory worker and homemaker. I love to write as a child but was often in trouble because I wrote on furniture. I was not athletic but gifted with the ability to play music and create. I played trumpet and piano. I had a childhood superpower of advanced intelligence and was labeled a genius. However, I was too interested in my music to care as much about academics.
Were you a determined child or has that developed?
I was very determined as a child. I was avidly against smoking and complained when my parents would do it. I was a sassy little bossy girl and all of my parent’s friends said I should be a lawyer when I grow up. I actually did work as a Paralegal for a while, but didn’t like it at all.
Can you share something about yourself that is not widely known?
Yes. I have homeschooled my sons their entire life. I pulled my oldest son, who is 30 now, out of school in the early 1990’s when homeschooling was not as popular as it is today. I have my 20 year old and 16 year old still at home with me, and that’s the way it will stay if it’s up to me. I feel that children are forced into patterns of leaving home too early as young adults. I want to nurture the family setting as long as possible.
How and when did you know you wanted to become an entrepreneur?
About three days after I was born. Nah. Just kidding. I learned that I wanted to be a money-making entrepreneur in 1994 when my younger son’s father and I decided to open a computer store in the town where we lived. I loved the who process of running a small business. Later on, I did website design and loved that I could make more money in 1 day than I would have been able to in 1 week.
Tell us about your business…
I am the CEO of “Totality Press” publishing and marketing services with the tagline being “A New Paradigm In Lifestyle Publishing”. As part of the publishing piece I am a women’s “Freedom through Writing” coach helping women find liberation from painful past memories, through the process of writing in a book. This may be their own book, or simply a place in one of our book compilations where several women write stories in one book. Of course I do work with men also, but my attention goes to the women. My middle son Joshua Mancil helps me with the business as well.
I am also getting ready to release my new book How to Bend the YOUniverse: Feeling Totality Through the Experience.
What did you give up to get to where you are today? What did you have to sacrifice?
I have had to sacrifice a great deal to get where I am today. When I left Alabama to move to Tennessee, my oldest son became resentful and has barred me from seeing my grandchildren. However, I had to break this pattern in order for him and for me to thrive. I am now deeply committed to creating the wealth I deserve, in order to get the family patterns straightened out. When my new book How to Bend the YOUniverse releases on Christmas Day, I believe my blessing will be revealed to me.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to do?
Without a doubt, the hardest part of what I do is holding the space for women to release painful stories of past memories. When this happens, women can often feel confused about their emotions, and turn back on me. This means they may all of a sudden no longer like me, but that’s okay too. The point is that a story was liberated from their soul. So, keeping harmony is the hardest thing to do.
What are your goals for 2018 and beyond?
I fully intend to be a New York Times bestselling author and to have my books in every book store in America, published in 3 languages and featured on talk shows. I believe that I have written a masterpiece for women for generations to come.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? Do you have any big Goals?
In 5 years time I want to have my own talk-show and feature authors who have started as self-published, indie authors.
Can you share 3 #BizTips for Women in Business
1) Clear your mind every day.
2) Don’t be afraid to switch gears and rebrand.
3) Write your goals down and create an action plan with really small action steps that you can quickly achieve and move you closer to achieving your bigger goals.
How can people best connect with you online?
You can find me here…
You can read more from Carla Wynn Hall – How I Became Mrs Claus inside #BizRocks Magazine Issue 59
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