How to Bring Your Dream to Life with Kaylan Thompson
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Favorite hobbies, beverages, people, places, etc. Give us the details!
I’m Kaylan, a huge Gilmore Girls super-fan, a Seinfeld fanatic, coffee connoisseur, content strategist, wife, and mommy-to-be. I’m currently working full time with a digital marketing agency as I build my online career in preparation for my new life as a mother and mamapreneur, coming in August. My favorite hobbies include working out with my sweet hubby, David, and - this may sound strange - but driving in the car by myself through the back roads of western Kentucky where I live. It’s such a beautiful area, and on Spring days when the sun is shining, I could drive and drive and drive with the windows down forever. It’s a huge destressor, and I love it.
You are currently working as a business and content strategist on your beautiful online platform, Bushel and Bunch. First of all, can you tell us how the heck you came up with that name? And then can you lead us through the journey of how this platform came to life?
Bushel and Bunch came from the two powerhouse women in my life who have influenced me the most - my mom and my grandmama. My grandmama would always say, “I love you a bushel and a peck,” and my mom always says, “love you bunches.” So, I merged the two together to get a name I felt was unique, storied and powerful!
My platform came to life, and is still coming to life, through a series of evolutions and personal growth spurts that have happened in my life in the past two years. I felt like I ran from my own purpose and passion for a few years, and then one day, while driving home from work, I felt God say, “Now.” I didn’t know what that referred to or where things would go, but I went home and purchased a website and began creating a blog. That was one year ago. Six months later I offered my first package, gained 4 clients in that first month, and kept running!
Coming from someone who has found their passion and niche, what advice could you give to people who are trying to discover their purpose in life?
I truly believe that it took me so long to get started because I kept waiting to figure out that one “purpose.” It held me back, honestly. It was when I realized that I couldn’t keep spinning my wheels and I needed to just begin, even without a clear direction, that things took off and I felt like I began a journey toward understanding my purpose. I don’t think our purpose is something we really fulfill instantly, I think it’s fulfilled through our life’s journey, through each ministry and each project we embark on. To those who feel frozen because they don’t yet know their purpose, I would say this - get started now, knowing what you know and using the skills, talents and passions that you have at this moment.
Building an online platform is hard work, and at the beginning, it can often feel impossible. What’s the biggest piece of advice you would give to someone who is building their online platform?
Everyone will say this, and I’ll say it again. You just start. You can spend years pinning things on Pinterest and trying to learn at the beginning, but honestly you won’t learn until you DO and take action. Once you take one step, like purchasing a website domain, the next step becomes clear and feels possible. Just take one step at a time. And, when you need help (like a designer), go find it and INVEST.
Your messaging online is so genuine, real and authentic. It invites us in and makes us feel like we have a place at the table. How do you find the balance between sharing too much and not enough? What do these boundaries look like for you?
I think as leaders we have to be completely open with our journey. After all, our expertise and leadership comes from what we’ve learned, right? Sharing our story adds credibility and makes us relatable. I try to be authentic, to share the real and hard things, but to follow it up with what I learned from the hard things and how I have seen myself grow from going through it. Ultimately, it comes down to the value I’m giving my audience. Will sharing my story add value to their journey? If yes, then I go for it.
You’ve got a baby on the way (which we are SO stoked about)! What do you envision life looking like after the baby arrives?
Gosh, I have no idea. People keep asking me how things will change and I’m just like, “I have no idea, I’ve never done this before!” I envision a hard but rewarding season, a season of growth for myself personally. I’m a very introverted person, someone who is hyper-tuned to my own emotions and needs and sometimes forgets the needs of others closest in my life. When I think of what things will look like a year from now, I see a new woman - someone who has learned and is learning how to put loved ones first, find emotional and spiritual balance, and just thriving in life despite the challenges she faces.
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Lastly, how do you hope to change the world? What do you want to contribute to society in order to better it?
I hope to change the world by just changing someone’s world. I don’t think I’ll change the entire world, and that’s fine with me, but I do hope that I make changes in the lives and businesses of those I do touch and pour into. I hope they look back on their businesses and say that because of me they learned and grew and overcame obstacles and served in ways that grew their audiences and made their business truly blossom.
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Kaylan is a content strategist and manager for online entrepreneurs through her brand Bushel & Bunch. She works to help women create and grow the businesses of their dreams through heart-centered content and strategic content marketing. She's a heavy coffee drinker, an honorary Gilmore Girl, and loves to read old mystery novels.