In Conversation with: Layllen
Who is Layllen?
Actor, Model, Author, Fitness enthusiast and lover of life.
What are you most passionate about in life?
I am passionate about being the best version of me. I love sharing my journey in hopes that it will inspire someone else to take action towards the things they love.
What is your proudest achievement?
Getting an MBA with an emphasis in Project Management. Reconnecting with my biological mother and embracing my purpose.
Who are the rocks in your life?
God, my family, and support system.
What inspired you to become a motivational speaker, author & blogger?
I was going through so many changes in my life and I wanted to document the journey and start sharing it, so I could see my progress. As things developed more people started reaching out expressing their gratitude for the impact I had on their lives.
When you aren’t working, what occupies your time?
I spend a lot of time listening to audio books and speakers, traveling, trying new restaurants and hanging out with friends.
Where do you draw your inspiration from, for all that you do?
I know what giving up feels like. I know how, not having what I deserve feels like. I can’t quit on my dreams because my gift could save someone’s life.
What do you hope people take away from reading your motivational posts and reading your books?
That anything is truly possible once you just decide, take action, and follow through.
Describe a typical day in your life.
I love waking up early. Sometimes I am up as early as 4 or 5 am. I wake up and start my day with a powerful morning routine that consists of prayer, stating the things I am grateful for, meditation, positive affirmations, a workout and setting my intention for the day. No two days are the same for me. No matter what I am working on I am always listening to a speaker or audio book. I spend my days doing compliance work as a crypto currency analyst, creating content and writing blogs and engaging with my supporters. I try and eat clean throughout my day and end my day with meditation and a goodnight's rest. I prefer to be in the bed by 10pm.
What have been the highs and lows of your career so far?
I am grateful for how far I have come. My low points consist of just knowing I was not operating at my maximum potential. My high points reveal themselves daily when I receive a positive message form someone who expresses how I have changed their life or perspective.
If you could give something up for a year what would it be and why?
Social media. As much as I love it, I think it can be draining at times and pulls you away from being present.
Who inspires you the most in life?
How would you describe your style?
Spontaneous, loving, loyal and down to earth in terms of my personality. My style of dress depends on my mood. I love yoga pants, bikinis and getting dressed up depending on the occasion.
Where in the world is your dream destination?
Sierra Leone, West Africa because it’s home,
When are you happiest?
When I am eating good food or getting a pedicure.
What is the one thing you can’t live without?
From your experience, what advice would you give to young people about following their dreams?
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. When you want something different you have to do something different. Don’t let anyone talk you out of your dreams. The dream is yours. No one has to agree with it or like it. If you are passionate about it, then make it happen.
What is the soundtrack to your life right now?
Believe album by Yolanda Adams
How would you like to be remembered?
Positively infecting the world with change.
What are you most proud of about your multicultural heritage?
That I was raised with so much culture and love.