- Please introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?
Hi! I’m Samantha Charles, everyone calls me Sam. I’m a 30 year old single parent of two toddlers and proud owner of an online store – Trending Gifts and Things. I am from the Caribbean -Georgetown, Guyana and my passion is to inspire people in any way I can!
- What is your business about?
‘Trending Gifts & Things’ online gift shop designed specially to inspire, motivate and brighten your day. Offering exclusive designs that is sure to bring a smile to your face or courage in your hearts on those day when you just need a little reminder that you got this! It’s the perfect place to get your gift of inspiration from whether for yourself or someone you know. Designs are placed on a variety of merch such as tee shirts, mugs, tote bags, phone cases, pillows, canvas prints, etc. All of our products are made and shipped from the US and we offer worldwide shipping. We also have a satisfaction guarantee policy and on board customer service team. We are passionate about customer service and offering value for money hence we are always looking for ways to improve what we do and offer the best we possibly can to each and every one of our valued customer!
3.What made you get into this line of business?
My number one motivation was and still is my kids. The desire to spend more time with them, working with a flexible schedule and being able to be take better control of my finances were all contributing factors to my decision to open my own store. In addition, that desire to inspire others, more specifically mothers and female entrepreneurs such as myself, to be overcomers for any situation life throws at them. My business allows me to be true to myself and fulfil my vision of a society of strong, independent women. We even have a closed FB group called Strong, Independent Women that further allows me to fulfil this passion. Having experienced personal difficulties of my own I have a deep understanding and appreciation for the little sentimental things in life and how important it is to surround yourself with inspiration and positivity. Happier women will ultimately result in happier homes, happier families and a happier society! And it all starts with one girl, one woman, one lady at a time.
4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?
The realisation that my cause is bigger than my current situation. My life, my purpose, my time here is so much grander than what my external factors denotes at the moment. Hence, the constant need to keep on thriving to do more, reach more women, inspire more lives whether on my good days and bad is ever present. I’m a typical mom hence early morning routines entails getting my morning hugs from the kids before we come off the bed and then it’s all crazy trying to send them off to school…lol. However, after they’re off to school I do take some alone time to recharge and mentally prepare for the rest of the day. This sometimes include looking at atleast one motivational, inspirational video, listening to empowering music or affirmations. It’s never the same thing everyday …lol.
5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
To limit my expectations of others. It’s not what people do to us that hurts us but rather our expectations of them that does. If we can manage our expectations we can manage how we react when faced with disappointments, rejection, desertion, deception, etc. It was the absolute best advice I ever got!
- What is a book you would say everyone must read?
Act like a lady, think like a man by Steve Harvey
- Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?
Promotions and offers are always ongoing at our store. Our business is still new however our objective it to have at least two promotions monthly. Hence we will always have something exciting happening.
- What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?
Take a time out! Lol … It doesn’t have to be a long time out (depending on the situation). Sometimes just 10 minutes of quiet time to breathe, clear my mind and release any negative energy is all it takes to get back in the game and win!
- What do you love most about helping others?
Knowing that this gift of life that was given to me was not wasted and if I made just one person … just one… feel good about themselves during the day then I would have added value to my existence for that day. Doing good, being kind, sharing positive vibes always has a ripple effect and a good one. It’s like music while some are closer to the stereo and can hear the words some might be able to just hear the beat in a distance but dance all the same.
- Your favourite quote?
My mom, an advocate of integrity and hard work, made me memorise this one when I was a kid and it never left me:
“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If you would like to see more from Samantha please go to her Website
Have a wonderful day x