It was a bright and crisp winter morning when I interviewed Lynne Pomeroy (aka The Message Giver) earlier this month for our Courageous Women series of blogs.
With the winter sun streaming in through the window, and a cup of herbal team in hand, Lynne spoke with her whole heart about her turbulent journey through life, and how she has found contentment, and a business she is hugely passionate about.
Lynne specialises in Intuitive Coaching, spirit channelling and personal energy reading. From a young age she was told by those whom she had gone to have readings with, that spirit wanted her to work with them, and that she was naturally gifted.
Over the years Lynne has developed her own ways of working with spirit, they are now her support team, and she has made them part of her life.
Join me as we explore Lynne’s story, how her life’s experiences have made her the person she is today, and why empowering women to become more self-aware and take ownership of their lives has become her mission.
What was your life like before you were The Message Giver? How would you describe yourself?
Growing up I experienced rejection and loneliness, as my mother and I had an extremely stormy relationship.
I struggled in school being dyslexic, and as a result I was ignored for a large part of my time in education.
Later on I discovered alcohol and other vices that did not serve me well, it was just one disaster after another, and at the time I refused to learn from my mistakes. Life just became a battle.
I made a massive break-through when I had my daughter, Katie. When for the first time ever I felt unconditional love, and realised that for all those years this was what I had been looking for.
Despite living through some really desperate times, Katie and I had each other, we had fun, we laughed, and we learnt to survive in our own way, and for me that was enough. Katie became my world; she changed everything, and gave me a sense of purpose. She was my life saver. I even put myself through college to learn to read and write when she was just 3.
With time I also grew to be very close to my own mother, despite all the difficulties early on in my life, and I cared for her full-time at the end of hers.
Where did your journey begin with your business – was it “a lightbulb” moment? How did spirit become part of your life?
Over the years I’d had spiritual experiences and had readings quite often. I visited a local spiritual church when my daughter was young, and although at first I went to get messages, I began visiting more frequently because the people were so kind, and it was somewhere I felt safe.
Working with spirit intrigued me, and so I joined workshops and along with a few other women who were in a similar situation to me, started our own development group, and that’s where it all began.
My journey started from humble beginnings. A woman who was part of our development group paid for me to have a table at a local Psychic Fair. She booked it without me knowing and simply asked if I was busy one Saturday.
Along with some very amateur looking business cards I turned up to the event totally un-prepared for what greeted me. There were tables adorned with banners, lights, candles, angels, and beautiful table cloths, it was overwhelming. Borrowing a table-cloth from the lady sat opposite me, I just sat down and put my head in my hands.
I understood spirit back then, and I knew why they were around me, although I hadn’t yet established a good working relationship with them.
Nevertheless I was committed to being there, and so I asked spirit to sort it out!
Before too long, I had a constant stream of people coming to sit in front of me for readings, and I didn’t stop all day. I was not only amazed by the whole experience, but totally bewildered by what I had to offer people. This was my lightbulb moment.
For the next 3 years or so I continued to attend psychic fairs, and although this helped me grow in confidence, I soon realised this way of working wasn’t for me, and set about creating my own.
I continued to be employed whilst I worked with my own clients one to one, but was feeling increasingly more imprisoned by my paid job and knew I had to get out. So I resigned and made the leap into the world of self-employment. In the beginning I was unprepared, naïve, and said yes to everything that came my way.
Since those formative years, I have grown my business and learnt so much along the way. I‘ve probably got less now than I’ve ever had, but inwardly I have so much more. I’m so much more relaxed, I’ve never been happier, and it really feels as though I’ve found contentment at last.
What surprising lessons have you learnt along the way – would you have done anything differently?
Would I have done anything differently? No, because I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
The surprising lesson is that I am still here to tell the tale. There have been some dark times in my life and I admit I put myself in some vulnerable situations, mostly because I had no self-worth or true understanding about who I was back then.
Living from one crisis to the next, it was one emotional rollercoaster and I learnt to survive as there wasn’t anyone to hold my hand.
Passing on messages, and working with spirit was my way of helping to rescue others back then, I never wanted to see anyone else have to struggle or go it alone like I did.
I have learnt from all of this to leave my past where it is, and to live more in the present. My mission now is to help my clients understand themselves more, so that they can find their own solutions to the dilemmas they are facing, and ultimately rescue themselves.
What’s a typical week for you?
It varies, from seeing clients, to networking, meeting friends, and getting out in nature.
I always start each day by setting my intentions and showing gratitude for the opportunity to have another day. I’ve learnt to let go of a lot of my material requests, instead I ask for abundance, abundance of everything in my life, and if that includes money, great.
I love my own space and time alone, but when I’m with people I learn. I learn more about myself, and that of the needs of others.
I more or less let each day evolve, and my diary tells me where I need to be or who I am meeting. Living this way means I can be also be spontaneous and take some time out to travel and visit my daughter who now lives abroad.
What has been your biggest challenge in your business?
My biggest challenge has definitely been identifying what it is I do, and how I can help others. The reason why I have struggled with this for such a long time is because I didn’t truly know myself.
When I first started working with spirit and my intuition, it was all about forecasting the future. This is no longer my focus; my work now centres more on intuitive coaching, and helping my clients to live in the here and now, instead of always wanting to know what’s coming next.
I have very recently revised my website with this message, and I am now looking for speaking opportunities so that I can get out and talk about what it is I offer.
What are your greatest passions in life, and how have they become part of your business?
I love nature and being in the great outdoors. I use nature a lot to understand how to move forward in my life, and to express my messages as visual images on social media.
I enjoy being around my daughter, she has a beautiful energy. Watching how she interacts with people, she inspires me to do what I do.
I love to sew and craft. Seeing a project through from start to finish, having that sense of achievement when you see the end product, much like working with my clients.
Yoga forms part of my daily rituals. It’s relaxing yet disciplined, and helps me to de-clutter my head.
What or who inspires you to grow and develop personally and in your business?
I’m a big fan of Oprah; I’m inspired by people like her, people who show true grit and resilience, and who use their position and ability to support worthy causes, without making it about them. These sorts of people teach me to stick with my own beliefs, but to also be open to change if they are not working for me.
What are you most grateful for in your business?
I love that my business and my life are now one, and that I have finally found the connection between my mind, body and soul.
I am most grateful for the time I have been given, and I’m going to appreciate what I do in that time.
What have you found most rewarding from running your own business?
It is probably helping clients who are really struggling with the challenges in their lives, and seeing them have their own light bulb moments. Seeing them take action to make real changes to their life is powerful stuff.
What’s next for you? What are your aspirations for the future?
On a personal note I’m eager to become a Nan; that would just complete me.
With the Intuitive Coaching, I want to help bring about positive change by helping more people to become more self-aware and responsible for how they live their life now, and moving forward.
Thank you Lynne for sharing your story; being faced with some challenging obstacles it is wonderful to see how you have found contentment, and relaxed into your own style of working. There is much to be said for living a simple yet fulfilling life.
Here are 2 fabulous takeaway tips from Lynne’s interview;
#1 Leave your past where it is – the past is exactly where it should be. It may have shaped you as a person but you are no longer living there. Enjoy living in the present, it is way more fun!
#2 Don’t fear change in your business – when Lynne first started out, her way of working was very different to that of what she offers now. Learning about ourselves and from others we never stay still, our businesses are always growing & changing just like us.
I hope these takeaway tips and Lynne’s story have inspired you in some way. If you would like to find out more about Lynne Pomeroy, The Message Giver, you can find her website here.
If you would like to be interviewed about you and your business for the Courageous Women series, feel free to get in touch with me here.
Until next time, be truly you!