Daring Spirit: Ande Lyons
An enthusiastic and experienced entrepreneur with an MBA and four successful businesses to her credit, Ande is the founder and Chief Possibility Officer of Possibility Partners, where newbie entrepreneurs and solopreneurs can find the resources they need to launch, brand and build their business dreams without spending a fortune or wasting time. Through her business consulting practice, Ande provides one-on-one mentoring to entrepreneurs starting and building enterprises.
Prior to launching Possibility Partners, Ande was the founder and Chief Passion Curator for BringBackDesire.com, where she tastefully and playfully shared tips, tools and resources with couples seeking more love and excitement in their relationship. In 2 ½ years Ande grew this online business from Zero to over 35,000 website visits/month. She also created a vibrant, highly engaged social media presence across all the social media platforms, provided 58 advice videos, launched a popular Radio Show with over 70 episodes, and produced over 50 lively TV shows via Google+ Hangouts On Air.
Ande’s ebook, Loving and Lasting: How to Stay Tuned In and Turned On in Marriage, is a best seller in the marriage category on Amazon.com and filled with advice on how to have a more meaningful and fulfilling marriage.
Her earlier companies include venture-backed College Broadcast, a broadband media portal that attracted over 50,000 viewers per day, and Goddess Granola, a gourmet food product she took – in less than two years - from recipe to manufacturing, branding and distribution in 27 states.
You can find Ande sharing the love of entrepreneurial adventures via her inspirational and informative videos, and across all the social media platforms. We got to hear a bit more about Ande's path this week.
Daring Spirits: Tell us about a decision that felt really bold.
Ande: Since my teenage years, living a bold life has always been my motto. Several examples include applying to graduate school without an undergraduate degree (Simmons School of Management accepted a few students each year w/o an undergraduate degree); launching a food manufacturing business without any prior experience; and BEING an entrepreneur. However, the most bold decision I made was to keep trying to conceive a child when we had experienced a loss in each trimester. This bold decision gifted me with two Precious Treasures, now 20 and 18...the best of outcomes from a bold decision.
Daring Spirits: Describe a time when things went "wrong" and then the Universe delivered.
Ande: One of my favorite examples of everything going wrong was when my food manufacturing business came to its conclusion. I was about to raise another round of capital to take the business to a huge capacity when three events occurred. First, the price of two of my main ingredients sky rocketed due to weather conditions. Then, my manufacturing plant was hit by lightening and, two days later, my packaging plant got hit by lightning. As a business woman, I had to make the tough decision: shut the company down.
I was devastated. I lost my faith in life. However, six months later I realized it was the best outcome for me...for my family...and for my life. The Universe had my back. There was no way I could have spearheaded that enterprise and had a meaningful relationship with my children, my husband and my Self. The Universe delivered a much better outcome than I could have or would have planned. Whew!
Daring Spirits: Beach or Mountains? Sweet or spicy? Window or aisle?
Ande: Mountains - the hills are alive with the sound of music!
Spicy... it's all about the mouth-watering experience.
Window - life is a banquet of colors, patterns and vistas.
Daring Spirits: Thank you, Ande, for sharing your story with us!
We will leave you with Ande's motto: life happens FOR you, not TO you. Every event brings you a deeper relationship with your Beloved Self and your Beloved Life. This is especially true for the courageous Entrepreneurial Adventurer.
Visit Ande's website here: www.andelyons.com, where you'll find her social media links at the top of the page.
You can also connect with her on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/andelyons