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Conversations with Kytia L’amour

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kytia L’amour.

Hi Kytia, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Finding my path to success has been a journey full of twists. When I was younger, I had a hard time deciding if I would become a doctor, a performer, a teacher, or someone working behind the scenes in the media industry. I had a passion for teaching, storytelling, and helping people but had no idea how those all blended together into a solid career.

Fortunately, my parents introduced me to Jesus Christ at a very early age. Because of that, I understood the importance of purpose even though I didn’t fully grasp what that meant until a few years ago to be honest. I knew I wanted to help people, but the idea of narrowing down my interests was pretty overwhelming. It wasn’t until I met my husband in Los Angeles after obtaining my degree in Television Production in Hawaii that I was planted somewhere that felt like home and about to embark on a personal mission for the first time.

We have very supportive family members, but it was still difficult for me and my husband to figure out a future plan for our lives when our prayers were leading us one way and logical advice from our loved ones was leading us in another. It wasn’t until we hit a rock bottom moment in our marriage, careers, and finances that we started over from scratch. Everything we thought we knew was leading us nowhere fast.

By this time, we had our first child, so we moved our family of three into my in-laws’ spare bedroom for a few years. It was in that trying time when we really cried out to God and asked what He wanted for our lives. We got the feeling that He had been waiting for this moment for years and couldn’t wait to show us more about ourselves and His plan.

I had already had a YouTube channel at the time of moving in with my in-laws but still wasn’t sure how to utilize it. I started my channel at a time when I was deeply saturated in motherhood but trying to figure out my voice and how to not lose myself as an individual. I talked in videos about being a mom, my relationship with my husband, and my walk with God. The topics that resonated the most with my audience were when I was my most vulnerable about my relationship with Jesus. Because of this, I felt like God wanted me to focus my efforts on sharing the gospel with the world using my voice on several different social platforms.

I honestly did not expect for my YouTube channel to skyrocket like it did once I shared topics relating to Christianity. From that point, I finally had a clear direction in life and it was one of the most empowering seasons of my life. Through my online community, I’ve been blessed to have so many different opportunities and this journey has even led me to my first book deal with a publisher that just became official this past week.

My husband and I talk a lot about how validating it is to feel like “we’re onto something” after years of feeling lost and struggling with being creatives and entrepreneurs. The steps it took to achieve our God-given goals seemed odd and backwards, but our faith has been the constant reminder to never give up and to see things through. Today, I can say with conviction that true success for me has been finding purpose and fulfillment in doing what I know I was created to do.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Because I’ve always lived in the United States, the hardest thing about seeing life through the “American Dream” lens is that there’s so much emphasis on the ‘college, career, marriage, kids, white picket fence and a dog by the time you’re 30 years old’ timeline. We hear about entrepreneurs making it big, but it’s usually the exception and not the rule.

I got a college degree and so did my husband. Once I graduated, my thought was to get a great job and keep making more and more money year after year. Same with my husband, the obvious next step was to get a long-term and secure position at a company that fits with his credentials. Without going into too much detail, that never stuck for either one of us. As much as I wanted a “normal life”, we kept being drawn to work for ourselves.

Try telling your family that you have no money, but you have a strong urge to pursue a personal project instead of submitting your resume to find stable income. Fortunately, even though they didn’t understand it, my husband’s parents were willing to let us stay with them for as long as we needed to. It’s a blessing to HAVE that option, but it did take a long time to not feel ashamed that we NEEDED that option.

Even though that season is over, it definitely reshaped our perspective on life in general including how to define success and how long it really takes to build a foundation around an entrepreneurial career.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Storytelling and teaching are two of my passions. Currently, I co-host a podcast with my husband titled “Glowing Through It”, and I also upload videos every now and then on my YouTube channel when something is on my heart.

I have a six months old son, and I’m homeschooling my six years old daughter, so my priority right now is being their mama. However, I still love writing and it’s something I can do with a flexible schedule. I’m writing a new book that will be coming out at the end of this year. I self-published my first book “Grow with God: 31 Day Devotional” about a year and a half ago, but this will be my first time working with a publisher so I’m really exciting about that.

Although I love performing in general, that part of my life has a pin in it due to everything else in life that needs my attention. I’m currently mostly known for spreading the gospel on social media and I’m very fulfilled by that, but I do also look forward to taking advantage of more creative opportunities when the time is right.

How do you define success?
Success means doing what I was created to do. For me, this means having a personal relationship with my Creator so that I can be open to hearing what His desires for my life are. As a 35 years old, society tells me that I should have certain things checked off on a list by now. Unfortunately, I think many people go their whole life trying to please other people or obtain certain financial and career goals and don’t enjoy a single moment of it.

I don’t want to live in misery trying to prove myself to everyone only to look back at the end of my life and see that I missed out on joy and living in the freedom of following my own dreams.

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For the photo of me and my husband outdoors in the mountains, the photographer is Alysha Miller.

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