We had the good fortune of connecting with Lyn-Dee Eldridge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lyn-Dee, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Why was the Happiness Jungle LLC created and born? Someone warned me that my income was going to be taken from me in 2016. I take warnings very seriously. I knew I had to start something new and it was up to me and me alone. I knew that I wanted to do something I loved and not chase money. My mindset is when you help enough people get what they want, it will always bring you the things we want in our lives. This thought process was something that always excited me. When I decided to create the Happiness Jungle LLC, I asked myself, what am I most passionate about? What drives me to wake up every morning to bring more happiness, joy, and peace into my own life? It was very clear, I love to help people live a more meaningful life when they are feeling less than and/or want more in their lives. I love to help people succeed in their businesses. Happiness = Success. I am also rewarded with helping others within their personal lives. Since I come from the school of hard knocks who is a self taught successful professional entrepreneur and I have succeeded in owning my own brick and mortar businesses in the past and also became a top woman leader in the MLM industry, it was clear that I can help others do the same. I know how to thrive in life no matter what is going on in my personal life. As I was thinking what is it that I wanted to do? What is the next choice of business that I wanted to start from scratch? I know our lives leave us with many clues. Once again, I live life on purpose. When I was in the thought process, I kept asking myself, what was the purpose for my life events in the past? I am an author. I wrote two books, the first book is called, ‘Tears Of Fears Behind Closed Doors’, published in 2009. It is my journey with being brought up in a very toxic home, marrying when I was 18 and finding myself in an eight year Domestic Violence relationship. This book is an inspiring book to look at where we are and where we have been and to look at the purpose for all of it. Once again it was clear that this part of my journey gifted me with my daughter who gave me the strength to get a divorce when she was only 15 months old and who has now granted me with four beautiful granddaughters. Now I help others move forward in their lives using their past as their power. I add value to myself and my business everyday. As my business grows, I am making a difference while making a living and it is very rewarding. My next book is called, ‘Squeeze My Ta-Ta’s’, published in 2018, is an uplifting powerful, live life on purpose book about my journey with the Breast Cancer and at the same time being the sole caretaker for my abusive mother and getting my second divorce three weeks into radiation. What is the purpose? Now I speak on medical stages, Assisted living stages and I created an amazing Happiness Jungle Emotional Support Body Pillow that helped me and now is helping so many others. I am co-author in many personal development books and business books. The most important part of my journey as I look back at my life was to always help others learn the true philosophies of happiness, joy and how to have peace in your life so you can have it all. Life is not easy, but you can be happier. I am living proof of this statement. No college degree and self taught. I invested in myself by hiring my mentors and I have been a business and personal mentor to others for over 35 years. I am an International Keynote Speaker, TV/Radio/Podcast personality and the creator of the amazing Happiness Jungle Emotional Support Body Pillow. When I look at all the solutions that have helped me, I ask myself, can it help others? When the answer is yes, I create it. Life is filled with clues and we must be aware of them. When we have clarity, fear is not an option and we move forward with a lot of reinventions of ourselves. Putting all of this together, it was clear what I desired to do as a professional, honest and humbled business owner. There will always be obstacles to go through. I never quit on myself and now the Happiness Jungle LLC is over four years old. I am thriving because I wouldn’t allow money to be my focus. I allowed the process of being authentic, transparent to teach others how to use my formula how to achieve Happiness = Success. Now I am known as your Chief Happiness Officer of the Happiness Jungle, The First Lady of Happiness. A Business and Personal Mentor who speaks from stages all over the world because our lives matters. I remember being in Zig Ziglar’s class in the late 1980’s, one of my teachers and mentors and him sharing this powerful quote: “When you are truly interested in other people, you will learn what they are interested in and if they have a need for your product. If they like you, and most people like folks who take an interest in them, they’ll help you find people who do need what you have to sell, even if they don’t.” This is my story and I am happily sticking to it!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
When your cookies crumble like mine have; cancer, abuse, divorce, grieving, single, co- and step-parenting, becoming a care-taker, business owner, and dealing with financial pressures, aka, bankruptcy, you can learn how to work through everything with a happier, more positive attitude and purpose. I have been able to scale, measure and add value by turning my cookie crumbs into opportunities for growth and empowerment. I help individuals, couples, families, small businesses, corporations, non-profit groups, schools, and universities understand how to apply happiness philosophies, how to live a less stressful life with positive actions, and how to control your emotions. What I boil down to is Mental Health With A Happy Twist. My Motto is “I never said life was easy, but I did say you can be happier. hold your own flashlight, you were born to shine” I am your (CHO) Chief Happiness Officer/Founder of Happiness Jungle LLC. Entrepreneur Mentor, #1 Best-Selling Contributing International Author, Keynote Speaker, Breast Cancer Survivor, Humorist, Co-Brand Partner with Les Brown, Creator/Producer and TV personality of The Happiness Jungle TV Show, Radio/Podcast Personality, The Creator of the Happiness Jungle Emotional Support Body Pillow
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my best friend dancing and there are many wonderful places to go here in South Florida. We love all different kind of music from country, to reggie. I would take her to Lion Country Safari in WPB. We would go to the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, Florida. To the zoo in Naples, Florida. To the Everglades and enjoy an airboat ride. We would go to anything inspiring and fun. Bike riding, roller skating, swimming in my condo pool. Walk on the fishing pier. Going to South Beach is always fun and so much to do. Monkey Jungle in Miami. Take the water taxi up and down the Ft. Lauderdale Intercostal and then enjoy Las Olas Blvd.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Most of my mentors have passed away. I have great appreciation for whom I am now a co-brand partner with, Mr. Les Brown. Grateful to have also been a student and Inspired by Jack Canfield, Connie Podesta, Daymond John, and so many more. To my friend, Cami Baker for being my inspiring co-entrepreneur and always being here for me. Dr. Shelley Plumb, Jennifer Gutschmidt, to name a few.