An Interview with Christie Lyons
Founder of White Light Publishing House
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Christie Lyons is the founder of White Light Publishing House, Christie, is a mother of a teenager and two young children, and also directs her spiritual-based business, White Light Universal. Previously a childcare center director, she has several years’ experience and holds qualifications in early childhood education, and is passionate about children's rights and emotional well-being. Her goal is to help bring as much light into the world as she can.
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For those unfamiliar with White Light Publishing, can you tell us a bit about your mission and how your journey with this began?
I guess you could say that this journey began when I was a child. I had always had a love of writing and when I was in primary school, it was my dream to be an author. My Mum always reminds me that when I was about six years old, I told her how I wanted to be a ‘book maker’ (not knowing that it was the wrong terminology), and look at me now! I actually do ‘make books’ - not just my own, but others’ as well.
I was thirty-four years old when I started White Light Publishing House, after being encouraged to do so by a very dear friend and fellow publisher. I had been working in early childhood education for over nine years, and when my youngest son was born with a heart condition and needed open heart surgery at ten days old, I wanted to be able to spend more time at home. I resigned from my full time career and became a stay at home Mum, and started my publishing business (as well as my spiritual guidance business - White Light Universal) from my kitchen table.
Our mission encompasses everything that myself and the team are passionate about, and what we feel the world needs more of - connection, compassion, and empowerment. By helping so many writers and artists to see their publishing dream realized each year, and in our ongoing sponsorship of children’s education in Nepal, we truly are already making the difference we’re setting out to achieve.
You also have established a wonderful platform to raise awareness of the need for more compassion in the world with White Light for Humanity, can you tell us a bit about your initiatives and goals with this foundation?
White Light for Humanity is still in its early stages, however over the coming years, we aim to have it set up as our very own registered charity. We have some amazing visions for this, which we can’t share yet (sorry), but we can say that it will be focused around two of our biggest passions: children and mental health.
Currently, we support a range of charities and causes, including the Make a Wish Foundation, Education Earthquake Nepal, Sleep at the ‘G, Mouse’s Enterprize, and others.
What are some of the biggest challenges you have had to face in becoming Australia's fastest growing independent publisher?
The biggest challenge I’d say we’ve been through is keeping up with the workload as so many new authors sign up with us. I wasn’t expecting such rapid growth in such a short period of time, and I couldn’t keep doing it all on my own. My beautiful Mum quit her full time corporate career late in 2016 to work alongside me, and is now my business partner.
Was launching a publishing house always your dream, or did it evolve from an earlier passion?
Following on from the first question, it wasn’t always my dream (even though subconsciously perhaps, it was). I was an early childhood director for several years and absolutely loved my job. Working with children is still something I am very passionate about, and I try to incorporate this passion into the publishing business as much as I can, and will continue to do so in future.
For someone who is dreaming of writing their own book in the genres of spirituality, wellness, or transformation, what advice would you offer them?
The most useful advice I’d give someone who is dreaming of writing a book (any book) is to never underestimate the power of being authentic in your writing. The most profound books I have read are raw, honest, and full of real emotion. When it comes to editing, leave that up to the editor - just focus on what you want to express, and let it flow naturally.
How have your own spiritual practices helped you on your journey of becoming a soul-centered entrepreneur? Both with White Light Publishing and White Light Universal?
Wow, I could write a whole book about how my own spiritual practices and beliefs have helped me on my journey of being a soul-centered entrepreneur, however to keep it short and sweet, I pride myself on always being real, and basing everything I do on my ‘why’ - which is to do all I can to create a more compassionate and connected world. I’m also mindful that I am always learning - in every aspect of my life journey.
What are 3 nuggets of wisdom that you feel you could share based on your experience, with someone who is dreaming of starting their own soul-centered business, or recently has, but may be experiencing doubt or fear?
My three nuggets of wisdom would be:
⁃ Trust yourself and pay attention to your soul. If you’re passionate about something, then it’s for a reason.
⁃ Take risks. If something doesn’t work, it’s not a mistake - it’s a lesson. Try something else.
⁃ Running your own business is hard work, and there’ll always be challenges, just like there are in life, but so long as you always go back to your ‘why’ if you run off track, you’ll always thrive.
What is coming up next for you - with White Light Publishing, White Light Universal, White Light for Humanity, and on your own personal journey?
Personally, I am in the process of writing a few of my own books, and aim to have these and a deck of oracle cards released in 2018. I am also going to commence running workshops for children - with a focus on supporting their spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
In the next couple of years, we hope to open our very own writer’s hub/cafe/book shop, which we are very excited about, as well as developing some life changing retreats - both here in Australia and overseas.
Christie Lyons is the founder of White Light Publishing House, Christie, is a mother of a teenager and two young children, and also directs her spiritual-based business, White Light Universal. Previously a childcare center director, she has several years’ experience and holds qualifications in early childhood education, and is passionate about children's rights and emotional well-being. Her goal is to help bring as much light into the world as she can. https://www.whitelightuniversal.com.au