Some people wait for things to happen – others make them happen.
Linda Mallut is that person who makes things happen. Linda, as a young girl, became an advocate for raising funds for charitable organization and today she continues with the same passion and determination to help those organizations in need of funds for their worthy causes.
Meet Linda Mullut, wife, mom, entrepreneur, passionate fund raiser and my Extraordinary Woman of the Week.
Shamelessly plug yourself and your business.
I’m the owner of My Bunny And Me, a huggable, wash and dry stuffed bunny that we personalize with someone’s name on the ear. I refer to them as EAR-resisitble bunnies .. aka The Bunny That Just Keeps On Giving!
We have fabulous blankets, and lovies (security blankets) and pillow cases, along with ADULT blankets and satin pillow cases! Once everyone fell in love with the children’s line they wanted it in their size so we created the adult line! All products are made in Dallas Texas and are machine wash and dry which when it comes to children this is most important! (not surface wash only! machine wash and dry!) As of this week, I will be launching the bunnie’s new pet PUPPY! How exciting!
What this entire line does is help to create income for non-profit organizations. Especially The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, because I started the business only to raise money for them. I had no idea that it would hop down the bunny trail to helping multiple organizations. So we truly are The Bunny That Keeps On Giving! … I say, let’s take on the energizer bunny who keeps on going!
How long have you been in business?
3 years on Sept 11th because I wanted to change that date to a happy date in my mind.
What motivated you to become an entrepreneur?
I have always been in business, even when I was a little girl, I would pick flowers from people’s yards and put them in pretty bouquet’s and knock on their door and tell them I was raising money for March of Dimes and or MDA or Unicef, and they would give me a Quarter! (that was a whole bunch in the 50’s) and I would put it in my “charity boxes”.
I would organize the children in the neighborhood to put together “shows” in the “garage” and sell tickets to the neighbors (their parents and grandparents) and make money and split it with the “cast” and then sell lemon aide in front of the house or at the shows, I think I was l have truly always been an entrepreneur. I have had several jobs in my life to make ends meet and get health insurance and all the reasons we do that 9-5 thing, but I was never happy with having to stay when I got all my assignments done that day, or having to keep doing the exact same thing day in and day out. I’m obviously a free spirit!
What has been a defining moment in your life or an AHA moment?
I suppose when my best friend told me her daughter had Hodgekins Lymphoma and I felt more helpless than ever in my life. I knew I couldn’t fix her daughter but that I could so something to make a difference in finding a cure. So I got involved in fundraising full time as a volunteer for LLS.
Another time, was when I divorced my husband of 17 years and realized I COULD MAKE IT ON MY OWN! and then again when someone I adored for 7 years and married, died 7 months later, and I once again had to “do it on my own” That is when I knew I could do anything!
What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is time management. Feeling that I can do it all myself and I can not. Then I realize I have a team of people helping me all the time. I suppose the economy has been challenging but I just keep on going! I don’t think I have any real challenges in life except the things I allow to control me get the better of me. lol
What has been your greatest reward?
Hearing that LLS came up with a Test Study that saved my friends daughter’s life. Seeing one of my biggest dreams come to fruition by moving the beach! Living the life style I choose to live!
What do you do to stay confident?
I stay confident by hanging out with like minded people. I stay plugged into a community of positive people. I write in my Life Is Not An Accident Mental Journal 30 min before I go to bed and write my affirmations and go to sleep with positive thoughts in my mind.
Who or what has had the strongest positive influence in your life?
Oh my gosh, that’s a hard questions. So many people. My Grandmother! My Mother, My Father and Grandfather. All people who taught me the value of “giving” and always told me No Matter What I Chose To Do In Life I Would Be Fabulous At It! and that I was Cute and Adorable! That helped. I was told I would get by because I had a great personality. My brother got the brains and I got the personality, well they might have been wrong about one thing, I actually have both! My mother taught me that SHE was my best friend and all the other people were friends, good friends, and cherished friends. She was right about that! I miss her very much, and I’m glad that I’m not one of those people who have only one best friend, I have at least 10 very very close friends and 100’s of good friends! All have their purpose in my journey! and mine in theirs.
How do you give back to your community?
I stay involved in organizations that are local and enjoy every minute of knowing who and what goes on around my town.
What do you do on a regular basis for a healthy/strong mind body and spirit connection?
I work out 3 times a week for 5 years now and have lost and maintained 54 lbs loss, whoohoo. I walk on the beach and meditate every day as I do so. I write in my journal at night.
Most important, I get my hair done every 5 weeks, my nails and toes every other week and get a massage as often as I can! I deserve it, it makes me feel good.
Honestly, I”m still working on that.
From your experience – share five things that a female entrepreneur should do for a successful business?
Share with us a little know fact about you?
When I was 16 I was the #1 Sales Person for Tupperware, but when they found out it wasn’t my mom who signed the form and it was really ME they made me quit! their big mistake I say!
Is there something you want to share that was not asked?
I just want to say thank you to you for asking me all these very thought provoking questions!
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