We had the good fortune of connecting with Toyosi Osinowo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Toyosi, what inspires you?
Life and the human experience as a whole inspires me. Everyday I endeavor to engage God to help me see inspiration as live on a day to day basis. I am inspired by my interactions with people, observation of nature, the celebration of milestones, and so much more! So much beauty and greatness can be birthed from life experiences and encounters and I wholeheartedly embrace it all.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I consider myself to be a hybrid between being a professional and entrepreneur. While I work as a certified project manager professional in the IT field, I also have a growing business endeavor – THE TOM SHOP. Starting my business in in the middle of a pandemic and watching it grow has been nothing short of a dream. For years, I was simply a dreamer with abstract ideas but always found an excuse to not bring forth, the vision. One of my key takeaways from last year, was to live fully and purposefully because my dreams and purpose could no longer wait. People that were connected to my assignment to serve with my gifts, could no longer wait. So I leaped and looking back, I am so glad I did it! Beyond generating additional income, I am able to inspire other women through my products. It was a trying process and it still is if I am being honest. Learning the ins and outs of starting a business from the ground up can take a toll and sometimes be overwhelming. Still, I daily choose to raise above the challenges and thrive because there is a need for what I have give to my world. That is my motivation. I learnt so much along the way! I have made a few mistakes too but I do not consider them to be failures, but rather, opportunities to improve and learn. I have learnt a lot about business law, how engage with vendors, creating a business plan and much more! All these came from embracing my mishaps and riding the wave. The TOM Shop Company is a faith-based lifestyle company that was birthed from a strong desire to edify and empower every woman to boldly pursue and fulfill her God-Given purpose in the world. . It was birthed from my inspirations as a woman of faith and creative, I have always desired to serve other women with tools that will enrich their spiritual journey. This desire is what sparked the vision behind the movement. The ultimate goal is to impact fellow women to Be Bold, Courageous and Empowered in their life journey.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely be hanging out in the Boardwalk at Towne Lake! It is one of my favorite places! The scenery is outstanding and they have amazing dinning options and also have easy access to outstanding accommodations.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Yes! My shoutout goes to the amazing Emem Washington! She played a pivotal role in my launching my business. As a life and business coach, she brought out many empowering traits that I was not aware that I had and saw me through the entire process. No one can truly get to their destination alone with a village. Emem was and still is a HUGE part of mine.
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