Lynette Carroll Bolton : Love LCB
Lynette Carroll Bolton : Love LCB
Lynette Carroll Bolton is someone who follows her heart and her beliefs, and spreads her infectious sunshine energy wherever she goes. A mum of two, with multiple passion points and a great sense of adventure, she has long been a woman of inspiration to me. She leapt at the invitation to enjoy some one-on-one time with me at High Tea (slightly different to doing it with two little girls and a bunch of stuffed animals!), and we happily devoured our lunchtime treat.
Delving into what makes Lynette tick was a great experience- and I’m so excited to share it with you. Dive in!
In your own words, what is it that you do?
“It’s a very good question! I do a lot of different things, and sometimes I feel like maybe I have too many balls up in the air, but I’m one of those people that are not very good at just doing one thing, I like to kind of fill my creative outlet and my mum outlet, so I guess the first thing I do is I’m a mum. So I have two little girls, one who is now at school, so that makes it a little bit easier, so 5, and 2 and a half. When they’re at school, I have a couple of different things I’m working on. So my real passion project at the moment is kids meditation and conscious parenting- I have come up with a business called ‘Love LCB’ (which has an amazing logo, haha!*). So my goal with that is I’ve created a blog and I’ve created a platform and I’ve written some kid’s meditations and some adult meditations, and I do blog updates, and my goal with that is just to create a bit of a community for parents- I call it an online community for the modern conscious parent…so that’s kinda my passion! It doesn’t make me any money (laughs), so the things that I do aside from those (is) Rodan + Fields is launching super soon. And that’s something that I’ve been putting a lot of time and a lot of effort into- especially this year, I found out about it last year, launching in May- so it’s a skincare business (American), my girlfriend in the States got into it and so told me about it, and I think it’s amazing because it’s something that I can do around the kids, something I can do from the couch, something I can do from around the pool, something I can do at high tea (laughs)- in fact, I’m just doing something right now! But I also love that it’s become this real community, like the people that I’ve signed up, and the people that I’m talking to, they’re mostly mums- I’m dealing with women who are looking for that little bit of extra something in their life, and I love that we’re creating that little community, and I have that one-on-one interaction with all of my team, and I love that.
And then I do Channel 7 stuff- I do TV, which I love doing. Sydney Weekender is cool, because I get to do crazy stuff, and it’s a bit different. And then Sunrise is always interesting- panel stuff, I love having an opinion on things, just going in, and again, it works around the girls, so it’s easy. I do a bit more radio now as well, which I love doing- doing some hosting with House of Wellness Radio, so I’ve got a couple of those coming up in April, which I guess leads back to my health and wellness passions.”
*I may or may not have designed Lynette’s logo for Love LCB!
Favourite movie as a child?
“None (laughs). I should ask my husband, I’m sure he can think of some. I’m sure I have heaps- ask Jude. I hate mess, so I probably whip around the house picking up after the kids and my husband!”
Celebrity crush (male or female)?
“I’m kind of into Nicole Kidman at the moment! I’ve been watching her show, and she’s hot (laughs)! And she’s Aussie, of course. She’s amazing.”
Heels or flats?
“Flats. Mainly because I had a knee-op three weeks ago, so if anyone asks, especially my surgeon, you saw me wearing flats!”
Someone you’d like to have dinner with (dead or alive)?
“Richard Branson is always up there, because he’s amazing, perhaps Oprah Winfrey. There’s a lady called Peta Kelly, she’s an Australian and I went to one of her talks at the end of the year, she’s really cool, Gabby Bernstein, umm, anyone in that realm really!”
The nitty gritty.
Where did you grow up, and who does your family consist of?
“I grew up in Sydney, I was born at Hornsby hospital, and we lived over that side until I was in year 2, and then we moved to Lane Cove just to be closer to the city for my parents’ work, and I’m still in Lane Cove! I left- I did the whole Bondi thing for a bit, like everyone does, but we’re back in Lane Cove, close to grandparents. My family is parents, I’ve got one sister- younger sister, who’s 3 years younger and also lives in Lane Cove (laughs)- and then Jude, Siarra and Piper, and Stella (dog) and Kitty (cat).”
What did you dream of being when you were little, and how has it stuck (or strayed) from where you are today?
“I think I always wanted to be on TV. I don’t know why, I think I’ve just always had that real passion for it. I look at the things I’ve done throughout my time, and they’ve always been a little bit linked to TV, so I love that I do get to do it, but I think now the bigger picture for me is probably not being a full-time media person- like I said, I love the kids’ meditation, I think that’s really important and I think that’s where I’m going to be going and focusing more, but I can definitely see TV and media coming into that, because I do love doing it, and I think it’s such an important thing (kids’ meditation) and conscious parenting, and obviously TV and radio are such an amazing medium of spreading that message.”
What motivates you to keep going every day?
“(Laughs) my kids jumping on my head! “It’s time to get up Mum!” (laughs). Umm, my family. We have two girls, like I said- and they’re such good little girls- but I definitely want to do stuff that fills me. Like, I want to make sure that I’m the best person of being a mum for them that I possibly can be, so in saying that, some days I don’t get up. Sometimes I’ll just lie in bed and I’ll sleep in, because that’s what I want to do and that’s how I feel like is serving me, rather than jumping up and doing a million things in a day. So my family, and my beautiful husband, who does everything he can possibly do to provide for us and make sure we have an amazing family, so yeah, I think it’s just family! And I keep coming back to it, but I do think kids are the future of the world, and I think that if we start looking after them a little bit better now, while they’re little- who was it, the Dalai Lama that said, if you teach every kid meditation, we’d have no wars in 20 years or something. I don’t know where he got his stats from (laughs), but I do think it’s the most beautiful concept.”
What’s the most exciting/heart-warming thing about what you do?
“I like helping people. I’ve always liked to do that, so with the kids, obviously, to see kids meditating and just learning to relax- even my girls, if they’re having a bit of a moment, and then they’ll sit down and take a few deep breaths, and I’m like OMG, they’re actually listening to the things that I’m saying. It’s incredible.
And then with Rodan + Fields, it’s helping mums and the women in the group, because everybody’s best buddies now! We’ve got our little Facebook group, and everyone’s arranging to catch up with each other, and is supporting each other- if someone is coming across a stumbling block, someone (else) gives advice or if they kick a goal with something, everyone’s in there going ‘that’s amazing’ and I think supporting people and helping people is just something that I like to do.”
Do you have a role model, or someone that you see as a reference point for how you grow yourself or your business?
“I think my mum has always been a role model for me. She is a very strong, very intelligent, very determined woman who always looked after us. Even when she split up from our dad, she just always- not that my dad didn’t, obviously- but as a female role model, she’s amazing. She’s a doctor, so I think that she’s always helping people and doing amazing things. But I think as well though, that times are changing, like I think that people are becoming…. Like, Mum always worked worked worked- she’s lucky, she worked (hard), so she retired nice and early and she has a lot of free time… but I think that now a lot of role models to me are people that don’t necessarily work 18 hour days and slog it out, because that’s not something that I now aspire to. I’d much rather be able to have high tea with you and do a few other things on my own, my own time, so I don’t know who, but I guess any mum or any person who has found that nice equilibrium between working and spending time with their family.”
What’s next for you?
“(Laughs) the lemon meringue tart! So, Rodan + Fields launches in May, so that at the moment is taking up a lot of my time, because that’s soon. After that, I want to go on a holiday with my family, so that will probably also be in May. But I really just want to do more with Love LCB. My plan is I would like to create a meditation curriculum for kids- I’ve been teaching meditation in day care, so I’d love to get a curriculum into day cares or even just into schools. Just something that they can do, I don’t know, once a week or something, and just build that baby into everything that I feel it should be and could be.”
Lynette and I had a traditional high tea at the QVB Tea Room.
Lynette's tea of choice: 'English Breakfast'