Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Chelsea Villines. I am a DEAF mama of 4 boys and happily married to my husband of 9 years!
What do you love most about yourself?
My deafness. Seriously. I thank the lord daily for my deafness. It has helped me so much and has also proved to others that you can do anything you set your mind to!
Have you always had confidence in yourself?
OF COURSE!! that’s what makes me so unique!!! a DEAF confident woman.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I can lip read from the side, upside down, and of course in the front.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The only disability in life is a bad attitude!
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Yes!! A doctor didn’t think I could handle having babies some day because of my deafness. It made me upset and want to prove him wrong.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Always have a positive attitude even when you are hit with negativity. And IT’S okay to CRY when you want to!
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
When I was in Junior high there were a couple girls that were upset that I was a starter for the Junior High basketball team as a 7th grader. They didn’t think I should start. But I proved them wrong because I set a goal to practice every evening when I got home and didn’t let their attitude affect me!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
Life sucks sometimes and to make lemonade out of lemons. Just add sugar to fix the bitter taste.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
YOU HAVE quite the future coming for you all because of your attitude in life! Don’t say NO to a great opportunity that will fall into your lap soon.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
Lots of BREATHING! I live in a house full of boys. Sometimes the routine works and sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve realized that when the boys are awake to focus on them. When they’re resting then focus on work. But somedays they understand mama needs to work in the office and they make do!
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Stay consistent with my business. Whether that’s through social media or making contact with friends and family.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I’m a dental hygienist.
Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
NO! I changed my mind 3 times!
Were you scared to start the process?
Yes and NO! I was scared that I chose the wrong career but then realized it was the best career I could’ve done thanks to my sister in law for suggesting it!
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
Yes!!! I would say Tara and Raimonda were both my mentors! Tara taught me a lot about how to manage the social media life. Raimonda taught me a lot about getting out of my comfort zone and being open with the world.
After losing her hearing at the age of 18 months, she has defied the odds and has proven that anyone can do anything they set their mind to. Chelsea Villines is a motivational speaker, shampoo representative, and baby lover.