We had the good fortune of connecting with Lenmarie Pascall and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lenmarie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
It’s interesting, my business kind of found me. After experiencing burnout and living with no margin, I developed new habits and a healthy lifestyle of rest and sabbath. I did it because I needed it and then learned that we are created to have a rhythm of rest. One day I made these huge lounge pillows for a back to school BBQ I hosted yearly and everyone wanted me to make more for them. About two years after I made some for a friend’s movie night. Everyone talked about how restful they were and I knew at that point that it was the right time to spread the message of rest through pillow making.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Man oh man, I wish my professional life was very cookie-cutter and straight forward. I’ve done so much from, retail to technical support to HVAC sales, then worked for a leading hospital in NYC as a Financial Analyst. It was at that point I felt led to leave after 5 years.. I am a person of faith and felt called to more ministry focused work. I enrolled in Seminary and began working in the juvenile justice field, mentoring youth in detention centers throughout NY. I also worked for a faith-based organization empowering leaders and running an internship program for college-aged young adults. A year ago I moved from NYC to California and currently work for a nonprofit called Just Us 4 Youth. I am the Learning and Development Supervisor so I get to share my experience with others through trainings and developmental programming.

It is my professional life, my volunteer work and my drive that amplifies my message of rest. As a high capacity woman it is essential to slow down and create rhythms around caring for my self and soul. This the is message of my life and the story behind my brand.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Aw man, I love NYC soooo much! First things first we were getting doubles from my fave trini restaurant in Queens. We’d probably head to Brooklyn because, I mean it’s Brooklyn! I still love Coney Island especially on a summer Friday night to witness the fire works. We’d do some eats downtown, probably Soco or some other black owned soulful spot. At some point during the week we’d visit the many amazing museums in the city, my fave being the natural history. We’d walk the skyline and of course hit Central Park at some point. I’d take them to Harlem to catch a show and some soul food. We’d also visit the African market and find some dope fits. Dang did I mention Roosevelt island? It’s my favorite place to take visitors via the tram.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My friend Victoria really pushed me. The minute I told her I wanted to get serious about starting this business she and her husband made me a logo and other branding materials. She also buys a lot pillows from me for her event planning business, We Love In the Details.

Website: Reatbylen.com

Instagram: Restbylen

Facebook: /restbylen

Image Credits
Phot taken by Dual Len Images

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