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The Birth of a Solopreneur

When I was a little girl, I remember wanting to be my very own boss. At age 13, I owned my very first business, called Essential Solutions Studios. I did administrative and editorial services for my older sister’s high school friends. It was a lucrative business, charging $20 per project. Then at age 19, I launched Kharymatic Studios, LLC, my second company – where I did professional photography and graphic designs for friends, family and the likes. My biggest issue, however, was being able to break through the barriers of discrimination. It left me void and vacant. I started to lose faith in women, and men alike. Women – because envy and jealousy gave off a disgusting stench, leaving me neck deep in piles of rubbish (gossip, lies, slander), picking up the pieces my frenemies left behind. Men – well, because – even though I was talented enough, they were more focused on the skills I could perform between my legs. So these ventures never blossomed, because I knew my worth from a young age.

I ventured out to become a blogger in 2010. Since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to own a magazine company, however, I was drawn to the instant appeal of being a digital publisher/nomad. I ran two blogs and joined various networks and groups which focused on beauty and fashion. Sadly, however, I got more support from my fellow Caucasian bloggers, than my sisters of color. This, for me, was extremely discouraging. I took a sabbatical after some personal issues with domestic violence reared its ugly head, and returned in 2016, to relaunch and rebrand. This round, I took the time to better myself. I got the necessary degrees and certifications, to help me advance my craft. I decided to use my first love – travel – as my number one, with beauty and style as my anchors.

Date With Destiny

Fast forward to today, and I refuse to let the insecurities of others, who I would love to collaborate with, bring me to a place that is of no importance. In fact, what others think or say about me, is none of my business. It doesn’t put a roof over my head, feed my children, or put gas in my tank. I have a women-owned brand to build, and that is the only goal.

United We Fall, Divided We Stand

Society gives enough unnecessary hatred, as the media clearly highlights. Racism is trending and discrimination continues to remind us that if you come from a certain racial background, we are not wanted or welcomed. But the harsher reality is…some people of color – often do everything they can to not support one another…and to me, that’s worse than hating me based on the amount of melanin in my skin. We, as people – MUST do better, for ourselves, our future generations, and each other…leading by example. This is why I created Queens of Virtue, to be an influencer and ambassador – a social enterprise – empowering minorities, saturated in an affluent appeal of travel, beauty, and style.

Travel. Black Beauty. Life of Style

Let’s not be ignorant to the ugliness that exists in this world. The disturbing reality is, no matter what race you are, someone, somewhere – isn’t going to like you. However, for my women of color – I want to inspire you, as we must stand together – strong – in support of who we are, and what we’ve been through. Even though I am very happy to be a black woman-owned brand, I do not exclude opportunities to work with others. I also make sure to collaborate, network and welcome mentoring – so I can help other women who not only look like me but love like me.

My Brand, My Baby

My brand is the “Queen.” The ultimate female. Inspiring, attentive, focused, creative and a visionary. She is the ideal influencer, leader, and pillar of empowerment. The more I write, the more I relate and visualize myself. A queen plays many roles, yet not one specific role can be used, to sum up her identity. She wears a crown of beauty, in place of her ashes. True motivators take time to help other women connect and address issues. This is why this “Queen of Virtue” aims to be the change that I seek.

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Sapphire Kharyzma

Blogger-in-Chic, Travelpreneur at Queens of Virtue
Travel. Beauty. Style. engages women through an empowered life of Luxury Travel. Leisure and Life of Style. We seek real affluent minded women, to offer real, mind, body soul'U'tions, as we are transformed into queens through storytelling and capturing memories with Virtuous Journeys.

Travel is our lifestyle; our luxury tribe - where we come together as one collective, united and driven by the desire to experience the best of the best, rooted in the freedom of possibilities - abundantly available through luxury travel, with beauty, as our canvas, and style as our artistic tool.

Join us as we explore and get culturally inspired. Travel. Beauty. Style. is our luxury gateway. Blog features focus on experiencing diverse cultures through the life of luxury, uniquely and creatively. Gather your bucket lists, cameras, journals, passports, chic outfits, trendy beauty must-haves and tastebuds...sit back and relax, as queens don't catch feelings, we catch flights, trains, and ships - in beautiful style!
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Travel. Beauty. Style. engages women through an empowered life of Luxury Travel. Leisure and Life of Style. We seek real affluent minded women, to offer real, mind, body soul’U’tions, as we are transformed into queens through storytelling and capturing memories with Virtuous Journeys.

Travel is our lifestyle; our luxury tribe – where we come together as one collective, united and driven by the desire to experience the best of the best, rooted in the freedom of possibilities – abundantly available through luxury travel, with beauty, as our canvas, and style as our artistic tool.

Join us as we explore and get culturally inspired. Travel. Beauty. Style. is our luxury gateway. Blog features focus on experiencing diverse cultures through the life of luxury, uniquely and creatively. Gather your bucket lists, cameras, journals, passports, chic outfits, trendy beauty must-haves and tastebuds…sit back and relax, as queens don’t catch feelings, we catch flights, trains, and ships – in beautiful style!

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I love it! We businesswomen are taking the world by storm. Pretty soon the glass ceiling will be shattered all over the floor!

    • I love you analogy! Thanks for the inspiration, I appreciate you 🙂

  • Gisele Gamble

    You sound like a really strong person which you need to be in this world. I’m older and have started my own online business because I’m tired of making money for other people. Good for you!!

    • Hi Gisele. Thank you for your encouragement! I also become an entrepreneur because I refuse to make others rich, while I compete for scraps! I appreciate you so much 🙂

  • Who run the world? Girls!

    Okay, okay – I just had to but seriously: it’s these type of posts that are inspiring and make me want to do more. Keep on doing what you’re doing – all of us women should stand by each other and support each other!

    • Haha I love it! I am happy to inspire, as that’s my main goal! I appreciate you so very much 🙂

  • I absolutely LOVE that you knew your worth from such an early age. I am TOTALLY impressed at you having your own business so young! You sound a lot like myself in many ways. As a white woman, I find I more often identify with my friends of color. I hate discrimination of any kind but you are right – we can’t ignore it! I have been through so many of the same things you have. I completely agree that both genders can be difficult to deal with for the very reasons you mention. But, I know there are women like you out in the world. Women like me. It is wonderful when we do find each other and can give each other support.
    Keep kicking a$$ my friend!

    • Joely, you don’t know how much your words of encouragement has touched my soul! It’s nice to know that others have experienced the same trials! I truly appreciate you my friend 🙂

      • And I truly appreciate you too beautiful! And I mean that you are beautiful inside and out equally.

        • I’m so blushing! Thank you <3 (hugs) #youarethetruebeauty 🙂

  • Stockpiling Moms

    Welcome back to the blogging world! So happy you are back and better than ever! Love your spirit and love your mission. You have got this 100%!

    • Thank you so much! I appreciate your words of encouragement! You rock 🙂

  • Marysa

    That is great that you have had such goals since you were young. It takes a lot of work and determination, and like you said, overcoming different issues. Sounds like you have achieved so much!

    • Hi Marysa. My goals and passions are what drives me, besides my kids! Thanks for your amazing encouragement, I appreciate you so very much!

  • Melissa Dixon

    I am sorry to hear that you are not being supported by those whose support you seek out most but you can always look at it as motivation. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. I personally don’t care if people of all colors support me or not these days, I have always been a hard worker, driven by my own dream and I can relate to you on that one. That is not to say that I never craved the approval from others, I have most of my life and that is probably why I am in the state I am now of not giving a you know what these days. I am sure that they will come around to you soon enough but if not, you can look at it as you must be doing something right to have so many jealous of you and what you do.

    • You, Melissa, have given me so much life with your words of empowerment! I totally agree with you! I no longer care wether or not my fellow people of color support me or not, and I will take your advice and make it my biggest motivator! I love you words and I thank you and appreciate you!

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer

    I love that you knew you wanted to be your own boss at a young age. Driven young lady!! Love that!! When I was young I wanted to be a babysitter! ha! So funny to think back to our childhood dreams. Keep following your dreams!

    • Thank you Censie. I always knew that entrepreneurship was my path! Thanks for the encouragement, I appreciate you so much!

  • I enjoyed reading your journey to becoming a solopreneur. I never thought I was of an entrepreneur mind, but looking back, I actually have been since my teenage years. I started out creating my own stationery and planner pages.

    • That is so cool Tami. I would love to make my own stationary and planner pages. I appreciate your encouragement, thanks so much 🙂

  • Your journey sounds amazing! I would love to become a travelpreneur one day!!

    • Thanks Ricci. Travel has totally transformed my mind, and my heart!

  • That sounds amazing and I love your determination to make your dreams come true. It’s not an easy journey as we’ve all read but it’s really worth it when you’re finally doing the things you’ve been dreaming about for years! This is such an inspiring post!

    • Thanks so much Mai. I am happy to inspire you, as your kind words have inspired and touched me! I appreciate you 🙂

  • Kathy

    Sounds like you’re having a great journey. Very inspiring that’s for sure. It’s great to hear about all these goals and such. You’re doing a good job.

    • Thank you Kathy. I appreciate your encouraging words. I am happy to inspire others, as living your dreams is such a priceless experience! I appreciate you!

  • Kathleen @AnyTots

    Hello Queen! Continue doing what you do, you write really well! I can’t believe you’re your own boss at 13, that’s really early. I hope no matter what anyones race or religion is, people will unite and stand up for one another. Like Beyonce sang and I’m singing right now.. “Stand up for Love”.

    • Queen, hahaha I LOVE it. Thanks so much Kathleen :). I’ve been writing since I was since I can remember. It’s the best way to express myself. I also care for unity. It’s a goal of mines, and what’s drove me to being a diversity and inclusion ambassador. I appreciate you so much, Kathleen. I love your kind words!

  • Christy Garrett

    Kudos to you for not giving up. I feel people in general can be so nasty especially online because they can hide behind a screen. I never imagined being a blogger let alone a writer.

    • Hi Christy. I appreciate your kind words. You have truly inspired me. Thank you so much (hugs)

  • Sounds like you are doing it the right way. So many successful people are that way because they didn’t give up when things were tough.

    • Thank you Aduke, I appreciate your encouragement! I am so grateful for your words!

  • Bethany Stout

    I love your post, it’s really from the heart. It’s awesome that you can do what you love, keep working and demanding the world.

    • Bethany, your word has touched my heart! I appreciate you and I thank you! You have truly made my evening! 🙂

  • chubskulit

    When you have the passion and perseverance, you will eventually be successful at it. One failure doesn’t mean you can’t succeed.

    • Thank you so much for such encouragement! I appreciate it and you! 🙂

  • Karlyn Cruz

    You truly are a very creative writer. I love reading your post. You can turn any normal, boring subject into something really interesting. I think it’s so important to collaborate and understand the value others can bring to your table. I love this positive post and being a great example and a good motivator.

    • Thank you Karlyn. I LOVE to write. I am glad you liked it. Your words of encouragement has me so happy and I appreciate you so very much! (hugs)

  • I totally believe in everything you are writing about! I really want to get my travel blog off and running, it has been a long time coming, but that is my passion.

    • April, you should totally get your travel blog going! Mine’s is one of my happy places. Thanks for the encouragement, I appreciate you!

  • It is very sad that sometimes we don’t get the support that want from people that look like us but that seems to be he case across the board, however, what is important is that we keep on, keeping on. I’m glad you didn’t give up despite all the pitfalls. I love your blog and I think hat you have most def found your niche.

  • Terri Huggins

    I loved this post. First of all, It’s a shame to learn that fellow black women weren’t encouraging during your journey. It’s sad when you can’t find support amongst your peers. Kudos to you for not giving up and going after your dreams once again. As you stated, there is ugly in the world, but it’s important to not let that ugly change the person you are. You have to many stories to tell to allow the world around you to make you jaded.

  • Felecia Monique

    Your post touched me because it’s so hard to gain recognition as a black woman…and don’t be an attractive black woman. The respect is just not given….

  • Tiffany Heard

    Although we don’t like to go through trials and tribulations, they make us stronger. Looks like your back stronger than before!

  • Bernetta

    Such an inspiring story. Keep moving forward dear. You have the passion to make great things happen.

  • Charryse Johnson

    This is the perfect model of living your best life! I love your focus on the journey! Enjoy!

  • Carissa

    Great Post and Very Inspiring!!! I have always wanted to be my own boss too! Blogging helps me with that but I would love to add to my brand!

  • Camesha

    I love that you knew you’d have your own from so young. My kids are in that space too. They’re trying to figure out wha their business will be!

  • KoKoa Magazine

    Traveling overseas is on my bucketlist. I spend far too much time researching and reading blogs. Can’t wait to make an overseas flight happen.

  • Brown Sugar Food Blog (Nicole

    I appreciate your honesty in this article. I do hope you continue to grow and expand.

  • This was a great read! You are on overcomer. You’ve overcome to much to reach your goals and I wish you the very best.