Beyond Basic: My Weekend and Future Direction of Queens of Virtue


This past Sunday, I received confirmation that I am free to be exactly who I’ve always dreamt of being. My past is exactly where it belongs, as the former shell of a broken woman, who desperately desired to belong, is no longer a part of me. I no longer chase opportunities. Instead, I create them! This feeling is beyond words.

On September 8, 2017, I gave my entrepreneurial venture 110%. I committed to working on Travel. Beauty. Style. every day. I am happy to report that I witnessed an enormous burst of growth. It took me by surprise. However, I realized that I needed to witness this growth, as it gave me such confidence. Self-doubt was always an issue for me. Seeing myself as the queen that I am, makes all the difference and it’s priceless.

I have been busy behind the scenes, setting up goals for the direction of my brand. I am in the process of launching several goodies for 2018. I cannot wait to share all the greatness with you, as soon as all the pieces are in place! I can say, that I will be looking to partner with my fellow blogging babes. One of the goodies requires a powerful team of women. And for my beauties of color, I will be reaching out to you, so we can unite for us to empower travel to our young sisters, through our own experience – the good and the bad!

Plans for a Wanderful Weekend

Can you tell I’m excited? I am about to head to Poconos Spring Camp in East Stroudsburg, PA, for three days, from October 6 – 9, of AH-MAH-ZING! 

Here is a rundown of our activities!

Friday, October 6
3 pm – 6 pm Arrival and check-in
6:30 pm – 7:15 pm Orientation and dinner
Stick around for travel conversation cards brought to you by Hostelling International.
Dining Hall
8 pm Evening campfire + s’mores Lower Side Fire Pit


Saturday, October 7
8:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast  Dining Hall
8:30 am Morning welcome Dining Hall
9 am – 10:30 am Bullet Journaling 101: Building Your Perfect Journal with Natasha Stoppel Theater Classroom 1
Yoga with Alyssa Johnson Lawn
10:30 am Break
11 am – 12:30 pm Travel budgeting workshop with Deidre Mathis Theater Classroom 1
Travel Workouts on the Go with Alisha Fuller Lawn
1 pm – 1:30pm Lunch  Dining Hall
2 pm – 3:30 pm Making the Leap to Live Abroad: How to Become an Expat* with Stephanie Kempker Theater Classroom 1
Travel Photography for the Curious Soul with Suzanne Merritt Theater Classroom 2
3:30 pm – 6 pm Community Time Around camp!
6:30 pm – 7:15 pm Dinner is served
Stick around for board games and other group fun.
Dining Hall
8 pm Evening campfire + s’mores Lower Side Fire Pit


Sunday, October 8
8:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast Dining Hall
8:30 am Morning welcome Dining Hall
9 am – 10:30 am Travel packing workshop with Sara Weiskotten Theater Classroom 1
Yoga and Self Care with Josie Santiago Lawn
10:30 am Break
11 am – 12:30 pm Creatively Documenting your Travels to Capture & Share your Unique Story with Stephanie Vail Theater Classroom 2
Introduction to the Brazilian Martial Art of Capoeira with Nailah Hayward Lawn
1 pm – 1:30pm Lunch Dining Hall
2 pm – 6 pm Community Time + optional trail hike guided by Christine Around camp!
6:30 pm – 7:15 pm Dinner is served


Dining Hall
7:45 pm Community Night: Story Slam Lower Side Story Cabin (behind health center)


Monday, October 9
8:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast  Dining Hall
8:30 am Morning welcome Dining Hall
9 am – 10:30 am Italian language with Rachelle Jackson Theater Classroom 1
How to Write about Travel with Jenna Thomas Theater Classroom 2
10:30 am Break
11 am – 12:30 pm Solo Travel for Women 101 with Beth Santos Theater Classroom 1
DIY Souvenirs with Allyson Prock Theater Classroom 2
1 pm – 1:30 pm Farewell picnic (grab and go boxed lunches) Dining Hall/Lawn
3 pm Check out

I advise you to stay plugged into my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as I will be sharing some “live” moments. Next week, I will post the entire experience and valuable takeaways.

The Future of Queens of Virtue

We have officially partnered with TripSmash. We are currently working out the kinks and logistics, however – I am happy to announce our ambassadorship for this amazing travel app. Their mission complete aligns with ours, as they believe that “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness”- Mark Twain. TripSmash helps travelers plan their journey with family, friends, and coworkers, keeping you organized and in sync. 

I can’t wait to spend more time with you all, as I continue to do what I love…making my passion, my lifestyle!


Sapphire Kharyzma

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Sapphire Kharyzma

Editor-in-Chic, Travelpreneur at Queens of Virtue
Sapphire Kharyzma is an accomplished travel, beauty and lifestyle writer, photographer, creative designer & digital marketing maven - who harnesses the power of Travel, Beauty & Style - experienced through sisterhood...to empower multicultural women.

When she’s not traveling the world, she enjoys planting the seeds of growth and prosperity for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She’s an accredited Travel Designer, who specializes in curating unique, Caribbean and Luxury ventures. She's a travel marketing expert, who loves to make her passions her paycheck while teaching women to do the same.
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