This month I had the opportunity to interview one of my business besties Karlet Hewitt who is the founder of the brand Forever Karley. Karlet always gives it to you straight and she is always asking the tough questions that will make you get your life together. If you dont have someone in your life holding you accountable you defintely need to get in touch with her. Read below and get a glimpse behind the brand.
Hey Sis, I know you, but let everyone know a little about you and your business?
I’m Karley, Lifestyle Manager and creator of ForeverKarley.com, a Lifestyle management
consulting firm, specializing in Accountability Coaching. My focus is holding women accountable
in order to achieve their goals in life &; business by developing innovative solutions for a more productive lifestyle.
It started in 2010.
I call it my first "real experience" as an entrepreneur.
He and I were friends...OK, maybe a little more than friends and he made me feel as if I shared every aspect of his world.
I was in my early 30s and at the height of my creativity. I even toyed with the concept for the Gemini Moon Rising series, but they were still just concepts. For nearly three years, I plunged myself into someone else's business and got no ROI. I had no knowledge or experience with the industry and designed an eco-system that still stands as I type. I became a one woman show for a man who simply "OK'ed" an idea for it to move on to the next stage.
When I finally accepted writing as a profession and not a hobby, I couldn't write for myself. Why? I was too busy writing for his ass! I ran the online mag, created ALL the content, and managed the social media. When the hell was I writing for myself?
I had the chance to read ,and interview the author of "Hola, Morocha!" by Jennifer Poe. This book was a great read. Reading this book will make you feel like you are sitting down with your sis, and she's giving you all the goods on her travel experiences! This book is a must read for women of color, and all women. Read below and get a little insight on " Hola, Morocha!" .
First and Foremost I wanted to tell you that after reading “Hola, Morocha!” I felt like we were friends, and I wanted to hear more lol. Before I give away everything can you tell people a little about yourself ,and what this book is about?
Sure! I am a world traveler and Author and the things that make me the happiest in this life are a ticket to anywhere, books, writing and eating. I’m a big foodie! I’ve been travel blogging since 2011, and started a blog to inspire women of color to travel called, Imported Chocolate. The Imported Chocolate brand encompasses the blog; a pod cast soon to be a live online show called Hot Chocolate With Locals, where I interview other travelers abroad over a hot cup of chocolate; and the Hola, Morocha! series, which is a series of four books that chronicle my life living in Buenos Aires in a fun entertaining way. The first book, Hola, Morocha!, will make you feel like you’re sitting down with a friend drinking a glass of wine and laughing about her crazy travel adventures.
I don’t dive into my personal life that often. The reason behind that is pretty obvious. Past situations have scarred me to the point where talking about anything personal was permanently off limits. You couldn’t even get me to honestly tell you how my day was going. A simple “it’s cool” or “it’s okay” would be my general responses to those type of questions. But the reality behind it, was that I was really hurting, suffering, stressing, ducking and dodging. My mother is a strong woman. I’ve watched her for 27 years carry the weight of the world on her back without so much as a tear or a complaint. Let’s just say that being strong is one of the character traits that I took from her.
Everybody has a strong friend. The one who seems to have it all together. Following their dreams, in healthy relationships, always having the answers to all of your problems, you know. You may even be that strong friend in your circle. Being strong is all well and good until it’s your turn to vent, cry, kick, scream. For me, I have learned over the years to handle the shit in my home and fix my face before I walk out of the front door every morning. I’m constantly telling myself, “Em, you got this”, “You’re bigger than this”, or my usual “I’m good. I’m always good, even when I’m not.” But eventually, that shrug of the shoulder became too hard to brush off. Eventually, the issues I was facing were too heavy for me shake away.
This month I had the opportunity to interview Wendy Alexander who is the founder of the brand Inspiring Decisions. She is a Globalpreneur, and if you follow her on Instagram you will get inspired by her and her business travels. Read below, and get a peek behind her amazing brand.
Hi Wendy can you tell us a little about your business, and how you came up with the powerful name “Inspiring Decisions”, and why it was important for you to start your business?
I have an offline and online business consulting agency. I help entrepreneurs go from local to global, to help change their mindset to think outside their zip code into a different country code. I provide leadership training, business development, and coaching. That honestly came from a prayer. I could not think of a company name, and went to bed one night asking God to help me. Woke up the next day and I had my name, “Inspiring-decisions.” The name "Inspiring-decisions" fits me so well because I love to inspire and motivate people. To help them to believe in themselves, make the decision to commit to their worth and create their opportunities.