Name: Miss Brit
Business/Blog: Gem Star
When did you start your blog/business?
I started Gem Star in 2006 or 2007. However, I started becoming proactive with my business in 2011 while working on my debut book "Real Talk: Quotes to Get You Through to Becoming a Better YOU!".
What triggered you to pursue your dreams and begin creating the life you want?
I knew that no matter how long it took to start seeing results and growth in my business, that I wanted to do something that I truly enjoy. My goal is to free up my schedule and have a power team. I find that you can be the most productive during the early hours of the day.
What do you enjoy most about living life on your own terms?
I am working toward the point of living life on my own terms. I still have a full time job, but I am now more motivated toward reaching the freedom of being an entrepreneur and making a better living for myself. I've gained much encouragement and inspiration from God, family, friends, mentors and kind associates. I've also gained great inspiration and life points from BeFree Project, Happy Black Woman , Mocha Girl Pit Stop and Gayle Allen. God is transforming my mind into being more focused and determined to live a life of freedom that He has ready for me so I can make a difference in the lives of others and my own.
How are you living out your purpose?
God instilled in me at 4 years old a true enjoyment of writing and that is still with me until this day. I have another book that is in the works and I'm looking forward to presenting it to the world in God's timing. I truly enjoy being creative and living out my purpose by giving people information that will help them. God is presenting me with opportunities and I'm learning more every day.
What does being free mean to you?
Being free to me means not being on anyone else's schedule, but my own and not having to punch into someone else's time clock.
What has been your biggest challenge pursuing your purpose?
My biggest challenge would have to be networking and getting out to more local events to market and promote myself and my projects.
What’s one thing that you want people to know about you or your business?
I want to have creative and unique projects/events that people will remember. Gem Star's slogan is "bringing positive media to the forefront."
What is your biggest fear? And how do you overcome your fears?
My biggest fear is moving forward with my dreams. I think also on a personal level my fear is that I won't have any time to spend with the people I love, but, I still have to keep moving forward. Otherwise, I would be cheating myself.
How do you stay encouraged?
The Lord keeps me encouraged, my family, friends, mentors and co-workers. Hearing those spiritual teachers with the right message at the right time also keeps me encouraged.
What are you most proud of?
Being a self-published author after three years of research and preparation and also obtaining my state life insurance license last year. Being in the top 10 of my high school class in 2001 was a great moment as well.
How do you support other women?
By speaking positive words to women, patronizing other women in business and by promoting them and their projects on social media.
What is your favorite affirmation or quote?
Experience is the best teacher. (my mom always says this to me)
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