July issue duvann hopkins





Year in business: 1 yr 

Currently, I am a freelance blogger from Chicago, IL. I mostly blog about relationships, self-love, God and beauty and fashion.

My target audience is anyone who wants to be better in their life. I believe it is important to spread love to our world. 

Entrepreneurship means being your own BOSS. Doing what you want to do on your own time. I was inspired to become an entrepreneur by watching the women in my family, in particular, my mother and my older sister run their own businesses and be successful while doing it.

My greatest win in business had to be the fact that I actually stepped out on faith to start blogging.  I wavered back and forth with the idea for a long time. I am truly glad I did. 

The best advice I have ever received had to be to simply follow your dreams despite the obstacles you may face. 

I have been the most successful with marketing my brand with social media.  Social media has really helped me out a lot. I have quite a few followers from Facebook alone. 

Behind the scenes, I am a high school teacher. I spread a lot of my time pouring into our youth in the inner city of Chicago.

My favorite place to vacation has to be Atlanta, Georgia.

The best way readers can contact is: 

Twitter: @samone_lashae

(facebook) samone lashae.

Here are a few of Her best blog posts…….




What is love…love is a four letter word that holds so much meaning behind it.. it’s wanting the best for someone even if you don’t receive anything from it…its ensuring that this one person is okay after a long day…its the little things like forehead kisses, holding hands and long hugs…its the good morning texts that u look forward to…it the late night deep conversations that touch your soul… it’s the ability to have fun in most random places ever…its the fight that two people put up to ensure that no one can ever come in between the bond that you two share…its the disagreements and makeup sessions that makes it all worth it…what is the love you ask…well love is you. I love everything about you. From your eyes to your nose to your scent….to your smile…to your curly hair…your complexion…to the way you think…to your drive and your aspirations…I love the way you hold me a night..I love the way you protect me..I love when you call me bae. . I love the fact you are a fighter…that you never give up…I love the fact that you are a great father..a great provider…I love the fact that you are my man. I look forward to every kiss..every hug..every touch…you don’t realize it but I’m your biggest fan…no other men could are my best favorite lover…my future husband..I couldn’t ask for a better person to share my life with and for that I thank you. I thank you because I now know that there are still some good men on this earth, I thank you for treating me like a queen and showing me what true love is.




Growing up in a two-parent home, I witnessed my father treat my mother like a queen. He was a family man, that enjoyed helping others around him. He went to work every single day, whether he was ill or in good health just to provide for his family. Whatever my mother wanted or desired, he made sure she received it. Truly an example of a man. When I started dating, I looked for the same qualities in the men that I decided to entertain. I wanted to make sure that if I gave a guy my attention, it was worth it. Needless to say, my own judgment wasn’t always accurate and I fell into unhealthy relationships because I thought “I was in love.” I am more mature now, and fully aware that “loving” someone doesn’t give a person the green light to take advantage or mistreat someone. I can recall times, where I allowed my significant other to call me out of my name, talk badly about my family, humiliate me in front of others, lie and cheat with multiple women, and endure domestic violence. I am here to say that I understand what it feels like to NOT love yourself, and allow others to walk all over you because at the moment it felt like the right thing to do. Don’t ignore the signs that are presented in front of you. Everyone isn’t as fortunate as I am, to walk away from a toxic relationship alive. It’s not worth it. Trust your gut feeling and put yourself first. You will be thankful for it. Here are some signs that your relationship may be toxic.

1) Negative energy.

2) Jealousy.

3) You can’t seem to ever do anything right.

4) Name calling.

5) Put downs.

6) Domestic violence.

7) Always walking on eggshells.

8) Lack of appreciation.

9) Lying/ Cheating.

10) Feeling isolated from loved ones.

Remember, no one is worth your peace. I know it may be hard to walk away from a relationship due to fear of starting over or whatever the case may be, BUT you will thank yourself later. Love yourself first! Put a new peep in your step, and remember that you are great and it is someone out there for everyone. So don’t give up! You never know who you may encounter, so don’t settle for less



Self Love

Let’s face it, everyone is super busy nowadays, from work, to school, family life, relationships, friendships and all the above. However, I am a firm believer that people make time for the things that are really important to them. Making time for those who choose you is vital. It shows that even though your life may be hectic and busy, you still care enough to take time out of your schedule to include them. What a beautiful thing! Evaluate your circle. Do the people in your life choose you? Are they there when you are down? Do they include themselves on those special days?(Holidays, birthdays, anniversary’s). Life is too short to chase behind those who don’t have your best interest. Love and embrace the those who have your back no matter what. You will thank yourself later! Peace. Xoxo