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



Finding Your Tribe……

Ladies one of the major things many people don’t tell us when we are starting a business is that everyone will not be happy for you. Your most supportive strength will sometimes come from where you least expect it.

Since I’ve taken my business and building my brand seriously believe it or not my circle has gotten smaller and smaller. But guess what?, its OK with me. See what they don’t tell you is that your greatest cheerleaders will be total strangers. Some you’ll meet across your social media platforms, Starbucks, Panera Bread, and event you attended. And get this, these will be the people who go hard to push you, and they don’t know you from a can of paint. lol. I’m just keeping it real.

You must know who your tribe is. Your squad. The one who will uplift you no matter what. That girlfriend who wont just let you be depressed because you failed at something. Nope she’ll give you a swift kick in the butt and say let’s go, we have work to do.

Here’s the thing, those who you expect to be there for you wont, but its okay. God has just the right people waiting for you to expand your horizons. Make the sacrifice and go to that event with all those Billionaire women. So, what you barely have an outfit to wear, figure something out and get there. Most times God already has it set up as to who you’re gonna sit next to and who’s gonna treat you to lunch. Right, they have no idea you only have $5 dollars in your checking account, or that its negative right now.

I’m sure I’m all in someone’s business, but its okay. We all go through. Find your tribe. This is group will be one of them. This is a supportive team who will push you until the wheels fall off. But just keep smiling. I hope I helped someone today
Have an amazing, productive day ladies.

The Beautiful Boss
Tiffany A Green




The Beautiful Boss Magazine Blog

Contrary to what most inexperienced and new business owners think, there is a way to marketing yourself on a zero budget. Like many people say, Google is your best friend. Search the internet there is so much information you haven’t seen yet. One simple thing can help you market with no funds and that is the art of being consistent. If you have a social media platform. that in itself is a free form of marketing, but inconsistency can destroy your chances of growing your audience. Isn’t that why you are marketing? Lets really think about this. I’m going to list a few options that require zero budget to start. 

  1. Use social media to your advantage. Stop spending time scrolling up and down your timeline for hours that could have went towards marketing your brand, business, or your book.
  2. Stay consistent in posting your message, business announcements, events, etc.
  3. Don’t procrastinate getting your message out to the world because of little or no budget. You would be surprised how many people wait until everything is perfectly in place to start building and creating and launching.  
  4. Use #hashtags. Yes, they do work. Using popular and seasoned hashtags help your posts reach those who are searching for the relevant content. Start creating your own hashtags to establish your presence online and in the search engine. On Facebook and Instagram your hashtag can be searched to find past posts that you’ve created. Try it, it works.
  5. Email Marketing. This is the ultimate tool that many look over. Yes email has been around for years but is now more popular than ever. Believe it or not email is the one dependable way to always connect with your audience regardless of what ups and downs happen in social media. That means building an email list is crucial. An email list should be #1 on your list especially if you have a zero budget.
  6. Always carry business cards with you. From the grocery store to the doctor’s office or just a stroll in the park can lead to a potential client connecting with you, your services or products.
  7. Design a nice professional email signature. Email signature looks real good anytime to send out and email. A professional presence is always key.
  8. Attending free events with business cards in hand. You can search local online event marketing sites to find out what current events are happening in your area.
  9. Be a guest speaker. This is a great way to meet new people, get your message out, and possibly sell your books or products at the event. As a speaker an organization can offer you a payment for your time to come speak or a vendor table to display who you are and what you do. The speaking opportunity gives strangers a chance to get to know who you are and why they should connect with you.
  10. Learn to how to write your own press release. Google it.

These tips should well prepare you to be on your way to marketing anything you are doing without a budget. This post is in no way saying you won’t at some point need paid advertisement but its more than enough to get you started.

Entrepreneur + Blogger

Tiffany A. Green




While night owls are not as productive early in the day, they may be able to accomplish a ton later in the afternoon. Meanwhile, early birds can burn through paperwork bright and early, but tend to slow down as the day draws on. “Doing what works for you doesn’t mean doing what you want, when you want,” says Spall ( “When we figure out when we’re most productive, we’re on the road to improving the quality (and quantity) of our output.” Be aware of when you have the most energy and take advantage of that time. If you’re a morning person, you may want to frontload more of your to-do list early in the day so you don’t have as much to do when you’re losing energy.