You can be a wife, mother, author and business owner and be amazing at it all!!
I'm a wife and mother, from Lakeland, FL. My parents are Marcel and Hermane Joseph, who were born in Haiti. Sister to Velma, Madnick, and Massman Joseph. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications, at the University of South Florida in 2006. I'm a former kindergarten teacher. And enjoy laughing.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR AND FASHION DESIGNER?
I do not consider myself to be a fashion designer. However, I am a woman who filled a void, I felt was missing at the time. ZOE BEAUTEE™ started as a women's fashion t-shirt line. The idea came about while at work sitting at my desk, on my lunch break in 2011. I did not know of anywhere I could go, to purchase a shirt that I could identify with. Initially, ZOE BEAUTEE meant Haitian beauTEE, as in shirts, and I only had designs for women. Such as, Bèl Fanm®(beautiful woman), I ️ being Haitian, ZOE Beauty, and Mwen renmen soulye mwen (I love my shoes). However, once I launched, the men wanted to represent their pride and love for their culture as well. That's when I came up with, Bèl Moun (Beautiful People) Collection. Beauty comes from within, and that is what my brand stands for. I then added Mwen Anfóm (I look good) and ZOE PROUD (proud Haitian) for men. I received such great feedback from people all over the world. I was really honored when World Champion Boxer Andre Berto wore one of my fashion tees, for the fight between him and Floyd Mayweather in 2016, which was also Mayweather's last fight.
I decided to become an author after reading one night to our children. Looking through their home library, I realized they did not have many books, they were able to relate to. I then searched online for anything that would teach our children about their Haitian Culture. There were not many to choose from. I then started the ZOE BEAUTEE Little Reader's Collection, to create stories teaching children about the richness of the Haitian culture.
WHAT, ACCORDING TO YOU IS A FAVORITE PART OF BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Being passionate about a vision and working tirelessly to bring the vision to life. If I can think it, I can achieve it. It may take some time, but with consistency and hard work, all things are possible.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED, AND WOULD PASS ALONG TO OTHERS JUST GETTING STARTED IN YOUR FIELD?
Find your purpose and what makes you happy. Surround yourself with positive people. Not everyone will understand nor see your vision. Even when it comes to family and close friends. If they are not uplifting, and encouraging you, then it's time to distance yourself. There are times when times get tough, you may be on your last dime, and may feel like you are not getting anywhere, that is where your support system come in to encourage you to keep going. However, we have to be realistic with our goals, sometimes it's just not our calling.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR NON-WORK-RELATED ACTIVITIES?
My husband works often, so when he's off I try to spend as much time as I can with him, and our children. Other than that, my mind is constantly thinking about my business, and how I can grow.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?
What I'm currently doing. I'm a stay at home mom and businesses owner. Truly a blessing. I thank God, and my husband for making this all possible.
WHAT ARE SOME OTHER THINGS YOU HAVE GOING ON?
I'm almost done with my 2nd children's book. I'll be making a few modifications on the doll Carline, who is the main character in my series. Please stay connected on my social media platforms, I have a few surprises coming soon!!!
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
Continuing to build my brand, and travel with my family.
ADVICE FOR THE UP-AND-COMING ENTREPRENEURS AND AUTHORS?
Always believe in yourself. Also, protect your brand legally. Take all the necessary steps to have ownership on everything you create.
HOW CAN PEOPLE FIND YOU?
I'm on IG zoe_beautee, FB Zoe Beautee, Twitter Zoe Beautee, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and my website is www.zoebeautee.com
Until next time...