Whew ! Where do I start…Well as most of you may already know, I am an only child of a kick ass mom ! My childhood had so many ups and downs, and I experienced many things, that at times I thought were bad. As I got older, all of the struggles my single mother went through having me at 14 showed me that no matter what life throws at you, there is always a way to fight it , and beat it. Growing up, I used to want to be a lawyer, funny right ? Or maybe not, considering I always liked to prove my point when mom told me “no”.

When I was about 15 I started teaching myself how to build websites. Shoutout to Myspace, I was forced to learn HTML to make sure MY page had the coolest graphics and effects. As the years went on, I always knew I was creative and loved anything visual, from photography to interior design, and fashion. I had, okay not had, I have this obsession with luxury brands, and their art aka products and just the overall concept of how they are created and the vision behind them.

From the age of 15 and on I worked in Corporate America. I soon began an early career in the staffing industry. Definitely not my dream job and had nothing to do with what I loved to do. I had ignored what I enjoyed to do because my brain was so programmed that being successful means you can not LOVE what you do. I had this constant longing for something more in my life; I just knew deep down inside there was more to life. I often found myself asking “ What am I here for? What am I supposed to be doing.” That’s such a scary question that most of us do not know the answer to. I always stressed about my age, my relationship status, my finances, and basically “what the HELL am I even doing?” I started to realize that all the websites and fun little graphics that I would make for my friends was something that I not only loved, but was pretty good at.

One day I received a message from someone very special to me. That person is Izu. Izu found my social media page and saw that I did some creative content for myself and advertised that I did web design. We quickly set up a meeting and realized that we both CLICKED. We came up with the idea to create our company RICHES & SAINT. An online digital marketing agency. We didn’t expect much to come from it, we kind of just ran with it until we realized we were on to something. We soon also realized we didn’t just meet by coincidence, this was definitely a GOD thing.

Izu and I wanted Riches and Saint to not just be a place where we would hire creatives to do this amazing work but for them to think of it as a home. We want them to learn what their “why” is in life and help them reach that purpose. I had struggled with this my whole life. After leading a team alongside Izu, I soon realized my passion was not only design, but mentoring and helping young creatives with all of the issues I struggled with. Being a young entrepreneur/business owner is definitely not easy. I certainly do not have it all figured out, but one thing I do know is that we all start somewhere. My journey has a beautiful story that you will hear a lot more of on my Youtube series @TalkRiches.

Talk Riches is a spin off of Riches and Saint where I can sit side by side with my hero, the person who taught me everything I know and helps so many others, my mom. Our series will include me bringing in my business partners, team, and also people with amazing stories and advice to share with you. This project is so close to my heart and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

XOXO,
Lola

Proverbs 8:18-21

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