We had the good fortune of connecting with Coach Sapphire Starr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Coach Sapphire, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle
The habits that have helped me achieve success in business and life are
Consistency, Determination, Audacity, and Hope!
As early as 8 years old, I knew I was going to be “successful” in life. I did not know how, but I had this gut feeling there was more to this world than the poverty I witness all around me. The funny thing is I had no idea we lacked until I became an adult. But ignorance in that sense was bliss. I had hope and I held on to it as if my life depended on it. Some may not view hope as a habit but I believe success is a mindset. In order to be successful, you must believe you can achieve it. Hope was shaping my mindset that I can accomplish my heart’s desire. That hope manifested into consistency. I realized in order to get what I’d hope for, I had to create and execute a strategy to make it happen. I also realized it was the small victories in my journey that would ultimately define my appreciation for success in order to continue once I’d ‘”arrived”.
Hope and consistency weren’t enough if I didn’t practice determination. I had to have the will to continue when hope felt lost and I physically didn’t want to continue. It was determination that got me through high school when I was told I would never graduate when I became a mom at 14. It was the determination that got me through college all while working 2 jobs and taking care of my daughter as a single mom. It was the determination that allowed me to pay off $30k debt, fire my boss, start a new business, and travel the world. Determination reignited hope and gave me the will to continue to succeed. Lastly, none of this would be complete without the Audacity to look adversity In the face and declare victory over my life!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Organize Kaos began as a blog in 2008 as a way to share my financial freedom and travel journey with friends and family. Recently divorced and living paycheck to paycheck I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. As I worked 60-80 hr work weeks as a clinical lab scientist to pay off debt, I found myself helping others to do the same. It wasn’t until the pandemic that I decided to take my side hustle seriously and incorporate Organize Kaos Enterprise LLC. This desire was fueled by some disturbing facts I’d learned about the inequity wealth gap in America. I stumbled on a Survey of Consumer Finances data showed that the median wealth for single women was $3,210 while the median wealth for single men was $10,150. Single women held only 32 cents of wealth for every dollar of wealth owned by a single man.
There is a greater gender wealth inequality when looking across individual racial lines. The median wealth of White single women was $15,640. Yet, the median wealth for single Black women and Latina women was $200 and $100 respectively, about one cent for every dollar of White women’s wealth. On the other hand, while White men’s wealth was $28,900; Latino men’s wealth was $950 and Black men’s wealth was $300, about three cents and one cent on every dollar of White men’s wealth, respectively.
The idea of starting a business and self-publishing a personal finance book to launch the new business was terrifying, but I was determined! I decided my passion to help others organize their finances to create financial freedom and generational wealth far exceeded my fears to start!
Our Mission-To bridge the inequality wealth gap among women and people of color and to empower generational wealth through financial literacy. To provide resources and coaching to foster opportunities that enhances financial literacy, education, and empowerment. My hope for us is that through increased financial literary, we transition from surviving to thriving!
I moved to Hawaii during the pandemic and it was during this time I simultaneously wrote my book Live Freely: Freedom to Work Whenever, Wherever and start Organize Kaos Enterprise LLC. This was no easy feat but the habits I discussed earlier-Consistency, Determination, Audacity, and Hope got me through. Through this journey, I learned to believe in myself, and never give up on my vision to leave a legacy for my daughter and granddaughter.
I want the world to know that through life’s difficulties lies opportunity. -Albert Einstien.
I wrote this quote on my high school graduation invites and carry it everywhere I go!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I don’t go out much but I love nature! The first day we would go hike Kennesaw mountain and grab a smoothie. We would later have dinner at my favorite restaurant Capers in Kennesaw. Day 2 -Visit High Museum, take a walk around Piedmont park, and later eat at Flying Biscuit
Day 3- Park and ride Marta and go explore all downtown has to offer. Jump on the trolley and visit Centennial Park
Day 4- Hang out and go shopping in one of my favorite neighborhoods Little Five Points
Day 5- Drive up to Amicalola Falls and hike the steps
Day6- Fesitval at a park or catch a concert or show
Day 7-Brunch at Barneys
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I self-published a book called Live Freely: Freedom to Work Whenever, Wherever. It’s more than just a personal finance book, It’s a book about hope and triumph over life’s adversities. Live Freely is a lifestyle and it’s the epitome of what it is to walk on your truth and your life and not allow your past decisions to dictate your destiny.
My mom is the true essence of what it means to live freely. I am who I am because she lives her life unapologetically. She’s smart, energetic, compassionate, an entrepreneur, and an all-around renaissance woman!