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This Week We Feature Young Professional Olivia M. Freeman

Olivia M. Freeman, 14, is a form 3 student at St George's Secondary School (SGSS) and the owner of BVI Beauties. She hails from Little Dix, East End. Photo: Provided
BVI Beauties website was created in February 2018 which is an avenue for persons to share their stories in the hopes to inspire and motivate other persons. Photo: Provided
BVI Beauties website was created in February 2018 which is an avenue for persons to share their stories in the hopes to inspire and motivate other persons. Photo: Provided
Samples of t-shirt sold by our young professional. Photo: Provided
Samples of t-shirt sold by our young professional. Photo: Provided
Sample of a BVI Beauties jacket. Photo: Provided
Sample of a BVI Beauties jacket. Photo: Provided
Supporters wearing a BVI Beauties t-shirt and jacket. Photo: Provided
Supporters wearing a BVI Beauties t-shirt and jacket. Photo: Provided
By Renee C. Williams

Our young professional this week is Olivia M. Freeman, who is considered the youngest business owner in the Virgin Islands (VI) that uses the medium of writing to inspire people in her community.

Olivia, 14, is a form 3 student at the St George's Secondary School (SGSS) and the owner of BVI Beauties. She hails from Little Dix, East End.

Ms Freeman is a member of the RAGE youth group at the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre (NTCOG) located in Baugher’s Bay.

Liking the idea of being her own boss, Olivia would one day like to further BVI Beauties into something on a larger scale. “From BVI Beauties to Caribbean Beauties to Universal Beauties.”

When asked what improvements she would like to see within the Virgin Islands, Olivia indicated that she would like to see more inclusion of the youth and for her fellow youth to have a voice in shaping the future of the Virgin Islands.

“Many in the territory don’t care for what we have to say. They leave us out of what is said to be our future. If it’s our future we should have a say. If we are the future we need to have a say. I think that when we are finally heard, everything will change for the better. This was one of the main reasons I created my website- to give those without a voice their voice,” she passionately expressed.

BVI Beauties

Our young professional created a website called BVI Beauties in February 2018 which is an avenue for persons to share their stories in the hope to inspire and motivate other persons.

Olivia creates weekly content for her Facebook page, BVI Beauties, and her blog site: bvibeauties.onuniverse.com.

“Initially I had never thought about creating a website, but it just happened. One day I was just a SGSS student and the next I had the responsibility of inspiring people and making sure that I had a story every Thursday night to post. I have now begun to sell t-shirts and jackets with my logo on them. I’d like for this small business that I’ve created to become something big in the future, not for just stories but an organisation for youths who struggle with self-esteem or broken homes,” explained Olivia.

With every business owners, there are some challenges that they experience along the way and our young professional’s biggest challenge thus far is convincing persons to share their stories publicly. 

She said, “It’s hard finding people every Thursday to share with others. But what good is my journey to success if there isn’t a struggle.”

“There’s no failure, either you succeed or learn”

Olivia firmly believes that there is no such thing as failure and this is something that our young professional has been struggling with as she once thought that everything she did was not good enough.

However, she now looks at the situation differently and believes that one can either “succeed or learn” from a mistake.

“I can never be a failure, for a failure is someone who fails themselves, not others. It’s been hard for me to learn this but as I get older and begin to think of situations differently, I’ve learnt that you either succeed or learn, there’s no failure. I’ve never like losing and still don’t but the difference is that I decide to learn from my mistakes to better myself not let them keep me down.”

Hobbies

In her spare time one can find Olivia drawing, writing poems or just letting her creative juices flow into something expressive that will, in turn, help others in the territory.

Inspiration

The development of our young people can be attributed to a few people that play a vital role in their daily lives as they become adults and our young professional has quite a few persons that have inspired her and continue to inspire her as she goes through life.

She stated that her parents, Geraldine Ritter Freeman and Edward Freeman, motives her because they work hard to make sure that she has everything that she needs and she is very grateful.

Timothy Baker is another inspiration in Olivia’s life because he always sees the brighter side of things and always manages to see the better in me when I can’t see it for myself. No matter what, he’s always been there for me when I needed him.

“I’m also inspired by a few of my male friends that have begun their journey to becoming young professionals as photographers and much more. They inspire me because they’ve given and shown me a glimpse of how bright our generation’s future is going to look,” she said.

Advice to youth

Olivia M. Freeman, in giving advice to her fellow youth, said:

“No matter what your dreams are, without permanent actions, your dreams will permanently stay dreams and not become reality. In others words, if you really want your dreams to come true you have to work for it. One of my quotes says, ‘Don’t put in the ingredients for a cookie and expect a cake’. Become who you were meant to be, not who you’re said to be.”

9 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Olivia M. Freeman”

  • BVI Beauty (18/05/2018, 11:06) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nice! Nice! Nice! A Great headstart. Also strive towards becoming our Premier one day. We need all visionaries to step up and lead as they grow into maturity. Connect with good “Mentors” while developing your circle of influence; one that comes to mind off the top, is Sharie Decastro. Vision beyond the skies. Lovely.
  • one eye (18/05/2018, 12:07) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply

    This is touching

  • former Miss World BVI (18/05/2018, 13:11) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow. Wonderful, amazing, creative, focused anyone who met you knows these are just a few words that describe you. Olivia you are an inspiration to your generation, keep it up. Please don't lose focus. lots of love XOXO
  • Inspired (18/05/2018, 13:28) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    So great to read the words and story of this inspired and inspiring young lady! What a great point she makes, that "you either succeed or learn". For those of us who struggle with the fear of failure, that is an important message. Thank you for sharing Miss Freeman's story!
  • Mary (18/05/2018, 20:19) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    She is going places big ups
  • Kishi (18/05/2018, 21:08) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I’m so proud of u liv I really am keep up with the good work I support u all the way.... xoxo
  • Uknow (19/05/2018, 09:48) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Form 3 really is the best form. Congrats again Mag; persist on!
  • ... (19/05/2018, 11:55) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am very inspired at that young age she got talent. Congratulations young Freeman
  • sam the man (20/05/2018, 13:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    so inspiring at her young age her parents must be very proud


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