Serwana Spivey is a woman that inspires me daily. While a student at Georgia State she had the opportunity to study aboard. She is an advocate of students obtaining their passports and exploring the world. A year ago she made the decision to pick up and move to Shenzhen, China to teach English. Learn more about Spivey and why she is our featured Boss Profile this week.

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Name: Serwana Spivey

Her 9 to 5: Shenzhen Education Bureau

Job Title: Foreign Teacher

Her After 5: Cityscape Decor

Daily Routine: 

Putting together a morning routine is vital for me since I am still working a job and starting a business. I usually wake up between 5:15- 5:35am, stretch, drink some warm water with lemon, and do a morning exercise routine, followed by 20 minute cool down/meditation.

Why did you start your business?

I am starting Cityscape Decor for two reasons, one I absolutely love photography, art, design, and interior decorating and the other is because it will benefit ethnic minorities in college by providing passport scholarships through the Passport Project. I have been so very fortunate to travel the world and now that I am currently living abroad in China, I’m on a mission to assist others in having life changing international experiences. So to sum it up I’ve identified social entrepreneurship as a means to close the “passport ownership gap” among ethnic minorities in the US by using proceeds from my decor business to fund these scholarships.

What challenges did you face launching your business?

The biggest startup challenge I’ve faced is figuring out how to bootstrap without looking like I’m bootstrapping. When selling a product its all about whether the company seems legit or not, especially for the newbies, when persuading someone to purchase from my ecommerce website. So simply taking the time to choose what can be sacrificed and not to have a balanced and affordable new venture is a challenge but its completely achievable.

Favorite quote:

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~ Pablo Picasso

3 Things in your purse you cannot live without:

My own pen, small notebook to jot ideas, and my lip gloss

Advice I would give to my younger self:

To the younger Spivey I would definitely say don’t be so harsh on yourself and learn to live with an attitude of gratitude. You are doing the best you can with what you have, so don’t give up and always follow your instinct.

6 word memoir: 

Entertain yourself like Trumps presidential campaign

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