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Woman of Impact: Karizma Whitcomb

Mom, Leader, District Manager

Hi! My name is Karizma. I'm 26 years old and am lucky to be the mother of an 8 year-old-son named Brayden. I started working for the tanning, beauty & wellness industry back in 2014 and have been able to get the opportunity to grow within the company. I currently am the District Manager of the Urban Sun iTAN franchise and am so blessed to be able to do what I love every single day.

Can you briefly walk us through your story to becoming the woman you are today... *

While there have been so many things that have shaped me into the woman I am today, nothing has been quite as profound as having my son. I (unexpectedly) became a mother at a very young age, I was only 17 and my whole life changed. When I found out I was pregnant I had to reframe what my future was going to look like. Being a mother has been such a blessing and has taught me so much about being adaptable and strong.

What is the most impactful experience that has shaped who you are today? *

There have been so many impactful experiences in my life of coarse the biggest impact is my son! After having my son, I knew I wanted to advance professionally so I could provide the best life for him. I had the pleasure of meeting my current business owner, Erin Naanee, a few years ago when I was managing another salon. I had fallen in love with the tanning industry and knew I wanted to learn more and eventually become a District Manager. Erin gave me that opportunity. When we first met I had no idea what an impactful role she would have on my life, but meeting her has positively changed my life in so many ways. She is such an empowering person and I am so grateful to have such an incredible mentor who has personally and professionally helped me in so many ways. When I say empowering I mean empowering, every idea I come up with she is always my #1 supporter which has made me believe in the power within myself more than I ever have. That is what has shaped me into a stronger leader.

Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? *

It has defiantly been a bumpy road but the beauty of a bumpy road is the bumps were meant to be there.  Life is always going to get bumpy.  I would say 2017 was the biggest year for me. At the time I thought it was the roughest year but now I know it was the chapter I needed in my life to create the wonderful life I have today. It was a year that caused a lot of emotion but made me stronger and even more of the person I am today. I was actually in a very toxic relationship for years. In 2017 I built the courage to ask my family for help to leave.. that year was more than leaving a toxic relationship, I felt like I "lost" so much. When I left, I only took what I could fit in my small 2004 Toyota corolla everything else my son and I left behind. It actually felt good to leave it all, as they were memories I wanted to keep in the past but that year I kept telling myself I lost.. I felt like I failed my son. I no longer was in my first home I worked hard for, instead I moved back with my parents, even If that meant I had to sleep on a couch for the next year. I knew my life needed to change, I needed to make my happiness a priority and I had to get away to raise my son to become the best young man.  I also no longer worked for the company I originally started my journey at and lost what I felt like were all my friends. Going through what felt was so much "leaving" wasn't enough I was still being taunted by my ex in the most toxic of ways which was the reason I was so afraid to leave in the first place. I may have not always made the best of decisions but I'm proud to say I made the best choice I could have possibly made for my future and I got through it all.  I am now stronger because of it and currently the happiest I have ever been with my current relationships not just with my incredible partner Danny but every person in my life currently. The relationships and friends I have gained since that time has created such a positive impact on my life. This was the turning point for me and because of that year that felt like the toughest, it was the biggest blessing in disguise!  I now know that when times feel rough it just means something really great is right around the corner. 

What's something that you're currently doing or working on that excites you or you're most proud of? *

I'm currently and always working on being the best version of me I can possibly be!! I don't think there is anything more exciting than that because there is SO much that will come with it! While some say with everything going on, "2020 is canceled" I say NO WAY, it is far from that!! 2020 has been the greatest year for me full of life-changing accomplishments! At the beginning of the year, I wrote down my goals and I versioned myself achieving them and what it would look like when I did (There is something about writing down your goals and visioning yourself achieve them that makes them become reality). As of August, I hit EVERY goal! One of my biggest goals I accomplished this year was to move into my own home again and to give my son what he calls is his "dream room". It was also time to treat myself to a new car. I hit that goal too. Every goal big and small I set this year I achieved. 2020 has been a crazy year and has thrown many curve balls into what I thought this year would look like, but my vision never changed!

How does what you're currently doing now impact you?  *

What I am currently doing now simply brings me so much happiness! Being able to grow my team into strong leaders is what I strive for! The leadership role I'm in now as a District Manager is not only fulfilling my dreams and goals but has impacted my life personally and financially and I know this is still only the beginning. I get to do what I love every day with the greatest team of leaders that look up to me! My team has such a strong impact on my determination and drive. I am currently working towards growing the company I work for as it also continues to help me personally grow! Overall what I am currently doing impacts the positive decisions I continue to make so I can be the best version of me for me, my son, and the people I love around me!

What advice would you give to fellow women trying to make an impact? *

You are in charge of your happiness and your life, make it happen for yourself and your future! Show up, be consistent, and look at every misstep as an opportunity to grow and better yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and remember to never settle! We are all queens and can make our dreams come true! We may not be able to choose the game we play but we can choose how we want to play it!

How do you create "balance" in your life with all you do? *

Finding balance in my life is something I am still navigating. I have been working closely with the leaders of my team to build them up, which has helped me be able to enjoy my free time more while also being a mom and creating fun memorable times with my son. I have found that empowering my team has allowed me to gain more balance between my work and personal life. Balance is such an important part of being successful- having boundaries and holding myself and others accountable is a must. Practicing self-love also plays a major role in my life and helps me be my best self. We have to show up for ourselves the way we show up for others. A bubble bath with my favorite Bath and Bodyworks candle "Champagne Toast" is the perfect escape for me!  

We as women have many superpowers, what is one of yours? *

My superpower is not only knowing but believing and living by "I got the POWER"! Just believing in yourself and the power you have to make an impact makes you powerful. Every decision we make, from our choices to how we respond to the circumstances of our life shapes our destiny and how our life will turn out. I have the superpower of creating my life the way I want it to be. My superpower is also my super optimism! Regardless of the circumstance, I will always be positive and encouraging to myself and to my team.  Whenever a challenge arises, I look at it as an opportunity to change the script and make something good from it.

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