Queen of the Week (09 February 2020)

Chavonne Wilkinson Davis

Hello Queens!

I wanted to take a second to recognize another Queen. These last few days have gone by so fast and so much has been happening! So, I’m going to slow it down and recognize one of our Podcast beauties and a fellow Queen. Crowned for Success is all about empowering women to meet their highest potential. This week we are highlighting our RVP Queen Chavonne Wilkinson Davis.  She is on a mission with her movement Brown Girl Basics: promoting unity between all people regardless of the color of their skin or where they come from, using products that first spark interest, then dialogue, then appreciation and/or at the least, mutual respect for ALL.

So, lets to get to know Chavonne a little better.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Chavonne Wilkinson Davis, and I go by CW. I live in North East Florida, right outside of Jacksonville, with my husband Chris, and my 3 children-2 boys and a girl. Isaiah is 25, Elijah is 15, and Augustina just turned 3! I also have 6 fur babies-2 cats and a stray my oldest cat brought home, and 3 dogs. There’s a little bit of hippy, gypsy, and a lot rebel in me! I grew up a Navy brat, I was born #3 out of 4 girls. I love hotels, short travels, reading, and watching movies and football games in the comfort of my own home. And, I prefer apartment living over a house with a picket fence, trucks over cars, and the cold months over the hot ones!

What do you do?

I have been a stay at home mom for the majority of my adult life, and still am.  I consider myself the eternal student, as I’m always taking a class somewhere at some time, but to add to that, I have started a non-profit organization, called 1Human At A Time; a brand and a movement called Brown girl Basics, and I am a mental health advocate, blogger, speaker, and writer. I find that I am continually narrowing down my niche, thanks to the training I’ve received through Crowned 4 Success, and I am working on developing a program for women who struggle to thrive with a diagnosed mental illness. Chavonne Wilkison Davis

Why do you do what you do?

I have always had a desire to help women succeed in life. For years, I didn’t know how to help those I wanted to help. I wanted to help ALL THE WOMEN? Pregnant teenagers, single moms, stay at home moms, abused women, women who’ve been cheated on, etc. I needed help several times in my life: when I was an anxiety-ridden child, as a pregnant teenager, as a single woman with a critically injured child, as a displaced homemaker, as a married woman in a troubled marriage, as a woman who was lost in herself due to undiagnosed mental illness. When you have needed so much help, you realize there are probably others who need the same. I am passionate about finding those who need what I needed and helping them in ways I wish someone had helped me.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on getting funding for my non-profit, building the Brown girl Basics brand, advocating for mental wellness, and writing a few books!!
Brown Girls Basic LLC, created by Chavonne Wilkison Davis

When you’re working with Queens, what do you hope they take away from your interactions with them?

I hope that other Queens will know and feel that they are heard, supported, and empowered after interacting with me. I hope that they will feel compelled to not just survive, but thrive!

What is your biggest piece of advice

My biggest piece of advice is to KNOW YOURSELF.

I truly believe that the key to living your best life, and having the best quality of life, is to know yourself. Listen to your body-your body talks. It tells you what state your physical, emotional, and mental self is in. I think we tend to ignore the signals that are radiating within ourselves because we don’t want to face certain things. We override who we really are and what we want in order to look, be and do like everyone else. We should take time daily to ask ourselves, “Am I being honest with myself?”  “Am I being true to who I am, how I feel, what I think?” “How do I really want my life to look and am I doing things to create the life I really want?” “Is the life I’m living, being lived according to what I truly desire, or according to what I’ve been told my life should be lived?”

Before we wrap up is there anything else you’d like to say to the Queens before we end?

I lived my life for too many years based upon what I was told I should want for my life, and I rarely obtained the things I believed I was supposed to have. I was living according to other people’s beliefs, expectations, and dreams. And, I ended up being diagnosed with mental illness-due to several factors-but one of the factors that stands out the most to me-and this is what I believe-is that I was trying to hard to be someone I wasn’t, do things I had no desire to, and gain things I really didn’t want-and that was one of the things that sent me spiraling into depression. Trying to live up to someone else’s standard of living will literally drain the life force out of you. Years into my adulthood, I had a mental break-a psychosis-one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever experienced in my life-but it did for me what I couldn’t do for myself-it changed the way I thought about life and lived my life forever!

Chavonne, It was wonderful learning a little more about you. Please let the Queens know how to connect you with further.

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