We had the good fortune of connecting with Shavon Speaks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shavon, how does your business help the community?
Girl Influence is a brand and online sisterhood that was created to help women of all ages find the confidence to help find their vision and gain clarity on life and to keep them empowered.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Girl Influence was built on the vision that Confidence, Character, Integrity, and accountability serves as a keystone to improving society and building better futures for all women to be confident and to be the badass they were created to be. Growing up in a very urban community, I didn’t learn about confidence and self-love until I was well into my 20’s. One day I thought I was going to die. I could no longer feel my pain. I no longer felt the urge to cry. I no longer felt the shame. As I laid there effortlessly, I waited, and no one came. Everyone said I was pretty. I was smart, and I walked with pride. But no one could see the pain and how deep down inside I softly cried. Less confidence than the girls that I ran with back in the day. Body issues keep me in bondage. Thinking that just because I was curvier than the other girls I wasn’t pretty enough. Trying not to be just a reflection of everyone one else I became more obsessed with other people’s opinions. I was Suffocating by my own body decay, I lay. Bruised and beaten by my own thought and actions. Subconsciously beating myself up with words, thoughts, and beliefs. I was once full of life mascaraing with no self-doubt. My idea of reality was only on TV, everything was always about outer beauty thighs, hips, and booty. I used to think that affirmations were dumb and a waste of time. I didn’t totally understand them. I thought about why I would need to look at myself in the mirror and repeat phrases and saying to myself. It was a hard transition but after loads and loads of self-help books and workshops, I started to understand the value of Self Talk and Journaling. That’s what helped me transition to moving up in corporate America to running my own business as a Life Coach which now is transitioning to a brand to help women take that leap of faith, which I believe starts with the love of self and Confidence. Because self-love is like a muscle, it doesn’t get easier we just get stronger,
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?
If my best friend was coming to town, I would pick her up from the airport and head straight to Harun Coffee in Leimert Park for a nice brew and catch up conversation. After we chat I would head home to have her unpack and get changed for a night full of laughter at a comedy house because we love a good laugh. I’m a total foodie so we would close the night at Barton G which is one of my favorite restaurants. Day 2 we would spend the day at a spa-like Glen Ivy we could enjoy conversation and chill with a nice crisp wine we would definitely pour a few glasses of Black Girl Magic Wine. I’ve always been low key so a spa would be ideal for any day of the week. I don’t know how rachet this might sound but if bestie was in town we would definitely hit up the GS ” Game Sports Bar” Yep I said it. HA! If she hasn’t been to the Trap Kitchen, Taste of Universal, Red’s Flavor Table, Bayou Grille we would hit up as many as we could during her visit.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am an avid book reader and an Audible junkie. I would dedicate my Journey to all the women who are courageous and understand that perseverance is essential to build a successful life. Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts has been a big inspiration. Although I have never met her personally, I feel that she has tailored my journey to where I am today.
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