We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Pitre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Girlfriends Ink started as a passion project between my mom and I, and has since grown into a business we both saw a need for. My mom and I have always shared a love for stationery and cards. As a child you could often find me at the table writing thank you cards and greeting cards for Christmas. My grandma would provide me with paper, pretty pens and instructions for addressing a card to friends and family. My mom took the same tradition and provided me with art supplies. As I grew, I found that I too enjoyed stationery, planners, desk accessories and the like.
Recently, my mom mentioned that she wanted to find a nice simple card that spoke from the heart. She said she searched but she couldn’t find what she wanted. After we talked about it, and discussed it with others, we found that this was happening more often than we thought. This is why we created Girlfriends Ink. We want you to find yourself in one of our cards, use our stationery and surround yourselves with Girlfriends just like you.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Currently, I am a working professional in addition to being a business owner. In my current position I manage and oversee a number of medical contracts, while also managing our departments medical budget. Although I have generated a certain amount of success in my current role, I do not ultimately feel it is my purpose. I am taking steps daily towards achieving my goal of working for my business full time. As a working mom of 3, it can often be a challenge to balance my business, my current profession and all of my other responsibilities. However, my prayer is that by allowing people to see that I too have challenges, they in turn would learn that their circumstances do not have to inhibit them in the pursuit of their dreams either. Everyone’s life has “stuff”. The stuff is all of the things that you feel would make the pursuit of your goal too difficult, or too hard. Whether that is being a single parent, not having support, or not knowing where to start. We can overcome those challenges through perseverance and by taking small steps in the right direction. Similar to when you climb a mountain, you cannot simply jump over the entire mountain. In order to climb a mountain you climb it one step at a time and you move strategically in order to reach the top. It has not been easy for me to climb many of the mountains that I have faced, but what I have learned is to JUST. KEEP. CLIMBING!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
OMG! I am the worst when it comes to things like this. Let’s give this a shot! Iff my best friend was here on a trip I would definitely want to take her to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Mainly because she is obsessed with nature and it’s such a beautiful and picturesque place. We would definitely have to visit the Belt line. I love the eclectic vibe and you can visit the Ponce City Market and park while there. Of course we would have to eat all the foods while she was here and take her to some of my favorites like Mary Mac’s Tea Room, The Garden Room, Breakfast at Barney’s and Two Urban Licks. Depending on when she was here we would have to find some festivals or different events to attend and just wing it and remember to have fun.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I truly believe that success can often be attributed to a culmination of the outpouring of support and guidance that you receive. It is that support that often serves to fortify you for your journey. I, without a shadow of a doubt, would not have made it to this point in my life, or business, with out the wisdom and guidance of my mother and grandmother. It was that foundation that was laid for me at a young age that helped me to weather many of life’s storms and provided me with the tools necessary to get to where I am today. It’s amazing how day to day chores and instances that I thought were mundane were often used to teach life principles and how I remember those things today. Later in life as an adult they continued to be my sounding board and a listening ear whenever new challenges came my way. Although my grandmother has transitioned to her heavenly home, I am eternally grateful for the unconditional love, support and wisdom that they gave me. They taught me to BE BOLD in the pursuit of my dreams, BE STRONG in my faith, and ultimately to BE TRUE to who I am.