We had the good fortune of connecting with Tonja L Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tonja L, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was to leave a legacy.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a teacher by trade and a teacher by calling. I have been a certified public school teacher for over 25 years and an ordained minister of the gospel for over 23 years. I am T. Lyn of T. Lyn Compositions, LLC. I teach young women of color to see God as father as a way to heal from their feelings of rejection and issues of abandonment because they did not have a father in their lives. I do this through providing a safe space for the young women to be transparent and vulnerable to tell their truths and their stories. I believe when you get to the story, that’s when the true healing begins. This has become my life’s work. I am also the founder of a non-profit organization called The Daughter’s Place, Inc.. My daughter, Ashley, and I operate this organization based on the mandate to “wake the sleeping army” which also focuses on young women of color. We provide teaching, training, and activities that will put on their “helmets” of knowledge to expose the negative messages they have believed about themselves and awake them to who they truly are in God as a daughter of the Sovereign God created to walk in confidence and value. My life’s work and non-profit was birthed out of my story, which is coming out in book form this coming April 2021. The title is BECOMING DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL: OVERCOMING REJECTION, RELEASING ABANDONMENT AND GROWING CLOSER TO GOD. This book presents the process and steps to healing from issues of abandonment and rejection by seeing God as Father. Its transformational process has been proven by my own past experiences and transformation out of feelings of abandonment and rejection. What qualifies me to be the authority in this book? I lived and breathed it. For years, I blamed my father’s leaving, when I was around nine, for the reason the molestation, verbal and emotional abuse happened to me. I thought if I were Daddy’s Little Girl like what I had seen on TV, no way these people would have been able to do that to me. No way these things would have happened to me because my Daddy wouldn’t have allowed it. He would have protected me. I thought his absence was the fault. When I went on to earn my bachelor’s degree, get married and become a mother, I thought I had overcome the effects of those childhood, teenage and adult challenges. My bucket list was almost complete. The final thing I had to do to feel I had overcome was make sure I secured my place in Heaven. No way I was going to be ok with burning in Hell forever. So, I set out to get in good with God. First, I got very serious about my reason for going to church. I grew up in church but church was a negotiation tool. I went because if we didn’t go, my mom would not let us go to the skating rink that Sunday night. The skating rink was the place to be on Sunday nights. All the kids, high school and Jr. high, from the surrounding areas of the various cities would hang out at the skating rink on Sunday nights. If you weren’t there, you were an L-7 square. This time church for me had to be different. It had to be real. I chose a church and there my transformation process began. God showed Himself to be real. Then He showed Himself to be Father. Then through the love He continually poured upon me, I came to see God as “Daddy”. When that happened, it was a game changer in my life. Seeing God as Daddy meant that I was a Daddy’s Little Girl. When I embraced my position as a Daddy’s Little Girl, I walked in confidence. I began to love the person looking back at me in the mirror. I began to dream of doing things I never considered before. It was a game changer. So, now, my mission in life is to give other young women the opportunity to experience that same transformation. That is the reason for T. Lyn Compositions and The Daughter’s Place, Inc. When I leave this Earth, I want it to be known that I gave some young lady, hopefully many, many young ladies, hope and options.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting for a week- long trip, first of all, my friend would know that I was a bit of a home-body. So, most of my itinerary would be activities I have created to have fun and family time at home with all the fixings they like to eat. However, now that I am more health conscious about my eating choices, I love exposing my visitors to The Slutty Vegan. Cheddars is a wonderful cozy place that I like to dine at. On occasions, I venture to Buckhead to a Tai restaurant to feast on sushi. They made a liar out of me. My proclamation was that I did not eat sushi. But when dining there with a close family, I was offered to taste the order on the plate. I fell in love with it. At least, I fell in love with that particular order of it. I will not take a chance on any other order of sushi. The Pandemic has halted a lot of my desire to venture out and try new places and travel. So, I don’t have much to offer in this area of question.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
At the risk of sounding cliché’, I would like to thank God of course. I mean without Him, none of what I am today would be in effect. I would like to shout out my daughter, Ashley D. Davis, of Chaste By Choice, LLC. Her unwavering faithfulness makes my responsibilities doable on a daily basis.
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