We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
After I learned about The Be Do Have Model from my life coach, I began to focus on what I want my life to look like spiritually, mentally, emotionally, financially, and socially. The model is simple and of course, easier said then done. In order to have what you want, you have to do what needs to be done. In order to do what needs to be done, you have to be the person who does those things and vice versa. The most important part, being DO. So for me, I feel most happy when I’m engaging in activities that serve my best self. That includes learning something new, trying new things, strengthening my family unit, visiting new places, positive social interactions, reading, working on my research, lighting a candle after a long day, getting my nails done, and much more. Anything I can do that gets me closer to who I want to be, I’m going to do and through practice, I become a better person everyday and have so much to be grateful for. That’s where my happiness lies
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The Righteous Tone was created to give women statement earrings that are affordable and real. As a Black woman in the white male dominated field of psychology, it’s important for me to emphasize wearing earrings that highlight individual personality doesn’t mean ratchet or unprofessional. A lot of times we are told to tone down our personalities to meet the expectations and comfort level of others. However, as for THIS HOUSE…. we do what we want with pride and value. The Righteous Tone’s handcrafted jewelry is dedicated to the richest browns to the brightest hues represented in the human race, because that is just what we are, rich and bright. My hope is that these statement pieces makes women feel beautiful, confident, and loving. I would say that I’m most proud of the response from women when they receive and wear their earrings. To see not only people interested in your work, but the enthusiasm and encouragement from these ladies around the world is overwhelming. I can be my biggest critic sometimes, which has been one of my biggest challenges in this. I was second guessing everything, even the name of the brand, so I was looking to people for answers on what was acceptable and not. Once I allowed myself to step into my creative space and take risks, everything just came to life after that. The biggest thing I’ve learned so far was to trust myself and remember who and why I am doing this. Everything you need is within you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I’m not from Atlanta. However, as a Tuskegee graduate, I have spent some time in Atlanta and definitely found some things that I enjoy about the city. Apache Cafe has great vibes, music, and poetry nights, Slutty Vegan goes ham on the veggie burger, and Centennial Park offers great scenery and walking paths. I have always wanted to go to the Coca Cola factory, which I need to add on my next visit.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It truly has taken a village. My parents, first hand did a phenomenal job at modeling hard work and determination. My dad would get up every morning and take a 2 hour commute to work everyday without ever complaining. I watched my mom get encumbered with reports as a social worker while earning her masters degree with three kids. My older brother, Jimmie is so dope. He is the embodiment of no fear. He taught me the value of taking risks and always betting on yourself. My younger brother, Nathaniel is such a dreamer and he sets goals and smashes them every single time. Don’t let me get started on my mentors! First, Luz, who literally met me on her 18 birthday and first day working at my after school daycare in elementary. She then worked at my middle school, and one day popped up at my local boys and girls club. She was literally the God sent angle that held me down through all my important developmental stages during my youth. She has such an authentic heart, and helped me learn empathy and compassion for others. My advisor Dr. Talley taught me how to be a scholar and how to work smart AND hard. I don’t know if I would be coming out of graduate school with so many skills if it wasn’t for her. Knowing that there is something to learn in every single situation and interaction is something I can’t help but to attribute to her. My life coach MiMi @mimithemotivator is absolutely amazing. She is the main reason I had the courage to start The Righteous Tone. By encouraging me to explore different hobbies and interests, The Righteous Tone was created. The greatest gift she gave me, however, was to constantly remind myself to let go of expectations and outcomes. Instead conduct situations and relationships with healthy boundaries. Due to that, I’m always reflecting on who I am, what I want, what I’m willing to/not do in situations. My cousin Charmaine @charshun_botique put in so much work by creating all of my packaging elements. She really elevated The Righteous Tone with her craftsmanship. Lastly, my best friend and line sister, Tia has been by my side from start to finish by helping me come up with ideas, offering perspective on things I may have not thought of, and increasing The Righteous Tone’s reach in marketing. She has truly been a blessing!
Kayla Orpiano @exquisite_kay.photography