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My name is Jennifer K. Davis. In my opinion, I am an ordinary woman who just happens to be blessed enough to find her passion, while also having the drive and determination to pursue that passion.
Allow me to share my story with you. I was an only child, born to a single mother, with a family that told me that I could be anything that I wanted to be. I trusted them enough to believe them. Looking back on my upbringing, I can see that I was both spoiled and lonely. When friends came over to play, I never wanted them to leave; I wanted them to stay forever. I have always had powerful friendships, holding many of my friends in the same regard that many other people would hold their siblings or cousins. My friends, in my mind, were essential to my survival, and so my devotion to them led me to use all of my talents and skills to help them to succeed. I took the loss of my friendships painfully, but I was fortunate enough to find new “besties” in seemingly no time.
In 2009, one of my closest friendships was ended by my best friend at the time. I was devastated by the loss. Our friendship had lasted and thrived through pregnancies, divorces, children; we even went so far as to have matching tattoos. The loss of this close friendship threw me into a black depression, one during which I only left my bed to tend to my two children. I was overwhelmed during this time, to say the least. I had no home of my own, I had two children, I was no longer married, and I did not have a job. I came to the realization that I would have to be my own support system, and thus face life on my own. It was the feeling of despair and of loss that I felt during this time that led me to channel my pain and energy into something that would inspire and encourage—not only myself, but other women who had gone through similar trials.
Upon reflection, I concluded that one of the issues that I could identify within my life was my desire to form long-lasting friendships and bonds with other women; and my crushing disappointment when they did not come to pass. Therefore, I made the decision to create something that would help me to meet women who were smart, ambitions, driven to excel, and open to creating real and long lasting bonds of friendship. I combined my zeal for female sisterhood with my enjoyment of event planning, and I created The P.I.N.K. (Persistent Investigation for Never-Ending Knowledge) Foundation. I embarked upon a mission to create a network—indeed, a family—of women who would encourage each other, uplift each other, inspire each other, and build lasting friendships with each other.
Nothing worthy of being attained is ever easy to attain. The road to success has been a rough one, a road fraught with trials, tribulations, and tests. Yet it has been worth every inch of the struggle. I have been called higher and challenged more than I ever believed that I could be; and yet I am evolving and growing into the type of woman whom, as a little girl, I always admired, as well as aspired to be. I owe this evolution to The P.I.N.K. Foundation. The Foundation is my life now; with the only hiatus I have allowed myself being for the birth of my youngest child. However, as a single mother of three, I feel more determined than ever to bring about the change that I seek within my own life and the lives of the women that surround me. That way, I will leave something behind that my daughter can carry on, a legacy not measured in wealth of riches but in healthy relationships. P.I.N.K. is that legacy, one that will heal the souls of those who are hurting, and change the lives of women who are seeking a catalyst of change
The P.I.N.K. Foundation has many facets and many movements as we strive to remain as fresh and dynamic as the ladies within the organization. The newest campaign within the Foundation is the L.O.V.E. (Learning to show Ourselves in Virtue and Emotion) campaign. We will be taking on two of the most difficult and hot-button issues that women deal with; body image and self-esteem. Through this campaign, we seek to assist women see the beauty that lies within them, instead of the flaws that they beat themselves up with; we desire to assist them in loving themselves for whom they are and the way they are, as women created for a purpose, fearfully and wonderfully made, unique in their own skin. The face of this campaign was shown in a daring, thought-provoking, artistically-done nude photo shoot. The goal: for every woman to see how beautiful, brave, and amazing these women in the shoot are; and to know that they themselves are just like these women—beautiful, brave, and amazing. As for the rest of the campaign, it will consist of no more than five workshops per month, each covering topics such has health and wellness; fitness; and body image. Each of these workshops, then, will help the women that attend to learn how to reveal themselves for their true inner virtue, as well as embrace the fullness of their amazing emotional content.
The L.O.V.E. Campaign is not just for other women; it has always been and will always be something that I share with them. I too am one of those women who sees all of the flaws that I have. I too am one of those women who struggles with body image and with self-esteem. I too want to see myself for being beautiful, brave, and amazing. As The P.I.N.K. Foundation shows other women to see themselves for their virtue and beauty, I allow it to show it to me as well.