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Check Out Kay Davenport’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kay Davenport. 

Hi Kay, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’m DC born and raised. Brought up by my fierce-career-driven Mama. I’m HBCU made and I’m a woman of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. I’m an educator and I’m a mother, I’m a natural-born leader. I’m a wife and I’m a girl’s girl. All of these parts of my story and identity are what helped shape and mold the woman I am today and the person I am becoming. The most common theme in my life has been strong, fierce, nurturing black women. Every stage of my life involved a black woman who helped me find my way and helped me position myself in front of the right people. Women who saw something in me I had yet to realize was even there. Women who helped nurture my talents, pray over me and speak life over me. I am forever grateful for the women who pushed me to always show up and be my best self. 

I have learned over time to take life’s hardest hits and use them as fuel towards my passions. I have always been highly confident but after giving birth to my twin daughters in 2019, I was starring in the mirror, and for the first time… I did not recognize the person looking back at me. I was very unsure of who I was and what was next for me. Quite frankly postpartum depression had me feeling so misunderstood and I began isolating myself from those I loved most. I was drowning in motherhood, returning back to work and trying to show up each day. When the pandemic hit, I got to work from home and spend a little more time finding my footing as a working mom. After a major breakdown, my husband suggested I start therapy to help me find myself again. Therapy saved me and each day, I worked on rediscovering myself. I took that rediscovery very seriously and guarded that journey. I was committed to feel better than my old self. Each day I took steps to strengthen my relationship with myself, love myself, learn more about myself and hold myself accountable. 

I started documenting this journey at the start of 2020 on Instagram. Taking efforts to feel happy, search for my confidence and I felt the best when I looked my best. So, without any intentions on becoming a “creator” or seeking “followers”, I just started recording. Months later women everywhere began joining me and following my story. They would champion me and even talk to me about their postpartum woes. I vowed to stay consistent because I loved creating. It was my thing just for me. It did not involve my kids, my job, or my spouse. No matter how tired, I showed up on my platform every day. I authentically shared my self-confidence journey not knowing I was reaching hundreds of thousands of women who identified with me. Now, I continue to use my platform to grow and connect with my audience. I have made tons of connections and even friendships just by sharing my story. My saying is “I’m not selling fashion, I’m selling confidence”. I want women to know that THEY are the luxury. Clothes are great but it’s the self-love and beautiful soul that radiates from within. The work starts from the inside and when you work on being a beautiful person inside, then anything you wear is a statement. Brands, partnerships, and follower count is not at the forefront of my mind. I want to influence women to take care of themselves, invest in themselves, and love themselves UNAPOLOGETICALLY. 

This is my story. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
We all have challenges and obstacles. They are determined before we are even born. I don’t really see much as an obstacle because we all have something in our way and it’s up to us to push through, walk in our purpose in spite of all of that. Everyone is dealt a hand and I play with the cards I have. I could name my postpartum journey as an obstacle but I rather call it a journey. I had to travel that road to get to the beautiful place I’m currently in. 

Being driven, means you choose the challenges rather than the easy path. Pursuing your passion means I opt for the more difficult road, for I know it’s the only way to greatness. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a teacher and reading coach by day and creative 24/7! 

I have been teaching the most amazing human beings in Baltimore City Schools for almost 12 years. I absolutely adore the tiny humans who look at me like I’m a superhero. I have taught grades pre-Kindergarten to 2nd grade. I work extremely hard to improve my practice, develop myself, perfect my craft, help others and show up for my students. They deserve the very best. I think what separates me from others is I have learned to be completely open to feedback and coaching to the point that I seek it from administrators. I have never waited to be developed, I never wait for someone to invest in or help grow me. I take full responsibility for my growth. Teaching has taught me so much about myself and how to handle life. It has helped me stay consistent and accountable in my own businesses. 

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I’m completely open to whatever God has in store for me. I would have never expected to be a leader in my school community and influencing thousands of women to love themselves! 

I truly want to go where I am needed the most. I believe my time in the classroom is coming to an end because I have a love for coaching and helping other educators have success in the classroom. As far as my education career goes, I am ready for educational leadership. I don’t plan to stop there because my platform is growing rapidly, I see myself taking digital creation on full time so that I can give the same time to my own children that I gave to my students for so long. Unfortunately, my entire family sacrifices a lot so that I can move up in my career and I want to be present and available for my girls as they enter school. 

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Liz Pappas
BarleyMoon Photography

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