Charity By Design: ALEX AND ANI

My First Purchase

On Sunday, April 8, 2018, my dear friend Nykisha and I visited the National Harbor for me to photograph head shots of her for her upcoming project. After our photo shoot, we walked the Harbor looking for a cool place to eat. On our way to the restaurant, we trolled into ALEX AND ANI which is one of Nykisha’s favorite places to shop.

ALEX AND ANI is a retail store that creates meaningful, Eco-conscious jewelry and accessories to empower and connect humanity positively. They share a passion for the well-being of our planet, our communities, and our individual paths.

During Sunday’s visit, I purchased two meaningful bracelets; The Sea Turtle and The You Complete Me: Autism Puzzle Piece.

The Sea Turtle

My family knows how much I love Sea Turtles. I’ve shared before on Instagram if I had to describe my personality as one of Gods creatures it would be the Turtle. I peek my head out during times of socializing but tuck my head, arms, legs away when I want to be alone…Just like the Sea Turtle, I enjoy being alone. It is a peaceful existence for me. Turtles can thrive in the best of both worlds, on land and in water. I am creative in the same aspect. I can do anything I set my mind to do without crumbling under the weight of other peoples opinions. The Turtle is an animal in armor, that is me to the T.

You Complete Me Puzzle Piece

The You Complete Me: Autism Puzzle Piece was purchase in honor of my sons who are on The Autism Spectrum. The journey of mothering my twins isn’t easy, mainly because I want so desperately for them to have the best quality of life. I would not want in the event (God forbid) if something were to ever happen to me that my boys become statistics to an unkind society that doesn’t understand who they are and cast them away like yesterdays trash. It hurts my heart to think of such a thing happening to them….Anyway, this puzzle piece represents to me our love for one another and how at the end of the day, no matter what, we complete each other. I love my children with all of my heart. I want the best for them.

I am happy to have been introduced to ALEX AND ANI as well as share the experience with Nykisha. She understands the importance of being empowered as a woman because we share so much in common with motherhood, being a wife, being ourselves as well as professionally not to forget our pursuit of happiness. Juggling all of those things is hard, yet it doesn’t stop us from trying to do it all knowing there will be times we’ll fall short. To be the best people we can be it will take a lot of pouring goodness inside of ourselves to ensure we can flood the World with the best we have. Positive energy is transferable from person to person. Looking down at our ALEX AND ANI bracelets during a difficult time will serve as a reminder of who we are and who we are meant to be. Staying centered is a choice. Thank you Nykisha for blessing me with another great experience I can use to remain a better person. Love you girl.

Keianna Johnson

Thank You my friend.

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