Black Girl In Om—Alex Elle: Writer, Mama, Maker

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX ELLE

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX ELLE

Posted by Lauren Ash

I have been super excited to kick off a new series on our site: Black Girl In Om Features. Simply put, through this series Zakkiyyah and I will be spotlighting women of color who cultivate wellness and self-care in unique and important ways and who inspire other women of color to do the same. When Zakkiyyah and I traveled to D.C. in early September, we partnered with Alex Elle for Black Girl In Om Happy Hour: Creative Self-Love. Hosted at Jrink Juicery, this was a powerful Friday evening that illuminated the magic of sisterhood, beauty in vulnerability, and importance of empathy and connection. Since then, I've been eager to feature Alex on our site: her openness about her journeys as a mother, maker, yogi, and woman of color inspire me. Additionally, her line of plant powered skin care, Balm & Co., which she founded with her daughter, demonstrates her mindfulness about how what we put on our skin matters. So here we are. Launching our new monthly series with Alex Elle! Enjoy and be sure to follow Alex Elle on Instagram @Alex_Elle and Twitter @AIsForAlex and check out her beautiful blog for more wellness inspiration.

What does Black Girl In Om mean to you?

Peace, love of self, mindfulness, sisterhood, emotional flexibility, self-care.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX ELLE

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX ELLE

How do you identify with Black Girl In Om's mission?

BGIO has paved the way for women of color to feel safe + comfortable in their own skin. As a writer, I strive to do the same with my words. Promoting self-care, self-love and overall wellness is needed in this world. It’s lovely to witness the BGIO movement because I can see myself through it.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX ELLE

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX ELLE

What are your self-care and self-love practices?

Journaling, meditation, reading + yoga all play a part in my practice of honoring my life walk and journey. I give myself those gifts to say thank you.

What's one ritual you recommend more women of color adopt to cultivate inner beauty and wellness?

Leave love notes to yourself. Put sweet sticky notes all over and reach for them when you need to be brought back to your place of peace. Reminding your heart that you are worthy of all things good is essential in self-preservation.

What's one wellness product you can't live without?

Activated Charcoal. It’s pretty epic!