We had the good fortune of connecting with Mari’yam Arielee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mari’yam, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“I’ll find a way or make one!”
This is the epitome of my cadence. This resonates so deeply with me because it is a testament to my resilience and the relentlessness I have in ensuring my business is successful. My Grandmother used to tell me, “The worst thing someone can say to you is ‘No’ & that’s if you accept it!” I think it is important to always go after what you want in life and never stop at a ‘No’. How can you turn a ‘No’ into a yes. Typically, what I have found is that for every 3 ‘no’s’ comes a ‘YES’; you just have to be diligent in your quest and not let a ‘no’ defeat you. If you knock on a few doors that results in you being shut out, then I challenge you to make you own way! Build your own door or come with a Ram like a Swat team and break that door down.
This affirmation gives me the power to change my negative thought patterns and shape them into positive thoughts. It also helps me to stay motivated and drives me to achieve every goal that I have set forth for myself and my business. Lastly, it brings me creative clarity and allows me to think of different ways to refocus and ideas on bring more awareness to my brand and mission.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
From as early as I can recall, I have always been obsessed with style. As a child, it was an absolute requirement for me to have a fully revamped wardrobe at the beginning of every school year. I always felt like the growth I had done needed to be reflected in my appearance. As I matriculated through Howard University I carried that same cadence. I was known as someone who was very stylish. I would stunt up Howard’s hilltop displaying my best garments.
One day I posted my outfit on Instagram and one of my cousins called me and said, “Cousin you are FOREVER FRESH!” From that moment those words resonated with me and became my motto. I then came up with the idea to start a unisex streetwear brand that I would call FREVERFRSH™. I knew that I was put on this earth to affect and/or change it! During my studies at Howard University, a Professor of mine said, “Perception is reality!” At the time I rejected that notion and did not understand what he was saying to me. It wasn’t until I graduated that I truly understood what that meant. Perception being reality, is the way in which others perceive you as their reality. I said to myself, “this is within our control!” As individuals we have the power to control our own narrative and define our own perception as reality. That cathartic realization became my mission. My brand became about helping people to define their perception and make it reality! Furthermore, in the grand scheme of things FREVERFRSH™ goal is to cultivate a healthy mindset.
I have realized that the world in which we live in, is in desperate need of improving mental health. The disregard that is so prevalent for mental wellness is a disadvantage to our society as a whole. In addition to that, social media is also aiding in the decline of mental wellness. Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. Mental health is directly linked to emotional, psychological, and social well-being. The need for a shift to happen around nurturing mental health is essential and is FREVERFRSH™ main value that we are committed to cultivating.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m new to Houston myself, so I haven’t quite had the time to explore the way I plan to. We would visit every museum as it houses rich history and culture. I would research Houston’s local economic market and patronize as many local business with initiatives that resonate with me. I would also travel to at least two close towns in search for authentic Mexican food, no Tex Mex.
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?
My brother, Ashton Berot, who is studying to be a pilot gave me a book called, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” That book has been pivotal in the nurturing of my mindset and allowing me to gain perspective I was never able to see before. Within the first few pages the book states, “We are creatures of emotion and not logic…” That simple verbiage allowed me to gain so much clarity about the world in which we live in, the people and what drives them, and the direct lesson for me to know that it is important to operate with logic before emotions as your emotions may led you astray.
I am so grateful that he gave me that book and made me read it as it has completely reshaped the way in which I think and allows me to evaluate if I am being emotional versus logical. Even though my brother is younger than me I am inspired by his mind and how well poised he is at such a young age. His constant positivity and unbreakable gentle temperament makes me strive to be more like him each day.
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