We had the good fortune of connecting with Raveen Alexis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Raveen, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Your calling will crush you.” It is a recent fave. It means (to me) that my purpose isn’t just for the people; it’s for me too. It’s for me FIRST. The work I do is a reflection of my healing, evolution, and growth. And anytime that I experience an adversity, I know that it is to offer a lesson so that I can grow and then share that wisdom with community. Whatever you’ve been called to do won’t always be rainbows and sunshine; it will test you time and time again. And that is how you know. I like it because it reminds me of my own resilience. And it reminds me to be grateful for the process, comfy and not-so-comfy. None of it is for nothing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a mental & emotional wellness advocate, and that is what has gotten me where I am today. I’ve always been compassionate and empathetic, and it’s always been a goal of mine to spread positivity as much as I can. It has been my own healing experiences that have helped me dive deeper into my work. It hasn’t always been easy because I’ve never considered myself an expert on the “business” side of things, but I’ve learned that true transparency and authenticity is really the strongest foundation of any business. I’ve also learned that you don’t have to do it all alone. So many of us have different gifts and talents; it’s a beautiful thing for all of us to work together to help each other win. I’m most proud of becoming a certified yoga instructor and incorporating that into my journaling workshops. These two offerings together are definitely a unique way to guide people into their own personal healing journeys. I’d like the world to know just how powerful our minds are and what resources are available to them to cultivate healthy mental spaces through journaling, meditating, and yoga.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d take them to Tout Suite for brunch. They have the best vegan waffles and healthy juices. We’d head over to Crumbville in Third Ward for tasty treats like stuffed cups and cookies. Then we’d bring out our inner child at Emancipation Park, maybe swing on the playground and do yoga on the lawn. Then to What-a-Taco in Montrose. The BEST chicken tacos. The Flat for frozen mojitos and chill vibes. To Glossed Glam Factory for luxurious mani-pedis, and to Green Seed Vegan for smoothies and vegan tacos. We’d visit Buffalo Bayou park to walk the trails and watch the sunset. Maybe over to the Menil park for a picnic. Riding bikes through downtown and going to plant pop-ups. The tofu fries from Field of Greens for a little snack. Big Power Yoga for a powerful yoga class. The list goes onnnnn. There are so many amazing people and places in Houston.
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?
I dedicate my shoutout to my Awakenings Movement family. This is my spiritual community, and they have uplifted me in more ways than I count. They are pivotal in my decision to practice yoga, offer journaling workshops, and just my overall personal growth. Also, my family–my mother especially; they believe in everything that I do, and they support me to no end. It’s beautiful to have such an open relationship with them; it takes the pressure off sometimes. I have a great deal of friends who’ve encouraged me in various ways. Showing up to my events, supporting my endeavors, listening to me cry, uplifting me (especially in the midst of anxious episodes and mental health woes). I have a large community of friends and healers that are near and dear to me. They all know who they are. And God, whom actually deserves all of the credit in my story.
Arnea Williams of Layered Kin (first 2) Danielle Tillman of The Abstract People (second 2) Rachelle Clark of Maw Supply (last 2)