We had the good fortune of connecting with Anne Alexis B. Alexander and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anne Alexis B., how does your business help the community?
The United States of America is in a struggle for its health. Georgia, according to pre-COVID statistics, represented the sickest state in the nation. With so many people unable to access proper healthcare we find many continuing to decline. Transitioning the way we think about health is key to becoming healthier. We have lived lives, in this country, dependant on the government for so many of our basic needs, yet we have the power, intelligence, and access to utilize preventative health care measures. Without education, many will never recognize this truth. Educating individuals about their own bodies and how to protect themselves from ailments will be key in preserving humanity. Human sustainability is directly connected to environmental sustainability. In learning about one we foster a more symbiotic relationship with the other affording us an opportunity to be our best selves and live lives of thriving.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Growing up in the Chocolate City (Washington, DC) and then moving to the south it was clear to see the racial oppression and misogynistic undertones that would attempt to stifle my growth and dull my shine. The contrast was so stark coming from a city where I felt fully supported and embraced by the community to one that wouldn’t hesitate to call me a nigger and threaten me regularly while going about my daily routine. It was very easy for me to recognized that I would be quite limited in my life if I was to stay in the south and moreover, in the US as a whole, which as we can see now has reverted socially and emotionally in many ways. I knew that I was more valuable than the limited opportunities I was being offered. I knew that I had profound power in me worth sharing and simply refused to accept anything less from myself or my life choices. I used sheer willpower and strength of consciousness to make choices that propelled me across the planet to 5 continents and 67 countries.
After graduating from UGA I went abroad to study the culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. From there I continued to hone my skills in the culinary craft globally as well as the study of food as medicine and ancient healing methods utilized by BIPOC communities. What I learned during nearly 20 years living and growing my career abroad was that I could be seen for more than the color of my skin or my gender and that life would only be what I made it but that I could not allow others indoctrinated into an ideology of fear to change the trajectory of my life.
There is very little about life that is easy, especially for black women. We struggle every moment of every day to be seen and valued as humans, not mules or mammies. That being said what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, easy is not the goal. The goal is resilience. The goal is resourcefulness. The goal is to expand and become your best self and serve humanity with your gifts. If you are not living outside of your comfort zone, you are not living. Residing outside your comfort zone is always going to be challenging because it will always include doing something new.
Along the way, I learned skills and practices worth sharing. I created my organization for just this reason. While it can be broken down into simple things like how to make your own soap, how to create a daily and monthly budget, how to homestead, nutrition, tincture making, and so on, the most powerful thing all of that encompasses is the greatest lesson. The lesson is survival. How to survive no matter what the odds or circumstances. In addition to this, the recognition that authority is something that we give other people not something that is an inherent right. I am my own authority and teaching others how to be theirs is the greatest lesson of all. Empowerment, confidence, community, love, compassion, empathy…these are the things that the people of the world taught me. They are things that are not regularly championed in American culture where people are encouraged to live in fear and take from others. Yet, this is not how things have to be. We are capable of being the change we want to see.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to the Eco Incubator oasis. I would provide them with farm-to-table cuisine infused with global ingredients and spend the time creating experiences of health and wellness utilizing my expertise in plant medicine and ancient healing techniques. I would introduce them to my strong community of loving and powerful men and women and give them an opportunity to experience something that they couldn’t anywhere else…positivity, safety, and healing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents created space for me to always be myself and follow my dreams. They were my fiercest defenders when others tried to put me in a box and they never made me feel like my choices to support my beliefs were in vain.