I like to wear my beliefs. Adorning the body with reminders that represent something meaningful is our favorite kind of fashion at The Emerald Journal. This notion of buying with your heart has been the catalyst of many brands bearing their souls. That’s sexy, and we want to be a part of it.
I am a big proponent of balance, a lifestyle I work towards every day. Each facet of our lives should be spent in this space of moderation and acceptance. Taking a non-judgmental approach to our unique journeys is one way to be balanced individuals, and Lokai bracelets are physical ornaments representing just that.
The Lokai bracelet began with Steven Izen’s personal story. He designed the bracelet based on the lessons he learned with regard to living from a place of balance. The black bead on the Lokai is filled with mud from the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and represents the trying time Izen went through when his grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The white bead on the Lokai is filled with water from Mount Everest, the highest point on earth, and represents a part of Izen’s life when he felt on top of the world.
Both beads hold special significance and serve as a reminder to stay hopeful during the low points of our lives, as well as the importance of remaining humble and feeling gratitude during the higher points. Life will inevitably bring you to both, and we’ve all most likely already experienced that. The ups and downs are the only constant and how we approach each circumstance is our ultimate teacher.
I have personally been through some pretty rough moments, as well as times I felt literally high on life. Over the years, I’ve began to take each moment in stride as change is the only constant on which we can depend. Flowing with the cosmos and being gracious and balanced led me to begin The Emerald Journal with my dear friend and partner, Cris Cernuda. This is a place where we could both share our tough lessons and crazy wonderful experiences—a truly balanced account of our lives.
Through the better times, and especially through the tough times, I keep this learned approach of balance near my heart and soul. I love looking down at the Lokai bracelet and being physically reminded to stay present, hopeful and humble at all times. #LiveLokai
Do you have a personal story on the highs and lows of the human condition? Are you rockin’ the Lokai bracelet? Share with us below!
For more information on Lokai, its story and expeditions to secure the precious materials that fill the black and white beads, visit mylokai.com.