Meet our next Alisa Michelle Brand Ambassador, Karishma Pinto. Here's her story:
My name is Karishma Pinto and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Hartford in West Hartford Connecticut! I absolutely adore Alisa Michelle jewelry!
I was never much of a jewelry fan and would often lose necklaces or never wear them because they were just too uncomfortable to me. This particular necklace was one of the deals of the week and I simply had to have it. It's a beautiful silver necklace with two plates stacked on top of one another. The first one reads "remember to..." And the second says "love yourself". I was instantly drawn to this piece of jewelry because it was exactly the kind of reminder I needed at the time. It was my freshman year of college and I was struggling with a nasty eating disorder that controlled my life. I hated the way I looked, and I was tired of being overweight so I restricted meals and whatever I ended up eating would not stay down for too long. One day I realized that my actions were out of control and that I was striving to lose weight so I could be loved and accepted by my peers. The thing is that life is not about the acceptance of others. It's about loving yourself. And when you love yourself you will truly be able to live a happy life no matter what you look like. It took me a while to figure this out, but at the time when I received my necklace, I made a conscious effort to wear it everyday. I figured that if I wore this message close to my heart that it would become ingrained in me. It is March 2015 and I have worn this necklace almost everyday since October 2013, I feel incomplete without it (they said you're never fully dressed without a smile...I say I'm never fully dressed without my necklace!) since then, I have been in recovery and have slowly learned to love and accept myself the way I am. My necklace may not be magic, but it means everything to me because it symbolizes so much and when I forget, it never fails to remind me to love myself.
If you'd like to become an Alisa Michelle Brand Ambassador, then please send a submission to firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of your Alisa Michelle piece and your story of what that piece means to you. Selected submissions will also receive a small gift as an expression of our gratitude.