The Stories We Wear

We All Have A Story To Learn From, To Grow From, To Celebrate, And To Share.

In designing our products, we often use our own personal stories to inspire our powerful messages in hopes to encourage others.

We now are starting this series, "The Stories We Wear" to create spaces for us all to share our stories,
inspire others, and empower us all to live a good life. We, at Akpesiri, have come together to share some
of our own inspiring stories below. Check them out and add yours to the list!

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Closing My Center

Having faith in the middle midst of a battle or storm has been difficult for me. Closing my learning center last year was a moment I had more fear than faith at times but when I look back over my life, I take solace in the fact that, God has never left me and has always provided.

Gateway to Freedom

Accepting that I am “not perfect but worth it” has been my gateway to freedom. For years I wrapped my self esteem around an image of perfection and performance to ensure I was accepted by God and the people around me. I was a slave to finding affirmation in what I did instead of resting in who God says I am - flaws and all. Experiencing the love of God on an intimate level helped me find the courage to walk away from striving to perfection and opened me up to the beauty of authenticity. My flaws and my strengths are beautifully intertwined to connect to God and what he uses to inspire others. When I wear my hat or my sweatshirt with this inspirational quote I am gently reminded of what I use to be and overjoyed about what I’ve overcome.

Unrealistic Expectations

Looking back at my life, there have been many times where I’ve tried to live up to unrealistic standards. Social media and celebrities that only showed snapshots and highlight reels of their lives caused me to put undue pressure on myself. After seeing how consumed I was with comparing myself to others, where they were in life and why good things seemed to only happen to them, I decided to get off all social media in 2016. It was hard to do at first but I released myself from the constant torment of checking my phone and scrolling pages for hours on end. I realized that I was right where I needed to be, doing exactly what I needed to do and being blessed just as God saw fit. I rejoined a couple of social media sites in 2019- setting boundaries for myself and using it sparingly.

Love Story

Most people are familiar with me and Greg's love story that was shown on tv but after the cameras left, we had to adjust to our new reality. We devoted time & effort into making our relationship work. There's a stigma associated in the black community about going to therapy but we knew that it was going to be beneficial for us. We learned out new normal as a married couple- continuing to learn one another, balancing work, & newfound fame. It wasn't always easy but it was worth it. Everyday we discover new and interesting things that allows us to fall deeper in love.

Momma Bear

I birthed 3 children our 1st born was stricken with osteo sarcoma at 17yrs old and passed away 🙏😔The last thing he said to encourage me❤️was I could be someone else’s mommy because I was a great mommy. 10 yrs later my husband and I picked up twin girls from the hospital that were born at 30weeks with a lot of health issues # faith and trust in God. Today they are 21 years old and in college. I am sitting in a hospital room with the first born after having 2 brain surgeries this week due to hydrocephalus. Love will take you right back to the very thing that tried to break you and make you stand tall. I was born to be momma bear 🐻 Love Faith Trust Perseverance. As a child of God we win 🙌🏽no matter what ⭕️ The Turners

Strong, Stronger, Strongest

Being a wife, mom, and now entrepreneur has not been an easy road. I've had to balance the life changes with major losses and the constant effort it's taken not to lose my mind through the hardships. In the midst of all of the challenges and lessons that have come along, my "strong, stronger, strongest" tee reminds that I can do anything with with strength God gave me, the people He's connected me with, and resources He places in front of me.

Embracing My Flaws

Loving yourself is one of the most important things you can do in life. If you don't love yourself, how can you receive and give genuine love? I struggled with that when I was younger- focusing too much on my imperfections & not embracing them & loving who I am. To be honest, I still struggle with it. One of the many reasons why I created this shirt, Not Perfect but Worth It. A constant reminder to myself and others.

Yes & Amen

First thank you both for offering a brand which is close to my heart I will definitely continue to support. Yes & Amen is me. My faith is not just who I am but how I live in this world. I am believing in Your promises Lord.

Unfinished Business

Over the years, as I've experienced ebbs and flows in my faith journey, God has always brought me back to him while strengthening my understanding of Him. As I reflect on the many trials and temptations I've experienced in life, I'm always encouraged by God's steadfast love He has for me. I see my faith as a journey, work that's yet to be completed. Sometimes I feel hesitant, fearful, and scared of the unknowns in life. In those times, God reminds me of His Truth, His Strength, and His Power. I do not know what the future holds but I know that God will continue to guide me in it!

Finding The Light

My faith has always been a huge part of my life because, at a young age, my dad went through the battle of his life and he's still here today to share his story. His testimony and journey are true testaments that we serve a mighty God. My dad experienced some uphill battles with his health in the past but he always stood tall on God's healing word. Our family prayed and relied heavily on our faith to get us through those times. Each day we share is nothing but God's mercy and grace because we were told that my dad wasn't going to make it but God had other plans. I could have been sad and depressed with the situation that we were going through but instead we chose to find the light.

Finding the Intersection of Perfection & Authenticity

Finishing up college, starting in on my “dream career”, and trying to climb that cooperate ladder… seemingly pursuing everything that the world tells us is successful. From the outside, all of these things are great and are great ambitions. From the inside, these things can make us lose sight of who we are and what is most important to us. Now being 6 years post my college days and taking a step back from corporate America, I’m re-discovering my passions in life, the values I strive to live by, and reimagining my future career. Yes, I want to be successful and perfect at whatever I set out to accomplish but, more than that, I value the importance of being my authentic self. If the results turn out to be “imperfect”, I now see it as a success, because I know that I’m pursuing my authentic purpose.

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