Today we are introducing you to Anika Jackson as our BethieLife Woman Crush.This busy lady is making a difference in Houston and globally with her charitable soul and “can do” attitude. Get to know Anika better through her super interesting interview and stunning photos. Welcome, Anika!
Born in Lawrence, Kansas. Rock Chalk! Came to Houston by way of Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three beauty products would you like to have with you?
- Face wash/moisturizer
- Eyelash extensions ( and accompanying tech)
- Jentry Kelley Primer and Camoufler medium under eye concealer
As a club promoter at an early age, I wore a big mix of vintage dresses from my grandmother’s closet, Betsey Johnson and other “pretty” dresses with combat boots. I was also a huge fan of thrift shop finds for miniskirts with matching tops. I am still huge fan of mixing high/low and to this day prefer and “edgy feminine” aesthetic.
Soy Chai in the mornings.
My motto: Be Kind Whenever Possible. It Is Always Possible ~ Dalai Lama
- I love shopping locally and supporting local designers ~ David Peck, Jonathan Blake, Chloe Dao, LAUNCH, Diverscity Clothing, Abejas, Baanou, Meru Merus, Alantude and Engomichu are a few of my favorites.
- Fab Lash Boutique – Jessica is amazing!
- Blo Blow Dry Bar on Montrose – they do hair and makeup, always have a great result and you get in and out. Plus my Social Graces Social Club membership gives me a discount!
Loads of travel. Trips for volunteer leadership work to NY, LA and elsewhere; London for the Big Change Gala; Los Angeles as guest speaker at an art salon with a collector (50 years older than me) about our collections; Thailand for Christmas. Next summer, hopefully Ghana to see the orphanage and farm that my non-profit Learn Grow Lead built and support and to meet the kids in person whom we put through school, some of whom live in the orphanage.
The rate moments when I’m completely alone, I will sit on the couch with a glass of wine and watch tv. Usually my down time is spent working on a project, perusing art galleries, listening to live music, making dinner with friends or reading.
Gonzo’s Graffiti Museum. He’s the godfather of the graffiti scene and it’s the only museum of its kind in Texas.
- Union & Fifth – I love shopping for designer “bargains” and knowing the funds are also going back to charity.
- Reset – love the inspirational stories, messages and the luxurious “basics” wardrobe ideas.
- One Love Organics – love their Gardenia and Tea body serum and use it daily. Love checking out their products and seeing what I want to try or what I want to gift my friends.
- Sleep in your friend! People often wonder if I sleep. While Im often up in the middle of the night with ideas, I do make sure I get enough rest to be happy and productive the next day.
- I am a huge fan of finding out the workout that works for your body – everyone is different. Personally, I found that once I stopped focusing on cardio, that 20-30 minutes of weights a few times a week made the diffence and let me finally lose the “baby and stress” weight I had been holding on to.
- I don’t believe in fad diets or limiting yourself – eat and indulge in whatever you want – just don’t do it every dat. The 80/20 rule works well!
Music, art and books.
I used to sweat a lot more stuff than I do now – the older and more in tune with my purpose and passion I become, the less I worry about things out of my control.
I love traveling and find the most comfort in the mountains. However, I love visiting my old stomping grounds in Manhattan Beach and skateboarding on the strand with my mini-me. Internationally, however, I’m drawn to Africa, Provence and St. Barths. Love the vibrancy of Bangkok and could easily live there!
I am on my way to living my dream life – making an impact on the world by highlighting those who make a difference and doing what I can with my talent, time and treasure to make a difference. I believe the world is so interconnected that we have to support both local and international efforts in education, women’s health and anti-trafficking in order to make the biggest impact.
- Movie: This is my favorite movie of all time – 1966 French movie called King of Hearts – it takes place during WWII, when a village is about to be overtaken by the Nazi’s and is abandoned by the town folk. There is a local insane asylum and the residents of the asylum take over the town. The message at the end is, which is actually sane and which is actually insane – the outside world or the asylum?
- Book: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is what I’m currently re-reading. It’s scary to realize how slowly eroding a community’s rights can turn into something far worse – it’s a very present message in our current political climate.
- VP Strategic Partnerships, Partner in Real Beauty Real Women
- Founder/CEO, Social Graces Social Club and Philanthropic Fetes.
42 years young!
Most people think I’m pretty reserved, but around my closest friends I can be pretty quirky and funny. I can’t think of anything particularly humorous but I’ve always been a bit quirky – I was that girl who was a varsity cheerleader, had the debate win/loss record, wore combat boots and blue lipstick and didn’t care. A funny story – I once created a skirt out of a curtain from my parents basement, and a guy in one of my classes had the same curtains in his house. That was embarrassing!