Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittney Johnson.
Hi Brittney, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I started AYOTHEBRAND, LLC with mental health in mind. “AYO” stands for Are You Ok? Just in the past two years alone, things have been tough on us all – mentally, financially, physically, etc., as the spread of Covid-19 forced millions of us into a whole new world of quarantine and isolation.
I realized a lot of people needed help or simply someone to talk to, yet there’s a stigma around mental health that makes it hard for individuals to express themselves and/or ask for help. Life has been a silent battle for a lot of people around us and half the time, you wouldn’t even know it! Realizing and understanding this, I knew something had to be done. I knew it was my calling to spread awareness and let people know it’s ok to not be ok.
I devised a plan in January 2022 and, without having ever done anything like this before, made a goal to release my plan 4 months later, on May 1, 2022, to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month. The positive impact I’ve made so far, just in these 2 months, really motivates me to keep going and keep thinking of new, innovative ways to spread awareness!
I am learning more and more each and every day and truly putting my all into this to represent everyone around the world!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road, however, I am truly thankful for the journey. This journey has even made me more cognizant of myself and others around me. Doing this all on my own, just me, is hard but I have not and will not let that stop me from making the impact I know AYOTHEBRAND, LLC is here to make.
I give all the honor to God, who is at the head of my life and my business. I wanted to give up so many times because I didn’t believe that I could handle it alone, AND work a full-time job, be a mother and a wife, and still have time for myself! Every time I had that feeling, another feeling came over me soon after and I would always see the number 444.
Once I realized I was seeing that number very often, I decided to look up what it means. I found that numerology regards 444 as an assurance that one is on the right path in life. It reminds one to stop worrying. 444 is known to be a symbol of change, truth, and personal character, so this can be seen as a response to your heart’s desires.
With all of these being said, one should be ready for a change anytime soon. I take heed to this message wholeheartedly, and am always so thankful to receive them whenever He knows I need it!
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
AYOTHEBRAND, LLC is determined to break the stigma surrounding mental health and remind everyone to check on themselves, their friends, and their family. I currently have a website, ayothebrand.com, where I sell apparel with “Are You Ok” on it. It’s been a great start to my brand.
Wherever I wear my shirts, someone always asks me if I am ok, which allows me to answer and ask in return. People always express how great of an idea it is to wear a shirt that displays the message. I’d say that’s the part that makes me most proud – when I’m able to actually hear that feedback for myself right at the moment. To know that I made that impact! It’s an overwhelming feeling!
I want readers to know that all it takes is to ask someone “Are You Ok?” You never know how this one, 3-word, the question can change someone’s life. Studies show that the mental health stigma comes from a lack of awareness and understanding which leads to feelings of shame, hopelessness, and isolation.
If we spread awareness so more people understand, it would be life-changing. So many wouldn’t feel alone or be afraid to ask for help, therapy, or a friend.
- Website: ayothebrand.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ayo_thebrand/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ayothebrand01/