Carolyn Rafaelian

Carolyn Rafaelian

Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder of the jewelry and accessory company Alex and Ani. 

“When you got in trouble and your mom had five kids to deal with, she’d pack you all up in the car and say, ‘You’re going to the factory and you’re going to work.’ We’d sit there for hours, carding earrings… I remember looking around and seeing everybody so busy, and I realized, holy God, they’re all working on my stuff. It wasn’t my dad anymore that was in charge, and they were counting on me. And that was the day I’m like, boom, boom, boom, boom. I knew what to do.”

“I do believe you can’t fly into something blind, without a plan. And if it’s not going to plan, maybe you need to stop and think. Maybe God’s trying to send you a message or get you back on course or give you a life experience that’s going to make you realize something bigger, stronger and more powerful so that you have another experience that gets you to the next level. Because that’s all life is: one big gigantic experience.” 

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