Alissa is a Wellness and Life Coach, Writer, Speaker and Warrior seeker.
She runs many workshops and seminars, sharing her passion through her own message and story, teaching women how to love themselves, live authentically and UNLEASH their Inner Warrior. She helps women gain the confidence they need, and encourages hope, whilst providing real-life experiences and proven tools that help bust through sabotaging thoughts and habits. Alissa believes it is every women’s birth right to be the women she is destined to be!
How did you get in to Coaching?
Basically it began from going through my own challenges throughout my life. As a kid in primary school, and early high school years, I was bullied because I was a little bit ‘chubby’. I was also a dancer from the age of three which if you have ever been a dancer, you would know how competitive the industry can be. So I grew up not really knowing who I was, with no confidence and all I wanted was to fit in. So I was constantly trying to prove myself to the world.
When I hit my late high school years, I started losing the weight and became a personal trainer, so my confidence naturally started to increase. But that wasn’t enough. I was a TV presenter on a show called Hip Hop TV, roaming around Sydney at all hours of the night and morning, with the wrong crowd at the age of 17, and could have put myself in danger many times, but again, I felt like I had so much to prove and did things even when it didn’t feel right to me.
I was holding on to so much hurt from my past bullies, I even entered myself in to the INBA and ANB fitness modelling competitions, again to prove to everyone else that I had an awesome body, and as a result I put my body through hell! Sure, I placed and did and awesome job in my very first competition, but I was missing out on life, and become so unhealthy with eating disorders and an unhealthy relationship with exercise.
It was at that point I realised something needed to change. When I met my incredible partner who I am with now, I actually helped him through his own healing journey and something shifted in me as well. I then started to realise I was always ‘that friend’ that people came to for advice, and I was good at it!
I realised helping people was something I was so passionate about. It was actually my calling and purpose in life, and I knew helping other women that are going through similar struggles to what I did, was something I wanted and needed to do and I have NEVER looked back. It is the most rewarding thing and every day I wake up so blessed to be able to do what I do.
If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
Hmm, that is a really good question! I really don’t think there is anything I would or could do differently, because I honestly believe that where you are today, is a result of the choices you have made. Every encounter and experience you go through in life I believe is something we need to go through because it leads you to where you are meant to be, and looking back, if my life didn’t happen the way it did, I wouldn’t be where I am today. If anything, I would have just had a stronger belief and confidence in myself earlier on.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be successful?
I believe there are many factors and skills involved needed to become successful, but if I had to pick my top three, I would say definitely having an undying belief in yourself, even when things don’t go to plan, consistency and persistence every day in your work, and working from your heart! Authenticity is magnetic!
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?
Haha, I always love answering this question. I actually wanted to be a professional dancer and a teacher. So much so, that I would set up a classroom at home in my room, print off papers and hand them out, write on a chalk board and pretend I was teaching a class when I was the only one in the room! haha. It is pretty ironic though considering what I have ended up doing is helping and teaching people, so I guess it was always in me.
How do you define success?
These days, the word ‘success’ means one thing to society. Working hard, having lots of money, having the perfect house, car, relationship, body etc. And I think this is because the media have done a really good job at making us believe that is what success is all about. Along with our parents (god bless them) growing up believing, that is what success means also. So that has always been ingrained in us.
But to me, if I can go to sleep at night and say I have spent quality time with my partner and family, served beautiful women doing what I love every day, and I have looked after my body and health, then I can safely say I have had a successful day.
You are incredibly fit and healthy, How do you keep in shape?
Why thank you Bianca! 🙂 Honestly, being in the health and fitness industry for about 10 years now, I know there is NO quick fix, so ladies stop looking for it.
It just comes down to eating healthy and NOT depriving yourself of the treats you love, so having them in moderation, because when we deprive ourselves of anything, we only want it more, and deprivation leaves us feeling unhappy. It is all about balance!
Then of course staying physically active every day. Even if it is only 20 minutes. You don’t need to slog it out in the gym for hours! Find something you love doing, that is the key, because then you will stick to it.
What does your average day look like?
I get up at 5:15am to train with my man, then I come home and make sure I have a big, yummy brekky. I then start my morning routine which is meditate, dry body brush and shower, share the things I am grateful for with my man and my girls, then I get straight in to my work at about 8:00am. This can be coaching clients in person in my office or over Skype.
I normally have my green juice mid morning which I look forward to every day because it makes me feel so good. It is like a shot of goodness for my body!
I then stop for lunch around 12 for half an hour, then get straight back in to my work which can be answering emails, organising events, media enquiries etc. There is always something new happening at the AB HQ and I love it!
Come the evening I will have dinner, then catch up with my partner to see how his day was. I always like to head to bed around 9:30pm, as rest is so important to me, and I will dive right in to a meditation before I nod off to sleep.
What are some of your guilty (or not so guilty) pleasures?
Haha I have both! I am a huge sucker for burgers and sweet potato chips! Grill’d burgers and chips are my favourite. And my not so guilty pleasure would probably be my daily green juice or a little bit of dark chocolate. I am only female, what girl doesn’t enjoy her chocolate right!? 😉
As a lady on an entrepreneurial journey, what fears do you have? and how do you overcome them?
Whether you are a female or male entrepreneur, to me it is no different even though to some, it may be. But I think now more then ever, the females are really starting to step up in their careers and it is really beautiful to see. We are really starting to let our light shine and so we should. The feminine power and energy is such a beautiful thing and we really need more of that grace and beauty in this world. But I guess like any entrepreneur, the fear I have would be putting my heart and soul in to something, for it to end up not working out. And it is funny, because the way I overcome this, is knowing that if I DO put my heart and soul in to something and remain true to myself, it cant not work out. If you are living and breathing your truth, you will always win.
When you’re not working, what do you do for fun that is non-work related?
I LOVE the beach! So doing the Bondi to Bronte walk is one of my favourite things to do! I love going out for breakfast/lunch/dinner/coffee with my man going to new places and on new adventures, and spending quality time with him. I also love coffee catch ups with my girls or just hanging with the fam.
If you’re willing to share with us, what’s the craziest/goofiest thing about you that only a few people know?
Haha well, I can be pretty psychic at the best of times, and it freaks people out sometimes. Something not many people know, I can write backwards, and mirror reversed, so when you hold up the writing to a mirror you can read it. I haven’t met anyone that can do this yet and my family thinks I am an alien haha! Weird, I know!
What three pieces of advice would you give to those who want to build a successful business from following their passion?
+ Stay true to yourself, always.
+ Never stop learning, make sure you are always growing and evolving.
+ Don’t ever give up, even if you want to, because normally when the shit hits the fan, that is when something magical is about to happen, so keep going because you WILL get there!
Yes, yes, yes! I am SO freaking excited about my weekly event ‘Hour Of Power’ that kicked off Monday June 15th. It was such an amazing evening and the women that came got so much out of it, they have already booked in for the next one!