Name: Alisha Byrd
When did you launch your business/blog?
I launched The Alisha Nicole in June of 2013.
What inspired you to pursue your dreams and begin creating the life you want?
I was always the girl who moved from job to job. Not because I was lazy or because I was just a terrible employee but because I always felt like I was meant for more. So every job I tried just never sat right with me. In between jobs I had began to make and sell jewelry and was fascinated about becoming my own boss. It wasn't until I almost had a full-on nervous breakdown at my last position that I decided that I wasn't going to continue living someone else's life but to create a life of my own. I put in my two weeks noticed and began living for me.
How does your business line up with your purpose in life?
I'm a firm believer that it is possible to make a living doing something that you are genuinely passionate about. Whether that is starting your own business or simply applying for a new position. For me, I personally know how hard it was to silence the noise around me and actually make that first effort to making it happen. My purpose now is to educate other women and to help them get started on their journey to living a passionate life.
What do you enjoy most about living life on your own terms?
It has to be being able to wake up every morning with excitement because I get to do something that I love! At my last job I literally cried as I was getting dressed every morning so it is a blessing to be able to look forward to the next day!
Describe an a-ha moment.
My most recent a-ha moment would have to be when it comes to my personal brand. I realized that I was just doing the minimum when it came to creating helpful content and that I needed to shift my mindset from thinking that I was "just a blogger." I think a lot of us tend to put ourselves into a box and then get comfortable in that place. Sometimes it takes taking a step back to really give you the push you need to expand!
What has been your biggest challenge as a blogger or business owner?
I am an EXTREME introvert and can be seriously socially awkward at times. This has caused me to decline a few opportunities that required me to speak in front of large groups or just mingle with people that I don’t know. Recently though I have vowed to put myself in situations that forces me out of my comfort zone as a solution to this problem.
What keeps you motivated on days when you feel overwhelmed?
The fear of having to go back to working a job like my last one is what keeps me motivated the most! That was seriously one of the most miserable times of my life so just the thought of having to return back to that motivates me to push through the overwhelm. I also try to keep in mind that my current overwhelm and stress will all pay off when I accomplish my ultimate goal!
What’s one thing that you makes you stand out from your peers?
I'd say it's the fact that I am very personable when it comes to how I interact with my audience. I have shared so many major parts of my life with them, both good and bad so I believe a lot of them look at me as if I'm a friend. Which in return makes it easier for them to trust me and what I do.
What’s your biggest fear? And how do you overcome your fears?
Being in this exact same place next year. I am truly happy with how my life is at this moment but there is still so much room for growth! I overcome it first by realizing that fear is just an emotion and that it can't hurt me. I also make sure that I am constantly setting small goals for myself so that my ultimate goal never seems completely out of reach.
What’s one lesson that you’ve learned on your journey to being free?
I've learned that building anything great takes time! When I first set out on this journey I was really naïve to think that I would have the success and wealth that I wanted instantly. Great businesses take time & there is ALWAYS something to learn.
What are you most proud of?
Just being able to take the leap and do something that I love! A lot of people say that they want to start their own business but not many get the courage to actually make it happen! Even if God takes me in a different direction & this isn't what I am meant to do, I am still extremely proud that I took that risk!
How do you support other women?
I believe there has to be a lot of action when you say that you want to support someone. Whether that is commenting on their blog post and then sharing it with my community or simply participating in their Twitter chats or webinars. The smallest actions can go a long way and mean a lot to the people in your community!
What does being free mean to you?
Being able to live life on my own terms and being able to dream as big as I please and actually KNOW that I can make it happen.
What is your favorite affirmation or quote?
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
What book would you highly recommend the BeFree Community read?
Most definitely, "You Are A Badass" by Jen Sincero! This book is seriously life changing when it comes to shifting your mindset! I've read it at least 4 times already!
What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
Be patient. Especially when you are going through the beginning stages of branding your business. Doing it right the first time & building that solid foundation is SO important to the success of your brand!
Share a fun fact about yourself.
I would absolutely LOVE to become a food blogger! Not the kind that cooks (because I can't!) but the kind that travels around trying out different restaurants and then writes about them!
What exciting things do you have planned for 2015?
I am releasing my first book this summer which will be called "The Creative's Guide To Starting A Profitable Online Shop". I am so excited for the finished product and will have some really cool classes and webinars surrounding its launch!
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