We had the good fortune of connecting with Alysia Pope and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alysia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think about risks as ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway.’ I’ve learned to reframe how I think about failure as well, where I’m thinking about it as a positive that I’m pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and growing vs. remaining stagnant. I believe risks are necessary to grow, and opportunities are found when you get comfortable being uncomfortable!
What should our readers know about your business?
In my business PurelyPope, I practice health coaching and run an online wellness community/platform. I’m proud that in all of the noise that is the wellness space, I set myself apart by telling women that they can love themselves just as they are, while also wanting to become a better version of themselves each and every day. I focus on mindset as the primary piece of the health puzzle, which is hard to come by in a ‘diet culture’ saturated industry. In regards to finally going full time with my business, it wasn’t an easy step, but I was ‘forced’ into it a bit and it was a blessing in disguise. It’s definitely been a road of ups and downs, but I’ve learned that that’s the thrill of owning your own business. I’ve come to love that aspect of it!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Love this with my background being in event planning – and let’s pretend it’s not COVID :)… To start, I would welcome my friends with a beach side happy hour at Waterfront in Venice, followed by dinner at Great White outside. The next day, we would start the day off with a beautiful hike in the Palisades – Los Liones has the best views of the water and all of LA! Following, we would refuel with coffee and smoothies at Palisades Village and SunLife Organics. We’d get cleaned up and then head to Abbott Kinney for some shopping and do happy hour at the Butcher’s Daughter followed by dinner at Rose Cafe. The next morning, we would head to Malibu for a hike – there are so many good ones to choose from! After our hike, we would head to the pier and grab brunch at Malibu Farm with a view of the Ocean. We would then head back South and take bikes along the boardwalk from Marina del Rey to the Santa Monica Pier and back. To cap off the day, we would head to the Santa Monica Proper Hotel Rooftop restaurant, Calabra for drinks and bites!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My fiancé Nick deserves a lot of the credit in allowing me to feel comfortable taking risks. He’s by far my biggest cheerleader and believes in me reaching all of my goals, no matter how big they may seem. Having a partner cheering you on by your side to lift you up when you have doubts is key to success.
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