I’m on cloud 9 & officially obsessed with Alex the OG Empowerista.

You guys this is big time. I have followed Alex’s Instagram for quite some time adoring her girl power vibes & work she does to spread the notion that women are badass, smart, and imperfectly perfect but never thought when asked she would say yes to being interviewed for the blog!

Alex’s message is so spot on with everything that I promote here on BL so I knew I had to have her motivating and inspiring you amazing ladies that read. Alex started Empowerista as her platform {a movement per say} to celebrate how diverse and powerful women truly are. She was motivated to do so from working in television and media only to find how limited, absent or objectified women are in the media space.

Her mission is just so fricken bomb!

“to let every women know she is enough”

*insert me crying happy tears* & read on for more of my interview with badass Alex Wehrley of Empowerista

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Empowerista Interview

BL: Hi Alex, Please Introduce yourself to Blissfully Lively readers.

AW:  Hi, I’m Alex! I wear a lot of hats, but they can all be summed up with one title: storyteller. I tell others’ stories through my TV hosting career, and encourage women to tell their best and truest story through my multimedia movement and empowerment community, #Empowerista. Sometimes my TV hosting work is like playing real life dress up. I’ve hosted for shows like the Miss USA telecast, E! News Now, ABC red carpets and VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live. My inner 5-year-old pinches herself! Some days I’m a girly girl who adores makeup and heels, and other days I refuse to change out of my Lululemons and rock the #nomakeup look. You can find me weekdays anchoring the TV and radio show Business Rockstars, where I interview CEOs, founders, disruptors & influencers, and share entrepreneurial advice. I also have a weekly video series collaboration with Focus Magazine, where I interview empowered, successful and purposeful women, breaking barriers in a variety of fields. And we connect these women to each other, to facilitate support and collaborations, through an event series benefiting (and co-hosted with) the charity GirlTalk Network.

BL: Tell us all about why you started the Empowerista movement? It is so inspiring seeing all the #empowerista tags on Instagram.

AW:  I worked in local television, as a TV host for four years. It was a grind… but the best thing I ever did for my career. I learned every aspect of the business, and developed a great work ethic.  I moved to Los Angeles to open myself up to bigger TV opportunities, and started working as a freelancer. In between gigs, there was usually a gap with time to fill. I hated this at first. But it forced me to reflect on why I wanted what I wanted. I realized I love storytelling, using my talents, connecting with people, and sharing inspiration… and I didn’t have to wait on anyone to do these things. So I decided to create my own platform. I specifically chose female empowerment because of my background in media and experiences as a woman. It’s always bothered me the way the media often has limited, absent or objectifying representation of women. So I wanted to create a media platform celebrating how diverse and powerful women truly are.

BL:  How did you get started with your interview series Focus?

AW:  A co-founder of Focus Magazine found me on Instagram and reached out to feature me and discuss a possible collaboration. I love sharing this with women in my community. This was one of the moments I realized, it’s true: “If you build it, they will come.”

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BL: Were there ever people that didn’t believe in your vision for empowerista and how did you overcome that?

AW:  There are always haters on social media. The people whose comments are downright destructive or mean. I ignore these people. Replying to those who don’t share my value of respecting others is not how I want to spend my time and energy.

Then there are people who give me constructive feedback who have a valuable perspective to share. I definitely listen to these people. I don’t always take their advice, but I do feel they have something to teach me.

BL: Who is one women that is an inspiration to you and why?

AW: I’m inspired by women who lead with their purpose. They have a personal and professional mission statement. My mom (a business woman), Oprah, and many of the women I interview are like this.

BL: Favorite empowering quote?

AW: “It’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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{Alex interviewing my fav lifestyle blogger Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential}

BL: What is the number one thing you want people to take away from your empowerista movement?

AW: I want women to know they have a choice to be whoever they want to be. Every person has a unique purpose. It doesn’t have to be glamorous, make money, or even be recognized by others. But it might. I hope every woman unapologetically owns her individuality, speaks her truth, courageously pursues her wants and needs, and knows, wherever she is on her journey: she is enough.

BL: Any advice you would give to women or girls trying to find their voice or find what makes them unique?

AW: Be still. Don’t doubt yourself. Take action.

I encourage every #empowerista to carve out time to get still. That could mean meditating, journaling, praying, doing yoga, or maybe going for a walk. You are your best teacher. If you check in with yourself, you’ll find the answers to what you want and need. You might hear others (an inner critic, family member, the media, etc.) telling you that you shouldn’t want and need these things. Trust yourself. Finally, take those first steps toward your goals. The hardest part is getting started, and the biggest obstacle is inaction. So once you take those first steps (no matter how small they are), you’ll be unstoppable.

Wanna learn more about the Empowerista movement? Follow Alex on Instagram @empowerista and check out her website at Alexwehrley.com

xo,

Lauren

Lookin’ for some more motivation & womens empowerment? check out my Interview with Aria of the Signed by Trump Collection.