Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hello! I’m Alisha! I am the CEO & creative director of a social media and digital marketing agency first and a lifestyle blogger second! I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC but love has taken me to Seattle, WA! While I love coffee, Pike place market and the space needle, nothing compares to home.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Stay in your lane and don’t compare your day 1 to someone’s year 20.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
“It’s okay not to be a size 2” – I have struggled with this day in and day out, my entire life. When I’m 40, I’ll tell it to my 28 year old me.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
I’ll raise my hand here. There are times doubt myself and I truly am my toughest critic. It sends me down a dark path and I almost want to give up on myself and everything I have worked for.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
You are beautiful and you are loved and you are intelligent. Stand for every single thing you believe in and you best believe that the future is female.
What do you love most about yourself?
The one thing I love most about myself us my drive. I pride myself in how hard I work everyday to make sure I exceed goals I set for myself.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
I do every day. My anxiety is usually bigger than I am. While a lot of people get anxious over a couple things a day, I get anxious about it ALL. I have been getting better at overcoming it and talking myself out of thoughts or taking deep breaths. If anyone does suffer from mental health problems, I would highly recommend speaking to someone about it because it’s very very okay to do so, and a reminder that you are not alone.
What motivates you most?
My desire to help people with their business. I essentially succeed when my clients do. I love working with small businesses because I cannot stress how many people are creating so many cool things out there, but lack exposure.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Starting my own business. It hasn’t been easy and I haven’t fully achieved it as a whole but I went for it and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.
What is something on your bucket list?
Going to a New England Patriots game – even better if it’s a home game!
What are your biggest passions?
My biggest passions are traveling, anything entrepreneurial, and more traveling.
What motivated and inspired you to start your own business?
I knew I needed more than just a 9-5. I knew I was great at marketing and did not like that my ideas would either get shot down, only to be used later or accepted had it come from a male co-worker. I took things into my own hands and went and put myself through courses on weekday nights, including some weekends and just went for it.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Just go for it - make mistakes, learn from them and never quit.
What are you currently learning about for your business?
How important it is to have a business plan. Setting a foundation is key and also get a business coach or mentor – it’s a game changer.
What was the most challenging moment in your entrepreneurial journey thus far?
It gets lonely. I am hoping to have my own agency and be able to hire interns or staff in the next year or so. Having a solid tribe of friends who understand you and support you is important as well. Nothing sets you up for what being a entrepreneur entails – BUT IT IS SO WORTH IT.
If you could go back in time to the first day of your startup, what would you communicate to yourself?
Take it slow, nothing will happen overnight. The process is what you’re going to fall in love with because you will learn so much about yourself and your business.