What Message Do You Think Every Woman Should Hear?

With Whitney Alese

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi! My name is Whitney Alese and I am a writer, blogger, and social media consultant. I have been writing professionally for over 5 years and working in social media for over 10 years. I love my work and I feel very fulfilled in my writing and that is what I want to convey to my readers.
 
What message do you think every woman should hear?
I think every woman needs to be reminded of her power, individually and collectively. Power, real power, is not brute force, it is strength in control. When you know who you are, and you are secure that who you are is more than enough, and that you belong in every room you find yourself, that is power. We are powerful beings, just like the boys. We are not less than. We never were, and we have to be reminded of that. We often forfeit our power so that we don’t come off mean or unlikeable. Forget that! I am going to be unapologetically powerfully me, and you can like it or not; neither will change that.
Individually, our own uniqueness is a blessing to the spaces we inhabit. As we live in our own individual power, we give someone else a chance to live in theirs. Collectively, our power has the ability to destroy injustice and topple systems of oppression. I think women especially now, need to be reminded of that.
 
What do you love most about yourself?
I love that I make people laugh. Laughter has always been an escape for me. I love to laugh, I love the ability to find the funny in most things and pull it out and share it with others. Not in a silly or goofy or self disparaging way, but in a thoughtful way, I love making others laugh.
 
What motivates you most?
My motivation (outside of Jesus and my mama) is to live my dream. I used to fill entire journals with stories and poems, dreaming of the day I would be able to write professionally. Actually, I wrote a short story that helped me get a full scholarship to university. That still amazes me. I now have a blog that is over 5 years old and everyday, people are taking the time out of their lives to read what I write. I am a writer, I am what I dreamed. And it’s all I have ever wanted.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I challenge myself everyday to do something that makes me uncomfortable. Luvvie Ajayi’s TedTalk “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” is something every person should listen to. Comfort, while great when its time to watch a movie or go to sleep, is not the goal of life. Comfort often keeps us stuck in mess, complacent in inaction, and apathetic in moments where we need to speak out. That is why I deliberately put myself in uncomfortable situations, like pitching to a big brand or going to local events alone (I can be pretty shy when I don’t know anyone) and things like that. Being uncomfortable helps us grow.
 
What is something on your bucket list?
I want to learn Japanese and spend a few weeks in Japan on my own. I have loved Japanese culture and every year , I pick up a few more phrases and I squirrel away a little cash to do it. Hopefully sooner rather than later, I will get that opportunity.
 
What are your biggest passions?
I want to see people be their best selves. I want people to be authentically, transparently, unashamedly themselves. I try to live that way and create that in the environment around me, that way when people are around me, they can feel free they can be authentic and transparent and they won’t be judged for just being themselves. That means so much to me.

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Whitney Alese is a lifestyle blogger, freelance writer, and social media consultant living The Reclaimed life; where style is accessible, beauty is affordable, and your best life is within your reach.

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