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Imagine a sunflower. That is me. I am a secure, strong, and brilliant woman aspiring to inspire and make a difference in the world. That is what my social media is about. With every post, I strive to encourage others to do what makes them happy and succeed in life. I like to use personal experiences or quotes from famous books to complement my posts and make an impact. I was once a quiet, shy, and insecure person. I never left my comfort zone; I let people walk all over me, bully me, and shut me down. Until one day, I decided I needed to make a change, not just for me but for every other person that felt the same way I did. Today I wake up with that same mentality, to help myself in order to help others and to be a better person than I was yesterday. I hope that with my social media, my experiences, and with the support of friends and family, I will be able to achieve my goal to make a difference in the world.
Alison, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Blogger?
I am very passionate about the environment and creation. I strongly believe that we are all artists and engineers because we are creating a life for ourselves and our loved ones. I strongly care for the environment that I am leaving behind for future generations and for the animals that cannot be heard. I aspire to inspire others to be a better person than he/she was yesterday, to make a positive impact in the world. I cannot do it, and so that is why I have taken to social media. I officially started as a lifestyle blogger about 2 months ago. I attended a workshop called Outlier Transformation that changed the way I see the world and others. I was suddenly not afraid to love and be loved. This workshop is what encouraged me to be a lifestyle blogger to inspire others. I do not like what this to sound like a sales pitch, but you learn a lot from that workshop and its an experience that can change your life for the better of you and everyone that surrounds you.
Who is your inspiration in life, Alison? How do you stay inspired as a Blogger?
My mother is one of my biggest inspirations. She is a Latina that came into the United States with nothing but the clothes on her back. She and her sisters lived a though life in Mexico, and at the age of 18, she left her family to earn a better living in the U.S. so she could help her family back in Mexico. She suffered from poverty and promised to herself to never suffer from that again. Today she is a very successful and beautiful woman with a huge heart. She continues to help her family back in Mexico after 25 years of hard work. She now works at a church to help others that are also suffering from poverty and family problems. She is my role model, my inspiration to be successful and help others. When I see what people message me and comment on my photos, I know I am making a difference. It may be a small difference, but I have to start somewhere. Telling someone he/she is beautiful and how amazing they are. And then seeing how much that made their day is so rewarding and encouraging! I have always believed that hard work always pays off. I worked hard to get into a good university, to transfer into another great university, to have a great GPA, to get tons of job offers, and to be where I am now with the immense experience I have as a 23-year-old. That mentality gets you far for long.
We all make mistakes, Alison, we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
The biggest mistake I made was to tell myself that I was not good enough to be a professional dancer. I was too worried about making good money and being the best that I discouraged and limited myself from doing what I love. Moral of the story never doubts yourself!
Alison, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
From day one of elementary school, I engraved in my mind, "treat others the way you want to be treated." That is how I work with clients. I want to be honest and refreshing so that clients with be the same with me. When I ran my house painting business in San Diego, that was my number one goal. I wanted clients to see me as an honest person looking to sell them the service they need, not a saleswoman selling them what I want so I can get my big commission. I also know what I am worth, and it is important to let clients know that. If they see what you are worth, they will treat you as so.
Please tell us, Alison, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
I like to be very efficient with my time, but my priority is always sleeping. If I can get everything done in a timely manner, then I can get my beauty sleep. I always try to leave some time for myself and my friends and family, but first things first school and work. Work hard now, the party later. One thing I do use very often is google calendar. It is very, very helpful. While using it, I learned that I had more time in a day that what I thought, the problem was that I was not efficient with my time. With google calendar, I was able to prioritize and manage my time wisely.
Alison, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Unfortunately, sometimes the salesperson in me does come out. I did a lot of training in sales and marketing, and those skills travel with you everywhere. I do also work in retail, my job there entails customer service and solutions. So I deal a lot with customer issues and angry customers. My job is to find a solution to the problem and "sell" the idea to the customer. For example, a customer had been waiting for her $4000 refrigerator for one week. The item had been rescheduled due to a high demand in delivery services; no trucks were available. I encouraged the customer to pick up one of our open-box items and return it as soon as she received her beautiful refrigerator. She was able to cook for her family for the rest of the week as well as enjoy her new refrigerator when it was delivered. I saved a $4000 sale and well as margin erosion since no discounts needed to be made because of the inconvenience.
Alison, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Blogger.
I have not been a blogger for too long, but I have had some proud moments. I recently was hospitalized and had posted a story on my Instagram. Many people took their time to send me a message to wish me a quick recovery and to show some love. It was a proud moment for me because this was not my first time being hospitalized. In previous times people would not have sent anything or showed any compassion. This showed me that I am making an impact in other people's lives.
Alison, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I had never done a maternity photo shoot in my life, and I was not a big fan of them. But I ignored that thought and went for it. The mother and I spent all day taking photos and getting creative with props and scenes. It was difficult just doing something new; I had no idea how to position her or what vibes I was looking for. I think that was the exciting part, not knowing what to expect and just going along with it.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Blogger?
Just go for it! DO NOT doubt yourself. Trust me!
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