I’ve only known Ally for about 8 months in total and about 80% of that time has been solely through the crazy world we call the internet. BUT luckily, the universe worked it out so that we could meet in person and I gotta say, I couldn’t be happier about it.
This girl is a force but also a humble bug who loves cookies and tacos, so really, what’s not to love here? To say I admire this woman is an understatement. Her voracious need to get real with herself and chase every adventure that shows up on her doorstep are quite possibly two of my favourite things about her, but the thing I love most is that she loves big. So big. Like infinitely big.
Of course, in typical Alex fashion, I was SUPER nervous to meet her. Would I stack up? Would I be cool enough? Would my typical weird self ruin it? I’m happy to say that she made it pretty easy to just be quirky old me.
I’ve never met anyone so open to being so vulnerable + honest on meeting someone in person for the first time as Ally. It was incredibly beautiful and I couldn’t help but take it as a compliment because it meant she felt safe enough to share it with me.
Ally, I know you have your own dark demons much like I have my own. I also know that you have a squad of incredible people around you as well as a crazy amount of perfectly good strangers to tell you what an amazing life you have and what a beautiful human you are, but it breaks my heart a little when I hear that you still struggle with believing it yourself because you my sweet, sweet girl are nothing shy of AMAZING.
My hope for you is that you to come and read this as a reminder whenever those jerk face thoughts seep into your brain because no one who is as loving, daring, authentic and passionate as you should feel anything less than stellar. This is my gift to you. All the love for you my soul sista.
Who are you (in 20 words or less)?
A daughter, sister, friend, entrepreneur, wanderer, photographer + passionate daydreamer.
Who/What inspires/motivates you?
I know I’m far from perfect, and I’ve learned to accept it. It allows me to constantly grow and always work towards being the best version of myself. It has its ups and downs – but I’ve learned to motivate myself from the inspiration of my progress.
Outside of that, I try and surround myself with magic. I think it’s so important to hang with people that don’t allow you to sell yourself short, that push you to greatness and that will make you laugh in any situation.
I found my tribe and I couldn’t be happier.
What is your most amazing memory?
When I was 18, I took my first big trip. I cam home from work and told my parents that I was going camping.
“Cool.” They thought I was going to a cabin for the weekend.
“I’m going to Zimbabwe.” They thought I was crazy.
Nothing will ever replace the feelings I had on that trip. I got to really soak in how some people lived their life. I went from someone who already thought they knew everything to only knowing one thing. Life is meant to be experienced.
I needed to learn about people, feel lost in a language, figure out how to connect, immerse myself in other cultures, sleep on planes and wake up in foreign cities.
If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
I am never able to answer this question. It’s so HARD!
Take me to the airport!
What would you do if you were famous?
Does famous mean that I’m rich? Because if yes, I’d travel – a lot.
But seriously – I would continue to take on passion projects that the world needs to know about to help spread a bad ass message!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’m working with an awesome team to spread 2 really incredible messages. In the next 10 years I’d like to have both of these projects create a global community.
The best part? Both Chasing Sunrise + When In Doubt Love are lifestyles – so I don’t see much changing for me since I love what I’m up to!
What is the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn in life?
Having to come to terms with the fact that I had a depreciating value of self worth and zero love for myself was a hard one.
There was absolutely nothing that I was doing in my life that was positively affecting me mentally, physically or emotionally. As hard as it was to admit, the moment I was so honest with myself and could admit that I needed to change – I could start growing.
What are you most afraid of?
I still battle with the anxious little voices that tell me a million reasons why I can’t do something. But I’m convinced that I won’t let them win.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
What advice would you give your younger self and the young girls of today?
- Don’t be afraid to love. To both give + receive.
- Take care of your mind + body. You only have one.
- Laugh…at everything.
- Don’t live for anybody else.