A ☕️ fuelled, introverted #bossbabe w/ BIG ambitions! FOLLOW for career motivation, 📚 recommendations & 🙌 inspiration to crush your goals! http://linkedin.com/in/michaelaalexis
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Today marks my 1st anniversary as President of @gradeadigital. ✨✨✨
I’m going to be honest with y’all. I’ve struggled to figure out what to write, but I’m committed to showing you the good, bad, and ugly, so let me keep it real for a min. ✨✨✨ *taking a deep breath* ✨✨✨
Running a company is freaking hard. Like not in a “I gotta hustle 24/7” way, but in a deep, dark “How the hell am I gonna to get through another day?” way, contrasted with the most magical milestones and moments of joy. It kinda feels like those tire swings that are so fun to spin on for a little while and then make you 🤢.
It sounds naive, but when I began on this journey, I thought I could work hard, buy a #girlboss t-shirt, and I’d be blissfully living in my purpose. But, I didn’t factor in: ✅ The frustration of losing deals
✅ The pain of pivoting ✅ The anxiety of saying, doing, feeling the wrong thing ALL 👏 THE 👏 TIME 👏
✅ The crushing loneliness
BUT, would I do it all over again? In a heartbeat. ❤️
I’ve spent the last year, slowly stripping away layer after layer of my armour. Without the ability to blame a crappy coworker or bad boss, you’re forced to take a real, raw, unfiltered look at who you are. Here are the lessons I’ve learned: ❤️ I was, and am, a workaholic. I rely on my work to feel worthy. I need to work on this. ❤️ I don’t need things. Screw nice offices and fancy titles. Happiness will always come from living in alignment with who you are. ❤️ I was put on this earth to lift people up. I was born to speak, and train, and share smiles. I will choose impact over income every day. ✨✨✨ Most of all, this year I’ve learned that I don’t want to be a fearless girlboss, that part is easy, I want to be somebody that leads with my whole damn heart, and that is a lifelong project. *deep breath* Thanks for listening, friends, ☕️ & ❤️, Michaela
#girlboss #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlifestyle #entrepreneurs #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurquotes #entrepreneurmindset #bossbabe #bosslady #boss #bossbabes #womeninbusiness #womenshistorymonth #womensrunningcommunity #womenentrepreneur #womanentrepreneur #daringgreatly #startuplife #startupbusiness #vulnerability
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“Michaela, I want to be happy, but I haven’t found my dream job yet. I’ll never stop looking though.” ✨✨✨
SLOW YOUR SCROLL if you’re waiting for your dreams to come true.
Are you sitting down? ...there is no such thing as a dream job. 🤯
OK, still with me? I promise I’m not trying to ruin your day 🤗. I believed so much in dream jobs. In fact, my first viral article was CALLED “How I Landed my Dream Job in Two Weeks”. ✨
So, why am I changing my tune? Of COURSE, you can find an awesome, fulfilling career, and rock it every day until you retire. Yes, that work exists. But it also comes with challenges, and moments of frustration, and uncomfortable growth. ✨
We are wired to grow, so the best work you can do is the very work that pushes you behind your comfort zone and into wild, foreign territory. A dream job isn’t a destination. It’s the process of doing work that feels totally in alignment with who you are. ✨
The second reason I’m abandoning the phrase “dream job” is because it’s disempowering. The word “dream” is defined as: 👩🏼🏫 “contemplate the possibility of doing something”
I fell into that trap, guys. I wished, and hoped, and shouted affirmations every single morning WAITING for that job to show up at my front door. When it didn’t, I became bitter and pessimistic, convinced that the world was plotting against my destiny. ✨✨✨
But awesome things don’t just appear because you want them bad enough. Greatness favours the bold, the brave, the ones that show up again and again, despite having the odds stacked against them. Wouldn’t you rather stand up and charge towards your goals than sit and wish for better days? 💁♀️
Dream it, sure, but then plan it, and go for it!
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You know that “What would you choose as your last meal if you were on death row?” question?
This is my new answer. 🙌🙌🙌
I think I may be a wee bit brunch obsessed ☺️, but this #brunchboard at @nextottawa was magical 🦄. If you could ONLY choose ONE meal for the rest of your life (breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or dessert), what would you choose?
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If you work hard enough, ANYTHING is possible! ✨✨✨
DOUBLE TAP if you are working your butt off, day after day, putting in more time than everybody around you, and still haven’t gotten (insert your dream here) ➡️ _____________. ✨✨✨
So what does that mean? You’re just not trying hard enough? I’m calling BS 🙅♀️ As wonderful as that advice is, let’s get real, sometimes things just don’t work out, and it’s not because of some huge personal defect or lack of hustle 💪. I was on track at one point to becoming a freaking lawyer 👩⚖️! Can you imagine ME doing that work? As much as I can look back now and be like “DUHHHH of course that wasn’t meant for me!!!” the reality was, it was absolutely devastating when I had to let go of that dream.
It felt a hell of a lot like heartbreak💔 and grief 🙍♀️, the kind of stuff that can only be cured by ⏰ and a few bottles of Bombay Sapphire 🍸
If you are transitioning to a new chapter in you life, or wondering if it’s time to let go of the life you planned, go get this book by Tracey Cleantis, #thenexthappy, immediately. It will help guide you through the process of moving on, and will seriously make you re-examine your mindset around success and chasing your dreams (in a good way!) What are some awesome self help/non fiction books you’ve read lately📚? I’m on the hunt for my next great read! Comment below! 👇👇👇
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Are you there Friday? It’s me, Michaela.
Nothing like a little dorky @judyblume 📚 humour to figure out who’s weird enough to stay friends with you 😂
MAN, that book got me through my awkward pre-teen years, I feel like I should send Mrs. Blume an #ediblearrangement at some point for helping me survive puberty.
Who else remembers the line “we must, we must, we must increase our bust!”?
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Do you ever feel like your life is on repeat?
Do you feel like you’re running around from the moment you rise and the morning until your sleepy head hits the 🛏? Recently, I had the opportunity to do just one thing all weekend, finish a book I’m helping to write.
No chores, no events, just me and silence. 🤫
Sounds heavenly, right? Except it was hell. 😈 The silence cranked up the volume of all the noise in my head. 🗣”You’re never going to accomplish anything big anything in your life, hope you enjoyed it while it lasted.” 🗣”You’re sitting here doing nothing while your friends are on book tours, travelling around the world, expanding their families.” 🗣”I wonder what kind of animals can be milked? YOU GOTTA GOOGLE IT!” 💻
It was deafening, and I realized in 24 hours that I am an addict. I’m addicted to proving myself by accomplishing. I need to be doing, or I start to feel like I need a validation fix.
I tell people often that you don’t matter because you DO, you matter because you ARE. Now, it’s time for me to live that truth, and embrace more days without *gulp* a checklist! 🗒
I’m so glad I had the chance to stop running for a minute to see what was actually chasing me.
Do you struggle with silence? Are you more zen or non stop #hustlemode?
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Is your boss a total weenie? Is your coworker annoying you and all you can think is IT’S ONLY FREAKING MONDAY AND I’M ONE MICROWAVED FISH LUNCH AWAY FROM LOSING MY DAMN MIND? 🤬
...I get it. But why spend all that ☕️ sponsored energy trying to control things that you never can? Take a little break from the grind and reflect on things like ✅ What you really want to accomplish this week
✅ What would truly feed your microwaved-fish-hating soul?
✅ What can you let go of to make space for the important stuff above?
Listen y’all, I’m not saying that you need to be a zen Buddhist 🙏 in the workplace, but silently raging isn’t going to get you from here to there, which is what really matters!
What are you guys working on this week? Can I help you with anything?
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Do you ever feel like you don’t really fit in ANYWHERE? 😟
I live in yoga pants and work in baggy tees on the weekends, and avoid going places where I’ve gotta put on foundation 🙅♀️ At the same time, some days I wish that Disney princess dresses were acceptable workwear, and I will instantly fall in love with anything glitter related. 🧚♂️
I’ll sit and comb through a book on ancient philosophy, and then binge watch #TheBachelor (ps. #teambecca all the way)
Most of the time I spread positivity and love, but put me in a car stuck in traffic on the highway during rush hour, and I quickly turn into a tantruming toddler that needs a nap and some apple juice ASAP.
There’s really only one 📦 that I fit into, and that’s human 🤷♀️
But maybe we’re not meant to be categorized at all. Maybe we’re all just works in progress with moods, evolving tastes, hormones, and good/bad days.
Do you think that you fit into one category, or are you also a messy human?
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My weekend mornings are filled with messy blankets, untamed curls, bottomless cups of #coffee, and dog butts waking me up. I hate to brag, but I’m kinda living the dream over here. What’s your idea of a 👌 weekend morning? .
#dogmomlife #messylife #coffeefirst #morningvibes #westiesofinstagram #chihuahuapuppy #weekendvibes
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“I’m gonna keep it low key for my birthday this year” said the girl convinced that tiaras should be considered casual attire and wine glasses should only come in XXL sizes
#winenot #birthdaygirl #princessvibes #beyourself #unicornlife #introvertlife #girlythings #winejokes #winefunny
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You know what I hate? That you can pinch and zoom in on @instagram photos 🤦♀️
Wasn’t it enough to make people feel inadequate by showing off how much richer, more stylish, and popular everybody else is without the option of scrutinizing every photo? ✨
It’s like they freaking made it for people to try and zoom into other human’s photos to find traces of body contouring or messes in peoples’ houses 😂
I used to STRUGGLE with comparison. Until I realized that comparing myself to others didn’t change my situation, it just made me a hot mess with a bad attitude and less time to spend on actually reaching my goals. ✨
Her success does NOT equal your inadequacy. Back away from the zoom tool, and delete that snarky comment you left on a strangers’ profile. The only person that you should ever be competing with is the person that you were yesterday 🌄
Let’s celebrate, not compare!!! Tag one person below 👇 that deserves 👊 for crushing it and inspiring you in the process!
#girlboss #bossbabe #girlpower #bosslady #supportoneanother #communityovercompetition #loveothers #comparison
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Hey you 👋 pull up a chair and let’s talk about being a freaking REBEL in a world hell bent on making you believe that you’re only as valuable as your ability to fit in!
Growing up, ALL I wanted to do was be the same. ✅I bought sun-in and turned my hair bright orange because I thought my life would be perfect if I was bleach blonde ✅ I developed anorexia for most of high school just because a magazine told me I needed a thigh gap ✅ I took legal studies instead of creative writing because I thought it’d impress my folks and friends 🤦♀️
What changed? I became paralyzed with fear of not living up to peoples’ expectations and literally couldn’t leave my house 🏠 for a year and a half because of my #Agoraphobia. I had nobody left to impress and no crowd to fit into. ✨
I had nobody at all. ✨
if you don’t design the live you want, the world will do it for you. ✨
Sure, you may get lucky and somehow end up at your destination, but for many, like me, you may end up shipwrecked and desperately lonely, wondering why you ever let somebody else take the wheel on YOUR life. ✨
Be bold enough to take back control and steer into the course truly meant for you!
Ps. PLEASE tell me that I wasn’t the only one that was super desperate to fit in during those awkward teen years! Any fellow sun-in experimenters? 😂
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My husband cringed when he saw that I had bought YET ANOTHER MUG in NYC. ☕️ I don’t know what it is, I can resist an end-of-season sale like a frugal champ 🛍 but LORD HELP ME if I stumble upon an adorable mug, because they are my weakness.
Plus, a mug WITH A BEYONCÉ REFERENCE? Just take my wallet. 💵
I’m hoping one day I’ll be able to look at my brewtiful collection and say “Yes, husband, I’m done getting rid of soup cans just to make more space for new mugs.” But for now, I’m on the hunt for the next sassy addition.
I didn’t choose the mug life, the mug life chose me 😎
What’s that ONE thing that you can’t resist buying?
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5 year plans scare me. 🤭
Don’t get me wrong, if you’re a planner, rock on with your bad self, but I don’t even have a 5 DAY plan 🤦♀️ ✨
Hell, I don’t even know what I’m going to have for dinner, let alone what I’m going to accomplish over the next 5 years! 😳 (spicy avocado maki rolls sound DELISH right now though 🍣) .
Years ago, I would have easily listed off my plan in full detail with confidence. That was, until these curve balls came at me
⚾️ Developed #agoraphobia ⚾️ Skipped my LSATs and escaped to California after my then boyfriend of 5 years cheated on me ⚾️ Hit rock bottom with a toxic year of crop tops, cocktails, and cocaine ⚾️ Cleaned toilets and dressed up as a can of beans just to pay the bills ⚾️ Fell into marketing, which had NOTHING to do with my degree!
It’s awesome to plan, hope, and dream, but it’s also important to let go of expectations and blueprints. If I hadn’t, I might still be trapped in my 🏠, hungover on Sunset Blvd., or still scrubbing urinals, instead of living a life that I’ve designed, full of purpose, challenges, adventure, and freaking BEAUTIFUL LATTES ☕️! .
What curveballs have you had to overcome to get to where you are? Inspire me with your story below 👇👇👇
#risingstrong #daringgreatly #careergoals #5yearplan #bosslady #girlpower #couragequotes #coffeeshops #coffeetoronto #coffeequotes #coffeeislife #careerchange #careerwoman #careerquotes #girlboss #girlbosslife
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I wish I could go back in time and tell myself that everything would be 👌
That it didn’t matter that all my friends were killing it in their careers 👩⚕️ travelling around the world 🗺 , and making beautiful babies 🤱
We’re really good at making ourselves miserable by comparing our journey to others, aren’t we?
We look at people around us and instantly feel like we can never and will never stack up. 🤦♀️ But my life didn’t change until I hit rock bottom, and there was NOTHING #instaglam about it. ...and then, just when I thought everything was falling apart, it was really falling into place. 🤗 Just remember that even glow sticks need to break before they shine 💡, your time is coming, just like mine has!
What an honour to speak alongside @garyvee at the Sony Centre for my first keynote EVER at #gennow2018 and to the Treasury Board of 🇨🇦! ✅ a couple career goals down, a gazillion to go!
Do you struggle with comparison too or am I the only one? Comment below 👇
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DOUBLE TAP if you also think @brenebrown is your SOUL SISTER!!!🙌 It’s no surprise that this is the book I’ve been turning to this week. I’m going to be honest with you guys, I thought Instagram wasn’t meant for messy humans like me. That I wasn’t pretty enough, or polished enough, or thin enough to be here. But after spending this week, sharing each moment of my journey on IG stories and seeing the beautiful response, I gotta say, I was DEAD WRONG. I’ll never be a flawless figure with the perfect grid, but maybe there’s beauty in just embracing the messes, not just the successes. I ❤️ this quote from the book: 📚”You will always belong anywhere you show up as yourself and talk about yourself and your work in a real way.” What’s your favourite #brenebrown 📚 or quote? Comment 👇! .
#daringgreatly #bravingthewilderness #bookworm #bookrecommendations #selfhelpbooks #selfhelp #brenebrownquotes #brenebrown #risingstrong #selfdevelopment #couragequotes #bosslady #girlpower #booksofinstagram #nonfiction #nonfictionbooks
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Yesterday was the best day of my career, but it almost didn’t happen at all. It felt so much easier to climb into my hotel bed and wait for the moment to pass me by. It felt easier to believe that I’m not the “type” of person that should have the honour of speaking at the #sonycentre in front of thousands of people. This was the exact moment that I fought between comfort and courage, and I’m so glad I chose the latter. DOUBLE TAP if you also struggle to RISE UP, but are choosing courage! We’ve got this 💪
#risingstrong #daringgreatly #girlboss #gennow2018 #millennialblogger #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlifestyle #speakerlife #keynotespeaker #riseup #couragequotes #bravery #bossbabe #bosslady #girlpower #womanpower
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This photo perfectly captures my weekend in #newyorkcity. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to sip on ☕️ in some of the most beautiful places in the world, and share meals with complete strangers that quickly become lifelong friends. I was nervous to visit such a big city, scared it would swallow me whole, but #nyc, even though your citizens make fun of my excessive use of the word EH 🇨🇦 and refusal to j-walk, I’ve got a major crush on you 😍 Next stop: my very first keynote at @sonycentreto *GULP* 😳 ❓If you’ve watched my stories, where should I visit next time I’m in the big 🍎?
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DOUBLE TAP IF YOU ❤️ NYC! I love that I can walk around here doing weird Instagram poses and nobody points and laughs. 🤳 I love that art is everywhere. 👩🎨 I love that you can get roasted nuts and a hot dog at midnight. 🥜🌭 Mostly though, I love that I get to experience all this because I decided to say YES to staying with a then stranger, now new friend, which everybody thought was completely crazy. You’re always one YES away from a totally different life 👊
#newyork #nyc #newyorkcity #manhattan #timessquare #travelusa #travelgoals #travellife #newyorkcitylife #daringgreatly #livehappy #dreambig
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I’m not a celebrity. I’m not a supermodel. I’m not an heiress. I’m not a prodigy (unless you count touching my nose with my 👅 or taking non selfie selfies as talents 🤳). I’m a normal girl from #Ottawa! Everything inside me is screaming to retreat for comfort.
🙅♀️go back to bed!!! 🙅♀️NYC can wait!
🙅♀️Your first keynote is in front of 1500 people, are you INSANE??? ...but sometimes, you just gotta listen to that teeny whisper that says “F*** it, we can do this!*, grab a Grande Flat White, and escape into a totally different life. DOUBLE TAP if you’re ready to take on the next adventure in YOUR life! 👊
#girlboss #girlpower #speakerlife #bossbabe #entrepreneurlifestyle #entrepreneurlife #daringgreatly #risingstrong #introvertedboss #introvert #introvertlife #ottawa #ottawablogger