Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Writer Wednesday - Alissa from The Adored Life

Alissa of The Adored Life is a 24-year-old young professional trying to figure it all out. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Strategic Communications, loves polka dots, glitter, donuts, shoes and is in pursuit of the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. One of my favorite things about Alissa is that she believes in being honest and transparent about her life online, and her blog covers everything from the familiar feelings of emptiness of being a senior graduating college to the silliness of driving off without the bottle of water she paid for. I hope you enjoy her interview, and check out The Adored Life after you finish it!

Who are you? I'm Alissa, a young professional trying to figure out life one outfit at a time. I'm the creator and blogger at The Adored Life where I seek to build a community where people feel like they aren't alone, can laugh together and celebrate life's ups and downs.

What inspired you to start blogging? When did it happen? I was in the midst of the worst college semester of my life when it occurred to me that I needed to be able to look back on that time and see where I had come from. I had no intention of anyone ever reading my thoughts. I just wrote for the pure passion and knowledge that I needed to do it for myself. From there it just grew into what The Adored Life is now, my daily journey, one outfit at a time.

Why do you write? Writing is how I find out about myself. It's how I record my own life to look back on and see where I was a year, two, five years ago. Through writing The Adored Life, I learned about my way of dealing with stress and hard times, and how I cataloged my own life.

Who inspires you? I have a brother with Down Syndrome who is 19 months younger than me. Everyday he wakes up exuberant and content with what he has, and he has a desire to make people happy, regardles of how they treat him. Sometimes I take his attitude for granted but other moments make me take a step back and realize how truly extrordinary he is. Through his health scares he has reminded me that not every day is just given to everyone, to wake up happy I get another chance to encourage someone, and to always treat people with respect and integrity.

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would leave everything I have right now to travel to Italy. I took two years of Italian language in culture in college and I really appreciated their pace of life. My teachers would tell me about the late nights they had eating and laughing with their familia so loud the people on the street would reply back to them!

What is your favorite place on earth? My favorite place on earth is anywhere that I find my own quiet. I grew up in the country and and had the luxury of a wide-open sky and lots of land. Yet, with the peace and quiet I still found myself creating my own noise that distracted me from truly being at peace and with my thoughts. Now I've learned to create my own quiet but it's not always easy. Anywhere that I have been able to create it is my favorite moment.

Anything else you'd like us to know? I wish that someone would have told me that you start to learn the day you graduate college. Sure, in college you are learning, but it's not the same learning you will have when the next day you wake up and realize, "I have my entire life ahead of me, what do I do?" You learn about yourself, what you want, what you don't want, who you want to be for the rest of your life, etc. For some, myself included, they are completely confident through college and have no doubts about their life and then they wake up the next day and have a gigantic blank book to fill with what they do in their life and that can be mind-blowing.

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