We had the good fortune of connecting with Alicia Mitchell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alicia, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Helping others is what makes me happy! It helps me define my character and stay headstrong towards my morals and principles. I’m all about integrity and accountability. We experience so much adversity in life. That it leaves us hopeless at times. Humanitarianism is truly at the top of my list! Think back in your life how many times someone has helped you to not only grow but to advance when you lost all hope? We all need a helping hand from time to time. I’m also a very big community activist and liaison. I’m currently the Ambassador for Kids University! We help inner city kids with an after school program that provides them with the necessary tools and knowledge for growth and expansion. The children are the future! I have a podcast titled OTC that is about self improvement and personal empowerment! That teaches others, it’s safe to have big emotions as long as we work through them and be willing to grow. I participate in numerous activities and gatherings donating to the less fortunate. Providing resources that are not only needed, but essential for daily living. I advocate heavily in my children’s school to promote the teacher/parent involvement. I also love asset mapping! As it brings us all together throughout all our diversities. To show each other, we’re not only human but we’re also one! This is what truly makes me happy! Knowing that I can make a difference in others lives by making an impact on my community! Leaving behind not only a legacy but footprints in others hearts!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m very artistic and a creative. A visionary if I must say myself! I’m a visual learner. I like to analyze my vision, create the steps to get there, and carry it out eloquently and precisely. I’m most proud of my Podcast called OTC! It’s been featured in magazines and listened to by former Dallas Cowboy Marion Barber! It’s all over the world spreading joy and cheer! It was not easy at first, because I’m a creative. So I have to be in a special mood/place that creates a safe place for others to come into and feel safe. To overcome these challenges, I have to meditate and release any stress that is affecting my clarity for the vision to be executed properly. The lessons I learned along the way are just be yourself and believe in yourself! I want the world to know that we’re not perfect and nor should we strive to be. Happiness is a journey not a destination!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m an outdoors type of person. So I’d share some of our outdoor events in the neighborhood. Like the arboretum. Which is full of beautiful flowers and lovely outdoor scenery. White Rock lake. Which stretches for miles. Bike trails, paddle boarding, and surrounded by lots of water. Flag Pole Hill Park. Which has a wonderful trail for walking and appreciating the beauty of nature all around us. Places I’d prefer to eat at would be Velvet Taco, Gloria’s, Mariano’s and Pangea Dallas! Those places have foods that are quite delicious and reasonably affordable!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First off, I’d like to give a shout-out to the most high! His favor for my faith is what gives me strength and resilience! Next, my family and friends. They encourage me to be great and stand behind me in every step I take. Also, my children. They have molded me to be a better parent, leader, and role model for them! Lastly, all the organizations I’m involved in especially Kids-U. For believing in me and my vision! All of what I am today would not be possible without the love and support of my tribe!