We had the good fortune of connecting with Paige Alexandria and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paige, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I view risks as simply jumping into the unknown. I think we as human beings get this itch for the need to know how, when, where and what the outcome will before we decide IF we’re going to take a risk or not, and the truth is, we won’t know until we jump. Taking risks is also being vulnerable. You’re vulnerable to failure, backlash, embarrassment and all of the negative “what if” thoughts we ask ourselves. I use to believe that I had to muster up boldness first and then I’ll be able to take risks, but I learned quickly that it doesn’t work that way. I had to do it afraid. YOU, have to do it afraid or you won’t do it at all. Part of jumping into the unknown, is being okay with feeling uncomfortable. If you’re comfortable, you’re not taking risks, and if you’re too comfortable, you’re probably letting fear keep you from going after what it is that you really want. I feel a little more free every time I take risks and I’m always glad I did in the end. You need people in your life to push you out of the boat into the deep end and just when you think you’ll drown, soon enough you’ll find a way to keep your head above the water. In my personal life, this has built stamina inside of me, in a way that as I keep taking new risks in life, because of the risks I’ve taken before, I have the receipts that I can go back and tell myself when in doubt, “wait, girl you packed your things to move from North Carolina and drove 16 hours to Texas alone, you can do anything.” I also think about people like Oprah, who took a big risk and demanded equal pay for herself when she learned that she was receiving less pay, simply because she’s a woman. The more I take risks, the more free I feel and the more likely I will keep taking them. Being too comfortable scares me and I refuse to miss out because of fear. So, take risks afraid. Write the book. Take the trip. Have that conversation. Trust me, you will be glad you did!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I honestly feel like I haven’t even reached my peak yet and that I’m just getting started. I enjoy being creative and working towards doing what I love and eventually earning multiple streams of income while doing so as a blogger, a nano-influencer, youtuber and just an over all content creator. I also have an online boutique that will be relaunching in the Spring of 2022 and I’m just excited that I started. I use to be so afraid to take risks and I’m really proud at myself for doing so. Along the way, I’ve learned to be my most authentic self, as a content creator and entrepreneur. Also to know my worth. As a nano-influencer, I’m learning that you have to know your worth so that brands will compensate you for what you feel is worth it versus them telling you what they’ll pay you, to create content for them. I would want the world and those who come across my brand/story to always feel encouraged to go after their dreams and goals.
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 still fairly new to Dallas and a recovering home-body but there are a few places I really enjoyed like…
The “Common Table” has really good drinks and they play good music and it’s definitely a vibe.
RH is a cute brunch spot if you want to spend a little more.
If you love Cajun food. Mud bugs is where it’s at. I think the owner is actually from Louisiana so it’s the real deal. The beignets are AMAZING.
Kayaking at White Rock Lake is fun!
Watching the sun set on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is such a beautiful sight to see.
And you have to end the week for Sunday Fun-day in Deep Ellum!
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?
So many women throughout my life who are always encouraging me, challenging me, loving me and supporting me!
This is for my grandma, Claire, Tye, Vangie, Tani, Kim, TaKisa and Brianne. I love you deeply!
Amber Wright Kristin Deavers