Alexis Willis

Entrepreneurial leader, relationship builder, mother, Ironman competitor – Alexis is a wealth of strength and encouragement. She emphasizes the importance of relationships and has built a career and healthy lifestyle from that foundation. Her refreshing approach to self-care can be a motivational message to all of us living overwhelmingly busy lifestyles.

HS: What is your approach to health and wellness?

AW: I’ve noticed that it’s difficult for entrepreneurs to practice self-care, so that has become one of my top priorities. My job can definitely put me in some stressful situations sometimes, so I do my best to decompress with yoga. I also really hope to start making time for long runs again. That used to be one of my most enjoyable activities.

HS: How do you practice self-care?

AW: Deactivating my Facebook for the weekend, turning my phone on ‘do not disturb,’ taking time to be quiet, paying more attention to my diet – these are all simple ways I support myself. Another example is hiring a housekeeper. I know that some people think of that as a luxury, but coming home to a clean house is so beneficial to my productivity and my physical and emotional health that I choose to prioritize it.

HS: You seem like an empowered and confident woman who actively supports other women. Can you tell us how this benefits your emotional health?

AW: It’s super important. It has become more important as I’ve gotten older. Having someone who listens to you and lets you vent is so important. Having healthy relationships is so mutually beneficial and good for your well-being. If I meet someone and I really like their energy, I will literally ask them, “Do you want to be my friend?” just like we did when we were kids. If you don’t reach out and take initiative, then you’re leaving a lot of adventure on the table.

HS: As such a busy professional, how do you manage work/life balance?

AW: I don’t believe in work/life balance. It’s like the horizon; it doesn’t really exist. You just have to manage expectations about the natural ebb and flow of work and personal life. But my tribe, my group of most trusted friends, is essential to this. They will call me and ask if they can take my daughter, Boom, for the weekend. Or they’ll just keep her for a while, so I can go do yoga. And I know I don’t have to worry about her. I’m Boom’s sole audience, so I have to be very honest with her about when we need to rest. And on the other side of that coin, we are very intentional about planning our “Adventures with Boom” together.

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