I know I say this a lot, but this one’s a good one. I have the absolute pleasure of interviewing Alex Pagano, founder of Look Sharp Events, this week and couldn’t be more excited.
She has a great ‘tude, great message and is all around one of the most passionate people I’ve had the opportunity to meet…about everything. This is someone who truly makes life her playground and a person I am happy to say I have the privilege to know. Read on, Dear Readers!
Briefly describe your past life and what your journey was like to get from “there” to “here”.
There has definitely been a journey, and the most important transition was in the mindset. I always thought I would exist somewhere in the corporate world. I started my career at a conference and trade show planning company and learned a lot about the business so I just assumed this was my path. All the while, though, there was this need in me to be creative, and after several years I found myself drained. At 26 years old, I just couldn’t be ok with that. I remember thinking, “Self, you are far too young to be miserable.” So I changed everything. I decided to leave my job at the conference company and took one at a less stringent media agency. This was a huge step because it meant no more constant work travel and time to take the next step in my life and career. I started a health and wellness plan and realized that being healthy not only leads to a long life but a happy one too. 2013 was a big year for me I shed a lot of weight (literally and figuratively) and that allowed me to create and launch Look Sharp Events. Starting my own company was always an idea I toyed with, but with the constant travel and corporate America continually told me that it was always a distant dream. This year, on a lot of levels, dreams started coming true.
What is an instance- career or personal- that you would handle differently today?
I would have started taking my future into my own hands sooner. There will always be a reason to push something off. You will always be busy. However, the older I get, the more I realize that time really does fly and you can’t get it back. So if you are unhappy, fix it sooner than later. I wasted a lot of time being complacent.
Tell us about a person who has had a profound impact on your life and what that impact has been.
This may sound cliche, but my mom has had the most profound impact on my life. My father passed away when I was very young so for a long time it was me and my mom. I watched her be both father and mother, and she is stronger than anyone I have ever met. I am able to take the steps and risks I take because she gave me the confidence and strength to do so. She also shaped my career as well. While some parents may rely on movies or games to entertain their kids, my mom had the almighty craft bag. Whenever we were home and I was bored, she would go up to the attic and bring down a large red duffel bag filled with felt, tissue paper, ribbon, paints, hot glue guns etc. We were DIYers before DIY was cool. Now I have my own craft bag which helps me add the special touches on the centerpieces and favors for Look Sharp Events!
What would you say to women who have a dream/ambition but are discouraged from reaching from it or are told that ‘it’s going to be difficult.”?
This is easy…If someone tells you it’s too difficult, accept that as a personal challenge. Too many people are afraid to take a leap and then you get stuck. Everyone has the right to be tremendously happy, and the path to that is rarely easy. Put your head down and get to work!
What is your #1 tip for a healthy lifestyle?
Being healthy isn’t just about diet and exercise, although it;s ALOT about diet and exercise. What I mean is, being physically healthy is huge and very important, BUT it is just as important to be mentally and emotionally healthy too. It is all about making the right choices for you and your life. I found a program that worked for me that flipped the switch for me physically. I also took a scary leap and started a company and that flipped the switch for me mentally. On top of all that I found the love of my life. I can say today that I am 100% healthier than I was last year mind, body and soul. All because I made a choice to make it a priority. That’s the big secret.
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