We are joined for #5GoodQuestions this week by Alexa Carlin, Founder of Hello Perfect. Her journey and insights are so inspirational and we hope you find them uplifting in yours also. Please be sure to follow Alexa, Hello Perfect, and all of her other ventures via the social media contacts found at the end of the interview.
How did you develop the concept for Hello Perfect?
I founded Hello Perfect the summer of 2011 while interning in New York City. The concept for Hello Perfect was inspired by my own experiences growing up dealing with bullying and low self-esteem, as well as watching my sister go through severe bullying. I wanted to create a community of people that lifted one another up, instead of putting each other down. The core mission of Hello Perfect since day one, when it was just a blog, was to instill confidence in individuals so they have the power to accomplish anything they dream!
Today Hello Perfect® is a 501(c)3 tax-deductible non-profit with the mission to promote self-love in girls and women by focusing on the health of their mind, body, and spirit.
What are the major factors causing us to see ourselves as less-than-perfect?
Our peers, parents, and social media are the three main factors causing us to view perfection as unattainable. When a kid says you look like a horse when you’re in 4th grade (this happened to me), it instills in your mind that you have a big nose. When we are little, we see our mom as wonder woman, but when she looks in the mirror and says she looks fat in the jeans she has on, we begin to adopt that habit of putting ourselves down. And of course the media has a huge influence. Marketing companies continue to tell us we won’t be beautiful unless we buy this product, wear this outfit, and look like this celebrity.
Please tell us about your cookbook. Are there any other writing projects on the horizon for you?
I published “The Simple Gluten-Free Vegan Cookbook” in December 2014 to provide an easy guide to help people adopt plant-based meals into their diet. The book is a product of my near-death experience that happened in January 2013 during my senior year of college. My body went into septic shock and I was induced into a medical coma for 6 days and in the ICU for a total of 10 days, given a 1% chance of living.
After this experience, I had a compromised immune system and tons of digestive issues. When every doctor just prescribed me more medicine and nothing was working, I decided to take matters into my own hands and heal myself through nutrition and the mind. I enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to learn about all the dietary theories and how to use food as medicine. Within a couple of months of going completely vegan and gluten-free, juicing every day, and focusing on positive thinking through meditation and yoga, I healed my body.
All of the recipes that helped heal my body during this time are included in my cookbook as well as inspirational quotes on each
page to get your mindset in a state of health as well!
If you could offer one piece of advice to someone who is struggling with issues of low self-confidence, what would it be?
Focus on what you’re passionate about. If you don’t know what it is, use your energy to find it by trying new things that excite you. By focusing on your passion and doing what you love, you begin to care less about what you look like in the mirror and more about the difference you are making in the world.
On a personal note, if you had one additional hour in the day, how would you spend it?
I would spend it with my family.
Connect with Alexa and Hello Perfect at these links:
Twitter/ Periscope/ Instagram: @AlexaRoseCarlin