I have often struggled with describing what I do...
I write but I'm not a writer.
I lead but I'm not a boss.
I speak but I'm not a pastor.
I counsel but I'm not a therapist.
A great friend once said, "Alyssa, you are a storyteller. You change lives by telling and hearing stories. The world needs that! Go do what you do!"
She was right! I hope you find humor, hope and healing in the stories I share.
I'm so glad you're here!
I've considered myself a "writer" since I could hold a crayon in my chubby little preschool hand. My first "book" was about a grilled cheese sandwich. I won my first writer's award at a county competition when I was in 3rd grade. Influenced by my own mother and grandmother, I never questioned my ability or love of the written word. I devoured books and spit out journals as fast as my parents would supply them. In 1999, I was hired as a content producer for NBC. Professional writing took a backseat when I discovered photography, but I never ceased to craft short stories in the notes section of Myspace and lengthy Facebook posts.
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I love hearing your stories and connecting with you through encouragement! I've often joked that I want to be a "Professional Encourager" - You know, just walk around cheering people up all day? Then, I woke up one day and realized that's already what I do. I did a few things to make it official (degrees, credentials, certifications) and here we are!
Some like to call this coaching or consulting. I prefer to call it encouraging! I would be honored to work with you on your step-by-step quest towards living your best life!
Speaking, teaching, preaching, wisecracking - I've been telling stories to crowds since 1999. While I really love to make people laugh, my ultimate desire is to stir up hope in a crowd. From living rooms to stadiums, I use personal insights, intellectual and scriptural truths, and my own stories to usher people towards hope and healing.
I would love the opportunity to speak at your event or organization!
I love Fayetteville! I love my church! I love the Military! One day my good friend - an extreme introvert - looked at me and dryly said, "You're like having our own little Leslie Knope. In real life." Best. Compliment. Ever!
Truly, I am passionate about community. I think the whole world would change if we loved our neighbors a little bit more. So I do what I can to connect others with resources that add joy, love, and laughter to their lives. From time to time, I like to share stories about my experiences in different arenas. Whether its about The Great City of Fayetteville or The New Show In Town - connecting people with community is something I am passionate about. What can we do to love where we live?