We are thrilled to introduce you to Ailis, creator of The Strong Movement – – you will be SO inspired when you see the movement she has created! She is adorable, driven, fun, passionate and such a inspiration to all of us, proving that if you’re passionate enough – -dreams really can come true! Also make sure to check out her blog – it is one of my favorites!
Here is the amazing Ailis!
Introduce yourself – what does BeBelle mean to you?
Hi there! I’m Ailis! I love life, working out, reading and enjoying a good cup of coffee by the beach! I am excited to be on a journey helping women build strong bodies and strong minds and become their best through The Strong Movement, a lifestyle brand I created to inspire women through healthy living, fitness, nutrition and personal growth! In addition to running The Strong Movement, I am a speaker and travel across the country to work with women on a more personal basis and share with them tools to be Strong, Confident and Happy!
Best advice you’d give women to feel confident in their own skin?
For the most part, I’ve always been a confident person and I think a young woman’s confidence also has a lot to do with her upbringing. However, there have definitely been times when I haven’t felt as confident or haven’t believed in myself. The biggest thing I see eating away at a woman’s confidence is comparing herself to others. With social media at our fingertips, we only see the highlight reel people choose to share and not their everyday struggles. And, with our selfie-obsessed culture it’s easy for a girl to feel bad about herself when she’s bombarded with so many images and posts. Instead of feeling insecure or jealous, you can actually work on channeling other women’s posts as inspiration and motivation for your own life and can learn to model their successes for yourself. Being confident in your own skin will not come from external sources, but internally from within yourself. Identify your strengths and use them to build your confidence. Also, don’t quit when you try something for the first time and don’t succeed. Stick it out and persevere regardless of how uncomfortable it may be. Lastly, confidence is stifled when you care too much about what other people think about you. One thing I learned working as a TV Host these past few years is that not everyone is going to like you and that’s okay! Don’t focus on what other people “may” think about you!
How did you get into blogging and decide to create your own business? What has been your key to success?
I started blogging about fitness and nutrition my Junior/Senior year at USC. After I graduated, I become a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Naturally, blogging became a way for me to help peers and friends on their own personal journeys. It was also then that I embarked on my TV Hosting career. One characteristic of mine is that I don’t give up and; honestly, I think that has been major in helping me get to where I am today—all throughout school, working my way to be an LA Dodgers Host and also taking The Strong Movement to the next level.
Most important role model in your life?
My parents have been amazing role models my whole life. They are the most supportive and encouraging people in my life and I am extremely grateful for everything they’ve taught me and have helped me with. As you get older, while they are still your parents, there’s a different level of understanding and friendship that develops that I deeply cherish. My friend, Kim Lyons, has also been so influential and a great mentor to me these past few years.
Biggest personal struggle?
Anyone else a perfectionist? Learning to let things go and not get so caught up in the details has been a learning experience for me. Before, when things wouldn’t go as planned, I’d take it personally and get so upset. Now, I’ve learned to roll with the punches and anticipate hiccups and immediately look for solutions when they arise.
What makes you most happy?
Ah…the age old question! I think there are different levels of happiness and it’s about maintaining a centered source of happiness that you carry within you. I also think your perspective on happiness changes as you get older. I get to do what I love, help other women and have an amazing support group and family around me. It’s easy to get caught up in the future or on a future event (if/then mindset!) and lose focus on the present. So, for me, I’m really trying to focus on life’s joys everyday—however, big or small!
Favorite healthy food/recipe?
It changes every couple of months! Right now, I enjoy my morning breakfast burrito! It’s so simple—2 eggs, a whole wheat tortilla, pesto and chipotle tobacco. I know it’s such a random combination, but it’s delicious! And, lately, I’m really enjoying my protein shakes with granola and Ezekiel!
Best tips for keeping shape?
Consistency is key. Remember, it’s not a race, it’s a lifestyle. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a workout or enjoy that slice of pizza. Everything in moderation is key. Also, drinking water is one of the most important things you can do for yourself—not just for your body, but also your mind!
Top 5 things you’d tell your younger self?
- Enjoy the moment
- Don’t take things so seriously
- Will whatever I’m getting caught up about matter when I’m 65? Probably not.
- Don’t give up!
- Try, try again!
Weekly work-out schedule?
The Strong Movement: Strong Girl Guides 8-Week Workout Plan!
Tips for balancing your world –
Create a routine with healthy habits. Without a routine, you’re all over the place and it’s hard to be centered and focused!