Alex Elle is the voice you didn’t know you needed to hear.
The blogger-turned-poet-turned-podcast host got her start as an author in an unlikely way—through self-affirming notes written on tiny pieces of paper (check out her Instagram for a dose of love and motivation). Her breakout book of poems, Words From A Wanderer, was an instant success, and Alex knew she had found her niche.
Over the next few years, she released five more books, including her latest: Today I Affirm: A Journal That Nurtures Self-Care. Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, she also hosts a weekly podcast called Hey Girl, wherein she has intimate conversations with women who inspire her.
She, in turn, inspires us. Read on to find out why.
Your writing is so raw but so relatable. Did you feel vulnerable sharing it when you were first starting out?
Thank you! I still feel vulnerable when I share my writing. It’s my heart’s work. I think vulnerability is good, so I lean into it. People relate to authenticity and I truly believe that being vulnerable helps amplify that.
What advice would you give to young writers who are nervous to share or publish their work?
Take your time! Don’t be in a rush. Also, be proud of your work prior to public display. If you’re looking for outside validation (on social media) refrain from sharing until you’re able to stand in the truth of your work.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you do instead?
I would want to name cosmetic colors.
What’s been the biggest surprise or highlight of your career to date?
The highlight of my career has been building a community near and far, in person and online. It blows my mind how writing, storying telling, and standing in comradery can shift the dynamics of sisterhood and self-love in such a positive way, time and time again.
Why is self-care an important part of being an entrepreneur?
Self-care as an entrepreneur keeps me level-headed and present. I cannot go without harmonizing time for myself in work and life. Taking care is needed in order for me to be my best self.
Tell us about your “A Note To Self” exercises.
Writing notes to myself, or affirmations, are gentle ways to remind me of my truth and keep me grounded in it. Putting things down on paper is a vital part of my life. It’s a lifeline, almost. Notes to self give me clarity on so many different levels.
What about your job makes you feel the most fulfilled?
Showing other people that there is power in their stories and that they do not need to shrink to make anyone else feel comfortable.
When you hit a bump or hurdle in your career, how do you find new roads + switch gears to find success?
My mantra: no rain, no rainbows. Hurdles have happened and will continue to. Remembering that I have to face the grit to get to the glory is what keeps me steadfast and moving forward through adversity.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
It’s better to start over than to stay stuck. - My mom
What are you most excited for in 2019?
Teaching more workshops and retreats and building community through writing practice! I am also thrilled to share my new journal Today I Affirm with the world. It’s going to be a great year.