We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandra Fisher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexandra, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I am an adventurous person who likes to have fun. I have been an EMT, so I guess you could say, I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie, too. However, I like “controlled risks”. I don’t like “real risks”.
I took a big risk becoming a single mother (by choice).
I’m not afraid of trying new things, necessarily. But, when it comes to my career, money, or lives- that’s where I’m pretty conservative.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have used writing as a form of expression, and art, for as long as I knew how to write. But, I have only just stepped into the world of writing children’s books.
I decided to start my latest book series to help children who might feel different, or to help explain tough topics, like mental health, bullying, how to say “no”, etc… I feel like there aren’t enough books out there that teach children to appreciate and celebrate our differences.
My goal is to empower children. And to help parents have these conversations with their children that they want to have, but may not know how.
I have always been someone to step outside the box. So, my books aren’t “just stories”, they’re life lessons.
As a child, I really struggled with feeling different, which turned into severe anxiety. If there’s anything I can do to help another child who struggles with feeling different or anxious, or anything else, I will.
I am most proud and excited at the thought of helping other kids like the little version of myself.
Since my stories aren’t “the norm”- the families, people, and conversations are “different”- I have received some pushback from others. Why do we need to talk about these things with our children? But, the truth is- I don’t care what any haters might have to say. These conversations are so important for us to have as families, because mental health, safety, etc, are all very real, important, and necessary conversations for all families to be having.
The biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way are- Not everyone has to like what you’re doing. As a matter of fact, you can’t possibly please everyone, so get used to it, and ignore any haters. Don’t let anyone distract you or deter you. Set your dreams and goals, and follow them. Period!
What I want people to know about my brand is that, in everything I do, I try to help others. I make mistakes, and try to learn along the way. I am the first to acknowledge, I am far from perfect. But, I hope that my brand/books can start to break down the harmful stigmas that our society blindly lives by.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a homebody. If my friend was coming to visit, I would ask if they wanted to go out- maybe we would enjoy some nice meals out. Otherwise, we’d probably stay home and laugh our butts off telling stories and catching up, if we had no other plans. My bestie and I are cool like that. Lol.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I know it might sound cliche, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without my kids.
Being a mom is a dream I’ve had since I was little. Like, 4 years old, little. I’ve had success in my life, before having kids. But, nothing has motivated me or encouraged me to be my best self, and do my best, like my children have.
Being a mom is the hardest job I’ve ever had, but it’s also the best job I’ve ever had. Nothing (and no one) has been so rewarding, and so healing.
My kids deserve all the credit. They are my inspiration, my love… my everything!
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