Hey there, I’m Alexa. Welcome!
I’m a full-time Speaker, Founder of the Women Empower Expo, and Creator of Be A Public Speaker™. My goal is to make a difference in at least one persons life a day.
I accomplish this mission through speaking engagements, writing, spreading good vibes on social media and creating awesome online programs and social businesses. I speak across the country at universities, conferences, leadership events, corporations and retreats. Check out where I’m speaking next here.
I have been an entrepreneur at heart since I was able to walk, starting my first business at the age of 10.
My philosophy is an ALL-IN-ONE philosophy meaning, i’m all about:
AUTHENTICITY, INSPIRATION, OPTIMISIM
So how did I get here? Good question!
I was born on June 5, 1991 with an umbilical cord wrapped around my neck.
Too much detail? Okay let’s skip to my college years, when I started my first business.
In June 2011, while interning in New York City the summer going into my junior year at the University of Florida, I was inspired to start Hello Perfect, the movement empowering a community of people to redefine perfection and accomplish their dreams. Growing up I had low self-esteem. I hated my hair, my nose, my thighs, the list could have gone on forever. I also went through my fair share of bullying and was afraid to be myself in front of others. What changed everything was when I was elected Student Body President of my high school. I accomplished something I never thought was possible. This ignited something in me. As I began focusing on my passion, I cared less about what I looked like in the mirror and more about making a difference in my school and community.
When chasing after my own dreams that summer in NYC, I saw girls who reminded me of who I used to be. Girls working so hard to live up to this unrealistic ideal of perfection, except they weren’t high school girls anymore, they were grown up women. I also met people who didn’t believe in themselves, didn’t feel worthy of living a life they love, and struggled with being their true authentic self. I knew something needed to change. That was when Hello Perfect was born.
THE DIVINE STORM
Everything in my life was “perfect”, or so I thought. It was my senior year of college at the University of Florida, Hello Perfect was growing, I was falling in love for the first time, I lived with my 3 best friends and my family’s business was doing good.
Until we found a suicide letter from my younger sister. She was suffering from an eating disorder and cutting. Luckily, we found it in time to save her life but that didn’t stop the downward spiral my life went into as my thoughts headed into negative Nancy land.
After this event, I sank into a deep depression and everything around me began to fall apart. My social life ended, my boyfriend began mentally abusing me, my grandma got cancer and my family’s business wasn’t doing so good anymore.
When My Life Took A Turn For The Worst… or was it for the best?
January 2013, a few months after we found the news from my sister, I was rushed to the Emergency room at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. I was going into Septic Shock. I was induced into a medical coma for 6 days.
1 in 3 people die from sepsis, what happened to me was a miracle.
During those 6 days in the coma the doctors told my friends and family, twice, that within the next 24 hours we will know if she survives. Luckily what the professionals thought was a loss cause, was in fact an extraordinary act of survival.
During the time in the Intensive Care Unit, I had a mask wrapped around my face, a tube down my throat and I was hooked up to 9 different bags of antibiotics. I couldn’t move, speak or breathe on my own; I couldn’t even have a glass of water, all I had was my mind.
Without knowing it at the time, I healed my body with my mind.
After graduation I went after my dream. I moved to New York City permanently and worked at InStyle magazine, but the picture wasn’t as perfect as it sounds, sepsis took a bigger toll on my long-term health than I was aware of at the time. I was living in NYC with a compromised immune system and a list of other health problems no doctor could help me with.
In August 2013, I was rushed in to get an emergency colonoscopy, I had another deadly bacteria growing in my body. After that, the post-traumatic stress really took a toll on me. There were days I wanted to give up and days where I felt completely and utterly alone in the Universe.
On the one year anniversary of my near-death experience I made the decision to let go of my dream of living in New York City and move back home to Florida to focus on my health. It was the best and hardest decision I ever made.
THE SILVER LINING
My near-death experience definitely changed my life forever but I’m grateful for the person it made me today.
I believe it’s the darkest times in our life, that create the miracles in our future.
I am a stronger, more compassionate individual than I ever was before this and I now have the ability to use my story to inspire people around the world.
I want you to know that you are not alone on this journey. There is hope that light is at the end of the tunnel and more importantly, you will reach it!
This experience led me to publishing my first book, “The Simple Gluten-Free Vegan Cookbook” and I am currently working on my next book!
So, was this the most convenient way to reach my purpose? Heck no!
You can’t control what life throws your way but you can control how you choose to react to it.
It is our perception that creates our reality so if you want to change your life you need to start by changing your thoughts.
Focus on the good, be grateful for the little things and surround yourself with a beautiful community of support to help you along the way. I would love to have you part of my community of support called the GOOD VIBE TRIBE. Join for free here.
Nationally renowned motivational speaker, Alexa Carlin has dedicated her life to doing one thing: inspiring people to dream big and believe in themselves.
Alexa founded her first company while in high school where she donated a percentage of proceeds to help build schools in Africa. Since then, she has been passionate about making a difference in others lives and in the world. In 2011, she founded the inspirational blog Hello Perfect®, with the mission to promote self-love in girls and women. Her most recent entrepreneurial endeavor is the Women Empower Expo which became the largest women’s expo in South Florida in its first year in 2016. In 2017 she has expanded the business to hosting two events in Fort Lauderdale and Washington DC.
In college, Alexa’s life changed forever. Sepsis took over her body and she was induced into a medical coma given a one percent chance of living. This life-changing experience inspired Alexa to share her story to positively impact the lives of others.
In December 2014 she published “The Simple Gluten-Free Vegan Cookbook”, a recipe guide of healing plant-based recipes to help others incorporate more plant-based meals into their diet and become healthier, from the inside out. Genuine by nature, caring at heart: for Alexa, this is merely the tip of the iceberg. Alexa’s passionate yet entertaining style and message speaks to all ages at their own level, helping them understand the true potential they hold.
“It is the choices we make in life that determine who we are going to be. Listen to your heart, be guided by your intuition, and know that at any moment you have the opportunity to change your life.” Her stories connect. Her lessons inspire. Best of all- Alexa’s words stick. Today, Alexa resides in South Florida amongst her family and friends who inspire her daily. She is active on social media and has become a leading broadcaster on Twitter’s Periscope app. When not speaking onstage, Alexa can be found writing her next book, creating events for the Women Empower Expo, or playing with her toy poodle, Nala.
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