Every Friday I am going to feature a woman that I adore. They exude all the qualities of an Alpha Female and I want to dig into their lives to get some nuggets of knowledge to help us all live happier, healthier lives finding harmony between work and life.
Definition of an Alpha Female
An Alpha Female is a powerful and assertive woman. Her confidence is due to being an intelligent and intellectual problem-solver. Being an Alpha Female is a State of Mind based on choosing ambition and being proud of it. She strives for a happy and healthy work/life harmony.
Type A Alpha Females often come across as strong willed and selfish. When we stay true to our authentic selves and stay true to our mission we shine. A true Alpha Female puts the needs of herself first without sacrificing her principles or dignity. She fills up her cup or gas tank first so that she has enough energy for her friends, family, and coworkers. A an Alpha Female strives for synergy with the world around her. She wants a perfect work/life balance but knows that it requires being true to your priorities and what makes you happy. She is never complacent about striving for better and nurtures relationships with the people in her life.
Meet LC Johnson!
LC Johnson is an award winning blogger, entrepreneur, educator, and activist and the creator. She is the author of the Amazon best selling book, Colored Girl Confidential, and the executive producer of the podcast Black, Married, and Hustling – the first podcast of it’s kind to go behind the scenes of a one woman business as it is being created in real time.
LC can usually be found reading, writing, or watching HGTV with her husband and dog, Huey. To date, she has trained more than 500 women on the subjects of blogging, branding, new media, and entrepreneurship, and, at the end of 2013, Campbell’s Soup Co. named her one of the top five innovative leaders of her generation.
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How are you an Alpha Female?
For me, being an Alpha Female means being unapologetic. And I struggled with this for a long time. I used to think that being unapologetic meant being selfish, or being a jerk. And don’t get me wrong – sometimes it may be perceived this way. But eventually I realized that being unapologetic was the process of becoming super clear on what you want or need, what’s in line with your values, and then making decisions based on that and not apologizing for them. I actually think the hardest part is getting clear with yourself. Once you have that sense of clarity and conviction, it can make the decision process a whole lot easier.
What does work/life harmony look like for you?
This is something I am constantly navigating. The fact is, I love my work so doing work is fun for me. Pair this with the fact that I’m incredibly ambitious and it is easy for me to want to spend every waking hour working on one project or another. Honestly, being married is helpful in creating (read: forcing) me to have more balance. And while I don’t have a strict definition for what balance looks like, I know what it FEELS like – it feels easy and happy.
Which is not to say that there are not hard moments but I try not to force myself too hard in any one direction and allow myself to be led by what feels good and is also in line with my values. If that means working through the weekend on a project I can’t get out of my head, so be it. If that means leaving work early one day to have an afternoon date because hubby is having a bad day, that works too.
What are you most passionate about?
I’m passionate about a lot of things – family, faith, reading, nature, connecting and empowering women. It’s really hard to choose just one and for me, that’s a really good thing. Because it constantly reminds me that there isn’t one part of me that is above all the others. There are so many different aspects of my personality that makes me who I am. On my best days, I try to nurture each of those with equal commitment.
What are you daily health habits that keep your immune system boosted?
Sleeping at least eight hours a day! There are a lot of ways that I am still working towards building the healthy lifestyle that I crave but if there is one thing I do well, it’s sleep at least eight hours a nigh. And drink a ton of water!
What is your weekly fitness routine like?
My day job is working in sales for the YMCA so that makes it pretty easy to work out. I really like fitness classes so as often as possible, I will do a spin, yoga, or cardio during my lunch break.
How do you challenge yourself fitness wise?
My biggest challenge is consistency and also making fitness a part of my life and not just something on my to do list. I challenge myself by trying to think about wellness in a loving way. For most of my life, wellness and fitness was all about losing weight and was super based in hating my body and feeling pressured to “be fit.” There was no joy or enjoyment.
I’m trying to get to a place where wellness stems from a place of love and joy and playfulness. I’m trying to challenge myself to think holistically, to love my body, and to do things that help me feel good but are also fun. It’s a challenge because I can so easily slip back into my previous mentality. I guess, in sum, my biggest challenges aren’t physical ones, they are mental and spiritual ones!
What are you daily/weekly nutrition habits that keep you well nourished?
I eat five times a day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and then morning and afternoon snacks. It’s funny because when I first started eating this way, it felt so unnatural. Now, if I miss one of my meals or snacks, it totally throws me off!
What are your daily habits for winding down at night and reducing stress?
Spending time with my husband and my dog, Huey. I am a self-proclaimed workaholic so I could easily stay on my phone or work until I fall asleep but being married has helped me with setting healthier boundaries. So instead of working until I fall asleep, my hubby and I eat dinner together every night (not in front of the TV) and then spend a couple hours hanging out and talking before bed. It helps me wind down and take my mind off work while also helping my husband and I to stay connected.
What are some pain points of being an Alpha Female that you have to problem solve for?
I would say one of my biggest issues is asking for help. I like to do a lot of things on my own. That’s kind of tied in to the definition of Alpha – somebody who is in charge! Because of this, I sometimes struggle with asking for help or even identifying the fact that I need help. When it comes to problem solving, I almost always try to problem solve solely based on my own abilities and resources.
It doesn’t even occur to me to consider bringing other folks into the mix. This is something I’m working on a bit. I still prefer to be in charge and have a handle on things myself but I’m trying to be better at recognizing when I need support and then actually reaching out to folks and asking for help.
What is your definition of happiness?
Happiness to me means many things but overall it’s a feeling of enjoying your life as it is now and not as you imagine it is going to be once you “accomplish” what you’re working towards. As I mentioned, I’ a super ambitious person. I’m also a planner. Which means I am forever creating huge goals and working towards them. In the midst of this however, happiness is the ability to enjoy the journey and not just the destination.