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 balancing life & work.
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.
She is the brightest star in her constellation. When an Alpha Female stays true to their authentic selves and their missions they shine. An Alpha Female puts herself first so that she can fill up her cup and then have more energy for her friends, family, and coworkers. She strives for synergy with the world around her. She knows that work/life harmony is found by staying true to your priorities and what makes you happy. She is never complacent about striving for better and nurtures relationships with all the people in her life.
Meet Lindsay Webster!
Lindsay Webster is an elite Obstacle Course Racer, former marketing manager, mountain bike racer, adventurer, wife and husky dog mom.
- What do you think of the definition and how are you an Alpha Female?
I love this definition! It’s very empowering. I’m proud to be referred to as an Alpha Female because the things in this definition are things I think everyone strives to be. Synergy with the world around me and staying true to what makes me happy is something I’ve become really passionate about doing over the last few years.
- What are you most passionate about?
Friends, family, and having a career path in life that you truly enjoy. I really believe that if you’re passionate about something, you’ll give it your all and will, therefore, excel at it. I always want to have a job that I love and will result in happiness, not one that will just pay the bills.
- What does work/life harmony look like for you?
I think it’s important to separate work life and home life. Leaving time for family when you’re not distracted by checking work emails is important. When I had an office job, I would work from home a lot and I found making the separation became hard, so I would have to manage my time accordingly. Now, as a full-time athlete, my husband and I both have the same job, so it’s pretty easy to match our schedules up. We can do our training together, and then make time to visit friends and family afterward.
- Share with us a time when work/life balance was out of wack? What was your aha moment that taught you it was ok to take care of yourself first?
I used to work in marketing and event planning. I loved my job and the people involved, but I worked from home two days a week. That definitely had its pro’s, don’t get me wrong! But it did get to a point where I just felt like I was on the clock 24/7. When I wasn’t at the office from 9-5, it became hard for me to make the distinction between work hours and home hours, so I found myself answering emails at 10 pmm some nights. I don’t recall at exactly what point I realized this, but with time management I made it a bit easier for myself. The days I worked from home, I would take a few hours on my lunch to go for a run, then work a few hours after dinner to make up for it.
- How do you nourish yourself?
I always leave a few hours for myself before bed each night. No matter how much I have to do in a day, I always make sure I have at least an hour when the day is over to read a book and have some quiet time. I also make sure to make time each day for things I enjoy, like cooking or exercising, and when I’m doing those things I don’t rush them.
- What is your weekly fitness routine like?
That’s a tough question to answer! Since I’m a full-time athlete, fitness is technically my job right now. My weekly fitness routine varies depending on what time of year it is. During race season, I’ll do more intensity work where I’m getting my heart rate really high during runs. As it’s the off-season right now, I’m focusing more on strength and long, easy cardio. Usually, my weeks involve between 12-16 hours of training, which to a cyclist might sound like nothing, but most of it is running-based. When your training involves lots of leg loading, the hours’ decrease.
- What are your daily habits for winding down at night and reducing stress?
Drinking tea, watching a movie or reading a book!
- What are some pain points of being an Alpha Female that you have to problem solve for?
Trying to please sponsors and fans through good race results is always a tough one I struggle with, as most athletes do. I actually have amazing sponsors (and fans!) and I know no one is expecting me to always win, or putting pressure on me to do so. I guess I just want to please them because they’re so good to me! When I’m feeling nervous about a big race or pressure to perform, I remind myself that I’m doing this sport because I truly love it, and it makes me happy. I’m my own biggest roadblock.
- What is your definition of happiness?
Waking up and looking forward to each day, not taking advantage of the amazing things we have in life, and always striving to seek out new adventures. Life is too short, so we have to live it up while we can.