We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelika Alana and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelika, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I feel like a silver lining from some of the more challenging aspects of my childhood is that I’m extremely risk resilient. I always joke, plant me anywhere and I’ll find a way to thrive. I think this is one of the greatest advantages I have as an entrepreneur but also specifically as a coach. I can’t coach people on life if I haven’t had a tonne of life experience myself. That experience came from me taking a bunch of risks, living all over the world, trying so many different healing modalities and happiness methods…. along with making a tonne of mistakes. You need to be able to take risks to have these adventures and it’s these adventures and the lessons they’ve taught me (and continue to teach me) that have enabled me to create my entire business and brand. As far as day-to-day risk taking, it’s f*%king vulnerable (excuse my French) to be seen in the becoming – that’s being an entrepreneur. You’re putting stuff out there, trying it out, testing it, seeing what works and therefore being witnessed also when things don’t. This is risky and it’s also what it takes to succeed. No one can engage with your business if you’re not out there being seen… and you can’t get it “right” if you’re never willing to be seen getting it wrong. I’m grateful I was around so much change as a kid for that reason. It’s made me incredibly resilient to risk and the ever changing landscape of life. It’s one of the things I like about myself the most… what do you like about yourself the most? Yes… you, the one reading this right now. What’s flipping great about you?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I see myself personally as an artist, I did my bachelors in music and spent my entire life creating and performing. I love making film and editing, which is still a big part of what I do now, so I guess some ‘artist’ is mixed in there but professionally I’m a teacher. Or dare I say I’m a professional student? Hah that actually feels more accurate. Sharing my insatiable appetite for learning about all the practical methods and tools we need to live a wildly confident life of “wow” and wonder. What does it mean to be happy and at home in our own skin? How do we live a soul-full existence feeling completely confident in our ability to face this modern and chaotic world? It’s questions like these I’ve devoted my life to and I’m incredibly proud to say my work has now touched hundreds of thousands of people through my online platform Lit Up for Life. Lit Up for Life is an online community that teaches you everything you could ever want to know about building wild confidence and soul-full self-esteem. Everything I create is designed to inspire you on your own journey to living a fully lit UP life. My very own methodology uses a blend of spiritual practices, modern psychology and neuroscience to help you experience a life driven by passion and soulful fire. I’m here to help you move past the dullness and self-doubt. To understand what’s behind a lack of motivation, drive and purpose and to transform it into ecstatic confidence and a life you f*%king love! All with practical, tangible tools and methods you can apply every day. Tools and methods I’ve developed after travelling the world studying different healing modalities, happiness methods and working 1:1 with hundreds of humans just like you… and online with hundreds of thousands. This isn’t just some woo-woo hippy dippy bullsh*t or promise, this is tried and tested methods and tools that WORK.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My parents were supposed to be visiting right around now from Australia before this pandemic hit so I feel like I can answer from the perspective of showing them around. I’d take them to the best coffee shop in Topanga…. our back porch! Then maybe for a hike up at the Labyrinth to see the epic vista and to sit and meditate with their backs against my favourite tree. This is a special tree that if you hold a question in your mind you want help with, the answer will come through for you. Don’t ask me how or why it works. It just does. Then I’d take them to El Matador to see the big rock formations and to dance gleefully at the sea edge. Pizza for dinner at Double Zero – the vegan truffle pizza is to die for! Sushi in Woodland Hills is also a must, some incredibly authentic and fresh sushi spots and it’s close to us. Probably also treat them to a buffet breakfast at Little Beach House in Malibu. Maybe take Mum to a high tea at the Ritz, she’d love that.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Cheesy and perhaps a little cliche but my Dad. He is the strongest, kindest, most resilient, just-won’t-bloody-quit person I know. He taught me about loyalty, like what it truly means to show up for your commitments to the people you love, what love in action looks like. That’s pretty special and speaking of special, he always made me believe I was exceptionally special. He consistently reinforced the idea that I could do enormous, impactful, wildly brilliant and successful things. A lot of parents try to taper their kids expectations, “is that realistic?” Not my Dad, he was always egging me on to dream even bigger and I wish that for every kid. He is a dreamer, an optimist and a visionary who isn’t afraid to role his sleeves up, enlist some help and get sh*t done. I hope I’m just like him too.