We had the good fortune of connecting with Shari Alyse and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shari, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” – Mother Teresa

The first time I read this quote, it resonated so deeply. I knew immediately that this was how I wanted to live my life. I want to be the person that people loved being around because they feel uplifted, more joyful and their most alive.

We all have been gifted the opportunity to create connections and meaningful relationships and I wanted to give it all my all. Our time on this planet is limited and it’s so important to spend the moments we’ve been given doing good, being good and spreading good.

Be the person that makes others smile when you walk through the door.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My big, audacious goal is to bring JOY back into the heart of everyone and so I’ve started a joy revolution! My true love is television, film and stage and that is the medium I feel most alive and most in my joy. This has led me to become a 2x TED and keynote speaker, TV host and bestselling author. I’ve been featured all over the media as a joy expert and I am currently developing an unscripted television show that will bring joy back into the homes and hearts of people across the country.

In 2013, I co-founded an all woman-led startup where we were one of the first online holistic wellness directories and communities. I’ve taken my years of building successful communities and deliver keynotes and workshops on building more meaning, purpose, and connection within organizations positively impacting the overall joy, culture and bottom line.

My journey hasn’t been easy, but that’s often what molds and shapes us. I’ve had to really dig deep to see who I am and what I’m made of as life’s unexpected twists and turns can throw you off track. I’ve done a lot of personal work to be branded America’s Joy Magnet and it’s because I’ve discovered what true joy is and how to connect to it on-demand. I’m excited about the TV show I’m developing that will inspire people to live their fullest, most connected, most creative and most joyful lives. My challenges and obstacles have confirmed for me what is truly important and how simple life truly can be when we allow ourselves to live right here and right now in this moment. My gift is my joy and it’s my joy to share this gift with the world.

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?
We would start each day with a sunrise hike at one of the incredible trails that LA offers. My personal favorites are Fryman and Runyon Canyon. I’d take them down to Palos Verdes to really take in the beauty of this coast. We’d go over to Wayfarers Chapel to get another amazing view. I live in Sherman Oaks and I love Ventura Blvd and all the restaurants and bars here for good happy hours. We’d go to Bossa Nova on Sunset for a great dinner and wake up early the next day to take a drive down to Hermosa and Manhattan beach. LA is all about spending time in nature so whether it’s a hike, beach or driving down PCH, you can’t go wrong with some fun in the sun.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When I was 12, Oprah Winfrey spoke publicly for the first time about the sexual abuse she had endured. For the first time, I didn’t feel alone. Although I spoke out publicly in a courtroom, her courage to speak out to millions and be vulnerable provided hope for me that not only could I heal, but I could be successful and happy. I decided then that I wanted to be a television talk show host and help make peoples lives better. Not only have I followed that calling, but I’ve also spoken on stages all over the world including 2 TEDx stages and mentored thousands to heal and find love for themselves.

Website: www.ShariAlyse.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sharialyse

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/sharialyse

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sharialyse

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sharingwithshari

Youtube: www.youtube.com/sharialyse

Other: “How to Escape the Prison of Your Mind” TEDx talk. https://youtu.be/EDWZ1jYKulc

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