Alison Faulkner - www.thealisonshow.com

Exciting, smart, intuitive, creative, dancer.

What made you want to start blogging?

I decided to start blogging solely to try to put love into world. It sounds contrived but it’s 100% true. I had just come out of a really hard time (emotionally and mentally) and I felt very compelled to start sharing my perspective and experiences. I had come to the conclusion that putting love in the world was the best way to spend my time, and I love to write. Yet still, I was kind of embarrassed to start a blog. Like, “Why would that be interesting to anyone?!” And also I thought, “I must be a huge narcissist.” Haha. But soon after the inkling to blog started I decided to backpack China with some friends and that kind of gave me an excuse in my mind to start, because I was going to be doing something interesting.

When do you feel most beautiful?

I feel most beautiful when I’m by myself, content, and doing exactly what I feel like I was put on this earth to do. That varies from day to day. But I feel beautiful when I am at ease.

Has becoming a successful blogger affected the amount you think about your appearance? If yes, how so?

I don’t do fashion blogging and I’m not a beauty blogger, but I do feel more pressure to look good. I feel pressure to feel 100% confident in my own skin all of the time. And I just don’t. Unfortunately my success is tied to how many “likes” I get in a way. And that’s hard to ignore. I’ve noticed if I look really thin or pretty in a picture, it gets more likes and technically is more “successful.” I do my best to just do and post whatever I want, but that’s easier said than done. I splurge for fake eyelashes and always have my nails done and write them off as business expenses. Because technically they are. How funny is that?

How much do you think your success as a blogger is tied to your physical appearance?

It just depends on what type of blogging you do. For sure if I was thinner I’d probably get more clothing contracts. Then again, I don’t really care if I get those. I believe there’s a level of professionalism you can achieve with your appearance. When I exercise and put a little more thought into how I look I feel better. As bloggers our lives are a big part of our jobs, and I believe if you dress for success, well, you’ll be more successful. Haha!

Have you ever struggled with a lack of confidence? If so, how did you get through it?

I literally spend half my life feeling like I’m absolutely worthless, and the other half swimming in delusions of grandeur. I just don’t have any advice other than: feed the beast. In my case the “beast” is my belief that I’m deserving of my own “show” you know, the one I gave myself. When in doubt I just keep pretending I’m worthy of it.

What are 5 things you love about yourself?

1. I’m very easy to excite
2. I’m smart
3. I’m intuitive
4. I’m creative
5. I can change my mood by dancing

What made you want to be a part of The Stripped Project?

The Alison Show is about spreading love and joy. There are lots of ways to do that. But I’ve realized in the 8 years that I’ve been doing this, that one way I, Alison, can spread love is by unabashedly loving myself and fighting tooth and nail to accomplish my dreams. The Stripped Project just fits that message perfectly.

How did you feel being in front of the camera with no make-up on?

I really didn’t mind too much because I don’t wear all that much make up to start with. It’s not because I’m not vain, it’s because I’m not good at putting make up on. Also I’m just preoccupied obsessing over other stupid things.

How do you maintain positive self-esteem while being involved in social media?

I really believe the ONLY way to maintain your self-esteem while doing social media as a profession is to have a clear sense of self. You have to know who you are—what you love, what you want, what makes you happy. And even when you DO have a clear sense of self, it can be hard to keep a hold of it if you don’t set parameters. I find that I’m the most confident when I pay very little attention to what others are doing. I allow myself to collaborate with other people, encourage other people, and be inspired by other people, but when watching what other people are working on starts to interfere with me taking action? Well then I crawl back in my cave and get to work.

How do you feel  social media can be used to empower women?

Social media is THE WORST. I want to quit being a part of it ALL THE TIME. But it can also be the best. I think of my social media platforms as extensions of “Alison” but they are not me. They don’t have my soul, they don’t have my complexity. Social media is just a way to be social. And being social can empower people. Being “social” helps us step outside of ourselves and be exposed to new thoughts, new ideas, new anything. It can motivate and inspire. I personally like social media because of how it can connect us when we otherwise would have felt alone and isolated.

I think it’s a pretty powerful thing when a woman realizes, “Oh my gosh! I’m not the only one who eats cheeseburgers in my car crying.” And in that moment they feel less alone. And maybe by feeling less alone and crazy they have more confidence to tackle whatever it is they wanted to tackle. That’s empowering right?

And that’s why I keep doing what I do.

Well that and I’m trying to take over the world.