Every Friday I am going to feature a woman that I adore. EXCEPT TODAY BECAUSE MY PODCAST WENT LIVE WITH MY VERY FIRST INTERVIEW! 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.
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 true 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 Shannon Lee Simmons!
Shannon Lee Simmons is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Investment Manager (CIM), media personality, financial expert and founder of the New School of Finance – Canada’s first online personal finance school. She is widely recognized as a trailblazer in the Canadian financial planning industry and an expert in Millennial personal finances. She was named one of Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 and she recently won the 2014 Notable Award for Best In Finance.
Robyn Here: I am a big believer in the amazingness of the New School of Finance. I bought the Sole Prop course in the fall of 2015 so that I could ensure I was properly tracking everything as I truly begin to monetize my business. The online course is set up in a 4 part video series and is beyond useful for entrepreneurs or side hustlers in Canada. The Make that Money part of the course though is international in it’s content. She also has an amazing course for budgeting with your significant other.
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How are you an Alpha Female?
I dream big and I go for it. Even when terrified, I work my butt of to achieve my dreams!
Does work/life balance exist?
Some days… I’d be lying if I said it did all the time. It’s something I strive for, but often don’t achieve at certain times. I work for myself, so it’s a full time job plus I wear many hats in my work. But, because I work for myself it feels less like a job, and more like building my future, so, I’m no resentful!
I do find more balance in the summer. I make sure to take time for cottage. 🙂
What are you most passionate about?
Entrepreneurship and helping people figure out that that finances doesn’t have to be complicated or boring 🙂 Plus, my cat.
What are you daily health habits that keep your immune system boosted?
I bike every day on my commute and I drink a lot of herbal teas to help keep healthy!
What is your weekly fitness routine like?
Yoga at least once a week, bike everywhere and gym 1-2 times a week… Unless it’s snowing. Then, maybe 0 -1 🙂
How do you challenge yourself fitness wise?
I worked with a personal trainer for a long time this year to teach me new exercises so I didn’t get bored or plateau. I ran a half marathon a few years ago as well. Fitness is important to me, but sometimes even getting my butt to the gym is the challenge. So, I try to celebrate small victories too!
What are your daily habits for winding down at night and reducing stress?
NO PHONE AFTER 10! No email, no phone, no social media. I try for this. Sometimes I fail, but when I manage, I find I sleep better and wind down way more!
What are you daily/weekly nutrition habits that keep you well nourished?
I am unfortunately addicted to green cold pressed juice. It’s very expensive, but so good and I legit feel nourished after I have one. All in my head? Totally legit? Who knows. Either way, I haven’t (knock on wood) been sick yet this year and I actually feel nourished after drinking it!
What are pain points that Alpha Females are constantly problem solving for?
I think people think that being an Alpha means you’re a bitch, or hardcore. I don’t feel like that’s true at all. For me, it just means that I set goals, try my best to reach them and the confidence to face fears and be like “I’m scared, but I’m going to do this anyways”.
What is your definition of happiness?
Being fully self-expressed and living a sustainable life.
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