I am Alise, however my legal name is Alyssa. But it is pronounced A Lisa. This is so strange because my whole life I have been called Alyssa (A Lisa) but clearly spelled Alyssa (as in Alissa). When I asked my parents “why,” their response was the strange part. They named me after the flower “alyssum.” So really my name was intended to be Alyssa (Alissa). So that was that.

I was born in Northern Minnesota with a whole lot of black hair. My hair has been a “thing” my how life. In fact, my Brother has always said I am a hair farmer. I truly think he is jealous, but regardless I have a lot of dark brown hair.

If I had four adjectives to describe my life it would be (in no order) Silly, Strong, Honest, and Lucky. Why lucky? I just happen to get myself in situations I don’t intend to. For example, after I graduated from College with my Bachelors, I wanted to go to Nursing school. I applied to the U of MN, which invited me down for an interview. With 85 percent of the interview completed, I was asked “why do you think you would be a candidate for our inaugural Post-Baccalaureate Nursing program?” Great question, I thought, I was applying for the BSN program, so I am not sure how to answer that. Of course, I did answer it and leaving the U, I thought, well I bombed that one. Nope, I received my acceptance letter a few weeks later.

I am married to the most amazing man (in my opinion) and have two wonderful daughters. Many people ask how I got to the place I am today (whatever that even means) and it is such a long mildly crazy story. My intention since I was young is to change the world. It is hard for me to write about my “accomplishments” because I am actually just working toward that goal. I worked as a Nurse for six years, I started my own company and grew 100 percent year after year for 10 years, and I am continuing to change the world, one day at a time.

I am an author, speaker, entrepreneur, friend, wife, mom, daughter, and sister.

As cliché as it sounds, I think it is vital to leave the world more awesome than when you found it.