How To Amplify Your Message

I had the INCREDIBLE honor of being on the Divine Living Podcast with the QUEEN herself, Gina DeVee. If you're not already following her, please do! She's been an inspiration in my life for years and I am so grateful to have been interviewed by her.


I shared about my journey becoming a brand and business coach for women as well as how I turned a difficult season of my life into a purpose-driven career helping others.


I held nothing back in this episode and I hope you enjoy it! Also, check out Gina's episode on The She Believed She Could podcast. It was fabulous!


xo,

Allison



Love the episode? Check out the transcript:


Gina DeVee:

Oh, my goodness, queen. Aren't women amazing, so amazing? I cannot believe how isolated I let myself get living in such a bubble, thinking that my community and my people didn't really exist.

Today's podcast episode is going to introduce you to a true soul sister. Allison Walsh, I mean, first of all, she won miss Florida in 2006, she's gorgeous inside and out, has totally not only recovered from an eating disorder, but also is just a champion for healing holistically for women with body image issues and eating orders and all sorts of other things. Of course, she's a mother of three, she's a graduate from law school, and now does consulting and brand building. She's worked with over 250 one-on-one clients because that's how obsessed she is about building women's brand and helping you get to the uniqueness of your story.

It's a really beautiful conversation that we had today. I'm so excited, if you don't already know who she is, for you to get to know her more, but just really bask in the epicness of how incredible you are, how incredible women are, and how many resources are actually available to help you get to the next level. So, enjoy it.

You've gotten great at divine working, but what about divine living. Welcome to the Divine Living Podcast. I'm your host, Gina DeVee. You're not alone in wanting more, and here at the Divine Living Podcast, you can expect to be part of conversations from women like us, who unapologetically dream big and are obsessed with manifesting our most fabulous lives. The conversation starts now.

Allison, it is such a delight to have you on the Divine Living Podcast. Thank you so much for being here and welcome to the show.


Allison Walsh:

Oh, Gina, it is my honor. I am absolutely thrilled to be here.


Gina DeVee:

Oh, good, good, good. Well, it's not often that I get to interview a pageant queen. We interview a lot of queens, and we're going to get into your business queendom as well, but I wanted to take a little trip down memory lane and share with my audience a little bit more about you, the woman behind the brand that you have created today. You won Miss Florida, is that correct?


Allison Walsh:

I did, a long time ago.


Gina DeVee:

It wasn't that long ago.


Allison Walsh:

Oh, it feels like it. 15 years ago already, but yeah, it was a dream job with an expiration date, but it was amazing.


Gina DeVee:

How'd you get into it?


Allison Walsh:

Yeah, I didn't grow up competing in pageantry or anything. I always just idolized the women that were on the stage at Miss America and really respected everything that they did to get to that point, and just to set my sights on that being something that I wanted to accomplish for myself. I started competing when I was 18 years old and I was a freshman at the university of Florida. My first title was Miss University of Florida, which was an incredible experience to be able to represent my school. I competed at Miss Florida that year, made the 10 and just got hooked at that point. I'm like, "I'm coming back. I will make this happen."

I actually competed four times during the course of my years. I was actually crowned on my 23rd birthday. I had won Miss Miami that year and then won Miss Florida on my birthday.


Gina DeVee:

Wow.


Allison Walsh:

It was unbelievable. It was just a blessing and definitely opened up so many incredible doors for me. I had the chance to really promote causes that I cared about. I had started a nonprofit when I was 18 as well, so I got to really champion that. So many of the doors that opened because of being Miss Florida I walked through later in life, it was a direct result of those relationships and those connections. I'm very, very grateful.


Gina DeVee:

Wow, wow, wow. All right, let's back up this bus here, because you're obviously beautiful inside and out. To look at something like that, I think most of us would look at those like that's something that happens on TV and that's other people. You just set this intention, like, "I want to do that." I'm presuming you didn't go into it thinking that you were going to lose. What went on inside of you that was like, "Yes, that's mine."


Allison Walsh:

For me, I knew that it would send me in a totally different direction. I knew that the doors that would open, as I've mentioned, would be huge. I knew that would be transformative and I'm a huge advocate for pushing yourself to be the best that you can be and to truly show up and to constantly evolve. I live and die, and have forever, by the saying of the whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.

What I noticed, even after that first year of competing and making the top 10, I knew that I had already elevated so much as a person. Actually, I competed three years and then I took one year off in between. I noticed that I wasn't as focused, I wasn't working as intentionally on things that mattered to me on that one year off. That was a big part of it. When I came back, I was like, "You know what? I am my best when I have something that I'm working towards."

I've always been very intentional around goal setting and everything, but that year in particular really highlighted the fact that when you set your mind to something and you're working to towards it, yes, it's amazing when it happens, but everything else about that growth process is even that much more beneficial. Yeah, I was very clear that I wanted it and it was a lot of hard work that went into it, but I also grew tremendously in the process and I'm so grateful for that.


Gina DeVee:

Oh, I love, love hearing this, Allison. What you're reminding me of, I'm sitting here like, "Wow, Miss Florida pageants," the whole thing, I never looked at that stage and was like, "Yeah, I ought do that," but when I was, what was I, 21, I did it with the White House. I was like obsessed with the White House and all things politics, and I was like, "I'm going to go work there," and I did. I just want this to be a reminder to queens everywhere that whatever ... Also, I remember Kim Kardashian was talking about when she saw the glimpse of some first reality show. She was like, "That, that's what I want to do." It's just a great reminder. I never looked at a pageant or reality show and said that, but I did for the White House. For anyone, whatever you're looking at, where you're like, "Yes, that," go for it, go for it. Because, as we're demonstrating, it's meant to be yours.


Allison Walsh:

Absolutely.


Gina DeVee:

Totally. Let's take now, we'll connect the dots. How did you go from all things Miss Florida and what you did for Miss America to where you're at today?


Allison Walsh:

It was just a wonderful journey. I mentioned I started a nonprofit when I was 18. I had actually struggled pretty severely with eating disorders while I was in high school, and I had made it my mission to help others because I didn't want anybody else to feel the way that I felt. I just felt so alone and that my parents didn't know how to navigate it, and so we said, "Well, the best thing you can do, if you want to change something, is to do it," to do it yourself. That's where it really started.

I became a huge advocate for this an