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Women in Wellness With Actress and Author Alexa Fischer

I believe the foundation for a happy, well balanced and fulfilling life stems from three primary habits — selfless giving, positive thoughts and connection with nature. We have grown so accustomed to our busy, digital lives that isolation — from people and the bigger world around us — is far too common. Go into any […]

I believe the foundation for a happy, well balanced and fulfilling life stems from three primary habits — selfless giving, positive thoughts and connection with nature. We have grown so accustomed to our busy, digital lives that isolation — from people and the bigger world around us — is far too common. Go into any coffee shop and everyone has their head buried in a screen. Walk down the street and see how many people are plugged into their headphones. Ask yourself, when was the last time you ditched your cell phone and took a walk in nature? Selfless giving can be as simple as smiling at a stranger as you hold open a door. Positive thoughts pave the way for confidence when you’re experiencing doubt and hesitation. Nature provides rejuvenation when life’s pace tends to wear you down. Such simple solutions that soothe the soul and brings renewed harmony and wellbeing.


Ihad the pleasure to interview Wishbeads founder Alexa Fischer. Alexa is an actress, coach, author, and motivational speaker whose work helps people go after their dreams, build their confidence, and break free from fear. Using online courses, private coaching, and her goal-setting jewelry line, Alexa’s work has reached tens of thousands of people. She has shared her techniques with future leaders at GirlUp and the Girls Athletic Leadership School and current leaders at companies like Trader Joe’s, SONY, Google, PepsiCo, and IBM. Her Wishbeads jewelry is carried in boutiques around the country and has been worn by celebrities, friends, and folks young and old.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

I’ve always considered myself a “people person” and delighted in connecting with others from the time I was a little girl. Acting was a natural extension of this curiosity, and I had the good fortune of studying acting at both Northwestern University and at the Yale School of Drama. By investigating a character’s intentions and obstacles, I honed my skills and honed my understanding of what drives people to go after their deepest desires. In hindsight, I see that it was the perfect training for my life as a teacher, speaker and creator of inspirational jewelry. As Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”. The question is what role have we cast ourselves in and what story are we creating? If we are the authors of our own destiny, our future is really in our hands!

Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?

I believe the foundation for a happy, well balanced and fulfilling life stems from three primary habits — selfless giving, positive thoughts and connection with nature. We have grown so accustomed to our busy, digital lives that isolation — from people and the bigger world around us — is far too common. Go into any coffee shop and everyone has their head buried in a screen. Walk down the street and see how many people are plugged into their headphones. Ask yourself, when was the last time you ditched your cell phone and took a walk in nature? Selfless giving can be as simple as smiling at a stranger as you hold open a door. Positive thoughts pave the way for confidence when you’re experiencing doubt and hesitation. Nature provides rejuvenation when life’s pace tends to wear you down. Such simple solutions that soothe the soul and brings renewed harmony and wellbeing.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

Life has a funny way of opening new doors for you…The idea for Wishbeads came to me one morning in the shower, but the seed was planted months prior at a busy craft fair in Lucca, Italy.

I was on a family trip to Italy and happened upon an artist at a craft fair making beaded bracelets out of rolled up paper and fabric. I was mesmerized. After returning home, I mentioned these beaded bracelets to a friend who encouraged me to try making them on my own.

A few weeks later, I was speaking at a local homeless shelter about the power of positive thinking and guided participants in visualizing their future home and the security they so deserved.

The next day, in the shower, the two ideas came together. I realized that people could use the jewelry-making method I’d seen in Italy to wear their positive thoughts on their wrists. They could literally wear their wishes every day and be reminded of what they were working towards.

Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

When I was first launching Wishbeads, I thought that I needed to figure out everything on my own. I spend countless hours Googling information about manufacturing, design, trademarks, distribution and everything in between. I had grown so accustomed to building my other careers on my own, that I neglected to tap into the incredible resources I had around me — a network of accomplished entrepreneurs who were ready and willing to share their expertise. Now, with grace and humility, I seek out advice from others at the earliest opportunity. Before I do, I make sure to really articulate the challenge I am experiencing and the specific questions I have, so I am mindful of their time and can receive the most valuable information that can help me move my vision forward. In turn, I’m more than happy to help others as well. There’s nothing more satisfying than being able to lift up another fellow entrepreneur!

When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?

There’s no question that life can seem overwhelmingly stressful at times. The issues we face as a nation (and as a world) can be daunting, but how you experience the world is entirely up to you. What you chose to focus on creates the blueprint for your thoughts. Your thoughts then create your feelings and your feelings create your actions.

Let’s break this down…

If you decide to watch the news 24 hours a day, hearing alarming headlines on repeat, you will likely be consumed with fear. This fear might create an inner narrative that keeps you up at night worrying about global warming, gun violence and political discord, which then causes you to be snippy and distrustful of others.

On the other hand, if you wake up each day and make a conscious effort to be present and positive, you will notice life’s simple pleasures — a delicious cup of coffee, the face of your dog when you grab his leash to go for a walk, or a kind word from a co-worker — you’ll likely experience gratitude and pleasure. With that energy, it’s only natural that you’ll navigate the day with greater ease and grace.

Energy attracts like energy.

Wishbeads gives people the opportunity to BE the change they wish to see in the world. When you can articulate what you wish to experience in your life (by writing it down), you are retraining your mind to focus on what you want to manifest instead of habitually focusing on what is stressful around you. When you see your wish on your wrist, you are reminding yourself to stay positive and take action toward your deepest desires.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

A few weeks after my Kickstarter campaign for Wishbeads had been successfully funded, I saw a tweet from someone asking when Wishbeads would be available for purchase. Much to my delight, it was from Victoria Lynden, an award winning female entrepreneur, and CEO of Alliance Abroad and Kohana Coffee. Delighted by her interest, I reached out to her via LinkedIn and asked if I could connect with her for a phone call. She agreed and after a very spirited conversation, our mutual admiration sealed our new friendship. Not only did she become a trusted advisor, but she shared some of her best resources, including the name of the trusted manufacturer she worked with for many of her businesses. Her generosity has had a profound impact on my company, and I’m so grateful for her continued guidance and support.

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?

Oh, I’m delighted you asked! I have a really big wish: To have over one million people wish at once. In this dream scenario, I imagine hosting a live and virtual event where together we can wish for peace.

Imagine the power of our collective energy…

Imagine the shift in consciousness…

Imagine the feeling of connection when we focus on that single goal… all at one time.

I believe our thoughts, our actions, and our intentions create our experience, so if enough of us wish for peace, peace will be present. Everyone wins.

What are your “3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?

I love the work of Alexandra Franzen… She’s a writer, teacher and overall cheerleader for people who want to put beautiful things into the world like books, podcast, newsletters, and artistic musings. In her newlsetters, she tends to remind her following of a few things, which frankly I wish someone told me before I started my business.

You’re doing great: It’s all too easy to convince yourself that you’re not enough when you’re launching something new. You don’t have enough experience, talent, resources, time, etc… Just hearing the phrase, “You’re doing great!”, is the emotional pep talk anyone needs to lift your spirit so you can put one foot in front of the other with your head held high.

Keep going: Every great success story is usually preceded with a string of rejections and obstacles. JK Rowling famously had over twenty rejection letters for Harry Potter, Richard Branson was diagnosed with dyslexia before building his Virgin empire and Diana Nyad (at age 64!), managed to swim from Cuba to Florida on her FIFTH attempt. Bottom line — you need to keep going despite the inevitable setbacks that come along the way. Success is generally around the corner, you just don’t know how long the street is before you get to that proverbial corner so KEEP GOING.

Have fun: As an entrepreneur, my attitude is everything. Of course I don’t LOVE every single aspect of building my company. Making Excel spreadsheets, dealing with website glitches, and keeping up with social media can make me feel a tad ho hum, but then I remind myself how lucky I am to spend my time doing what I do. Now, I look for the FUN in all of my activities so my good energy can pave the way for my experience of any task at hand. What a great privilege to be able to choose my attitude so I make sure to have as much fun along the way as possible.

Do you have a “girl-crush” in this industry? If you could take one person to brunch, who would it be? (Let another “woman in wellness” know that you respect her as a teacher and guide! )

I just adore Elizabeth Gilbert. I’ve seen her speak a number of times and I’m always struck with her raw honesty. She shares the highs, the lows and everything in between. In a world that’s full of image enhanced glimpses of Instagrammed lives, it’s all too easy for people to compare and despair. What a waste of energy! Liz let’s her truth shine and in doing so, invites us to embrace a greater level of honesty in our own story. I would have brunch with her in a heartbeat!

Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?

I believe that mental heath is a critical topic for our times. Our minds determine how we live and how we treat others and yet I find that we have reached a crisis at this moment. How can we make clear, healthy choices about the environment, our eating habits, and sustaining our planet if we are clouded by depression, anxiety, addictive behaviors and substance abuse?

Our mental health sets the stage for clarity and empowered choices, which we need now more than ever. Again, our lives are our responsibility and with a clear and healthy mind, we can choose to live our life wisely.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Wishbeads.official

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/Wishbeads

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Wishbeads

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