"When you're creating and putting out there—just DO it!"
Emily Alp is a bright light, shining from Doha, Qatar—and frequently traveling around the world!
Eric and I had the great pleasure of working with her on her rich and robust website—one of our biggest builds yet! However, the greatest moment was when we all got to meet in New York. It was a very tangible energy and cool moment, solidifying what Get Creative Social Media is all about: determining what you're here to do and giving you a international platform to present/share/give.
Thank you for all of your work and kind words, Emily! Namaste.
For those that don’t know you, tell us a little bit about Emily Alp!
My website is an effort to tie together and present professional and personal experience over the past decade or so—from various fields. I'm a writer who has covered environmental and conservation issues as well as medical issues professionally. As a freelancer, I cover health and lifestyle stories as well as those based on travel and entertainment.
As a person, I subject myself to a lot of training and healing modalities to open up and experience life more fully every day. Specifically, I have spent many hundreds of hours training at Yoga centers in southeast Asia and India and focusing on a balanced yoga practice and its transmission, as a teacher.
Moreso, I take risks. I experience the ups and downs and ins and outs of life and I write about them, sometimes very candidly. Not to ask for anything but to give something—to give someone, anyone reading or looking a sense of being that much less alone in the world.
I'm also an artist and photographer. I needed a single web space to reflect all this stuff and, more importantly, SHARE it! I don't want the info or the insights to go to waste.
What are you currently working on or towards?
I am a good way through a holistic nutrition program with Institute for Integrative Nutrition.® This program is mind blowing for me, even with all the time I have already dedicated to health and nutrition study. It's a transformative program to go through, and I am absolutely thrilled and eager to coach people as I move closer to graduation and beyond. To learn this stuff and learn how to effectively work with people and transmit information in a way that could illuminate their health journey significantly will be a dream come true.
I am also waiting for final confirmation on a graphic arts module in Florence next month (in January—over the course of the month) to brush up on my digital skills since the last time I did more than touch Photoshop, Quark or Illustrator was 1994. (YIKES!)
What’s the best thing that’s happened to you from social media?
Meeting people. As I gain experience and travel around this world, I realize that the most valuable asset in my life is nothing immediately tangible or describable. It is connection. It is a range of connections with people who reflect parts of me and encourage those parts of me to shine forth and live, fully.
Why do I love travel? How do I count the reasons? One thing I know is that the process of getting there is one I have learned to embrace for its own art. It used to feel melancholy in airports. Now it feels different, impossible to describe, like I hit a kind of mile marker and passed into a new perspective on what is tempting to find mundane. The way the mind is suspended--helpless to tamper with what is left behind and clueless about what lies ahead. The mind is dipped in truth and yet naturally still searches for patterns, anything to direct it, reassure it, it is headed in the "right" direction. #musings #writing #travel #patterns #escapes into #scapes #lines #life #public #places #art is #everywhere #patterns #light #manmade #nature #ttfn #minivacation #nobodysbusiness #hiding #seeking #loving the #journey #unusual in the #usual #mindfulness #mind #presence
I will say in a more exemplary way that I met someone through AirBnB who became a colleague. We are now working on a revolutionary book project with a high standing official in Saudi Arabia about innovations and implications of solar-powered water desalination. Although not directly social media, that was pretty cool. It was the internet and a form of media that introduced me to people!
What's your advice to aspiring artists?
Don't you dare even imagine you know how other people will look at and interpret your art, your products, your "children." They are sacred expressions from you and your experience and I have been continuously shocked at who responds to what I produce and why. At the time of creating some paintings and taking some photos I thought nothing of them—and then, suddenly, someone says "I love that—I really love that."
So when you are creating, and when you are putting out there—just DO it.
Why did you choose CSM to build your website?
You did my sister's website and I was so impressed and happy to see her in that way, finally lifted out from the shadows for people to see.
She is a hero to me. She encouraged me to do the same. I wasn't sure, but after the first interaction with Tony, I knew I had made the right decision. His energy is exceptional and healing and encouraging. Sincerely.
What responses have you received from your new website?
So far people love it! They say "well done," "wow!" "I didn't know you did [xyz]" "I love it!" etc. I am pleased and share the good news with CSM. It was so fabulous to meet in NYC when we were in final stages, to sit down with you and feel our collective spirit. I hope as I add content—and as the content that exists circulates—that it all shines light on areas of people's lives and accompanies them in ways too numerous for me to imagine. And I hope to connect with people through the site and work with them in dynamic and healing capacities.
Thank you for working with us to create something so beautiful and powerful—like you.
I am so excited for the future of Emily Alp and EmilyAlp.com!
Tony Howell is a digital strategist dedicated to helping you design your future—creating offline success from your online presence.