Jan 7, 2020
On this episode of The Marina Perry Podcast, Marina Perry sits down with Alexi Panos, a self-proclaimed “artist of life” and co-founder to the non-profit, E.P.I.C. (Everyday People Initiating Change). Alexi dedicates herself to empowering others by teaching them how to connect with their best selves through her training videos, workshops, books, and retreats. She was named one of ORIGIN Magazine’s TOP 100 Creatives Changing the World, one of 15 Women that Wow by Creativ Magazine, and one of the stars of breakout documentary’s The Abundance Factor and Rise Up.
Alexi discusses how her journey as a musician, model, TV host, and victim eventually led her to her work as a traveler, life-coach, and entrepreneur, using her first-hand personal experience to inspire others to seek out their best life & authentic self. Using her own life as an example, she encourages women to be authentic and honest about owning the ups and downs of their journey and sharing these with other women so as to combat the “sparkle” and glamour of commercialized life that often leaves women feeling incomplete and unworthy.
Together, Marina and Alexi exchange advice for creating an environment that encourages learning and evolution as well as how to find clarity in moments they’ve felt stuck. They discuss the complicated relationship women often have with leadership, encouraging their listeners to stop comparing their abilities and worth and instead know their own value and the ways they lead for their community, family, friends, and partner. They also explain, “You are a leader for your inner-child,” and responsible for making sure their dreams, hopes, and goals are sought after.
As mothers, Marina and Alexi also dive into the constant barrage of questions and judgements mothers face and the emotional and physical messiness of being a new mother. Addressing their own experiences as well as the common fear of many mothers not being good enough, Marina and Alexi discuss how society stigmatizes new mothers through labels and commercialized portrayals of motherhood. Pushing back against these practices, they encourage mothers to trust that they are right for their children and to recognize their role in supporting and expanding them into their own wholeness.
Finally, Marina asks Alexi to share her personal ways of activating her inner Gypsy, Goddess, and Queen. While sharing some daily practices she performs to nurture these aspects of herself, Alexi ultimately encourages listeners to practice in giving and receiving life’s pleasures and in allowing themselves to be open to receiving, even in small ways. She ends with the assertion: “Meet yourself. Listen to him or her. Trust that listening and go,” affirming her belief in the need for self-trust, self-worth, and action.
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