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Conversations with the Inspiring Hope Alyssa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hope Alyssa.

Hope, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m originally from Houston, Texas but I graduated from Clark Atlanta University a few years ago. I’ve lived many lives in this city and lived in every part of town except the Southside. I have interned for news stations, artists, marketing companies and even the UniverSoul Circus but food has always been a driving force in my life.

I’ve always been a hungry person who lives to eat. Growing up, food was everything to me because my mom always made the best meals and took me to the most popular restaurants in Houston. Fast forward to my mid-twenties and I needed a hobby. Something to help with stress so I turned to food. It was like a “duh” moment almost, lol.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Things were a little difficult in the beginning. I’ve definitely my “breaking points” but it turns out I’m more like a ship than I ever imagined. I’ve just been bending this whole time. Now, when it comes to my foodie journey, the road has been smooth because my goal has always been and will always be to inform. I just like sharing what I know with others. I feel like food is something that brings people together. One of the only things other than entertainment and tragedy.

I would advise other women to just stay true to you. No matter what you see around you or on your timeline. You will be heard and someone will benefit from your message.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m a writer by day and by night. My degree is in TV and film production which is my true love. However, I’m most known for the food. Even before I started this journey, I was always being asked to suggest restaurants because I’ve always been someone who eats at different places. Now it’s even crazier because my DMs are always filled with questions and I get emails for suggestions nonstop. I always make sure to say how I feel even if I have a bad experience. People deserve to know the good, bad and the ugly so they can be prepared. I think that’s the main thing that sets me apart. I’m all the way real about my experiences and my foodie friends appreciate that.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I do feel like there are opportunities but are we well positioned for them? For the most part, no. Women have to push through. No matter the industry and when a race is added in, the game changes even more. I feel that things are changing and I truly believing the change will continue but the change is only because of the fight. Thank goodness, there are and have always been women/men who advocate for us during times like this especially. We have to include each other, invite each other and show up for one another. This is how we can make things better for the next generations of women.

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