I remember vividly the day I met Ally Love. I was walking out of my position as in-arena host for the Brooklyn Nets, and she was walking in. We exchanged a few quick words but not much more than that. As you'll hear in this conversation: there are always two sides to every story.
What I didn't know then is that Ally's electrifying ENERGY is no b******t. At the age of nine, she faced a life or death situation when she was hit by a car. Her Mother gave her two choices:
"‘Baby girl, you can choose to live or you can choose to die. It’s totally your choice."
Ally chose life. To me, she is the embodiment of the phrase "loves to live". She does so ferociously and unapologetically. The key to her success is her incredible self-awareness and the power she knows she has to maneuver through any situation life throws her way.
“You only have two options: It’s always black or white. There can be some grey stuff in the middle that you can move around, but it’s only to get to the two extremes, where it’s a yes or a no. That kind of dichotomy that you live in. That spectrum that we ALL live in. How we shift around is OUR option.”
Shift. It's an interesting word for someone with bountiful energy whose moved from traditional dance, to becoming a New York Knicks Dancer, to a career in modeling, to hosting (she's still the Host of the Brooklyn Nets), to Peloton Instructor, to Founder of Love Squad, to becoming an entrepreneur and a self-made business owner and brand.
“Like any small business, you work endless hours. Like this morning I got up at 530 just to get ahead of the game. I left my house for an 8 am meeting. And I’m non-stop until 830 tonight. I don’t complain about it. I love what I do. If I can affect more people with encouragement and positivity and somehow literally cheer them on - be their biggest cheerleader in their career and in their personal life - I have all the energy in the world for that.”
Ally is a strong believer in the Rate of Activity vs. the Rate of Production - and we get into her theory. The key is identifying the kind of woman that you are. She's done that and more. This conversation is for anyone who is looking for a guideline on how to find the positive in any negative. It's a source of encouragement. It feels action-packed because of Ally's energy. It's about understanding perspective, one's strengths and one's weaknesses. The difficult to pin-down work/life balance. And it's for anyone who's looking for a cheerleader in their back corner.
“I’ve been going out of my way to empower these women. To let them know - if there's something I can do to help you to find what you’re trying to do or figure it out - let me know. Use me as a resource.”
I'm telling you - Ally's your girl.
If you get a chance to make it to one of her Speaker Series - DO! The only thing that will come of that is pure goodness. Thanks for being you, Ms. Love. xx