I have had the privilege of working alongside Allie since I joined the Wonderfully Made Executive Leadership Team in January 2010. She is a silly, passionate, God-loving girl who cares deeply about young women knowing their true worth and value. As an author, nonprofit director, and mentor to many, Allie is a radiant and remarkable woman I’m thankful to know!
What is your greatest passion in life? How do you live it out?
My greatest passion is to see girls discover their true value and worth. As someone who has searched for lasting worth in the world and failed miserably, I’ve learned the hard way we can’t go anywhere or to anyone besides God to define our value. In Christ our worth is already established; there’s nothing we do can add to it, or subtract from it.
I try to live this passion out by doing whatever I can to share a message of hope, freedom and worth with as many girls as I can. Whether it’s sharing my story with one girl or a few hundred girls, writing, or working on a project for Wonderfully Made, I try to make it my mission to help girls know they are lovingly and wonderfully made by God with infinite value.
What woman inspires you?
It’s impossible to limit it to just one. Each one of my mentors, role models and closest friends inspire me in a unique way. Collectively they are a constant source of inspiration. I’m inspired by my artistic friends’ creativity and free spirit; my mom’s resilience, discipline and strength has been instrumental in making me the person I am, and my mentor Judy’s humility and loving-kindness inspires me to love unconditionally and know Christ more intimately. Each of my friends stirs me to be intentional in my relationships, love wholeheartedly, live authentically and laugh regularly. That’s a perk about being a girl – instead of being jealous of one another; we have the opportunity be inspired by each other.
How does what you do for a living fit in with your passions and what you feel is your calling?
While I joke about the fact that I’m “technically unemployed” and don’t “make a living” (in the financial sense) directing Wonderfully Made, I consider it my job and believe it’s absolutely in align with my passion and calling. Frederick Buchner defines your calling as “the place where the world’s great hunger and your deep gladness meet.” Directing WM provides me with the opportunity to dream big and creatively reach girls across the country with the message of their true worth.
I love this quote I discovered by Jon Foreman: “When you make a living, don’t merely make money. Why settle for cash when joy is on the line?”
When do you feel most alive?
When I’m surfing my long board alongside dolphins, riding horses or belly laughing with my husband or friends.
What do you think is the most challenging thing about following Jesus as a 20-something girl?
Living beyond myself. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in my own world and focus on making myself a perfect, pretty, little life full of nice things and guilty pleasures. But Christ didn’t save us to live a safe, comfortable life. He calls us to be set apart, to live radically, love extravagantly and walk a road that’s not always easy.
What do you think is the most rewarding thing about following Jesus as a 20-something girl?
Amazing relationships and friendships. I never dreamed I’d have such deep, authentic, drama-free and fun-loving friendships or be surrounded by mentors who feel like family. Relationships are never perfect, but when there rooted in Christ they are truly set apart.