Flourish Flock Feature | AllieDanae Walker

Woohoo, friends! It's a Thursday before a holiday weekend AND I get to introduce you to my precious, precious friend, AllieDanae!

AllieDanae and I met almost a year ago at a networking event here in Atlanta and quickly realized we have lots in common and also knew we'd love the opportunity to work together in some capacity. Since then we've grown a friendship and are constantly cheering each other on... our family has also started attending the same church {Passion City} that she attends so that gives us yet another connection point!

This past December, AllieDanae suffered a completely shocking and unexpected loss- the grace, maturity, hope and peace she's stayed grounded in throughout all of her grief and moving forward are nothing short of inspiring. My prayer for each of you reading is that you are encouraged through her words and reminded how loved you are!

Flourish Flock Feature | Self Care | Self Love | Intentional Living | Encouragement

Share where you currently live:

Atlanta, Georgia

Share where you grew up:

Anderson, SC

Share about your family/your job/living situation:

I'm one of 4 kids all born 13-14 months apart and no twins. It was crazy but a lot of fun. My siblings and I have amazing friendships and have always been close to our parents. I went to The University of Georgia for 4 years and then moved back to Anderson in 2012. In August of 2014 I moved to Atlanta. For several years I worked as an office admin before launching The Social Walker Agency in February 2016 and taking it full time in September 2016. I have 3 roommates and we have a black lab.

Share your favorite book and/or podcast:

Gosh, I'm a sucker for any Christian Fiction novel especially if it has any historical context! I also have a million podcasts that I subscribe to. Biz - My Creative Empire, Journeys in Business, She Creates Business, The Strategy Hour. Others - Passion City Church, Serial, Up and Vanished, Adventures in Odyssey (this is a kids program but I grew up listening to them haha)

Share your favorite quote and/or Bible verse:

Joshua 4 - It's always a good reminder to set up "memorial stones" where God worked in our lives so "when your children ask in time to come 'What do these stones mean to you?' (6)..."For the Lord your God did...so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever." (23-24)

Share your favorite beverage:

White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks or a glass of Rose

Share one of the biggest losses you’ve experienced:

On December 2, 2016 my Momma unexpectedly suffered a heart attack and passed away on December 8th.

Share some of the choices that have been most helpful in continuing to move you forward and supporting you while you are healing:

Being open with my family and my roommates about my feelings and my struggles. I didn't want to always been gloomy around my roommates but they have been so gracious in supporting the days where I just need to sit on the couch and cry. My Daddy, siblings, and I have become even closer; opening up with our struggles and being even more intentional with our conversations. I am so grateful for the type of family my parents and grandparents have built that has allowed us all to remain close during hard times.

Share some ways you have tried to incorporate laughter and fun in the midst of the hurt:

I have forced myself to go to girls' nights even when I didn't really feel like socializing. There are definitely times I just need to be alone (rare for an extrovert!) but getting back to "life" with my friends and family has been huge. As a family, we still have been getting together to celebrate birthdays and holidays and laughter just seems to come out (my adorable 2year old nephew and 8 mo old niece are a huge help in that!)

Share how this experience has been instrumental in leading you to where you are today:

My Momma was my biggest cheerleader in my business. Both parents, siblings, extended family have all been very supportive of my business. It's made me work even harder because I want to continue to make her proud. It is also causing me to want to pursue a few other dreams in her memory sooner rather than later. I'm excited about that although I wish she was here to celebrate with me.

Share any tips/advice/love for others who have gone through something similar:

Don't wall yourself off. Find people who will support your sadness but also encourage life. I didn't do that in 2014 when my grandpa passed and it was the worst 6 months of my life (at the time). Although losing my Momma has been harder emotionally and will continue, as I one day, hopefully, become a mom myself, I didn't want to crawl back in that deep hole that I crawled in back in 2014. We are built for community and we need to let them support us.

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