Posted on 12 May 2018
(SISS) Hi Lexi, where are you from and where are you currently spending your time? (Lexi) I was born and raised in New Jersey, but I now live in South Florida for the past 5 years with my dog Harris. (SISS) What was one of the hardest things that you had to go through? What advice would you give someone going through the same struggle? (Lexi) The hardest thing I have had to go through is the loss of my best friend and roommate in college unexpectedly. Three years later and I still think about her every day. The hardest part of losing someone is learning how to live without them. She inspires me every day to be the person and the nurse I know she would be, treating others with her untouchable kindness and compassion. She taught me how to appreciate every day I wake up and see the sun, and to make each day better than the next. I was always taught that goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end, they only mean I’ll miss you until I see you again. I'll see her again one day. (SISS) Tell us more who is Lexi Otto and what are you most proud of? (Lexi) Lexi Otto is a woman who does not stop until she accomplishes what she sets her mind to. I was valedictorian of my high school, top of my class in nursing school, and at the young age of 22 I am currently a Neonatal ICU nurse. I am most proud of the nurse I have become and the nurse I know I will become in the future. (SISS) One year from now what do you hope to have accomplished (business or personal)? (Lexi) In the next year I hope to expand my knowledge further in the Neonatal ICU. In addition I hope to apply and be accepted into a Nurse Anesthesia Program to further my career. (SISS) How dedicated are you to fitness? What is your fitness goal? On your body, what is your favorite body part and what is your least favorite? (Lexi) Fitness is a very important part of my life. I workout to love my body not because I hate it. You have to take care of your body because it is the only place you have to live in. I workout at least four times a week as a way to work off stress from either work or everyday life in general. There is nothing better than good music to get a good sweat going. I would not say I have a favorite or least favorite body part because I have learned to love and accept every part of myself gradually over time. I truly believe in being perfectly imperfect is what being truly happy is all about. My goal is being perfectly imperfect. (SISS) What makes you the happiest? What is fun for you? (Lexi) Being around positive people who love and support you in every way possible makes me happiest. I am the happiest with my family and friends no matter what we are doing. Find people who can make you laugh so hard you have tears running face, they are irreplaceable. Music, in particular, is instant happiness for me. There is nothing better to me than the windows down, music blasting, screaming lyrics on the top of my lungs. Music takes away all worries and turns any frown upside down. I have the most fun when I am playing sports no matter what it is. I also love to travel even though I do not travel as much as I would like. Experiencing other cultures and seeing how others live is extremely eye opening. I am always up for a new adventure to try something I have never done before. (SISS) How do you deal with disappointment? How do you Keep Going? (Lexi) Disappointment is temporary , only your thought about the disappointment is permanent. How you handle disappointment says a lot about a person. There are those who lay there after they fall and those who get up. Disappointment for me has always been my motivation to do, try, and be better. Growing up with financially struggling parents, I was told no a lot as a teenager compared to my friends. It was hard to not get angry and act out, instead it kept me motivated to focus and find a career where my children would grow up financially stable and hear yes. If you do not go through the bad, how can you every appreciate the good? These disappointments we face help us discover who we are. (SISS) What is your superpower? (Lexi) My superpower is my positivity and my smile. I live by using your smile to change the world, not letting the world change your smile. The world can be filled with so much hate, loss, and negativity. With this being said, the only way we will be happy is when we can find the good in all that bad and keep a smile on our face. Turning something negative into something positive and changing the way you see things ultimately changes you as a person. Working in a hospital, I see many sick babies every day which can be very difficult for some. I; however, instead of seeing their sickness, I see a baby that I am able to give a future to. Those small changes in point of view can create big changes in your happiness. (SISS) What is your weakness and what do you do to overcome it? (Lexi) Sometimes we expect too much for other people because we would be willing to do that much for them. I choose to see the world through my heart not my eyes. With this being said, my weakness is definitely my big heart. When you have a good heart, you help too much and love too much and sometimes it ends up hurting too much in the end. I care and I will always care about my family, my friends, my patients, and for those who are even just passing through. The thing is if we don't care enough, then we will never truly learn who we should care for. Having a soft heart in a harsh world takes courage not weakness, but you must protect it which I have learned throughout the years. Protect it by helping and loving people who love and help you; do for others as they would do for you. In terms of my patients it is hard to not overly care for them, that is something I think I will never fully overcome as it is the definition of my career. Care for one; that's love, care for a few; that's family, but to care for hundreds; that is nursing. (SISS) Can you tell us four things people don’t know about you? (Lexi) People usually do not know that I can sing, that I played softball my whole life and love sports, that I am pescatarian, and that I love to cook. (SISS) Can you tell us where else can our readers follow your daily inspiration? (Lexi) Follow my instagram @lexiotto, I am always posting new stories of my favorite recipes and workouts! (SISS) What’s your favorite quote? (Lexi) My favorite quote is actually the background on my cellphone to always remind. It reads "She was born a wild one. Her heart screamed at a world that tried to tame her. Everyday she woke with a fire in her heart that could burn down a city, and no amount of water could ever satisfy her flame." We live in a world that tries to conform us, tell us how to dress, what our bodies should look like, constantly inadvertently telling us that we aren't good enough. The question is why do they want us to be a copy when you can be an original? You cant influence and change the world if you are just like it. I think the hardest thing in life for girls growing up is learning who they are in their life, being proud of it, and not changing who they are for anyone. Once I found who Lexi Otto was, she became unstoppable. (SISS) At Smart is so sexy we love to see women who are thriving in their career or business. What are you most passionate about? (Lexi) As I have mentioned, I am a Neonatal ICU nurse which is my heart and soul. I am part of giving a child, who may not even weigh a pound yet, the opportunity to take their first step, ride a bike, graduate college, and grow up to become whoever he or she wants to be. That opportunity is not only humbling, but it is also immensely gratifying. I never thought I would become a Neonatal ICU nurse after school, the opportunity just fell in my lap. Sometimes what you are looking for comes when you aren't looking. (SISS) Who was the most influential person in your life and why? (Lexi) Sometimes I inspire my patients, but most of the time they inspire me. I would say my patients are the most influential part of my life. It sounds crazy to say premature babies that may only weigh a pound inspire me, but they do and I will tell you why. Think about everything you have done in your life, your highs, your lows, your first kiss, your first day of high school. Now those days may have been good or bad, but at least you had them. Every day I go into work, these babies fight for the chance to have those moments in life we take for granted. They have their set backs and they overcome them. They may be little, but they are truly stronger than I will ever be. My patients make me appreciate the little things in life that are not always appreciated. I have realized that I have been given a life to live and I won't waste it not being happy, doing the things I love, and around the people I love. (SISS) Where were you five years ago? What advice would you tell your five years younger self? (Lexi) Five years ago I was 17 finishing my senior year, valedictorian of my high school. I was madly in love with a guy I had dated for four years. If I could have given my younger self advice, it would've been to focus more on having fun in high school and just being a teenager. I spent most of my time visiting my boyfriend or choosing him over friends to hangout with. I got so caught up in this ideal love that I couldn't see what I was loosing as well as missing out on as a consequence. The hardest thing, I think, for both men and women is balancing your relationship with your friendships. You should never let friendships drift apart just because you are dating someone. Don't loose yourself for someone else. Love can make us blind sometimes, we just have to learn how to see in the dark. (SISS) Can you take us through a typical day? From Waking up to going to bed, Can you give us a play by play of a typical day for you? (Lexi) Since I work night shift my days are a little backwards, I typically do not wake up until mid afternoon . When I wake up, I do fasted cardio, meaning I workout on an empty stomach. Right after I eat my favorite meal of the day breakfast, I always go big or go home. Then I take my dog with me to Dunkin' Donuts to get an iced coffee. All the girls know him by name there and give him a Puppachino. From there we head to the dog park, because nothing makes me happier than a swarm of dog kisses. Then I will head home, play some music, and get cooking dinner for work. I head to work at 7pm and start my next three in a row to save some little babies. (SISS) What is your favorite meal? What is your favorite book and/or the latest one you’ve read? What is your favorite song? (Lexi) My favorite meal is my homemade from scratch pasta with my homemade special sauce with a nice glass of red wine to accompany it. My favorite song is "You are Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera. When I was younger I was afraid of fireworks, so my dad would always take me to the car and play this song. The first time I ever got the courage to sing in public, I sang this song so it means a lot to me. The words teach women of all ages that you are beautiful no matter what others may think or say. The latest book I read was "The Choice", which is actually a movie as well. The Choice is about how every path you take leads to another choice in life. It taught me to remember that if you go down the wrong path, there is always another choice that can put you back on the right one. You are who you are today because of the choices you made yesterday. (SISS) When do you feel the sexiest? (Lexi) I feel the sexiest with no makeup on, hair up, playing sports or working out. I'm the kind of girl who feels sexy when she hits a home run or hits a personal best in the gym. The things that instill confidence are what create sexiness inside myself. (SISS) Is there someone on social media that inspires you and is a great follow? (Lexi) I personally love @rmdrk on instagram. The page is full of inspiring quotes, sayings, and poems to get you through any bad day, breakup, loss, or just for an extra boost of confidence. (SISS) What does Smart is so Sexy mean to you? (Lexi) Sexy is an attitude, a state of mind, not a body type. When you know who you are and are confident in that, that is when you are your sexiest. Women get so many messages telling them the most important thing is to be beautiful physically. Sexy is confidence, humility, intelligence, appetite, smart comebacks, openness, kindness. True sexiness is when all that inner beauty shows on the outside. (SISS) Thank you so much Lexi for sharing, please follow her on Instagram!