Alyssa is an epidemiologist by training, and works as a senior research scientist in healthcare tech — essentially she gets to play with data to try and solve problems which brings her immense joy! She also teaches both formally and informally which is another passion of hers. She is a wife, and mom to a 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl who keep her busy, but in her free time, she loves to travel, cook, be outdoors and when she can, feed her skincare and wellness obsession by crafting custom facial serum and diffuser blends.
Why Notion Mastery?
Although she is very organized by nature, wearing many hats (wife, mom, professional, human) meant trying to track many diverse tasks, and she started to feel more and more overwhelmed.
Alyssa transitioned out of academia and into her current industry and role in September 2022 and decided to use that as a jumping off point to try and create more balance in her life. She found Notion (and Marie!) and fell in love — but quickly realized she did not have the time or resources to learn Notion on her own.
“I watched a good amount of YouTube videos and reviewed various personal websites of Notion users before landing on Notion Mastery — but it was an easy decision. I loved Marie’s aesthetic; she makes an art of combining form and function in Notion and has such a lovely energy, it was a no-brainer for me. I did not just want a to-do list, I wanted a space where I could manage the various important (and fun!) pieces of my life but also a space that was pleasant to work in and that energized and excited me. I found that in the Notion Mastery framework.”
When she initially started the course she had a slight sense of overwhelm (“There is so much here! How will I ever get through this?”), but that was very short-lived.
“I loved how the course starts out teaching the very basics, includes written, visual, and video components, and allows you to work in small time blocks at your own pace to move forward. I was very happy with Notion Mastery and genuinely felt I had gotten my money’s worth within the first week.”
When asked what she has been most impressed with in the course, Alyssa mentioned the sense of community that Marie and the NM team have created.
“I often join them for live events and feel like I am with friends. As an educator, it is clear to me how much work has been poured into this course and how much each member of the Notion Mastery team values what they are doing, what they produce, and the people they meet.”
Since joining the course
Alyssa credits Notion Mastery with helping her realize that how she spent her time and who she said she wanted to be were very misaligned. She was spending upwards of 80% of her energy on professional endeavors (which she loves!), but neglecting the other parts of life that feed her soul. She was putting many of her wellness, relationship, and creative outlets on the back-burner to get further ahead professionally.
“The Notion Mastery activities that involve examining goals, projects, tasks and practices in a holistic way helped clarify the mismatch and allowed me to get back on track.“
Although she does not formally track it, she has more time for the things that light her up while also getting the needed items checked off of her to-do list. Alyssa has more energy, less stress and anxiety, and feels better day-to-day.
“I continue to refine my workspace and now feel very comfortable veering away from the course templates to make it fit best with my process.”
Alyssa’s advice for anyone thinking of joining Notion Mastery?
“The course is amazing and you will not regret joining. If you are looking for a way to streamline your life and business while being part of a warm and welcoming community of learners, you’ve come to the right place.”