We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashlee Epps and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashlee, what inspires you?
It is not so much of what I am inspired by, it is more of who I am inspired by and that is my 2 year old son. It has been such a joy to watch him grow. I always thought it would be me teaching him life lessons, but in actuality he is the one teaching me. I absolutely admire his perseverance and determination. I was watching him play with a puzzle one day and he couldn’t quite figure it out, but it wasn’t until he changed the direction of the puzzle piece that he was able to complete the picture. For me, that was my reminder that I must be determined in accomplishing my goals, but I have to be flexible in my methods. He is truly on of my greatest inspirations.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Surprisingly, becoming an entrepreneur, or as I call it an authorpreneur, was not on my list of things to do per se. It was something that just happened all because I decided to share my pregnancy loss story in my book, Mommy of an Angel: Navigating Life After Pregnancy Loss.
My journey started in 2020. I went through one of the most traumatic losses I had ever experienced, I lost my second child due to an ectopic pregnancy. I was absolutely devasted and I didn’t not know how to move forward from my loss, so I resorted to an old passion of mine, journaling. Journaling ultimately led me to write my debut book. And writing a book led me to start my own company, Ashlee Speaks, so I could publish my book independently.
The business aspect was easy compared to the writing process. Writing my book presented challenges because it required that I go deep with my emotions so that I could be completely open, honest, and transparent in my writing. There were many nights I sat at my computer crying due to the overwhelming emotions that come with grief, but those crying sessions were part of my healing journey and it empowered me to write a manuscript that other loss moms can connect with.
Mommy of An Angel was written for mothers who have experienced pregnancy/infant loss. I want them to know that they are not alone on this healing journey. I use my story and my faith to help other women navigate grief, the feeling of isolation, shame, denial, and other emotions that accompany loss.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am such a home body, so I am the last person you should be asking about where the best hang out spots are (lol). But I do consider myself a foodie, so I do like to indulge as often as possible. As of right now, I would say that Le Colonial is one of my top favorite restaurants. Chops Lobster Bar is another top contender.
Here are some more of my favorites places to eat:
Favorite Burger Spot: Slutty Vegan
Favorite Taco Spot: Velvet Taco
Favorite Dessert Spot: Cathy’s Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches
Favorite Breakfast Spots: Milk & Honey, Gocha’s Breakfast Bar, and Maple Street Biscuit Company
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, I just want to acknowledge God. He is so awesome and He is the reason I have made it through the many challenges of life. My family, especially my husband and my mom, they are truly my biggest supporters in everything that I do. I am forever grateful for them. My best friends of 17 years, they have been instrumental in my story, and I am thankful for their love, support, and candid conversations.
Other: Forever in My Heart Pregnancy Loss Support Group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/943266309846211
Author Picture: RH Photography Book Pictures: Philmore Epps IV