We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashleigh Jenae’ and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashleigh, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks has played a major role in my life and career. Every time that I have taken a risk, it took me to another level. It has helped me grow and become more successful. Taking risks has helped me professionally and personally. I think of risks as necessary growth. I believe that it is necessary to take risks in life to change for the better. Being comfortable and stagnant leads to complacency which is ultimately no growth or change. Taking risks isn’t an easy thing to do, because you never know what the outcome will be which can be scary. But on the other hand, if you don’t take the risk, you will never know. I feel like it is better to take a risk and find out the outcome; than to be left wondering what could have happened if you took the risk. Taking risks requires faith.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What sets me apart from others is quite simple: they are not me and I am not them. Everyone was created in a unique way, with different talents and gifts. Although there are many talents that people have and services that they offer in the same industry; it is still possible to succeed because each person is different. I got to where I am today professionally because of the gifts that God blessed me with. I found what it was that I enjoyed, was good at, and turned my passion into my purpose. It is not easy and is still an ongoing challenge. But what I have learned is life is not a destination; it is a journey. I am still finding my way and discovering my purpose. While I am growing, so is my brand. Everything is a work in progress; and where there is no struggle, there is no progress. I am excited about what is to come.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc. In your view what are some of the most fun, interesting, exciting people, places or things to check out?
If my best friend was visiting and I wanted to show my best friend the best time ever, we would have a full schedule of activities and never a dull moment. I would take my best friend to try different restaurants around the town; specifically, black owned restaurants, and restaurants that offer specialty food and drinks. My best friend and I would hang out at the pool and relax. We would also go to a sports game and some type of concert. Of course, we would go shopping to find some cute outfits to wear to all the places and events we attend. We will find the best deals in town, bargain shop, and go straight to the clearance rack because that’s where all the best treasures are. In between shopping and eating, we would take pictures and have impromptu photoshoots to capture the moments. Even with all the fun, my best friend and I would make it a priority to go workout. Getting some physical activity in is particularly important because if we feel good, we will look good in the pictures that we love to take. I would take my best friend to museums, sight-seeing, and do things that we have always wanted to do. When the week is over, we would end our time together by attending church together on Sunday because friends that pray and worship together, stay together.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am a firm believer that there is a reason and a purpose for everyone you meet in life. Everyone you encounter knows something that you do not which presents an opportunity to learn. Therefore, everyone that has come in my life, has helped me get to where I am today. Without their knowledge, support, mentor-ship, and insight; I would not be exactly where I am; doing what I love to do. However, I have to give credit to my parents who has raised me to be the woman that I am today. My mother kept me grounded, stable, and has provided me with a good foundation.