We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Speaks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit but I just thought it was a normal thing. I didn’t realize until I got a bit older that there was something specifically inside of me that I needed to produce. I know and truly believe that there are people assigned to each of us and if we’re not in position they cannot get into position- so essentially we can hold others up. I didn’t want to delay anyone from thriving in purpose. So with Girl Code Collective it’s an act of obedience and a place where women thrive. I never want anyone to feel like they have to do life alone- we were created for community and GCC is a special community.
What should our readers know about your business?
The narrative that business is easy is a lie. There’s a certain level of grit and determination required. We live in a microwave society and yet I prefer food from a crockpot you know cooked low and slow- the seasoning settle, it’s tender, and juicy. I’ve learned that if it comes fast it will leave faster. The mindset of a business owner is crucial- I’ve learned that if I’m focused on everyone else what I’m assigned to is left unattended. Another key in business that I’ve used to unlock things is to be comfortable with being uncomfortable- growth is an asset. Never hold to tightly to colors, names, old models, or systems we have to be consistent yet flow when things need to shift. Through personal development and business strategy coaching I’ve learned that the client has to be ready for change, had to be ready to divorce toxic thinking and behaviors. As a coach I can guide you but I can’t do the work for you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We had our first annual Girl Code Collective Conference this past spring and I took the speakers to a hibachi restaurant, I think they’re fun. I’m a big fan of French toast so definitely brunch! I love to cook so typically when the squad gathers I’m in the kitchen. Top golf or an amusement park is always a good move too
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shout out The Girl Code Collective. The support, the authentic love- is amazing. Also, shoutout to my son, Daniel he reminds me that I’m called to do great things in the earth.
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