It's Time for a Change

Many of you know me as a life coach, mentor and as a mother of two, which makes sense given that these are the two things I’ve talked the most about in this space.

 

But what you might now know is that before I was a coach, I was a creative entrepreneur. In fact, I’ve been my own boss for my entire adult life.

 

When I was just 23 years old, I decided I wanted to give the whole entrepreneur thing a try. Though many of my friends were taking 9 to 5 jobs with desks and benefits, I just didn’t see myself going that route. I craved creative freedom and independence. I wanted to set my own schedule and do work that inspired me. I wanted to define my own version of success.

 

So I hung out my shingle as a freelance writer and spent the next 8 years growing my business. I started small, writing for the local newspapers and doing a little bit of copywriting. Then, as the years went by, I wrote for Sunset and Runner’s World and, my ultimate goal, O, The Oprah Magazine. I worked as an online food editor at two lifestyle startups. I put on some spectacular events for Portland’s food-loving community. And when I needed a new challenge, I wrote a cookbook and then co-authored another, which was nominated for the Grammy’s of the food writing world.
 


Now if you’re wondering why I’m sharing this with you, I promise it’s relevant. Because I’m not telling you about my accolades to brag but rather to give you context for the announcement I’m sharing with you today.

 

I’ve spent these last few months exploring where I want to take my coaching practice next. And through my work with clients and my work on myself, it’s become abundantly clear that it’s time for me to start coaching creative and service-based entrepreneurs. So I’m shifting my business to focus on helping ambitious entrepreneurial women grow their business and reach their goals in a way that serves their desired lifestyle.  

 

It’s where I find the most joy, where I have a ton of experience and where I know I can make the most difference as a coach.

 

So today, I’m writing to share this news with you but also to thank you for being part of this original community. And I also want you to know that I will still work with moms to find fulfillment beyond motherhood. Because I know entrepreneurship is one way moms can do work they love, achieve financial freedom and create they lifestyle they desire for their families and themselves.

 

So if you’re a creative or service-based entrepreneur – or are aspiring to be one – I’m inviting you to come along this new journey with me. In the weeks and months to come, I’ll be sharing the tools, tips, business strategies and mindset work that helped me find my version of success first as a writer and then again in my second business as a coach.

 

I don’t want you to miss out.

 

If you’re ready, here's what I'd love you to share in the comments below:

 

1)   What do you do and how long have you been in business?

2)   What’s your biggest challenge as a creative or service-based entrepreneur right now?

 

Much love,

 

Ashley