Are we destined for greatness?
I believe we are.
I believe that we are taught to be fearful and to doubt ourselves.
I believe we make the choice to hold onto our adversities that keep us stuck.
I ultimately believe that we are destined to be great and do great.
It all comes down to a choice on whether or not we are going to fulfill on that greatness. On what we’re placed on this earth to do.
It’s up to us to find it and go after it.
You see, I believe I was destined to be a Story Coach.
And just the other day, I was asked what got me into becoming a story coach. And as I replied it made me realize how deep this runs.
This was my response…
“I have to say, it was a very natural process for me and to be honest, I feel like it’s why I’m here on earth (not to get all deep). But I always loved helping people when I was younger and being that person people confided in and so I went into social service work. And then one thing lead to another.
Let’s talk about achieving your goals and dreams, shall we?
As I study the way I’ve gone about achieving my big goals, I realize that the biggest, most important component is acknowledging that our mind, body and soul or heart must work as one.
The easiest to forget is our mind.
The most powerful tool and resources we have, and we use it blindly. The single most important thing you need to do in order to achieve your greatest dreams and desires, work on your mind. You won’t be able to achieve all you set out with a mindset of who you used to be 5 years ago. If you want to receive differently you have to give out different.
As I go through my 90-day journey, the single most important battle I face every single morning when my alarm goes off is not my body being sore, it’s the thoughts I have going through my mind.
Starting my day with an I CAN, and I WILL, instead of an I CAN’T, or ANY sort of excuses will determine the success of my day....
I’m done with not giving my 110%
I’m done with self-doubt.
I’m done with procrastinating.
I’m done with fearing the what ifs.
I’m done with holding back.
I’m done with the disappointment.
Most of us think we have no idea what is holding us back but, let’s be honest, you do.
And I’ve known. I procrastinate because of my fear and self-doubt.
I procrastinate on going to the gym because I want results right away.
I know exactly what is holding me back from achieving the goals I’ve been setting my eyes on but not fully COMMITTED to.
3 days ago, that changed.
You’re probably thinking, “What happened 3 days ago, Ashley?”
Nothing. Except for a decision.
I decided I was done with all of that.
And to prove to myself that I can be committed, I decided to do a 90 challenge.
Every single day, I wake up and go to the gym first thing.
I’ve chosen to cut alcohol and sugar.
So yes, it’s only...
Very recently I watched a Ted Talk by Nora McInerny and she shared her experience of loss. Losing her second pregnancy, then her dad and then her husband all within a month or so. What I love that she mentions is how people’s immediate reactions are “I can’t even imagine” but truly, we can imagine, and we should because someday it’s going to happen. And I’m not talking about the day you die; I’m referring to the people that you love. I say it all the time. Death doesn’t discriminate.
Before I go on to answer the big question behind this blog, it’s important you know that I’ve had my fair share of loved ones pass and it’s why I there are simply two things I would love for you to take away from reading this. (move forward and your beliefs)
I was 12 when death came and smacked me in the face, punched me in the gut and knocked the wind out of me. We received a phone call that my cousin was badly injured and to be told...
My energy has been off lately. And I could feel the productivity drifting away and losing my motivation to get things done. What’s happening?
Enough sitting around, I’ll turn to my Oracle cards for guidance.
This deck is my absolute favourite. And I get the most out of doing the 11 card spreads.
So, I simply asked, “What is holding me back?”
As the cards began to reveal themselves, I immediately felt gratitude for the guides that came forth to give me guidance.
I’ll spare all the smaller details and jump the specific cards that gave me the confirmation and push I needed.
Card 7 represents “the next step” and I happened to pull Answer The Call. And it mentions in the card explanation that deep down, I already know what my soul is calling me to do. And it is absolutely right. After publishing my book, see all the endless possibilities that could come from one small book and speaking to so many women who...
Only in the last 5 years has reading become a big part of my life. And not everyone book I’ve purchased has been read and that reminds me that timing is everything with books. We book up certain books for a reason.
The very first book I dived into was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (now my favourite author). What I love so much about Paulo Coelho’s books and writing is that there is a story that locks you in and by the end the beautiful, deeper meaning and perspective on life.
The most powerful lesson in this book is that we must always follow our heart. No matter how hard the journey gets in the pursuit of your dreams, which it will, remain following your heart.
This is the very book that changed my entire life. The Four Agreements mentioned in the...
I was only 3 when my parents separated so my normal, was my mom, my 2 big sisters and I. We would talk and see my dad here and there, and I was okay with that. And then my sister’s started dating, and I noticed how attached I got to their boyfriends. There’s the subconsciously creeping up on me. But being young, I had no idea what it all meant.
Growing up, not one piece of me disliked, hated or was angry with my dad. I was the baby, so everyone protected me from the truth. And if I’m being completely honest, my dad being in New Jersey made things a whole lot easier. We could always blame the distance for not seeing each other.
And then came 2008. My dad was back in the city, for good. I just expected that we would have a relationship, that he would be around, but I was very wrong. I saw him having a relationship with my sisters and not me, so the jealousy and anger began to surface. So, I did what I knew best, I...
Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians, and soon 4th of July for my fellow Americans!
In last week's post, I dived in deep and went full open and honest with you all. And I'm glad I continue to find the courage to do this because good things always come from it. I linked a very special speech I did in last week's blog and on Friday it was shared in a huge community on Facebook. My story went from a couple thousand seeing it to now over 500,000 thousand people seeing it! How insane is that!
And if you read last week's post, you now have a glimpse into the journey I've had to loving myself. I've been there for the last 5 years and by there a meaning a loving relationship with myself. And to my surprise, I continue to have experiences that deepen that love and wanted to share my Generational Healing™ experience.
A month ago, to the date, I was off to meet a childhood friend Vanessa Faria who was about to perform a Generational Healing™ experience for...
You’re back, and I'm so grateful you're back!
Today, I wanted to share one of the most heart-wrenching experiences that I’ve had to date. To be honest, there are moments I slip back, but it really doesn’t last that long.
As you can tell by the title of the blog, there was a period in my life when I hated myself, my body and I was far from being confident. And quite honestly, I thought I was so alone in this and that’s why I have to share this with you. Because if any of you are feeling this way, I want to shed light on how I got myself out of this. I also created a speech called, Own Your Beauty!
I thought confident and liking my body would come from what I saw in the mirror. This was the last thing I had to worry about. You see a lot of the lack of confidence came from me not knowing who I was and the conversations I would have with myself one-on-one.
I would cry looking at myself in the mirror, throw fits when I had to find a dress to wear. I...
I’ve been struggling with something…
And it all started a little less than a year ago. I remember having a conversation with my mentor Marcos, who was guiding me through the process of turning my book into an online program, and I had this moment of absolute clarity and excitement. That I could walk people through the process of writing their first book. I was so excited; I remember my eyes filling up with tears because I felt a profound sense of clarity and purpose.
At the same time, I had this online program I was creating and have been just as excited about the transformation it can create for people. I wasn’t going to just let this go.
And it takes me back to the times when we would doubt whether it would be possible to pursue all of our dreams. We self-sabotage ourselves with the doubt, the negative voices that tell us we can’t do it, or we have to choose.
I mean, I have been driving myself NUTS trying to fit...
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