IS THIS MIC ON CAMPAIGN SUPPORTER: ASHLEY NESBITT
we recently spoke with ASHLEY NESBITT OF INSPIRE-NOW to learn how she is amplifying her voice through her brand.
My voice deserves to be heard because....
...My voice deserves to be heard because I know there are people out there who struggle with similar obstacles I have faced, and they may feel like they are alone in it. Nobody should have to go through life alone. There is power in encouraging one another, and gaining wisdom from hearing what another person has been through. I have overcome a lot of pain in the process of finding my voice. Through it, I can offer hope, encouragement, and evidence that victory is possible.
“You have to come to a place where you fully comprehend that you were created on purpose, with purpose, and nobody else can tell you what that purpose is except your creator.”
When did you find your voice?
I would say that I have really just begun to find my voice within the past year. The moment I decided I was done living everyone else’s dreams for me and seek what God created me to do, was the moment I began finding my voice. It has been a challenging, but rewarding journey. It has not been an overnight process. There have been a lot of tears, a lot of battles of the mind, and changes in limiting beliefs that have brought me to this point. To me, finding your voice involves all of the above. You have to come to a place where you fully comprehend that you were created on purpose, with purpose, and nobody else can tell you what that purpose is except your creator. Once you tap into it, you do not have to seek worth because you know you are already worthy. You realize that fulfillment isn’t found anywhere else but in doing what you were designed to do.
Did your upbringing shape who you are today?
My upbringing has a lot to do with who I am today, but it has more to do with shaping who I was before finding my true identity. I allowed my upbringing to hold me back for far too long. I now realize I am bigger than what happened to me growing up, and realizing that I can change how I respond now that I know certain habits are toxic, puts the power back in my control. I refuse to continue to allow my upbringing to shape my life. I have decided to no longer be a victim of my upbringing, but rather the hero in the life story currently being written.
Describe your journey? What was your defining moment?
I would say that the response from others as well as the sense of purpose I felt after my first couple speaking engagements were huge defining moments in leading me down the path I am on today. It shifted me from doubting that I had anything significant to say, to know that what I had to communicate truly impacts people. Once you feel that spark of impact, it becomes addicting. You feel as though you are doing all of society a disservice if you do not get out and share your newly discovered gifts with the world. The same feeling of not being content unless I am sharing with others is the same spark that fuels me through where I am today in seeking stepping out of my 9-5 to travel and speak full time. I could say that I am in the middle of a defining moment right now in realizing that no matter what job I have, or how much someone pays me to work for them, I will never feel accomplished or fulfilled if I am not out in the world, speaking to others, making an impact.
Advice to someone in search of finding their voice in the entrepreneurial, influencer and creative space.
Don't be afraid to try something new, knowing it could fail and that is perfectly fine if it does. I think so many of us want our first launch, business, conference, etc. to be a success right out of the gate. We sometimes step into something thinking that it is what we want to do, then once discovering it doesn't align with who we are, we feel obligated to stick to it so we are not perceived as a quitter. Know that it is okay to bounce around until you find your TRUE voice, and stumbling around is better than being caught up in paralysis of analysis. Usually, if we would just put ourselves out there, one experience will lead to the next. As we grow and mature, our business ideas change as well. Allow yourself opportunities to try something, fail, and then pursue something better. Your failures will teach you so much more than being stagnant from perfection ever will.
I am simply an individual just trying to figure this thing called life out. I grew up in a single parent home, moving around constantly. I had lived in six states, multiple cities in those states by the age of 17. This I believe is what gave me a strong ability to relate to many different people from various locations and walks of life as I was constantly meeting new individuals. I have a Communications degree from Midwestern State University and am currently pursuing a Masters in Cross Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary. Traveling, reading, horseback riding, and painting are just a few of my hobbies. I also enjoy volunteering in the community. As a speaker, I encourage others to understand that they are valuable. I help encourage them to comprehend that no matter where they are in their journey, they matter, and their life has a purpose. None of us have it all figured out and it helps to know we aren’t going through life alone. I have a heart beat for ministry, specifically for people who are interested in learning about Christ but do not feel comfortable setting foot in a church. I also speak on life purpose, being content in singleness, and various ministry topics.
How will you continue to amplify your voice?
My focus for the next year is to build my platform and brand on social media and book speaking engagements at women’s conferences, panels, and conventions. I have begun writing a blog that will be launched next month and is considering launching a non-profit which focuses on helping people discover their purpose and value. Additional business plans include eventually hosting conferences of my own.