We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Renée and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
My business has taught me many lessons, but the one that stands out the most is learning to not rush the process but trust the process. Its true when they say we are our own worse critics, instead of patting myself on the back for the progress that I’ve made I beat myself and tell myself no its not enough go harder. But what I fail to realize is those baby steps that I took are still steps ahead from where I started. Everyday my business teaches me something new about myself and I’m proud to say I’m still here I’m still standing and I’m stronger then I’ve ever been. Xotic Minks is my baby there is no letting up I’m just getting started!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from others? Well for starters my hard work ,my personality and my will to always learn. I never think I know it all, I’m always open to learning more and growing. I’m most proud of how I always interact with my customers. I pride myself on superior customer service. I give my customers what they want and I never disappoint. I got where iam today professionally because of my will to listen and learn. No business starts off perfect. I gave myself room to make mistakes and then I took those mistakes and used it to grow. I’d be lying if I said it was all easy, it definitely is not. Starting and running a successful business has had to be the most challenging thing I’ve done in my life. Lots of research, lots of restless nights, as well as lots of money spent. I work a 9-5 as a pediatric medical assistant to help keep up with funding for my business. I think what makes me go harder is the fact that I’m doing it alone no handouts, just all hard work and hustle. I over come my challenges with God and lots of prayer. My most important lesson I learned so far is not to rush the process but trust the process and all else will fall into place. I want the world to know xotic minks by Ashley Renée is coming and for them to prepare for the greatest. No matter who or what try to stop me god is with me so I will never be defeated.
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?
Omg ok so South FL is definitely the place to be. First and foremost your going to want to pay me a visit and buy up all your mink lashes and lash essentials lol. Wynwood is great for social night life, drinking partying, clubbing and so much more. If you want brunch definitely try Honey Uninhibited, want to club try ghost bar by seminole hard rock or the hard rock itself. Another great food spot in Miami is Ikrave yikes I’m such a foodie person lol, I mean who don’t like to eat. I’m happy to say I live where you all vacation come and visit us we would love to have you.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost I want to thank God, I’m a strong believer in what God has planned for you is strictly for you and he saw it fit to bless me with a business I could love and grow within. Big shout out to my support system my lover Jarrett Jones, my Beautiful mother Monique Ingraham, My father Michael Robinson, all my lovely siblings (5 sisters,and 5 brothers) and a host of cousins, aunts,uncles and friends that all support me and keep me going. I truly appreciate the village I have thats nobody but God and one of the many blessings he’s given me.