We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Hence and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ashley, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
To know where you stand on things: meaning what are my negotiables and non-negotiables. It’s a must that you have a certain standard and expectation of yourself and make those boundaries crystal clear. If you are unsure of your boundaries and waiver on them then expect to spend a lot of time explaining yourself and defending your stance as people will try to push the limit if allowed. Being self employed has taught me how to advocate for myself and not allow things to go on that I’m uncomfortable with as well as not be so caught up on others reactions when I am not adhering to their requests that contradict my standards.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Carrollton, Texas. I provide mental health services such as individual counseling. Sessions are typically an hour. I specialize in anxiety, depression, self-esteem, career counseling, and multicultural issues. I’m also a self published author. I wrote a self-care book called Superwoman Redefined: Why Being Independent is Overrated for the professional woman who thinks she has to have it all together. I’m super excited to tell them that’s a load of crap and helping them be okay with throwing the independent woman role in the trash. I feel as though my book and practice is a bit more unique from others as I consider myself to be pretty transparent and real. I have no problems confessing occassionally I can be a hot mess myself. I’m not perfect nor do I try to be and I think people appreciate my honesty as well as my sincere desire to help them see the best in themselves. When asked on how being a busines owner is I say: It definitely has not been easy maintaining my self employment status. I jokingly say it’s not for the faint at heart as you have to treat your business like a baby: constantly giving time, love, dedication and handling it with care.

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?
If I had a friend who come in town I’d probably take them hiking at Cedar Ridge Preserve as it’s a great place to exercise and enjoy the view away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Although not a sit down spot and aesthetically pleasing to some you can’t beat the tacos at Fuel City. Hands down one the best taco spots in the area and worth the drive. I’d also probably take a friend to shop at The Grapevine Mills Mall and/or Sam Moon for accessories neither of us needs but are convinced we can’t live without. *smile*

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My previous supervisor Tarsyia Waddell was very instrumental in helping me build my confidence as a counselor and not placing limits on myself

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