We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Shihab and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I grew up in Plano, Texas, with an entrepreneur father who always said “you’ll never be happy unless you work for yourself” and a mother with a servant’s heart who said “find your passion and then your job won’t feel like work.” These statements stuck with me, yet it took me until my mid-30s to hone in on what exactly my passion is and how to make it a career. I knew I wanted to help others, and considered majoring in psychology in college, but being a therapist didn’t feel like the right fit. I picked my college major from an aptitude test, then wondered why I didn’t like the industry once I started working in it. It wasn’t until I found Life Coaching that I was able to get clarity on my purpose and my passion, which led me to going back to school in my mid-30s (while working full time!) so that I could finally have a job that didn’t feel like work!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am an Associate Certified Life Coach and I help people who are feeling lost, stuck or unfulfilled create a happier, more exciting life. I spent the majority of my adult life wishing I had support, guidance and accountability (a.k.a. a Life Coach, I just didn’t know such a thing existed)! I regularly found myself feeling lost as I navigated an unfulfilling career path, unexpected job losses, financial stress, a lack luster personal life and unhealthy, one sided friendships. I struggled to find a real connection to myself and my values which caused confusion about what I really wanted in my life. That frustrated me because I am very driven and recognize that I can’t hit a target that I can’t see! The whole time I KNEW there was more to life than this!! After one Life Coaching session I was hooked! I had found the resource to help me grow AND my passion, all in one! In 2019 I suffered a severe back injury that resulted in back surgery after living with six months of the most debilitating pain I could have ever imagined. In fact, I didn’t know pain like that existed, and wish I still didn’t. I looked for a community to support me through the journey, but had a hard time finding people who had been in my shoes. I truly credit the life coaching I went through prior to my back injury and the tremendous personal growth I experienced because of it with getting me through the pain. My mental toughness, faith, coping skills and resolve to do everything I could possibly do to get better was the direct result of my life coaching work. Everything happens for a reason, and I believe that I lived this so that I could better empathize with and support my clients who are experiencing pain of any kind (physical or emotional). I have this job that doesn’t feel like a job because I love it so much, my personal life is on the up and up, I have a great community of friends around me, I am very clear on my values and I know exactly who I am at what I want! And I love celebrating with some champs and fun friends when I check a goal off my list! I feel so much more content, so much more hopeful, so much more at peace! And what’s amazing is that the people in my life who knew me before I went through Life Coaching can actually see the the positive changes in me and have given me props for where I am now! So no, my journey to get where I am today was not always easy, but working with a coach, the love I had around me and never giving up got me where I am today.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend visiting Dallas I would take them to my favorite workout class Dance Jam at Lifetime Fitness, and get a private yoga session set up in the park with Bobby Candelas. We would kayak on White Rock Lake and then decide we want to go to a lake we could actually swim in, so we’d drive out to Lake Athens for a few days and go boating and swimming. We would eat the burger at Hillstone, the rainbow cake at Nick & Sam’s, the oysters at Eddie V’s and have margaritas at Monkey Bar. I’d introduce them to my great friends at a pool party, take them to TCU for a football game and do some shopping around the West Village and Northpark before sending them on their way!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Major shout out to my parents and my close friends who supported and encouraged me in my decision to go back to school and become a Certified Life Coach. Without their love and support I wouldn’t be the person I am today! Shout outs to the books The Secret and You Can Heal Your Life for starting me on my personal growth journey. Shout out to the Delta Gamma Sorority at TCU for allowing me to serve as their alumnae adviser and helping me to see how much I love coaching and mentorship.