We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Wade and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, is there something you believe many others might not?
One conventional piece of advice that I don’t totally agree with is that ‘the early bird gets the worm.’ Although I agree with the premise about being early to seize an opportunity, I look at it from the context of getting the worm or getting things accomplished. I’ve found that I am most productive in the late evening hours, especially when want to I read and get deep into my thoughts. There’s something special about the peace and tranquility of the night where I am most receptive to my higher consciousness and get the most accomplished with reading and writing. Shout out to all my fellow night owls.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a pharmacist by trade and passion. I absolutely love helping people navigate their medications and health conditions. It’s one thing for people to understand things that are easy, it’s another to understand things that are complicated, especially related to health care. I pride myself in simplifying the complex parts of medication therapy and making sure patients are educated and safe. Although I accomplished a lot within my career, I kept getting this feeling that I wasn’t at the height of my contribution to the world. I had no idea that a shift in my mindset would have this level of an impact on my future.
I’m most excited to announce the upcoming release of my first book called “It’s a Journey, A Holistic Journal for Discovering Self.” I can’t wait to share my thoughts on how to discover who you are, so ultimately you can BE you and max it out. I got where I am today with a lot of hard work, studying, reading, taking risks and engaging in deep conversations. I now understand that believing in yourself is the biggest propeller of a person into their destiny. I started to realize personally that life is a journey and ultimately I had to power to change my environment and the trajectory of my future. It started with making changes in my life that affirmed a belief in myself. I replaced my stressful work environment with a positive, respectfully cultured one, and that was the beginning of the unfolding. Things finally aligned and I could saw the correlation very clearly on how my mindset affected my actions. We spend so much time trying to BE somebody in life but the most important thing to BE is YOURSELF. Hence the inspiration for my first book. What sets me apart from others is that I’m an avid reader and I love to study and share my discoveries with others. It’s common for me to get captivated by a good book for hours with my pencil and highlighter or engage in a lengthy conversation about something I’ve read or experienced through enlightenment. I believe this attribute is what makes me a good messenger. What I would like the world to know most about my story is that sometimes your career choice is directly related to your purpose and sometimes it’s not. Realizing my authentic self has created new opportunities for my purpose in the field of holistic coaching and motivational speaking. That’s why I’ll always share the importance of keeping in mind that life is a journey. All the parts matter and, if you are aware, will ultimately lead you to exactly where you need to be. You can’t make a mistake as long as you are true to yourself.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d start by taking my bestie to Angry Dog in Deep Ellum for my favorite wings and an introduction into the colorful culture in Dallas. We would definitely do some walking and shopping in the area, stopping to grab a gourmet frozen popsicle at Picole pops and do some thrifting at Crossroads Trading. While we’re in the thrifting mood I’d have to take her to Buffalo Exchange for a great selection of dope vintage threats. Bestie would also have to experience the local variety at Dallas Farmers Market downtown for a vast spread of local freshness from fruits and veggies to pressed juices and authentic cuisine. Jewelry, local jellies, whipped body butters and a variety of other vendors can also be found out here, which will certainly make for a fun day in the city. The dope food trucks in the center of Dallas at the beautiful Klyde Warren park are a must see along with the adventures at the Museum of Illusions. One of my favorite things to do is read so it’s imperative that she experiences the Pan African bookstore and art gallery along with other Black Owned Businesses. There we will spend hours browsing African books, admiring the arts, engulfing our minds in culture and awareness. We can’t forget the best home cooked fish in the city at the nearby Catfish Floyd’s for dinner to conclude an amazing tour of Dallas, Texas.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be where I am now without the support of my wife Keshianna Hodges, my cousin Allisiana Miche, my philosophical Uncle Clarence Nash , Cedric Adams Ph. D of DLC3, and of course my family: my beautiful mom Donna, sister Allison, and nieces Jaela and Jaeda.
I’d like to shoutout the following brands that are dear my journey.
My publisher Leista Publishing & Company, LLC and CEO Allisiana Davis
House of Beverly Vintage Apparel
Loc Jewelry by Jazz Inspires- creative loc jewels
Apparel & Design by Tony Johns- local dope screen tees
(FB): Tony Johns Apparel & Design
Jenetra Oliver Owner of Phancy Skin- corrective skin care experts
Kierra’s Closet & Creations-handmade skin care and safety
Chiketa Kelly-Dale- nurse and community leader
(FB): Black Nurse Society of Greater Arlington
Tiera Williams Owner of Gemhousefitness
Facebook: Ashley Wade
Photo credit Allison Wade IG: allisonw25