Being raised by my mom gave me a strong work ethic at a young age. If I wanted anything in life, I learned I must work hard for it. I vowed I would never let my circumstances define who I was. I was determined to succeed. Being independent and self-sufficient was a main goal for me growing up. With that in mind, I attended college and became a Legal Administrative Assistant (“LAA”), at one point landing a position with one of the leading regional firms in Western Canada.
I reached a point in my professional and personal life last year though where I felt lost, confused, and stuck. I was unhappy with my 9-5 lifestyle. I knew being an LAA was not my “be all, end all”. I wanted something more for myself: what exactly that was, was unclear at the time, but I knew I wanted to gain leadership skills in the hope of gaining employment in a management role. When I started the search for a job more aligned with my future goals, I kept getting the door slammed in my face. I kept hearing various reasons why I wasn’t suitable for the job: you’re underqualified, you’re overqualified, you don’t have the necessary education to prove you’re capable. The rejection stung… During that time, my relationship came to an end. In my opinion, nothing can really prepare you for the aftermath of heartache.
For a while, I did not know what to do. I felt terrible. It finally clicked: I could choose which voice to listen to. I could wallow in my self-pity, or I could do something about it. I reminded myself of the vow I took when I was a younger, that I would never let my circumstances define me. I knew I had to start making better choices.
I became inspired. I knew I wanted to add value to other people’s lives, so that’s when I launched my blog, Ashley Chand. I wanted to help anyone going through the challenges and struggles I had encountered. This motivated me. It got me excited and kept me excited! This quote from Dale Carnegie resonates with me:
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
This quote spoke to me when I was at a point in my life, where I was losing hope that anything would change for the better. I have finally landed a job that allows me to develop my managerial skills - someone finally gave me a chance, yeah!
Starting a business was something I had been thinking about for a while. I gave up on the idea though when someone I once cared about told me I would fail. Sadly, at that time in my life, I believed him. But during my personal journey, I said f**k it, I have to do this; otherwise, I’ll regret it.
That’s when Ashley Chand Jewelry was born. My intention is to inspire everyone to follow their own passions and to never give up! With enough drive, heart and tenacity, you can achieve anything you put your mind to!
More About Ashley
Ashley Chand was born and raised in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Ashley is currently a Deputy Office Manager/Legal Administrative Assistant at a Downtown law firm and the Owner of Ashley Chand Jewelry. She also has a Personal Lifestyle blog: Ashley Chand, where she chronicles her journey to empower and inspire others.
On her spare time, you can find her at Campus where she is currently pursuing Marketing Management or off on an adventure.