What's the Best Advice You've Ever Received?

With Ashton Smith

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hey guys! My name is Ashton Smith. I’m an obsessed plant mom, avid coffee drinker, and collector of random pottery pieces (that I truly don’t need). I run an online space called The Authentic Woman, which is a platform that empowers women to live their fullest, freest life. We specifically coach women in cultivating radical confidence, pursuing their purpose, and changing the world through their unique gifts and talents.

I’m a recently married gal who’s dreaming big, living a life aligned with my highest truths, holding space for women as they claim their power, and creating life of my dreams.

What is your favorite thing about where you live?
So, I live in Raleigh, NC. I’ve lived in this area pretty much my whole life and absolutely love it! Raleigh is nice because it’s roughly a three hour drive to the beach and also a three hour drive to glorious mountain ranges. Each is just a short road trip away, which is so fun!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
This is a tough one to answer because I believe that different advice will be more impactful at different times and seasons in our lives. But for me, my dad always gives the best advice. One quote he always shares is this: “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” This quote is from Edmund Burke, and it always reminds me to keep moving forward, keep showing up, and keep impacting the world in a way that is available to me now – even if it is in just a small way.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
YOU ARE WORTHY. The breath in your lungs and the beating heart in your chest are evidence of your worth. There is nothing more you must do, achieve, or attain in order to be good enough. Your worth is inherent. It is woven into the fabric of your DNA. It is your birthright. This is my life message & one I hope to share with millions of women throughout the years ahead.

What’s your greatest fear?
This is random, but so true: SHARKS. When I was a little girl, I was on a beach trip with my family here in the Carolinas, and on the last day of our trip, several sharks got swept up to SHORE. They were feeding so close to the beach that they literally washed up on shore and scared the living daylights out of me. They will forever be my biggest fear.

What do you love most about yourself?
I love how great I am with words, not only when it comes to writing, but also when it comes to communicating with others in a genuine, real, and kind way.

What motivates you the most?
My passion for seeing women lead their fullest, freest life always motivates me to keep showing up, putting in the hard work, and holding space for people as they go through that process.

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Each day I implement some sort of self-care routine. Lately, I’ve been loving doing a self-care morning routine. This usually consists of journaling, meditation/prayer, speaking positive affirmations aloud, and actively resting in my truth. I think when we take time to invest in ourselves, we set such a strong foundation for the rest of our relationships and endeavors.

What is something on your bucket list?
Sky diving. Yep, I said it. It totally terrifies me, but at the same time, it sounds like so much fun! I hope to go skydiving with my husband one of these days.

What are your biggest passions?
My biggest passions really do stem from my drive to empower women to lead lives that align with their truth, dreams, and visions. I love holding space for women as they own who they are, cultivate confidence, and start taking action towards a life that really does resonate with their heart’s desires!

More About Ashton

Ashton Smith is the founder of The Authentic Woman, a platform that empowers women to lead their fullest, freest life. She firmly believes that women have the power to shift culture, eradicate unjust standards and ultimately change the world. When she’s not working with her husband, she is most likely sipping on a cup of local coffee, swooning over pottery or adding to her succulent collection.

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