1983

1983

A star is born. The star, covered in hair and sucking its bottom lip, is named Ashley – after Ashley Abbott on Young & the Restless.

1987

A five-year-old version of myself was convinced I’d become a preacher. I didn’t know much about preaching. I just knew they did three things: talked a lot (something I was especially good at), helped people, and ate lots of chicken.

Don’t judge me. I’m from the South.

1992

I become the oldest of four siblings and one first cousin. I’m often told I talk too much.

I’m also told that I’m…um, bossy. That’s because I am.

1995

I create a gossip newspaper about all my middle school happenings in Microsoft Word. I print it at home and selectively sell it. I give it away to others. I was happy to do so.

1998

I become obsessed with leadership and rallying people around a common goal. I ultimately become the leader of nearly every activity I participate in during high school and college.

A Leader In:

Marching Band

Wind Ensemble

Business Club

College Service Sorority

College Newspaper

I guess all that bossiness came in handy.

2001

My freshman year of college.

I’m ready to take on the world.

2003.1

2003

I make my second unconscious attempt at business. I start in a multilevel marketing company selling cosmetics. I never add any members to the team, but I do amazingly well at making money.

2003

I don’t do so well at paying the credit card balances I’d used to purchase my inventory.

2003.2

I buy purses instead.

2004

I’m named editor in chief of my college newspaper. This is my third attempt at running an organization. My first? Running my siblings. My second? Being marching band co-captain.

2005

I graduate college and abandon selling facial masks and eye shadow in college to become a professional journalist.

I use my keyboard to tell dynamic, engaging stories that inspire and inform the public.

I eventually go on to work for major media publications covering government and public education policy.

2008

My third unconscious attempt at business. I launch The Southern Teachers Network as a passion project.

The Network was meant for parents and educators to get a better understanding of the education policies changes that affect them and for educators to share best practices.

2009

‘The Dark Side.’ That’s what journalists used to say whenever they went into public relations. I became press secretary, and later public information officer, at a state education department. The switch forces me to abandon my passion project.

I Switch Over To 'The Dark Side.'

'09 - '10

My fourth attempt at business.

This one was semi conscious. It stuck. I began the brand management and publicity outreach for an entertainment brand. I secure millions of dollars worth of media placements, I build a solid social media community (that’s still active today), and I ensure the brand top of mind of everyone in our target audience.

1000

SIGNS OF OPTIMISM

972

IDEAS ABOUT BUSINESS

10001

COKES CONSUMED

1

IDEA INTO REALITY

2010

It dawns on me that I could start a business using all of my skills. It made sense.

DENOR Brands & Public Relations was born.

I Represent Clients In:

Lifestyle

Entertainment

Faith-based Nonprofit Industries

2011

The business grows. I’m giddy about running a business while working full time.

2012

2012

A proud moment. I graduate from the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University.

2013

The business grows even more. I become a full-time entrepreneur. I also become terrified of failure. In August of that year, I failed miserably. I made more in a few hours selling lipstick in college.

I only grossed $400.

2014

I get a better grasp of attracting, nurturing and closing clients. No more $400 months!

Still, I make many mistakes – like hiring the wrong people, buying the wrong software, ramping up programs too soon, overspending, etc. I launch #LiveYourBrand. I teach dozens of entrepreneurs how to talk the talk and walk the walk – that is, use their personal brand to become more visible, boost their income, and create a community of support for their businesses.

DENOR becomes more visible to established businesses.

2015

I get over being scared to fail. By then, I’d failed so much that it didn’t bother me.

I recover quickly because I am so very resilient. The business grows significantly. DENOR and I represent clients in different parts of the United States from Louisiana to New York City, creating brand marketing campaigns that connect, engage, sell.

2015

I even walked a client down the red carpet at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles and contributed to a book about entrepreneurship.

2015

I begin to speak an average of once per week. With a great understanding of my business and my audience, I plan to have a rocking 2016.

'15 - '16

The seed for The #LiveYourBrand Company is planted.

#LiveYourBrand grew from the amazing personal brand development course of the same name.

745

FAILURES

927

WINS

10000

IDEAS

500

MORE COKES CONSUMED

2016

2016

My personal purpose and my business purpose are crystal clear. Through #LiveYourBrand I coached emerging and aspiring entrepreneurs to go from A to Z. Through DENOR, I help established brands get to the next level. I’m going to do great things this year. Just #staytuned.

THE FUTURE - I’ll keep living to figure it out.