We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Irwin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I believe that in order to keep going, giving up is not an option. We are always allowed to adjust our goals but giving up entirely is a disservice to yourself and your potential. Now in order to keep going, you must be ok with failing. When things fail, a first instinct may be is to throw in the towel. That isn’t going to get you closer to where you want to be; whether that’s professionally or something in your personal life. Looking at failure as a stepping stone brings you closer to figuring out what will ultimately work for you.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am currently an employee/ professional transitioning into a business owner/ professional. I am excited to become more aligned with my values and goals in my professional life. I have worked the past decade as a dog groomer. It has provided me with the skills and knowledge that I will utilize in my new profession. I have loved working with animals and have created a trusting relationship with many clients. Grooming allowed me to rebuild my life financially, and I will be forever grateful.
I will be launching my own Health and Wellness Coaching business starting September 2022. I recently obtained my certifications in Health and Wellness Coaching through a verified program in Colorado. Also, while perusing that, I received my personal training certification through the international sports and sciences association. I plan on continuing my education because it’s vastly important in an ever changing and growing field.
Going back to school at 28 was rewarding but definitely a challenge. Having a family and other obligations created quite the work load. What kept me going was knowing that my children were watching and supporting me every step of the way. It taught them that following your passions does not have an age limit.
What I want the world to know about my story is that it’s ok to get knocked down but it’s how you rise back up that matters. I was officially diagnosed with PTSD in 2018 after experiencing traumatic events in my early adulthood. PTSD can lead to anxiety and depression. Not every day since my healing began has it been easy. I know what it feels like to hit a low point and be able to pick yourself back up again.
My business will not only be focused on fitness and nutrition but I am here to help people with the many pillars we call health. Mental health, sleep hygiene, social connection, access to resources, etc all play into a healthy lifestyle.
A common question I am asked is “what does a coach do?” Think of life as a ladder. A coach is someone who aides in helping someone move up the ladder. I am here alongside someone and their journey. People do not need fixed. They need support if they are struggling in a certain area of their life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am Colorado native and there are so many places and things to do here! I am an avid hiker and backpacker so if my friend is up for it, we are hitting some trials. Glenwood Springs has become one of my new favorite spots next to Boulder and Estes Park. Glenwood offers hot springs, spas, vapor caves, and lots of yummy food. Spending a day walking down Pearl Street in Boulder or main st in Estes for retail therapy is always a go.
A show at Red Rocks is a must. Nothing beats dancing under the stars at my favorite venue! For drinks Avery and Left Hand Brewing create a chill atmosphere. The Pumphouse in Longmont is definitely a favorite when it comes to delicious and flavorful food. La mariposa offers margarita flights and good Mexican food. Honestly I am a foodie at heart and to name the list of places we would eat the list would be huge! And if we are looking to go to downtown Denver, meow wolf or a sporting event can always bring out a good time.
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?
The person I would love to give a special shout out to, would be my husband Matt. He has taught me how to broaden my horizons, expand my comfort zone, and think outside the box. I was fortunate enough to be invited on a remarkable trip to Peru that Matt and his father had been planning since before we met. We were set to hike the Andes; where our final destination would be Machu Picchu. It was because of this trek, I realized how resilient and strong I am. Hiking a 15er made me feel powerful. It was then I had an epiphany that I was playing the side character in my own life and knew I needed to step into the main role. I discovered who I wanted to be. Matt played into that role because he shared that trip with me. He has always been my support system, constant, and best friend.
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