We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Schenkein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I don’t think that you ever truly achieve consistent work life balance. It certainly is a constant goal of mine and something that has evolved and become more of a focus over the years. In the early years of my business, I worked A LOT of hours – many times late into the night, or morning – and I wasn’t always healthy when it came to maintaining good work life boundaries. I do think this is what it takes in the early years even if it isn’t ideal. In recent years, however, I have made sure to exercise or get outside most days of the week, as well as take plenty of vacations – and even leave my computer behind. I rarely work really late into the night unless I’m on a tight deadline. In general, I think I’ve found a pretty good balance, and it is only out of whack during busier times with work.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have always tried to stay true to my style and design aesthetic. I think one thing that really sets me apart from other designers is the varied materials I use. I have everything from cubic zirconia to semi-precious gemstones to diamonds within my core collections. Another large part of my work is consulting one on one with clients to design one – of – a – kind engagement rings and wedding bands, which really feeds my soul for a lot of reasons. I love the actual design work, and I really enjoy the connections that I make with each and every couple learning about their unique story and how they define their love (which can look a lot of different ways). I didn’t arrive where I am overnight and it wasn’t a straight trajectory, but it has been a truly fulfilling journey with many ups and downs. It has been important for me to not attach to the ebbs and flows of my business and realize that this is the cyclical nature of business and life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
– Eat: El Five for a good view, Senor Bear, Ash Kara, Uncle, Mister Oso, Mercantile, Annette, Pizzeria Locale in Boulder – Shopping: A Line for a splurge, Lady Jones for everything from head to toe, June Ruby for casual finds, Bloom by Anuschka for the best home finds, and of course Ashley Schenkein Jewelry Design for jewelry! – Stay: Ramble Hotel – Drink: Death and Co., Lady Jane, Williams and Graham – Do: Hike in Boulder and walk Pearl St., hike in Golden and Morrison, shop RiNo, go see music and a film at Red Rocks.
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Owning a business without a partner can be very isolating and daunting at times, and I owe a lot of my success and perseverance to my friends and family who have been there to support me and cheer me along the way. My dad, who was a business owner himself (now retired), always had a way of giving me advice in a loving, yet honest and direct, way. Whenever I was feeling overwhelmed he had the perfect thing to say – even if it was hard to hear at the time.
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