Introducing Ashlyn, a wedding calligrapher and creative copywriter from Atlanta. Ashlyn strives to use her creativity and work ethic to help women work from a place of rest; forgoing the typical stresses of life, in and out of the workplace. She also helps encourage creative entrepreneurs in every way she can. Keep doing you, Ashlyn. You rock!
WHAT ARE YOU UP TO RIGHT NOW? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
Hi! I’m Ashlyn (don’t mind my ink-stained hands), creator of Ashlyn Writes. I help women live and work from a place of rest—not hustle—by crafting copy that converts for creative entrepreneurs … and heirloom suites for brides.
WHAT ARE YOUR FOUR TRAITS AND WHY?
DREAMER: That’s what my name means! This one was easy. :) I’ve always been a dreamer.
CREATIVE: I remember looking forward to Mondays in first grade—that’s when we got to go to art class. I studied classical ballet for 19 years growing up, and between art classes, English, and ballet after school, the creative side of working has always had me spellbound.
HARD-WORKING: My StrengthsFinder results always point towards Achiever—I don’t have a problem with motivation, typically. ;)
ENCOURAGING: I have to watch this, because it used to exhibit itself with me tapping into my people-pleasing nature. Now, I try to speak into others what they may not see themselves, because that’s what helped me go full-time with my job: when other women noticed things in me.
YOU CHOSE CREATIVE AS ONE OF YOUR TRAITS, IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU EXPRESS YOUR CREATIVITY?
Art for art’s sake is really important to me, so I make time each week to do calligraphy and creative writing for no one. I journal every day, and I make sure to get up early so I have time to do these things before the craziness of the day sets in.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE ASPIRING TO REACH THEIR DREAMS?
(I have a whole YouTube channel (ashlynwrites.com/YouTube) and blog (ashlynwrites.com/blog) dedicated to this! I love giving small business advice for creative women. :) Feel free to pull from any of that content as research for your story.)
TELL US ABOUT ASHLYN WRITES, HOW DID IT BEGIN?
Hustle's a good thing and serves its purpose in its season ... but imperfect progress for me looks like never learning how to rest when work and striving are my drugs of choice. We don’t often grasp the gravity of how we were created for and commanded to cease our striving and our drive towards perfectionism, do we?
Long-story-involving-hospitalization-short (head here to read my story about an eating disorder), I was literally stopped me in my busy, hustle-minded tracks while working in corporate marketing, moonlighting as a calligrapher.
I launched Ashlyn Writes with a heart to serve brides during a trying time ... and teach creative entrepreneurs all I learned in more than a decade of marketing and communications.
WHAT IS A MOTTO YOU LIVE BY, AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO AS WELL?
Work from a place of rest—not hustle.
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