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Life & Work with Ashley Davis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Davis. 

Hi Ashley, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
But first… I am a Baltimorean born and raised. I started making jewelry after a set of my waist beads broke and I literally broke down crying. I mean balling tears lol but then I started restringing the beads myself and all of my thoughts, my worries, and my tears had stopped. At that moment, I realized that I found an outlet for my depression and anxiety. The next day, I went bead shopping and hadn’t stop ever since. Beading and making jewelry literally saved me. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Thus far, it’s been an absolute blessing. My #1 complaint is it not being enough hours in the day lol and learning how to TikTok. Also, maybe letting others’ opinion question my judgment on pricing and where I would get my merchandise. It amazes me how one can question your intentions but never hesitate to question a franchise business or a non-black-owned business. I take pride in my work and how I make others feel when I adorn them. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I feel like I’m primarily known for my waist beads and I’ve even named my waist bead brand as “Ashley’s Waistlets “. Get it? It’s a play on words like a bracelet for your waist lol. But I also create bracelets, anklets, and I wire wrap crystals and such. I just enjoy creating in general. It’s literal therapy and I’m super proud of myself for taking the biggest leap ever by working for myself full time and just seeing the world in a new light. That’s my biggest accomplishment and having my daughter watch me go through this realization is even more rewarding. She too wants to be an entrepreneur and hopefully she’ll take over Nevaeh’s Place or create something that suits her. Speaking of, Nevaehs place is named after my daughter who is my miracle baby. Although, she’s not so much a baby now lol but you get it lol. Now I would say my infectious personality and sense of humor makes me stand out from the rest. At least that’s what people tell me. I really enjoy making others feel loved and welcomed. I love connecting with people in general. It truly brings me joy knowing that I can make another person’s day just by being myself. It took me a long time to get here and I’m never turning back. 

What does success mean to you?
This is such a loaded question because in previous years I assumed success meant going to school, getting a degree, starting a career working a 9-5, then coming home and catering to your family and building a foundation for the next generation regardless of the sacrifice but every day that image fades away for me. And I respect those who live that lifestyle and their values. But today, Sunshine’s definition of success is whatever I allow it to be with myself. Meaning, setting goals, making necessary sacrifices that benefit me, building generational wealth that are to my standards, setting boundaries even in business, applying real-life lessons to my everyday routine, and honoring myself for following my wants/dreams even if others are rooting for my downfall. But most of all unlearning what was taught to me by default because the world said this is how things are supposed to be. No. You are in charge of you, your life, and your what your future will tell the past and what you choose to do with your time here while you have it so I’m going to make every successful attempt to be who/ what I want to be and I am so humbled in doing so. This journey has been so rewarding. 

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