Britt Meets Ashley Roberts. PART 1: HUSTLE
Posted on May 14 2018
ASHLEY ROBERTS PART 1: HUSTLE
It is no secret or surprise Ashley Roberts is one of my best friends. I sat down with her over a smoothie for a conversation back at the beginning of March and intended to feature the former Pussycat Doll around that time. But right after our talk, LIFE showed up and not in a good way. A grave situation happened to her… One that I would hope no one would ever have to go through. Due to the circumstances I felt like it was best to give it time and space for healing to happen before I could even think about trying to feature her. Well, two months have gone by and I do feel like that time is now.
Yes, Ashley is like a sister to me but it is not out of obligation that I wanted to highlight her greatness for this project. This human has single-handedly brought so much joy to my life and I will forever be grateful to her for that. She is a person who brings out the best in me. She just does. And I feel like anyone can tell that if you spend any time with us. She is my twin flame gypsy spirit.
Unfortunately, Ashley had a family situation which I would hope no one would ever have to go through. Watching her handle what was placed on her shoulders (with so much grace) has made me so proud of her. Witnessing someone you love be in so much pain leaves a severe feeling of helplessness. It hurts. But if anyone could handle it, she can. She’s strong. One of the strongest people I know. And I’m proud of her. And that’s why I’ve decided I’m going to feature her story over two weeks. Because I think there’s a lot of PURPOSEFUL CONVERSATION to be had in regards to what happened with her family, our friendship, and mental health after this initial conversation. With that being said, I didn’t want to skip over the part of Ashley that makes her so special. So that is why I am going to feature her in a two-part special as follows:
PART 1: Ashley Roberts HUSTLE. Her foundation.
PART 2: Ashley Roberts PURPOSE. Life after tragedy.
Ashley was a member of The Pussycat Dolls. The Girl Group behind every theme song of me and my girlfriends growing up. DON’T CHA. WHEN I GROW UP. I DON’T NEED A MAN. BUTTONS. I mean come onnnnnnn. But prior to dancing and singing and twirling her way through the world, the Phoenix native made her way to Los Angeles with her sights set high and a dream so big.
“Growing up, dance was my medicine, my passion, my best friend. I became obsessed with it. And thankfully for me it turned out to be my career. At 19, I left Phoenix and I think it set the tone of my life before I realized what was ahead.”
THE IMPORTANCE OF RISK TAKING
“I’m definitely someone who will take a leap of faith and TRUST it will figure itself out…even if it’s rocking and bumpy because stagnation to me is death, and that’s my biggest fear. I like to be able to move around. Learn things. Evolve. Grow. I LOVE ADVENTURE.”
Prior to landing PCD, did you have side hustles?
“Absolutely. I was a receptionist. Although, not a very good one. (We both laugh… it’s basically like the equivalent of me being an assistant :)). I was a host at a restaurant… and I even was an MC for Bar Mitzvahs.”
I always talk about the importance of INTENTION. How every decision we make, (big or small) will be affected by the INTENTION behind it.
Can you talk about your love of dance for me? On a personal level, I know this Love is true. I know it’s real. And I know it lives deep down in your soul because I am a firsthand witness of it every single time I’m with you…even just walking down the street!!! (We both laugh :) )
“You know, I got into the business because I love what I do. You have to find your passion, do what you love, and trust the timing (aka the money, work, success)… The rest will come.
If you do what you love to do, no matter what it is, it won’t feel like work. The cool thing is when you find that love, you become so present and in the moment, and it’s almost like you transcend and everything else falls into place.”
Do you have any female mentors? And how important are positive female mentors and role models?
“Growing up definitely Janet Jackson. She could sing and dance and I thought that was so cool. Now it would definitely have to be our Soul Cycle instructor, Angela Davis. She resonates with me on a spiritual and fitness lifestyle.
Positive female role models are everything! I could have used some in The Pussycat Dolls because it was something I was lacking… whether that’s in a book or an actual person.”
Why must we be selective with who we choose to surround ourselves with?
“You need to be very selective with friends because whatever they are giving you is digestion. It’s food for the body. It’s being specific on what you’re taking in from other people.”
Do you recommend any positive books or podcasts?
“The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein is amazing. I also love You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert was one of the first books that gave me tools to help me build a foundation.
And I LOVE listening to your HUSTLE IN PURPOSE podcast.”
Thoughts on Social Media…
“It’s a love-hate relationship! You know, it gives everyone a vessel and platform. It’s a highlight reel of everyone looking and feeling good. But I just set boundaries for myself with it- you have to be conscious of what and who you are looking at and following.”
Any imparting wisdom?
“Don’t stress so much. Just enjoy life. Laugh a lot. It’s important. Smile.” ♥️