You Are Not Limited By Your Experiences.

You are capable of anything you set your mind to…and I mean anything.  So often, we don’t give ourselves enough credit or we question our abilities to make it through a difficult situation.
If you were to tell the 16-year-old me that I would eventually complete my Masters…I wouldn’t have believed you. I say that because at 16 I felt as though my world was ending.

At 16, I suddenly and unexpectedly lost my mother. I still remember my last moments with her so clearly; conversations that I would replay in my mind for the better part of two years. My mom was truly my best friend, my biggest cheerleader, and my constant support. At 16, I had to learn how to navigate my life without her and being so young, it was incredibly difficult. In an instant, my entire life changed. I was depressed, overcome by grief, and feelings of emptiness.

My grades starting slipping, something that was very out of character for me and I was experiencing high levels of anxiety. My school guidance counselor encouraged me to seek help from a social worker, and for that, I am so grateful.
The social worker not only helped me cope with the loss of my mom but with many other challenging experiencing I had been going through at that time. It took several months of therapy but the bad days started coming less and less.  I started to shift my mindset…I started to become more positive.

The purpose of me sharing this experience is to remind you that although you may feel overwhelmed by a situation, you are capable of making it through. I overcame a situation that at the time felt completely debilitating. Can you relate? I think we’ve all experienced situations that we’ve felt we couldn’t handle…yet we always do. Situations that foster self-doubt and leave us questioning our capabilities. Perhaps you’re questioning whether you’ll make it through or repeatedly telling yourself that you aren’t strong enough.

I am here to remind you that you are strong and capable of anything.

Remind yourself of all the previous experiences you’ve conquered and endured. 

If you’re struggling, I strongly encourage you to reach out and turn to your loved ones for support or seek out professional help. Seeking the help of a social worker during my lowest of lows was the best decision I could have made.

My experience with working with my social worker inspired me to pursue a career in helping others. My dream to help people led me to my Masters and for that, I am so grateful. I had my dream, and it took a lot of hard work and dedication. I believed in myself and the vision I had for my career and my life.

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that you are not defined by your situation. These experiences can definitely shape you; I don’t think I would be where I am today without the influence of my life’s experiences. But I have never let these experiences prevent me from chasing my dreams if anything….they’ve become my motivation.

If you have a dream, keep going.

You are so capable.

As always, I am rooting for you.

xo. Ashley

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