I’m very excited to introduce you to my first guest that I’ve selected to interview in 2017. She’s insanely beautiful, insightful, and full of life. Ashley Resch is not your typical model. Aside from being a model, Ashley is also a blogger (ashleyresch.co), an athlete/personal trainer (bbmovement aka Bad Bitch Fitness), and she’s also very active on social media. Ashely stuck out to me with her down-to-earth personality, and how she views life. I hope you enjoy this interview and hope that you learn a thing (or two) from Ashley.
How did you get interested in modeling?
When I was a kid, I grew up watching so many different fashion programs that since I was a young girl, I knew I was interested in modeling; it has been a lifelong dream.
When you began modeling, what was the most challenging aspect of it?
The criticism. When I first started modeling, I wanted people to accept what I was doing and take me seriously right off the bat, and that was challenging because only my family really supported me until I had to prove everyone wrong.
Did you have a lot of confidence before modeling, or was it something that you had to work on?
I definitely did not. I had just started experiencing anxiety from being bullied in high school, which I didn’t know how to control, and to top that off, I started a career where everyone would be judging me. It was something I had to work on quickly, but now modeling has given me more confidence than I ever thought was possible.
What are your morning rituals? What do the first 60 minutes of your day look like?
Every morning I start my day by making tea and rolling out/stretching from my workout the day before and planning my day/week ahead.
When you think of the word “successful,” who’s the first person who comes to mind and why?
My parents. They didn’t grow up with a lot and yet they gave my brother and I the best childhood and upbringing. I think of them when I think of being successful because they made so many sacrifices throughout their lives to make sure they could create the lives they wanted for their kids, but also so they could live their dream life; it’s incredibly inspirational.
What have you changed your mind about in the last few years? Why?
Within the past few years, I have transitioned from a girl to a woman. My largest change I have made is to be an optimist instead of being pessimistic.
What is something you believe that other people think is insane?
I am deathly afraid of birds, so much that I run away screaming like a little girl. People don’t understand how terrifying they are.
Do you read? If so, what book (or books) have had an impact on your life?
Yes! I love reading. The book that has had the biggest impact on my life is ‘Sharp Objects’ by Gillian Flynn.
What is the worst advice you see or hear being dispensed in your world?
Especially in the modeling industry, the pressure to have the “perfect body” is still huge regardless of the many efforts from women around the world. Just be you and work hard for everything you want, and everything will fall into place.
How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Or, do you have a favorite failure of yours?
I don’t have a favorite failure because I strongly believe that every failure happens to push me down the path I belong, so in this regard, every failure would be my favorite because it has lead me here today and will keep driving me throughout my life.
Do you have a quote you live your life by or think of often?
It would be a tie between “Positive Mind= Positive Life” or “Everything Happens for a Reason.” These quotes are constantly helping me through hard times, and times of doubt.
What advice would you give your younger self?
To stay positive even in the toughest times because it will get better.
What topic would you speak about if you were asked to give a TED talk on something outside of your main area of expertise?
I would love to become a TED talker and be able to talk about the impact of social media in both a negative and positive way. I was cyber bullied throughout high school, and now I have a career around social media, and I would want to talk about the importance of hard work, and a positive mindset in the worst situations.
Is there a particular goal that you’ve set for yourself to achieve by the end of this year?
I want to give back to my community, one of my large goals is to implement charity work in my monthly routine.
What can my audience expect to see from you in the future?
I hope to be in magazines around the world, and working with global brands, so expect to see me on your local news stands.
Any last parting words?
Thank you! Thank you so much for having me, and all the support!
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