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Conversations with the Inspiring Asha Tarry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Asha Tarry.

Asha, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in Brooklyn, NY into a large family and as early as I can remember, I wanted to help people. Initially, I thought that meant becoming a Nurse. But, today, I now know that means being a global healer and leader. I know that means being fearless and mindful of how I use this time I have on Earth.

So, today, I am a mental health clinician, which I have been for 18 years. And, I am also a certified life coach, speaker and social justice advocate. I proudly own a small business that helps professional adults with life’s challenges and eventually, I anticipate changing lives around the world using mindfulness practices and community strategies to heal wounds from our past lives.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No. It has never been a smooth ride. I’ve worked my entire career following undergraduate training. I also have been living on my own for 18 years which coincides with how long I’ve also been a mental health clinician. I’ve been fired twice while working for other people’s companies, illegally evicted from my home after 7 years in it and have had to move several times while trying to figure out my business strategy. It’s been hard as hell. And along the way, I’ve been a caretaker for a few of my aging and sick relatives. But, there was always hope and self determination. I had a few really supportive friends who gave me what I needed, including a place to stay for several months while I got on my feet. I took free classes on how to grow ans market my business. I paid for hired help. I used social media to leverage my brand and before you knew it, I was thriving and surviving.

My advice to other women is to sow into your networks and relationships as often as possible because you truly will not know when you will need to reap from them. Have daily rituals and routines so that you build an internal center for structure and discipline. That will help you tremendously when you’re building something new and it’s just you doing everything in your business at first.

Take some of your leisure money and invest it into classes on public speaking, social media, marketing, financial budgets, bookkeeping; anything that will aid in your success, even getting a life coach. Read as much as you can and save your receipts for tax season!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Behavioral Health Consulting Services story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a Psychotherapist, Certified Life Coach and Speaker. I work with typically higher functioning professional adults with mental health challenges such as anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties as well as I coach small business owners and independent creatives on how to manifest abundance and prosperity in their life! I am proud of how often people easily find me simply by using a Google search. And I am ultimately proud of being a woman of color who is living life on her terms while watching and enjoying my clients transform and feel better every time they leave our sessions. It’s a beautiful and mind blowing experience to have repeatedly with different people, in new ways, all the time. What sets me apart is simply a degree, a license and being on the other side of loss, struggle and questionable doubts. I am not very much different than the people I help.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Seek mentorship in numerous ways – in person, in real life and through seeking life lessons by reading stories of successful people. I encourage my colleagues and my mentee to network often. Use all types of resources to network; from social events, to cocktail hours, conferences, to social media which I use daily to network with people. It is 1 of the reasons more people know who I am than I know who they are. I talk about my work and inspirations I feel I share with people on Instagram, Twitter and Google+ daily! Social media is the #1 reason my business is thriving. I no longer have to search for clients. They find me. But, I don’t rely on that solely for my success nor am I naive enough to think that will last forever. Hence, why I get out in person and network, curate content and hunt for speaking engagements.

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