Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley N. Dixon.
Ashley, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
From the time I was young, I knew I had been called to preach and teach the word of God. But when you have been presented a purpose with such a HUGE responsibility, it’s not always easy to immediately say ‘yes’. I spent most of my life running away from and ignoring that call, unintentionally straying away from God. But no matter what part of my life story I was in, I was always preaching and giving advice to those who came across my path in whatever capacity I could.
After trying to live the life I wanted to, I ended up battling with alcohol/drug abuse and a spout of several mental illnesses. Once I’d had enough, I surrendered my life back to God at 22 years old towards the end of my senior year at Georgia State. In college, I was definitely the person that everyone knew- making things happen on campus. I worked mainly in the music entertainment industry, hosting concerts + musical events, so I was always in the mix. But once I got saved, my life became pretty quiet for a moment. I spent most of my time alone, reflecting most on the changes I needed to make for my future and searching for ways to better serve the people God has placed in my life’s story. That’s when TBOA was birthed into my mind.
It started with the #PrincessPotluckPicnic, a communion for the eclectic Godly woman. Next came #WalkingSolo, the blog for single Christian millennials (something that there truly aren’t enough of). Following this was the #SoulTiesTee, a merchandise line to promote Godly sexual covenant, which simultaneously birthed a business. These passion projects ultimately fuel a ministry full of ways to reach the millennial looking to connect with God.
Now, into year two of my ministry, I am building a non-profit and curating new ways to reach even more millennials. I am out to win souls for Christ and help them build a purposeful life worth living for!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Whether you’re building a business or a ministry, there are definitely going to be some bumps in the road!
Some of my struggles include:
– Converting well wishes into actual support: people always say “I love what you’re doing” but do not actually come to my FREE events or purchase my products because they “are not ready to start living for God yet”.
(You won’t believe the DMs and texts I get about this.) This particularly bugs me because there will never be a “right time” to start living right. You have to just jump in! Progression over perfection.
– Having financial support: My vision often doesn’t match the current status of my bank account, but I always trust that God will provide over what He plants inside of me. I am truly thankful for those who have made donations or sown directly into TBOA!
– Haters and Nay-sayers: I’ve had friends and even family members doubt my abilities, but all that matters is what YOU know you can accomplish.
Advice for others starting out:
– Trust yourself: If you don’t, no one else will. Nothing is impossible, so do it!
– God’s speed: Take the time you need to create something beautiful. Don’t rush the process to stay relevant or beat the next person to it. There is a time and season for everything. Plan, execute, and prosper!
– If people are trying to mimic what you’re doing, then you’re doing something right 🙂
what should we know about The Book of Ashley? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My specialty is in curating lifestyles for millennials that encourage them to live for God, seek + fulfill a purpose, and fellowship with other believers. I am known to host or speak at different events and am most known for the #PrincessPotluckPicnic event and my merchandise line, the #SoulTiesTee.
The moments where I am proudest of myself are when I KNOW my purpose is being fulfilled. When I receive messages or calls about how the ministry has affected someone in a positive or life-changing way, it warms my heart. When I can see someone moved at one of my events, or get tagged in a photo of someone wearing my t-shirt, I know that God’s word is being spread.
When you think of the idea of a ministry or church, at first glance it may seem to be an oversaturated industry. But when it comes to what I am doing, there are not many young women (black women to be exact) that are pursuing this type of lifestyle. Since the beginning of time, we’ve gotten used to only seeing men in the pulpit or leading. But we are in the era of the evolved woman now. It’s our time to lead and not take the passenger seat when it comes to pursuing purpose.
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
I feel like we are breaking down many of these barriers every day, but there are still a few we face:
In my industry:
– Lack of opportunities available for women preachers (this is changing over time).
– Lack of support from those stuck in the traditional or religious mindset that women can’t preach.
– Becoming stunted when we aren’t in places that promote our growth. Having your ideas shot down multiple times and continuing to be silenced even when you have a seat at the table is discouraging for almost anyone.
– There are companies out there that are pro-women and are willing to help you excel. I say if you can’t find one to work for, start your own!
- #SoulTiesTee: $20-$25
- Speaking Engagement Travel Fee: Local (Inside the 285 Perimeter) $35, OTP $50, Out of State (GA): TBD
- Website: thebookofashley.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/@bookofashley
- Facebook: facebook.com/thebookofashley
- Twitter: twitter.com/@bookofashley
Kebriana Rogers (@kapturedbykeeek)