Mar 19, 2019
I love today’s guest. My friend
Ashley Berry is a life coach, entrepreneur, cancer survivor, mom,
foster mom, and woman of strength and wisdom. She loves and touches
everyone she comes into contact with. Ashley is passionate about
coaching and seeing lives changed for the better. She has overcome
breast cancer and many other obstacles in life and is a pure
inspiration. She also proves God's love even in times of
In this episode, we have a no
holds barred conversation about life, love, and parenting. Ashley
shares her perspective on today’s society and culture and gives
some wonderful ways that we can all make our world better. She
lives by example and cares for everyone she meets. We talk about
men, raising children, respecting each other, and how Ashley turned
her breast cancer journey into the inspiration to start a nonprofit
to help others in need.
You can find Ashley here:
- [07:20] Ashley was dating her
son's father in college. It didn't work out for them, but Ashley
has a son named Cayden and now has a good relationship with his
- [09:32] As a result, Ashley is
teaching her son to take care of his responsibilities.
- [10:15] Ashley met her dad when
she was 12, and it was a series of let downs after
- [11:26] Ashley is ready to get
married. The type of guy who is going to be in her life has to love
- [13:59] About six years ago,
Ashley was praying and she visualized herself sitting with Jesus.
That moment changed her relationship with Christ and has helped her
to love people differently.
- [17:02] Ashley grew up with her
grandparents until she was seven, and her grandfather was an
- [19:41] Ashley worries about
whether Cayden will be seen differently, because he is
- [22:32] She wants to protect
him, so she sets an example of how to be respectful.
- [25:50] All people deserve the
same mutual respect.
- [27:08] Saying negative things
in front of our children leaves a much stronger impact then we
- [28:13] When we all decide that
we are all valuable and worth so much more, and we start truly
caring about each other we will stop being mean and start caring
- [31:07] Melissa shares an
example that Oprah told about how pit bulls are loving, but they
are feared because of all the bad things people hear. Oprah made
the same analogy about black men.
- [32:12] There are so many good
strong intelligent black men who are leaders in this country. These
men are setting the pathway for younger black men behind
- [33:17] We can teach children
to respond in such a way that doesn't continue the vicious
- [33:58] Ashley is also a foster
care parent. She has been fostering since August. She now has a 14
month old little boy.
- [34:57] He is a joy. He sleeps
all night long and eats really well.
- [35:42] People need to show
these children what family looks like and break the cycle of
- [37:21] Ashley refuses to allow
circumstances to define her. Breast cancer was one of those
- [38:49] There's no point in
just existing. We need to dig deep and get it done.
- [39:45] Ashley is a life coach
and the owner of 3 event venues.
- [40:27] She also helped her
best friend with catering.
- [40:43] She is also starting a
nonprofit called East Texas Cancer Alliance of Hope.
- [40:58] There is a significant
need for tangible hope for people with cancer.
- [41:56] They will provide
tangible hope in the form of gas vouchers, food vouchers, hotel
bills, co-pays, and things that will make it easier for people not
to have to choose between treatment and paying the
- [42:30] When Ashley sees a need
for something, she goes ahead and does it.
- [43:57] Do what you can with
what you have. Nothing should hold you back. Someone is waiting for
you to tell your story. Be authentic and inspire and help
- [45:20] Ashley loves people,
and where she is today is where God has taken her.
- [47:45] Ashley answers the
rapid fire questions.
- [51:47] Live in such a way that
if someone spoke badly about you, no one would believe it. That is
how Melissa feels about Ashley.
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