We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Show me how it gets better.”
I came across a phrase on TikTok a few months ago and it hit me at a time when I really needed things to feel better. The world has felt like a dumpster fire for such a long time now, I was experiencing burnout, I didn’t have any motivation to do anything, I was struggling with anxiety and depression, and it felt like there was no end in sight to all of these horrible things going on. I wrote this quote on my whiteboard by my door so I would see it every time I walked out of the room and would try to repeat it to myself throughout the day. I heard the phrase at a time when I had this “what’s the point?” kind of attitude and deep down I knew these were just intrusive thoughts and I needed to end the pessimistic, negative talk cycle but I didn’t know how.
And then I heard it. “Show me how it gets better.” It’s such a simple phrase but it holds power. It was helpful for me because little by little, I started to notice the good things in my daily life. Which in turn helped me slowly pull myself out of a negative headspace and the motivation came roaring back.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The road to success is not a straight line. I have had my fair share of hardships, but I have also had many successes! One thing I have learned over the years is that everything happens in waves and it is best to go with the flow than to fight against it. Life happens and there is only so much you can control. As an artist, I am aware there are times when there won’t be inspiration or motivation and that’s OKAY! Sometimes I forget that and I used to beat myself up over not constantly pushing out designs or content on my social media. But then I remind myself that I am not a machine. I am a person. A living, breathing human. I require downtime to take care of myself. I like to connect with my medium of choice. I make everything with my own two hands and pour my heart and soul into all of it and I think there is something wonderful to be said about that. It excites me to make something I’m proud of and then release it out into the world rather than making things just for the sake of making things.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Southern California is a force to be reckoned with! In Los Angeles, Guisado’s if you’re looking for some amazing tacos! The Left Bank if you’re looking to thrift. Amoeba for all of your record needs. Ice cream at Van Leeuwen’s and then the bookstore right next to it! Or check out a show at the Teragram Ballroom. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout out to my boyfriend Levon, my family, and my friends for always encouraging and supporting me in every single way imaginable. To my mentor Morgan. To all of my gorgeous customers from day one and onward.
Also shout out to podcasts like My Favorite Murder, Supernatural, This is Actually Happening, Short Wave, Life Kit, Crime Junkie, The Daily, Absolutely Not, etc for keeping me company during the countless hours of working my hands to the bone!
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