We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Berry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
More than anything, I want my legacy to be one of empowerment. It is always my hope that the work I do and the messages I share help people uncover their own innate wisdom and capacity to heal. The greatest compliments I ever receive all essentially entail someone telling me that somehow, through their connection with me, whether that was over social media or during a session, they felt a deeper sense of self acceptance and the ability to express themselves more authentically and vulnerably. I truly believe that each and every one of us has something unique to offer the world and that our wellness, both as individuals and as a collective, is best served by each of us diving boldly into our passions, letting ourselves be lit up by the things that bring us joy, and then sharing that light with the communities around us. If I have an opportunity to help someone connect with their own heart in a way that allows them to bring their gifts more fully into the world, I will always take it.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As an Intuitive Card Reader, Coach, and Energy Healer, my work is really all about connecting with people from a heart-centered place and supporting them in gaining clarity around what is true for them and what will best serve their ability to create the life they desire. All of my offerings are deeply inspired by nature and informed by my own healing journey which has included struggles with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic illness. Because I believe healing is a never-ending process and one that is absolutely unique to each individual, my approach when working with clients is down-to-earth, conversational, and collaborative. It’s important to me that my clients feel empowered through our work together, rather than dependent on me for answers or magic solutions, so I tend to work primarily with people who are committed to their own growth and healing and willing to play an active role in our sessions.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I were giving someone a tour of the city, it would most definitely include a lot of time at the beach (El Porto, Venice, and Leo Carillo are some of my favorites), hiking through the Santa Monica mountains (Temescal Canyon and Mandeville Canyon have been my go-to hikes), live music at the Hollywood Bowl, and all the food–freshly made pasta at Il Pastaio, soup dumplings at ROC Kitchen, cochinita pibil at Paco’s, and Ramen at Kotoya. I’m not much for bars and clubs these days, but love a good beach bonfire or a sweet backyard gathering with kindred spirits. Extra points if dancing is involved!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people I could mention that have supported me along my journey, but the person that comes to mind first is one of my dearest friends, Suzanne Campbell. She and I met while we were both working at a bed and breakfast in Los Angeles. I had just dropped out of grad school and was trying to figure out a new, more aligned professional path for myself. Suzanne had been studying meditation for several years and decided to get certified to be a meditation instructor and open her own meditation studio. Even though wellness and alternative healing practices had always fascinated me, I had never really considered pursuing a non-conventional career before. Watching Suzanne create a work life out of her passions and in a way that really honored her values and gifts was such a revelation to me and was a huge part of my inspiration to begin exploring how I might be able to create a professional life that felt truly authentic and fulfilling. Suzanne has also just been one of the most supportive, loving, and wise friends I could have ever asked for. She is, without a doubt, the number one person I go to when I’m seeking compassionate, thoughtful, and grounded feedback on anything that’s coming up for me in my life. I really couldn’t express in words how grateful I am for our friendship.