We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Patterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work-life balance…what’s that? There was a time in my life when all I wanted was a work-life balance. I would work long, strenuous hours, only to come home to try to catch up on work e-mails and responses. In my previous profession, a balance was just not attainable. When job demands exceed job resources, it creates an imbalance. The resources include the tools for effective communication, time management, and growth opportunities. This imbalance leads to both psychological and physical reactions that cause disengagement and chronic stress. Dealing with the repercussions of work-life imbalance, I decided that I needed a change. That change was the start of my consulting firm, Elite Acuity, LLC.
What is work-life balance when your work is what you love?
My job is to work on my craft. Doing what I love as a consultant means that my job no longer feels like work. Operating in my gift has changed my perspective on the definition of work-life balance. As long as I am operating in my gifts, I no longer seek a means to an end. I work long hours, constantly building relationships, in and out of meetings all day, and then run home to my computer to make instant changes to my website. With all this ripping and running, I would not change a thing. Well, maybe a vacation to the Bahamas. However, work-life balance is no longer about feeling pulled in too many directions and lacking the resources to feel accomplished. Instead, work-life balance is operating the space that contributes to my purpose and my vision.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Elite Acuity, LLC is my pride and joy. I initially started the business to promote an automation format development for Guardians, Case Managers, and small businesses within the human service industry. Prior to becoming a business, I received many requests for this automation system. Yet, once I made it an actual business, I could not sell the system. So I gave it away for free to the 1 person who was using it. With that, I neglected the business. About a year or 2 later, I can’t remember the exact dates, I got a phone call for a request for the system. That was the point where I thought to myself, maybe I really do have something here. I updated the system and ran it for the small business that requested it. After running the system for about a year, I was able to address all the hiccups and glitches that would come up, which strengthened the product. Once I become confident with the system, I began to create new systems to expand and solve more problems within the human service industry. As time progressed, so did that different opportunities for growth, and then COVID hit. At the time I was still working to support myself so the business was able to continue to function without needing any assistance or any pressure added. Yet with COVID, I now had all this extra time that I did not have before. With that extra time, I began to SOAR. I got 3 mentors, I became an author, I expanded the business and made it membership-based to reach more people, my 1st public interview to promote my business was with Les Brown, who is also 1 of my mentors. I began book speaking engagements and continued to expand my business as more people gravitated toward my vision and wanted to work with me. The way I was able to expand so quickly from 1 state to operating in 11 different countries within 3 months is the same way that I was able to get through the challenges, I just kept going. That’s it. I want the world to know that if they keep going then they too can make their dreams come true.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
New Mexico is an interesting place. It’s unassuming. If my friend were to come and visit he or she would have to try green chile. Green chile is one of the food items in almost every restaurant here in New Mexico. You can even get green chile on your hamburger at Mcdonald’s. For happy hour, we would have to get a roasted coconut margarita. Depending on the time of year, we would go to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, White Sands, The Art Fest in Santa Fe, and the Four Corners. We would hike up the Sandia Mountains or go skiing in Angela Fire. If we are invited, we could attend a Pow Wow on one of the many Indian Reservations. We could go golfing at the UNM golf course or watch the Lobos play basketball at the pit.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, I would like to shout out to God for the life that he created for me. I would like to shout out to my family and friends for their unlimited support. I would like to shout out to Manny Lopez, my automation mentor, for believing in my story and waiting for me to bloom. I want to shout out to Amy Lin, my wellness coach, for helping me to believe in myself, set a goal, and gain clarity. I want to shout out to Anne Peel for sharing the feeling of enlightenment from a place of gratitude and faith. I would like to shout out to JB Owen for supporting me and pushing me to write my story and share it with the world. I would like to shout out to Les Brown for praying with me. I would like to shout out to John-Leslie for providing a safe space for me to grow and craft my speaking. I would like to shout out to E. Leese for pushing me to open up and get comfortable talking about my journey. I want to shout out to Sandra Sutton for holding me accountable. I want to shout out to Rachel Harvey for embracing and promoting my gifts. I want to shout out to Harris Brown for teaching me how to shield myself with the word of God. The list goes on, so if you are a part of my life, you know who you are, and thank you for all that you have done.
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