We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashli Haynes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashli, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success is my intention. In everything I do, whether that’s my candles, tarot, 21 Sundays, or my creative expression, my intention is always to empower and inspire. I’ve found when I stay true to myself and my intention, everything lines up and those who resonate with the work naturally gravitate to me. When my energy shifts away from that and becomes more concerned with external validation, that’s when I feel the least heard and the least valued. Ultimately, I find the most success when I remain authentic, heart-centered, and intentional.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My business is called Star Magic by Ashli. I make intention candles. Intention candles are the perfect manifestation aid to call in your heart’s desires. My candles are infused with intention oil batched on a full moon. herbs, and crystals. Only the center melts as the candle burns, so you’re left with a beautiful keepsake upon your candle’s completion. Each candle comes with a complimentary tarot reading. Star Magic by Ashli intention candles are available to purchase online at Etsy.com/shop/StarMagicbyAshli.
In addition to my candle work, I’m an intuitive tarot reader. Though tarot can be used to predict the future, I prefer to work with tarot as a divination tool to receive guidance, clarity, and healing. I encourage my clients to understand tarot picks up on energy. Energy is fluid and our understanding of the concept of time is an illusion. The Universe does not care about how we measure it. With this understanding, tarot empowers us to make choices to energetically shift what isn’t working and manifest our desired outcomes. I offer 1-on-1 in person and remote readings, am available for events, and currently work out of a beautiful metaphysical shop in LA. To book a reading, call/text (626)539-4740.
I’m the founder of 21 Sundays, which is a series of pop-up shop events featuring businesses owned by Black women. With Los Angeles opening back up, I hope to host our next event when it is safe. Be sure to follow @21Sundays on Instagram to discover Black women-owned businesses we’ve featured in the past and for updates on upcoming events.
I’m a photographer who specializes in portraiture (headshots, lifestyle, boudoir, family), weddings and events. My work can be viewed at ashliphotography.com.
For my acting work, you can catch me as Courtney on Lena Waithe’s ‘Twenties’ (BET and Showtime). I also star in a cute little digital series called ‘Leimert Park’, produced by MACRO & Homegrown Pictures, currently streaming on BET+. Be sure to keep an eye out for season 2 of Twenties!
I don’t think I can comfortably say what sets me apart from others. That statement doesn’t resonate with me, as it feels competitive from a place of lack vs. fun, or rather, fear vs. love. However, I’m really proud that I’m led by my intuition and connection to source. Every decision I make in business, and generally in my life, is determined by what feels right in my body and my heart. So yes, I do a number of different things, but it’s all connected in that they’re all expressions of my creativity and they’re all intentional acts of service inspired by my own inspiration as well as my desire to inspire and empower others. Living this kind of lifestyle hasn’t been easy, as it’s taken a lot to find my voice and liberate myself from the pressures societal norms, conditioning, and oppression. It’s taken a number of dark nights of the soul, therapy, digging, unearthing, confronting, healing, and a willingness to release what I always thought I knew and be open to expanding my own consciousness. Nothing about that is easy. However, my commitment to my joy and health is worth it. Along the way, I’ve learned many lessons. I’d say one of the most valuable lessons is you can’t do what you say you can’t do until you stop telling yourself you can’t do it. So quit searching for excuses and reasons to procrastinate, and just go for it. If it scares you, even more reason to jump right in! We grow what we sow, so why plant seeds of fruit we don’t want when there’s so much yummy fruit we actually do want? Mindset is everything. When that shifts, the world literally opens up for us.
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?
Places I love <3
A. Bohemia & the Wolves in Highland Park. It’s Black owned and the MOST adorable shop that sells curated fashion, vegan apothecary goods, and homes goods. I recently started reading tarot here for the neighborhood’s monthly art walks, and I’m very much looking forward to future collaborations. Ayanna and Stephen, the couple who owns this shop, are very special people.
JuiceBae for juices and smoothies.
Griffith Park for hiking.
Wild Terra for herbs, teas, and apothecary goods.
African Market Drum Circle on Sundays in Leimert Park!!!
El Matador Beach
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom deserves all the credit and recognition in my story. There’s no me without her. She raised me to be fearless, bold, and independent. To this day, she continues to encourage me and build me up. None of my ideas are ever too big or too out there for her. So shoutout to Sheila Denice Walls-Haynes! Thank you for being you. I love you.
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