About Ashley Blackmon
DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY INTO REAL ESTATE.
My journey differs from the norm. While I always aspired to invest in Real Estate, I never imagined pursuing it as a profession until 2020.
Excitingly, I moved from my hometown of San Francisco to Southern California just three weeks before a worldwide pandemic hit. During this time, I had the privilege of working alongside a family friend who owned her own construction business. After spending three months learning from her and witnessing her success, I felt inspired to follow a similar path for myself.
After contributing to someone else’s dream for a few months, I decided to revive my own venture: a Hawaiian shave ice, popsicle, and smoothie stand that I had started back in 2017. Living in a new community surrounded by families, I wanted to bring some joy to people during the tough times caused by the pandemic. Setting up in my driveway, I would post and distribute flyers every week, which allowed me to connect with many people and brighten their days. Some of these individuals have become like family to me, and one of them, who is now my mentor and a part-time investor, was the first to suggest that I should consider a career in real estate.
With the arrival of 2021 and the start of a new season, I decided to take a leap of faith and try my hand at real estate. I can honestly say that it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, as it has allowed me to bring the same positive experiences I shared through my shave ice business to the world of real estate.
WHAT ARE THREE WORDS YOUR CLIENTS WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
Knowledgeable, honest, reliable.
WHAT MOST EXCITES YOU ABOUT YOUR WORK?
The lifelong relationships that are created after the process of homeownership.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?
When I am not working, you can find me at the dance studio enjoying my passion of Hawaiian, Polynesian dancing, or on a hike surrounded by trees, a creek and wildlife.
WHAT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO GIVE UP?
Born into a spiritual family it would be impossible for me to give up my faith and belief. My family always told me if I’d lose everything today, make sure you always believe in something and keep your faith strong.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT YOURSELF?
From an early age, I was instilled with the value of kindness and the significance of spreading love. This upbringing has shaped me into a person who consistently goes the extra mile for everyone I encounter, understanding that we all experience both highs and lows in life. People find me trustworthy, approachable, and comforting to be around, mainly because I make an effort to radiate positive energy regardless of the situation.
I firmly believe in the power of unity and togetherness, which involves encouraging and supporting others, being ready to lend a helping hand, and attentively listening to those in need. I see this as a calling, a blessed opportunity to serve others and make a difference in their lives.
WHO INSPIRES YOU AND WHY?
My grandparents, who raised me, have served as an unwavering source of inspiration in every aspect of my life. Both my grandmother and grandfather displayed exceptional dedication and hard work in their nursing careers, mirroring the same caring and nurturing spirit they bestowed upon me. Their influence has led me to pursue a path of working with people and providing service, as I aspire to repay the love and care they showered upon me.
Being the eldest among my five sisters, I find constant inspiration in them. I aim to set a high standard that they can surpass and lead by example, becoming a role model they can look up to and draw strength from. I want to be a guiding presence in their lives, just as my grandparents have been in mine, instilling in them the same values of compassion, determination, and service.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO A 5-YEAR-OLD CHILD IF HE OR SHE ASKED YOU WHAT THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IS?
I would advise every child to embrace their true self unapologetically. Show kindness to everyone, regardless of how they treat you in return. The key to achieving your dreams and aspirations lies in hard work and dedication; believe that everything you desire is within your reach.
Don’t allow anyone or anything to deter you from pursuing your dreams and reaching your fullest potential. Remember, you have only one life to live, and it’s yours to shape and define. Others may not fully understand your journey, but that’s okay. Focus on making your life meaningful and fulfilling.
Instead of being consumed by the problems of the world, channel your energy into contributing positively to it. Strive to make the world a better place through your actions, no matter how small they may seem. Every act of kindness, compassion, and service can have a significant impact. So, be true to yourself, work hard, follow your dreams, and spread goodness to create a brighter and more compassionate world.
WHAT IS THE NICEST THING ANYONE EVER SAID TO YOU?
You have a beautiful spirit and a light that shines every time you enter in a room.
WHAT IS YOUR PET PEEVE?
I understand that some people don’t know how to take control of their emotions or stress but people who take their frustration out on others is a huge pet peeve of mine.