Fierce Friday | Ashley Campbell

What makes you a L I O N?

@ashmcampbell86: “Being a Mom makes me fierce. I wake up every day knowing that I have a little girl who looks up to me and will, in some ways, model herself after me. For better or for worse. I want my daughter to live her life unapologetically reaching for her goals and be unafraid of taking risks. In order for her to do those things by nature, I must model them. Keeping in mind that those little eyes are always watching me is what has inspired me to stop making excuses for why I can’t and start searching for ways to make it happen. I don’t want her to live her life like me but I want to model a life lived fiercely, consciously, and compassionately so it will be in her nature to do so as well.”

What makes you H U M B L E?

@ashmcampbell86: “My career as a social worker keeps me humble. Everyday I work with children who are neglected, abused, and living in homes with generational poverty, domestic violence, and substance abuse. It is my goal to help all of my kiddos feel valued, safe, and empowered. When these children don’t see a way out they may simply accept that this is their lot in life and lie down and take it. I want them to know they have options. I also work with parents and caregivers who are doing the best they can with what they know. It is my goal to offer support and education so that they can make the best decisions for their family. As a social worker, it keeps me humble to learn of the struggles and victories of others and to offer them a helping hand.”

My cousin Ashley has always been an inspiration to me. She’s a dreamer and a doer with a giant heart. When I told her we were moving to Australia, she didn’t miss a beat when she squealed and said, “we’re coming!” I knew she meant it. It speaks volumes that she traveled with her 6-year-old, Harper, around the world by herself. Their visit has served as a beautiful reminder of where I’m from, why I should be proud to call it home, and how much room it has for growth. I can’t express how grateful I am for this time with them.

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