We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Bowman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking a risk can be defined as diving into the unknown, which can feel dangerous and counterintuitive hence why people tend to avoid it. When I dive into the unknown, I navigate more quickly. I adapt to new circumstances and inspiration organically shows itself. The so-called “risk” is more correctly defined as courage to embrace change.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a sustainable carpenter and furniture maker who restores the worst of the worst, repurposes the old into the new, and designs original pieces made from reclaimed materials. I am excited that my business is thriving and my community supports it. I had no idea what to expect when I began repurposing pieces to sell at a local craft market. Prior to starting my business, I took a year off work completely to address my workaholism through a 12-step program. Throughout my 20s and early 30s, I would work 3 to 4 jobs and piece my income together. My stress levels were through the roof and yet I thought it was normal. When I had my daughter, my “job” as her mother took precedence. I wanted to be home and I wanted her with me so I took a risk and changed just about everything in my life step by step with mindfulness. Because of the newly found self-care I participated in prior to starting OF HOUSE, I have discovered the success of the business has been much easier than expected. In fact, I would go further to say that I am blown away each day when someone believes in my work and takes it home. I am blessed. My brand is inspired by following my intuition and taking “risks” everyday with every new skill I acquire.
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.
We would go down to Nogales and eat at La Roca…do some shopping Hang out on the patio of Cafe Passe for breakfast and coffee
If the season is right, hike Miligrosa Canyon
Then go up to the Hilltop Tavern in Oracle for great live music on Fridays, a sunset to die for, and spirits and great food
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 4-year-old daughter Colette deserves credit for the recent changes I have made in my life. She is an old soul who blessed my life and gifted me the reflection I needed to present a healthy, happy, and honest woman as her mother.