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Life and Work with Ashley Reuben

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Reuben.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ashley. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always had a passion for reading, writing, and fashion but was afraid to pursue it as I was unaware of the emerging influencer/blogger world that would soon become available to me. I started college as a psychology major but quickly realized that wasn’t what I was meant to be doing. After going back and forth, I finally came to the conclusion that I would be much happier studying what I loved and made the switch to become a creative writing major. That summer, I was applying to different internships for fun, and I got a response back from a Fashion PR firm. Interning there for a few months was what really sparked my interest in fashion blogging, I learned all about the fashion world and I knew I wanted to be a part of that. It inspired me to start my blog, and since then my passion has only grown. I would love to someday be an editor for a fashion magazine, and possibly even start my own.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I would say the biggest struggle for me is comparing myself to others and telling myself I’m never going to make it because I’m not good enough. There is always going to be something that makes you who you are and that is what sets you apart from everyone else. I try to focus on that and continue working towards my end goal.

I would definitely tell anyone who is starting their journey to not be afraid of experimenting. You’ll never know how much you enjoy something until you try it. For those of you who have already figured out your goal, never lose hope because if you work hard enough and believe in yourself, you will get there.

Please tell us about your work.
I’m still in school so I’m not working right now, but I try really hard to create content when I can. I don’t think people realize how time-consuming it is to create a blog post or even post a photo to Instagram, and it’s hard to balance creating content and school work.

I love sharing my life on my blog and Instagram. Even though I focus more on fashion and having curly hair, I would still call myself a lifestyle blogger because I like to blog about topics outside of those two as well. I love looking at pages of different bloggers who go on extravagant photo shoots because every photo they post is so beautiful. I personally like to keep my page a little more personal because I feel like it is more relatable and I want my followers to feel connected with me. I take my camera with me almost everywhere because I love to take photos at the moment.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
The biggest piece of advice I could give to anyone on networking is not to be shy. Reach out to the people you want to get to know, what’s the worst that can happen?

Most of the internships I’ve gotten, I didn’t think I was going to get a response back from. I’ve made a lot of blogger friends by just DMing them and starting a conversation. I used to be afraid of putting myself out there, but once you realize you don’t have anything to lose that fear will start to dissipate.

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