Hi friends! Today in the Celebration Series we're talking to my sweet friend Ashley Greenwell. Ashley is in sales/design and also runs a super lovely lifestyle blog called Turquoise and Teale. I've been following it for a few years now and it so perfectly reflects Ashley's impeccable style and her kind and generous spirit. I'll never forget the time back in college when, right after Beau and I had gotten engaged, Ashley brought me flowers. It was such a thoughtful gesture (especially considering the tight budget of a college student) and reminded me that those little acts of kindness really do mean so much.
Ashley and I have something in common in that our husbands are both in the medical field. Brian is a few years ahead of Beau, and I've so appreciated how these two have paved the way forward. I've loved seeing how Ashley navigates the difficulties of being a medical spouse with independence and grace. You often spend lots of time alone while your partner is working, and while it would be easy to sit around and feel resentful, Ashley has used her time to create new business opportunities, build a creative outlet through her blog, and spend lots of meaningful time with friends and family. If that's not the definition of a girl boss, I don't know what is. :)
Ashley is thoughtful, kind, creative, driven, absolutely gorgeous and always put together. I've admired her for years and I'm excited to celebrate her today.
Let's get into the interview, shall we?
Give us a quick background on who you are and what you do for work.
Hi lovely people! I’m Ashley — a southern girl through and through. Growing up in Atlanta led me to The University of Georgia where I hit the jackpot with the greatest group of friends, travels and life lessons that brought me to where I am today. I took a risk and moved to Charleston, SC after graduation, not knowing anyone, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. There I started my own business, met my (now) husband and spent time living in my absolute favorite city. My husband Brian and I now live in Atlanta, GA with our goldendoodle Oliver who constantly keeps us on our toes.
My everyday job is in sales and working with interior designers. I represent 3 different manufactures (fabric, lighting and seating) and work with designers in GA, AL, SC and NC to hopefully get them to choose my products for any commercial property that they’re working on. Most of my business is hotel design, but restaurants, hospitals, offices, anything but someone’s residential home I work on! I know what you’re thinking. ‘There’s someone that actually does that?”. I thought the same thing.
When I moved to Charleston I started a blog, Turquoise & Teale, or my side hustle as I now call it. I spent so much time traveling for work that this was my creative outlet to unwind and share my favorite recipes, fashion finds, travel tips and beauty buys with all my friends and family back home. I spend most nights working on my site and getting posts lined up, planning out editorial calendars and brainstorming fresh content. Little did I know how far my blog would take me and the amazing people and brands that I’ve been able to meet and work with along the way.
What about your work brings you the most joy and fulfillment?
My everyday job is one that I actually never thought I’d be doing. I grew up with my parents in this industry and it wasn’t a career that actually crossed my mind until senior year of college. I knew then that I'd be crazy to pass up an opportunity to work for myself, set my own schedule and make the move to Charleston, SC! My job keeps me constantly on the move. I love that no day is ever the same and that I get to work with some wildly talented individuals in the interiors design realm. It’s motivating and refreshing just to be around other creatives!
Who or what is inspiring you right now?
Traveling is always one of my main source of inspirations. There’s nothing like getting away from the standard day to day routines, immersing yourself in a new culture and being pushed out of your comfort zone. Brian and I just went to Europe for our 1 year anniversary and I came back feeling so refreshed and ready to hit the ground running. If I need a closer boost of inspiration, I head back home to Charleston, where all I have to do is grab a coffee and walk the streets of downtown with my mom. It’s hard not to be inspired when you’re surrounded by that much history and beauty!
What has been difficult lately?
Summertime is my favorite season and one I have a hard time balancing. I hate turning down fun events and end up saying ‘yes’ to more than I should. I’m trying to be better about balancing it all, but it’s a work in a progress. Brian’s work schedule gives him limited time off, so I try to plan around those days and maximize our time together! To any other wives/girlfriends/partners of doctor’s out there— it’s hard work! You learn to be independent since their hours are so demanding.
What makes you different from everyone else in the world and how does that uniqueness manifest itself in your work and life?
Gosh, what a great question! In a world that’s full of competition, I try to always be a supportive and positive friend/wife/daughter/sister. Instead of worrying and feeling threatened by another’s success I’m a firm believer in building up those around you. There’s room for everyone to succeed, so be the one that encourages and supports others’ dreams. Both in my day job and my blog, it’s insanely competitive. There are individuals looking to bring others down and spread hate, but I’ve found the more you help others the further you’ll go, in life and business.
If you owned a food truck, what would you serve and why?
I think food trucks are the greatest idea! Seriously, I’m all about them. Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you I never turn down dessert. I have the biggest sweet tooth but try and find healthy options to satisfy it. On my food truck we’d have a mixture of healthy desserts that you could feel good about eating. Healthy doesn’t have to mean it’s bland and doesn’t taste good! Oh. and acai bowls (with almond butter) would also have to be on the menu. Those are acceptable any time of day!