We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashlee Rivera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashlee, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
The most important lesson that my business has taught me is the value of trusting yourself & your own vision. The more you can recognize the things that inspire you, the things that move you, your true vision will push through. Knowing yourself and honoring who you are will create a unique space for you. Not only in your industry, but in the world. It will create opportunities and relationships that are divinely for you. God is good.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think people can look at The Fortunate Cookies, Saturday Night Sound Bath, and A Tribe Called Manifest (an organization that encourages the connection for Brown & Black Womxn back to their authentic selves, their ancestors, & rituals), and see a direct correlation to me. It means a lot to me that my brand and the things I involve myself with are a direct reflection of me. I’m learning a lot about myself. I don’t hide behind any curated images or attempts at clout chasing. I want to liberate people to know that there is a space for everyone. You are enough. You have gifts and contributions that no one else can. Of course there has been so many challenges. There were no mentors for me to follow. I wasn’t apart of any programs, and I didn’t attend college. I had to learn myself. It has taught me to trust God’s timing, and to appreciate my vision. If I got all the things I wanted when I thought I wanted them- I was have been ill equipped. We must continue to let our spirit guide us. It won’t lead us astray. I believe that everything we do must be done with love or not at all. My work is merely an extension that belief.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I don’t really get out much anymore! I might be bad at this. My favorite food spot in the city right now is Korny Vibes. I wake up craving their food almost everyday. Those tacos. They have amazing vegan food! I’m became a vegan last year so I’m obsessed. Then, of course we have to hit Axelrad because that’s just what we do. I love the energy there. You always meet hella cool people, great beer, and if you can snatch a hammock even better! Eat some great food. Definitely would grab some churros and coffee from Angels Churros and Chocolate, and then go for a bike ride at one of Houstons many great parks! I love to be outside to connect with nature.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m so thankful for the love, support and mentorship I’ve gotten from Angels Churros & Chocolates, This Mexican, family owned coffee shop is also brings so much warm, comfort, and culture to Cypress, TX. They welcomed me and my business from Day 1. Erika has offered me a place to operate my business, as well as given me so many opportunities and guidance. I am so thankful for meeting this wonderful family. Truly a divine relationship!
photo credit by: Ashlee Rivera
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