We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Fuentes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ashley, what do you attribute your success to?
As an underprivileged woman who had to fight for herself without guidance, one of my missions in life is to be able to connect and give a voice to women who don’t have it. Building genuine long lasting relationships with women who also faced similar struggles is one of the most important factor behind my success. Success means different things for different people, it’s a spectrum. Some people want stability, others happiness, mine is to inspire and be able to give people the opportunity of growth and finding their light in this dim universe. A little bit of kindness can go along way, future generations should be able to love society, help each other instead of competing and bringing each other down.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a microinfluencer who shares tips on how to find their voice and express themselves in their most authentic self. I try to connect with as many people in Houston as I can. I attend openings and help smaller companies get the recognition they deserve. Having an authentic and genuine connection with my followers is what helps me stand out.

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.
I would want my friend to experience everything. One of my favorite things is getting out of my comfort zone. If I don’t feel uncomfortorable at least once a day then I know I am not making the most out of my life. Pushing yourself out of your box in routine improves mental health by a significant amount. I would take her hiking and to museums. I love eating ethnic food, no matter from where. That’s one of the reasons why I love Houston, the diversity here is beautiful.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I was born in Guatemala and moved to Houston when I was three, due to familial issues I had to go back to Guatemala a couple of times. I lived there for years then came back but because I had no family to take care of me here in the United States I had to travel back. Through out my childhood and teenager years both here and in Guatemala I lived with random families. They took me in, fed me, gave me an education, a support system, and guidance. No matter the economical issues they faced, they made sure I wasn’t missing anything. All the different families I lived with made me want to give back just as much as they sacrificed for me. They helped me get back to the U.S so I can pursue a better education and follow my wildest dreams. I want to thank those who wake up in the morning and no matter their circumstances they still decide to put their faith in humanity.

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