Want to hang out with Marie Forleo and me?

It’s happening. It’s on. Call in the fan fare. Release the streamers.

Celebrating Marie Forleo!

Celebrating Marie Forleo!

That’s right:

I’m bringing you MARIE-FREAKING-FORLEO!

Tomorrow, TUESDAY, February 12, at 10:00 am PST / 1:00 pm EST, I am going LIVE with the one and only Marie Forleo for an *exclusive* interview just for YOU.

Mark your calendars, write it on your hand, wall, mirror, planner, Palm Pilot (if that is still your thing.)

Save the TIME AND DATE (That’s Tuesday, February 12, TOMORROW, 10:00 am PST / 1:00 pm EST.)

You might be wondering… “Why so last minute, Ashley? I have a meeting / errand / appointment / dog-walking / pedicure / childcare pickup / thing I have to do.”

I’m glad you asked. Just making sure you’re paying attention. *throwing down the challenge*

In life, there is never a “right time.” Tasks crowd onto your calendar, packed in tighter than a Happy Hour bar with free champagne.

You have to make a choice. What is your priority?

You see, in the world of media, opportunity moves fast and when your ship comes in, you need to JUMP on it… fast! Or it will sail away forever (just like that opportunity to be featured in O Magazine.)

We go live to hang out once and once only. So you don’t want to miss it.

In the interview, we will be talking about:

  • why even if you are just getting started, you can bypass the clog and race right to the top… using her phrase, “everything is figureoutable.”

  • how to position yourself as a Power Player with a stand-out premier brand that brings in the cold, hard cash... even when there is so much noise in the world today.

  • ?????

Yes, I left that third topic blank intentionally. Because I would love to hear from YOU:

WHAT SHOULD I ASK MARIE? Comment below and let me know what I should ask!

Hope you’re as excited as I am!! See you tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12th, 10:00 am PST / 1:00 pm EST.

P.S. We will be sharing the *link* to join for tomorrow’s LIVE interview with Marie Forleo in an upcoming email, so watch your inbox like you’re waiting to win the lottery for Hamilton on Broadway. In the meantime, be sure you are a member of my free group Media Masters and join here.

P.P.S. If you’re feeling click-happy, Marie just dropped an epic free training today in the second pre-B-School mini-series. >>> Click to watch it here. <<<

I got a job at an (alleged) money laundering company...

Five years ago, I was feeling lost and I found this roadmap.

You see, I had just returned from Australia, where I was doing a press tour and some spontaneous modelling. I stood at a crossroads. The first No Photoshop fashion magazine I helped launch, Verily, was skyrocketing around the world, and I secured 180 media features in eight months for the magazine.

Modelling in Sydney, Australia

Modelling in Sydney, Australia

But something in the pit of my stomach new my time was up. As much as I loved the mission, we were volunteers working around the clock… which doesn’t food on the table, you know what I’m sayin’?

Everyone was telling me to get a real job… with BENEFITS! The regular ol’ 9 - 5 with a steady paycheck.

So while I munched on my lunch of canned beans, I sent hundreds of resumes into the world. All the top job sites knew more about my life than my own family.

And the offers started rolling in… in a leap of faith, I accepted a position on Wall Street working as a ad sales manager for a media company.

With fresh suit, heels, and bottomless anticipation, I found myself in a sea of cubicles. There I was, with hopeful young professionals surrounding me, ready to make it big.

But then the weirdness began. The manager was out of the office. The interim manager was flustered and came in late. One hour later, all of us Shiny Hopefuls were ushered into an office and told the boss quit that morning without warning.

There went my new job training…

At lunch, we Shiny Hopefuls sat around the table and realized no one had been at the position for longer than two weeks. And no one had been paid yet. All day, I sat in front of my computer screen reflecting on my future.

I walked out. (My dad advised me to distance myself from the likelihood of a Money Laundering Company.)

It was time for something better. A brighter future. On my own terms.

But remember how I was living on savings for 5 months? Well, I had the Power Suit and Power Heels, but no $$ and no time to get an MBA.

A few days later, I was introduced to Marie Forleo’s training videos and she said one phrase that changed my life:

Everything is figureoutable.

In the first episode of Marie Forleo’s pre-B-school power-packed free training, she gives you the PILLARS to growing a profitable business online (key word is PROFITABLE. Remember, revenue feeds the ego, profit feeds the FAMILY.)

Marie Forleo

Here’s what you will learn:

  • How to be successful, even if you are multi-passionate

  • Strategies to get the cash rolling in right from day one (without feeling like a sleazy used car salesman, spamming your friends, or asking mom and dad.)

  • The highest impact actions to take *right now* to rocket yourself to stardom online, and step beyond the noise into a category of ONE, using your own unique voice…

    • Marie also gives a wake-up call about what’s happening in the online world today, which blew my mind (see it around 17 minute mark).

  • Why creative people have the EDGE in business in 2019 (yes, really!) and how to maximize your unfair advantage from the comfort of your couch.

When I was getting started, this really lit a fire under me.

Final note, if you hate your website and want to level up your personal brand - maybe even aspire to be like those mega-influencer role models you secretly envy - this training will help you get there.

WATCH 6 Pillar Roadmap Now

This video could be your roadmap to your dreams.

Wherever you are in your business or life, remember, you got this. The future is brighter than you could ever imagine.

Coffee, dreams, and jumping off a cliff

Five years ago this month, I was teetering on the edge.

Living off dwindling savings. Eating food from the care packages my mom sent me.

At an intersection between staying at the startup company where I had not been paid for 5 months...

Or moving into a bigger life.

I was at a juncture, not knowing which way to turn. But I felt like it was time to say goodbye.

Goodbye to working for "the man" - making other people's dreams come true.

Goodbye to long hours, no vacation, little pay, stressful bosses, and wondering "is this all there is?"

Goodbye to looking like I "had it all" on the outside and on the inside, feeling like I was stifled, unfulfilled and inauthentic.

It was time to say hello.

Hello to stepping forward into my dreams.

Hello to launching my own company, where I could live and work from anywhere, anytime, any day, any way (and so could my team!)

Hello to working with clients that I was passionate about, serving and delivering life-changing work that would change their businesses forever.

But I didn't know how.

Then someone told me about B-School with Marie Forleo. All I knew was, I needed results... fast.

I felt like I was crazy, not just taking a step into the unknown, but rather throwing myself off a cliff.

You are going to hear me talking a lot about B-School in February. Like a lot, a lot.

B-School was the pivotal catalyst that forever changed the trajectory of my life. And I want to share it with you, so you get the behind-the-scenes story of what it was really like launching my company, Appleseed Communications.

Spoiler alert: Appleseed Communications is turning 5 years old! *cue the birthday balloons* I beat the odds. (And you can, too.)

No One Told Them About The 40 Foot Waves...

 

Not so long ago, Natalia, Laura, Emma, and Meg found themselves on top of a 40 foot wave staring down from their 29 foot pink boat named Doris. They were attempting to set a world record by being the first female team to successfully row the Pacific Ocean.

They were successful, journeying from San Francisco, CA for 254 days and over 8,400 miles to Cairns, Australia. When they set out, they didn't fully anticipate the harsh conditions, the ups and downs they would face on this epic journey.

Their example hit close to home for me and may resonate with you, too: entrepreneurs on a mission to change the world.

Founder of B-School, Marie Forleo says, “start before you’re ready” and “everything is figureoutable.” But as you go, no one tells you that you might run out of resources, face self-doubt, question the whole point, feel lonely, or wonder why there are sharks following you for two weeks (and not the good kind on Shark Tank.)

They also don’t tell you about the highs you will feel: landing your first client, closing your first round of funding, getting your first real office. Yay! No more days in the living room wearing PJs!

My friend, Emmy Award-winning documentary film maker Sarah Moshman just released the documentary, Losing Sight of Shore about these four women nationwide on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes.

Although you might not be rowing the Pacific, it is inspiring and relevant because as they say “everyone has their own Pacific to cross.”

What is your Pacific?

I was lucky enough to be able to interview the women for the New York Times / Women in the World. Their insights and example continue to be tools that propel me along the journey. If you need a little motivation to crush it this week, check it out.

SEEKING INTERN FOR FALL 2015!

 

Appleseed Communications, LLC was created by millennial entrepreneur Ashley Crouch to help creative small businesses grow. We have a deep passion for helping women entrepreneurs and authors achieve their goals through media. Why do we focus there?

Because entrepreneurs change the world.

And we get you. Every person on our team has a deep background in the startup space. We know what it’s like to desperately want to bring “your baby” into the world or scale your company. Let us help.

Whether working with social corporations to help advance women’s empowerment, to visionary authors revolutionizing corporate culture for women and teams, to millennial entrepreneurs disrupting the fashion industry, we would love to help take your deepest passion to the next level.

Join us!

ABOUT INTERNSHIP:

Seeking a creative genius to join growing PR company that serves creative small businesses nationwide. During this fall 2015 internship, he or she will be a crucial help within the company, learning PR and branding techniques while getting integrated opportunities within the company to lend his or her creative voice and ideas to meet client needs. He or she will help with cultivating and curating potential clients, partners, and media personnel to help advance the company’s client base.  

Finally, he or she will have the opportunity to manage social media channels, especially Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. He or she must have a heart for mission-driven work, a can-do attitude, boundless enthusiasm, fresh, clean aesthetic, and eagerness to learn more about the industry of PR and branding.

This is an unpaid internship available for college credit at approximately 10 hours weekly. Must have experience in Photoshop, Excel, and be really good at both taking direction while lending creativity to a project with precision, attention to detail, and efficiency. Previous experience in editing, media, calligraphy, or startup environments is a plus.

This creative genius will learn more about social media strategy, the business of PR and branding and execution through their internship. This is not for the candidate who just wants to fetch coffee; for the special passionate person who thrives in wearing a lot of hats and having involvement in many various facets all at once.

May work remotely.

DUTIES:

→ Streamlining company workflow by designing on-brand materials that serve client needs, such as social media graphics and graphics for a new iPhone and Android app.

→ Managing and schedule social media for multiple social media accounts under the direct supervision of senior staff.

→ Conduct administrative duties, including payment follow up, setting up calls, and following up on outreach e-mails.

→ Research relevant awards, organizations, client, speaking, and influencer leads to assist with company growth.

→ Guided internship PR/ social media project of their choice, if desired.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send your resume, portfolio or website, and cover letter to ashley [at] ashleyncrouch [dot] com by EOD October 1, 2015. Looking forward to hearing from you!