Once Upon A Time...

Once Upon A Time...

Ashley Ryckman11 comments

Ok, ok, I know it's corny...but honestly EVERY great story starts with...Once Upon a Time, and well, I have a tendency to be a bit dramatic, enthusiastic, if you will. Also, it's my blog, so I can start it however I want, right? Plus there is that whole happy ending thing. I digress...seriously though, when I started thinking about taking this business live, (or this blog for that matter) I fearfully anticipated a lot of things. Would people want to watch/read? Would they like the products I chose? Or the topics I wrote about? Could I keep up with all of it and still be there for my family?

Most of these concerns revolved around failure - around the things that would go wrong. What I didn’t prepare for was all that would go right. I love doing this! I mean, I really, really love it!

Our New Year's Eve Show 2019!

My family says I’ve always had a bit of a flair for the dramatic. At family gatherings, I was always the first to step forward and belt Christmas songs like they were Broadway showtunes. I had all of the hand gestures to every Sunday School sing-a-long down pat. I never shied away from the spotlight. So while many people cringe at the thought of being on camera, I simply find it fun!

Can you guess which one is me?!?


February marked the one year anniversary since my first experience going live. That's so crazy for me to think about. If you've followed me from the beginning, then you'll know that this wasn't my first gig. I had initially started with a different live business that sold gently- loved clothing. I made so many lasting relationships along the way.  And while it was an amazing learning experience that has helped me grow and taught me about life and business. I made the decision in October to close that chapter and start anew.


Of course, with that exciting leap of faith also came a big pile of fears. But my aunt once said to me that if ever you felt like you failed, like you were lost, like you weren't sure how to restart, just go home - that’s where you'll find support.

 

Ashley and Aunt Val

So that’s exactly what I did. I went home. I rallied my friends and my family. And together, I truly believe, we have built a fierce team.


The ACB Team!

Just a few short months later, this company has skyrocketed, and honestly, the sky is the limit. Our team of hardworking, dedicated staff members have grown a page of 3000+, over 1000 Chic VIP strong, serve 100's of people every week and continue to grow this amazing community of chic women and men. We are so proud to be a family-oriented company. Danae brings her kids to work, while I also get to be home with mine. My husband is even part of the fun and is my partner in every way. He’s not even camera shy anymore! And I value the input of my whole staff when choosing beautiful, high-quality clothing and accessories I know my customers will love! I am so blessed!

 

 

But this isn’t just about me or the staff, or even the business. What I think about every single day are the 100’s of women, and even a few dozen amazing men, who watch nearly every show. The people who support us not just because they love to shop, but because they love to have fun with us. The people who laugh with us, who share in our goals and victories,  and trust us with so much more than just their clothing preferences. They share their lives, their struggles and triumphs. They support each other with kind words, prayer and encouragement. I am so deeply inspired by the strength and love that these people bring to the show. I get giddy before every live because I look forward to the way we all walk away lifted, not to mention with a closet full of gorgeous clothes and accessories.


 

   


This is what people dream of! To go to work and be surrounded by positivity and to feel like what you do matters. I have big goals for this business, but at the heart of it will always be these incredible women and men. I love helping each of them feel as beautiful and handsome on the outside as they have shown me they are on the inside.


Thank you to all of my Chic Family for making this so much more than my career - you are a piece of my heart!


Chic Blessings my friends!


Contributor/Editor: Kristy Porter

11 comments

ASHLEY RYCKMAN
ASHLEY RYCKMAN
Thank you ladies so much for the kind words! We are creating such an amazing community of women that i could not be more honored to be a part of!!
Pam Hill
Pam Hill
I remember the first day I saw you on a live show. You did very well. But having your own Boutique now you shine.
Tammy Manchester
Tammy Manchester
I found Ashley’s Chic Boutique months ago while scrolling through Facebook and I haven’t stopped watching her live shows since then.Ashleys Chic Boutique is my favorite live show to watch.I love all the stuff she sells.Ashley and her crew are the best 💜
Darlene Home Izzo
Darlene Home Izzo
Ashley Chic Boutique has truly changed my life. I found Ashleys Chic Boutique one day scrolling through facebook very depressed I had survived 911 and then 10 years later my daughter passed away very unexpectedly she was my miracle child the only child I ever had. I was very depressed and had given up on almost everything in my life. I started watching Ashley Chic Boutique and Ashley immediately brought so much sunshine back into my life. But I was still on that Roller Coaster with emotions and I did have a downfall where I was not so nice one day taking it out on Ashley. I truly missed Ashleys Chic Boutique and Ashley even though I was embarrassed with my actions I went back and watched Ashley again. You would never know I was ever gone! Ashley has a heart of Gold and accepted me right back making me feel good inside again. I started buying her fashions it became a weekly goal to see Ashley and from Ashley, I met the Rise Tribe an Awesome Group. I started back to church after being mad at God for over a year that my daughter had passed and my faith has grown. My family is very Proud of me and many have also started watching Ashley Chic Boutique. Ashley and Danae bring so much inspiration into my life! I love all your clothes and I call it now my Ashley Chic Boutique Addiction! But this is one of the best Addictions I have ever had and it is truly inspirational. lOVE YOU ASHLEY AND CREW! Thank You for changing my life and not pushing me away when many other sales groups would have it was like you truly believed in me! Blessings! (Sorry this is so long)
Valerie Kean Staab
Valerie Kean Staab
Once upon a time I was afraid (not really) that if I stood I would fail. Every single day of my life. I know if I don’t stand I will fail. So I stand. You have a natural love for humans. You have turned that love into a family that reaches across our nation. We all watch as you grow the business and the village of friends. We are proud of the job you are doing. Every single show we give our all to make the experience fun and full of a million laughs. The laughing omg the laughing that goes on infront and behind the screen. It’s a wonderful adventure getting to know so many people and spending a few hours each day taking a break from the real world to enjoy the show. Home is where the heart is always safe.
Dawn Petrus
Dawn Petrus
I am so glad our paths have crossed. Your a beautiful person inside and out. You do so much while having 6 children I think your really wonder woman in a disguise. Keep on going I see bigs things happening, youve grown so much just since I met your group. Very classy. Love ya Ashley and crew keep on rising to the top
Clarine
Clarine
I ran across Ashley’s Chic Boutique scanning Facebook several months ago. I have been watching it since. Such lovely women, happy and cheerful. I am 79, soon to be 80 so never too old to watch. I have ordered and been very happy with my purchases. Thank you Ashley and ladies for britening up my days.
LeAnne Johnson
LeAnne Johnson
Not only have we become part of your lives, you have become a part of ours❤️You’re a beautiful, intelligent, strong and caring woman who truly loves what she does, and it shows! If I ever need a laugh, or to be surrounded by beautiful ladies for a word of encouragement or prayers, I know I can call on some of y’all to be there. I’ve never met you in person, but I feel like I’ve known you forever. The sky is the limit for you, and I truly feel you’ll go beyond that!😘
Jacinta Long
Jacinta Long
Like i’ve said before, i’m glad I got tagged into your group. I look forward to every single show (even if I can’t buy). Your energy and charisma is truly TRULY amazing!! Your team, is also wonderful! Your products are A1…I mean my hubby enjoys every piece I buy. Tells me how beautiful I look(more than usual). Because how beautiful you make tops look, I now have my very 1st cold shoulder top coming 😊 Thank you for ALL that you do ❤❤
Carmen
Carmen
This is so nice. Bought a year to my eye. I have watched you since you first started. Have shared you all over the place, even got a couple people to join and shop. I love supporting and empowering women in their endeavors. I wish You and yours many more blessing. Sometimes people are down and get lifted just watching and laughing. Oh and the clothes and accessories ain’t bad either lol.
Rose Mclaughlin
Rose Mclaughlin
Love you Ashley you are a beautiful soul …love your lives ..Wish i didnt work and miss so much lol..stay blessed

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