Making Imperfect the New Normal with Ashley Beaudin
Your online empire, The Imperfect Boss, has created a space where women are free to be imperfect and successful at the same time. What led you to create this platform? What did you have to learn before creating it?
I can remember the moment as clear as day. I was laying on my bed scrolling through Instagram, and I was bombarded with these perfect images; amazing offices, best friends, six-figure-launches, and flawless fashion.
And I thought to myself, “my life doesn’t look anything like this. I have great moments, but I also have heartache, hard days, failure and disappointment.” I knew I had to open up a real conversation about what it REALLY looks like to make your dreams happen, so that we would realize how not alone we are and be empowered to keep going.
I think I had to learn how to be vulnerable and how to rally women together before I could ever create something as far reaching as The Imperfect Boss.
You have such a way of connecting with people - like the real, true, authentic kind of connection. How do you stay so real and raw? Especially online?
I always like to imagine what is on the other side of my honesty, so it’s not just about getting raw for getting raw, but imagining how it could make someone else free just by telling the truth. That inspires and empowers me to disrupt shame and perfection and bring the real me.
Your mission can be wrapped up in two words: real and confident. I think being confident and secure in who we really are is one of the hardest challenges we face! What tips could you offer someone who is trying to grow in their confidence?
I would say it comes down to two things. One, it comes down to your beliefs about yourself and what you’re capable of. So more than anything, I would encourage you to sit with yourself and think about what you really believe about yourself. Do your beliefs about yourself inspire confidence or do they inspire self-doubt or fear? Look at them and adjust them to the truth. Second, do the things and surround yourself with the people who make you feel confident. Make them a part of your daily life. And it will be contagious. I promise.
How did you start your journey in public speaking? Has it always been a dream of yours, and have you always felt comfortable with it?
My journey in public speaking actually started in high school. It was in those days that I really began to realize that I had a passion for communicating and inspiring crowds of people through speaking. My first speaking gigs happened in churches preaching and competing in French public speaking. But my speaking now looks a lot like talking to amazing, creative women which I love, love, love. I am more comfortable with it than ever before, but I still feel afraid every time right before. But once I get up there, and open my mouth, the passion just takes over.
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Your following has continued to grow and The Imperfect Boss camp is coming up in October of this year. From an outsider’s perspective, it looks like your life is SO perfect! Could you shed some light on the “not so glamorous” parts of this journey?
This question made me laugh! My journey has been far from perfect. Before I started The Imperfect Boss, I moved focuses a lot, and I even had an online community fall apart that I was leading. I’ve wrangled my way through comparison, self-doubt, and even addiction and anxiety. I show up for life because I believe it deserves to be lived. And even though it hasn't been perfect, it always has given me way more than it has taken from me.
What’s your biggest advice for starting an online platform?
My biggest advice for starting an online platform is to first actually start, but also be consistent and be clear on what your message is that you want to share. Don’t just add to the noise, but become a voice in whatever industry you’re in.
Your platform makes strides towards empowering women to be confident and love themselves well. How does self love and self care impact running a business?
Self-care and self-love has been one of the biggest pillars of my own journey in my work and my life. I believe that when you learn to take care of yourself that you will be empowered to actually give of the greatness that is inside of you. You’ll be able to go long-term and impact many lives because of it. You’ll also stay connected so that you can tune into your own voice and love people well.
Lastly, how do you want to change the world? What specific impact do you want to leave on the people around you?
I want to make imperfect normal, so that it can lose it’s stigma, and when we encounter it in life and in ourselves, we’re not overwhelmed. We just keep going.
I want to leave every life I meet more encouraged and aware of their greatness than before they met me. I want to inspire women to be real and confident, so that they can become alive, and give the world their greatest gifts which will only lead to massive transformation.
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Ashley Beaudin is an inspirational speaker, heart encourager and messaging strategist to creative women. She is the visionary behind #theimperfectboss; a movement that is inspiring tens of thousands of creative women to become real and confident in life and business. When she is not out there inspiring and gathering women, you'll likely find her going heart eyes over bright colors or looking for a fun donut shop.