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Growing Through Grief – EP. 60

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Tune into this episode of The Brave Files to hear about Ash Brown’s courageous journey through grief and learn how she built an extremely successful brand through living authentically in every area of her life.



Top Takeaways From This Episode:

  • There is real value in not letting fear keep you from doing something great.
  • Coming to grips with the unknown can be really scary!
  • You can overcome grief and do great things.
  • Oftentimes, our stories don’t play out like we think we will. It’s all about making the most of every opportunity.
  • We all have gifts to share, and we all can make a difference.

Show Notes:

Ash Brown embodies living bravely. After experiencing tremendous grief, she turned her life’s work into living authentically and learning to live in the ebb and flow of life. Honestly, her life's work is full of inspiration.

Grief Takes Hold

Sadly, only one day after joining the military, Ash’s mother unexpectedly passed away. Not only was her mother her best friend, but she was also her biggest supporter. Unsurprisingly, this caused Ash’s world to crumble. Devastatingly, grief crept into every aspect of her life. She felt hopeless and was left to pick up the pieces.

Embracing Opportunities

In the face of uncertainty, Ash learned to grow from her grief. Suffice it to say, it was a daily process that was certainly never easy. With unbelievable strength, she held onto the hope that things would get better. It was through this process of healing that Ash learned an important lesson: Life never quite plays out as you expect.

Truthfully, there are surprises and new opportunities around every corner. You simply need to remain open to whatever direction your life takes you. While the journey may be uncertain, the destination often offers joy as you’ve never imagined.


The Brave Files Podcast and host, Heather Vickery welcome guest Ash Brown to talk about growing through grief.

Ash Said It!

With her signature brand, Ash Said It, she's created a powerful brand that helps women discover their authentic self and live in their truth. Her lifestyle brand shares inspiration for anything from clothing and makeup to movies and books and love or social awareness advice. Ash also hosts a podcast by the same name.

Resources Mentioned During Ash's Interview

Ash's interview with Rhonda Ross

Year of the Yes – by Shonda Rhimes

Heather's Blog Post – Progress is Almost Never Linear

Connect with Ash

Be sure to check out Ash's blog, but don't stop there! You can subscribe to her podcast for regular motivation and inspiring ideas. In the show, she shares stories of people from all walks of life. What a great reminder that we are all connected through our human experience.

In short, we encourage you to connect with Ash through FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Ash Brown joins The Brave Files Podcast to talk about growing through grief. Host, Heather Vickery

Giving is Good:

Understanding the value in family connection and positivity, Ash supports Bert’s Big Adventure. This nonprofit organization provides all-expense-paid trips to Disney World for children battling chronic and terminal illnesses. Along with their families, these superhero children are given the chance to enjoy a magical 5-day trip where they can simply be kids.

Tune into this episode of The Brave Files to hear about Ash Brown’s courageous journey through grief and learn how she built an extremely successful brand through living authentically in every area of her life.
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About Your Host:
Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.
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