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

Hi Ashley, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
As a parent to a 3 year old daughter the most important thing I’ve done as a parent in terms of the impact on my child is starting my own business. When I had my daughter I knew that I wanted to create something that she would be proud of and to one day pass on to her. She loves watching me prepare for parties. She even knows how to use my balloon machine. One time I had to bring her to a party with me and the excitement on her face to be able to come to work with mommy was priceless!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a balloon artist. I started doing small parties for family and friends. Last year, I decided to actually take it serious. I did a Kobe Bryant themed birthday party and I got a lot of inquires from that one event. I did not expect to have as much positive feedback as I did. Two months later I officially launched my business “Ashley’s Creations”. It was not easy starting a business… especially a balloon business. It came with a lot of risk taking and overcoming personal fears.

I overcame those challenges by reminding myself that God created this for me and I will not give up. I want the world to know that with all the day to day challenges that I face I will always remain true to myself and my values. Trusting God everyday that he will supply all my needs.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Let me think.. Toledo doesn’t have a lot of exciting things to offer. My favorite place to eat is J. Alexanders or Rumors for good food and drinks. I would recommend my best friend comes to visit in the summer because Toledo has a lot of fun things going on in the summer. Downtown is always a good time.. Detroit is also not far so we may have to take a day trip. But I am always down for a fun game night at home with family and friends!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents deserves a lot of credit in my story. I wouldn’t have my business if it wasn’t for my parents. My parents have encouraged and motivated me from the start. My dad is my “assistant” he helps me set up for most of my parties, while also helping me build any custom pieces I need for events. Both my mother and father have had their own businesses for the past 20+ years, watching them showed me that I can do achieve anything by having faith in God and myself.

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