Ashro Woman: Brenda W.
Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Brenda W. from Midway, GA!
If you’re ever lucky enough to be a guest at Brenda’s holiday table, you will find Brenda all dressed up…and your plate heaped with roasted turkey and gravy, mac and cheese, collard greens and sweet potato pie: her best recipes. And if you need advice, she’ll have something equally nourishing to share: “Let nothing distract you, stay focused, motivate yourself. Push until something happens. Tell yourself that you have the victory…defeat is not an option.” Brenda is an encourager. Brenda gets joy from comforting the elderly, guiding the younger generation…and going on mission trips. “I love seeing these people of God because they are full of compassion, excitement and joy. They motivate me to go on with my life and [remind me] how important it is to be grateful.”
While Brenda has struggled with chronic pain and the financial pinch that can follow, she sees her life as rich with blessings—like her husband, mom, grandchildren, family and church family. “They try to keep me encouraged, letting me know that I will make it…My family shows me love, and they support me in so many ways. They make sure that I am alright by texting, calling and stopping by to see how I am doing. They’re always there for me.” When Brenda says, “Be the best mother or grandmother that you can be to your children and grandchildren,” we know that love is a two-way street for this family.
Where do you live (city & state)?
- Why are you an Ashro Woman?
I’m an Ashro woman because I am a child of God. I’m a beautiful Queen. I love helping people especially the Season Seniors and our children. I reach out to other to try to meet their needs. I try to lead and encourage our young children into the right direction.
- What is your favorite part about fashion and style?
When I was young, my mom always kept us up wearing the best styles of clothes. We had some of our clothes made. Special holidays we had a new outfit to wear. When I wear different styles of clothes it makes me feel good about myself. I love to dress up like wearing my hats and accessories to go along with it. I love shopping and I love to look good rather it is a $5.00 or $200.00 suits. I love mostly all styles of clothes.
- What makes you get up every morning?
The love of Christ and my family. I love myself and I make myself motivated by reading the Word of God, giving God Praise and thanking him for all of his goodness, his grace, mercy and love. The strength that I have to love people, like visit the sick and shut in, nursing home etc. The Joy of the Lord is my strength.
- Your best advice?
Is to not let nothing distract you, stay focused, motivate yourself, Push Until Something Happen, don’t give up on yourself, dress to impress, look good, make yourself happy, believe in yourself, tell yourself that you have the victory and you are a winner. Defeat is not an option.
- What small thing makes you happy?
Spending time with my family and going out to eat and windows shopping like at the mall.
- What has been your greatest struggle…and your greatest (or latest) triumph?
My greatest struggle has been sickness due to alot of pain that I have due to a broken ankle that was broken into two places in 2000, neuropathy in both feet, muscle spasms in my back, nerve pain in my feet and legs, financial problem because I can’t go back to work due to disability.
- How do you spend your free time?
I spend my free time by reading my Bible, mediation, taking time out for myself by trying to relax, with my grandchildren and family.
- What do you do for a living? What do you like most about it? What don’t you like?
I’m not working now due to disability. I go on foreign and local Mission trips. I love seeing these people of God because they are full of compassion, excitement and joy. They motivate me to go on with my life and how important it is to be grateful. I don’t like the idea that I don’t have the funds to go on my mission trip back to Africa to go and help some of these people. It is a struggle wanted to help but are not able to do it.
- Who influenced you the most in your life. Why? And in what way?
My husband, mom, grandchildren, church family and my family. They try to keep me encouraged, letting me know that I will make it. To Pray and Push Until Something Happens, don’t give up, believe in yourself and remember that defeat is not an option. I know who I am in Christ. Without him I can’t do nothing. My family shows me love and they support me in so many ways. They make sure that I am alright by texting, calling and stopping by to see how I am doing. They’re always there for me.
- What is your best dish? Who do you make it for—and where do you typically serve it?
Roasted turkey with gravy, Mac and cheese, collards greens, sweet potatoes pies, I usually make it for our family gathering during Thanksgiving and Christmas day.
- Are you a woman of faith? How does that faith affect your life? Please tell us more.
Yes, I am a Woman of faith. I believe in the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, It strengthen my life knowing that I am a child of God and I know who I am in Christ. The joy of the Lord is my strength, my healer, deliver, my hopes, peace, joy, my protection, my provider, and happiness and he is everything to me. God loves me and he cares for me. He will never leave me not forsake me. By my faith it helps me to stay strong and to know that He is my refuge and my strength in the time of trouble. The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want.
- What makes you laugh?
Being around positive people, watching movies, my grandchildren, husband, excitement
- What lessons has motherhood (or being a grandmother) taught you?
It taught me how to love and spend more time with my grandchildren by taking them places, talking to and encouraging them about real life situation. To show love and compassion for others. Try to help others that are in need and be a helping hand for others. To be obedient to their parents in the right way. Take care and timeouts for yourself, relax and enjoy life while you can. Don’t over exert or stressed yourself out for nothing. Be the best mother or grandmother that you can be to your children and grandchildren.
- What occasions/events do you dress up for? (for example-do you often dress up for church, cultural events, charity events, going out, etc.) And how often do you typically get dressed up?
I dress up for all of them. I love fashion and styles. I dress up every Sunday for church and all of the above when we have these special events.
- Do you wear hats? How often and what type of hat? Do you wear them to church? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a hat with us!
Yes, I do wear hats all of the time. I wear it to church, and around various places that I go, like sports hats, casual wear etc.
- Do you wear wigs? How often and what length or style? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a wig with us!
Yes, I do wear wigs all of the time, some short and long.
- Do you wear headwraps? How often? Where did you learn how to tie it? Share a pic of you in a headwrap with us!
Sometimes I wear head wraps, I didn’t learn it I just wrapped it around my head.
- Are you in a sorority? Or is anyone in your family in a sorority? If so, which one and what does it mean to you?
I’m not in a sorority. Yes, I have many family that are in sorority. They’re in the Alpha and Delta.
- How would you describe the Ashro woman? How do you embody her? Does the brand mean something to you? Any memories associated with the catalog?
The Ashro Woman are a woman who has integrity, strength, dignity, compassion, a virtuous woman. An Ashro Woman is a masterpiece and a work in progress.
Thanks for inspiring us, Brenda!
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