Ashro Woman: Victoria W.
Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Victoria W. from Gardena, CA
Wife and mother, inspirational author and podcaster, Victoria is a woman with purpose and passion. While she is recently retired, she continues to lean into life. She is a board member for Project PeaceMakers, Inc.—an advocacy agency for those suffering from domestic violence and intimate partner violence.
She is also an advocate for lung cancer awareness, an undertaking that came out of her greatest struggle: the death of her mother from lung cancer. “I can’t imagine ever getting through life without GOD. I never would have made it this far without Him and my FAITH!”
Victoria loves her Baptist church. “Both my young adult sons were raised in the church. Both are in the choir, serve on the usher board and my oldest is a junior deacon.” Being a mother has truly been a blessing to Victoria. One of her favorite ways to spend her time is to take walks with her youngest son and to make her homemade mac and cheese for holidays.
“I have enjoyed every aspect of motherhood. The lessons I’ve learned are that children grow up quickly, and that no matter how old your children get, they will always be your babies.” Victoria understands that dynamic from a daughter’s perspective too. It was Victoria’s own mother who influenced her the most. “My mom was the biggest supporter in everything I ever set out to accomplish.
Her guidance in motherhood and her resiliency is what shows up in me daily.” No doubt, Victoria continues to make her mother and her children proud.
|Which city do you live?|
|Which state do you live?|
|How would you describe the Ashro woman? How do you embody her?|
|The Ashro Woman is Classy & Confident. I embody her uniqueness|
|What do you do for a living? What do you like most about it? What don’t you like?|
|I am an Entrepreneur, Podcaster & Best Selling Author of several inspirational books.|
|How do you spend your free time?|
|Walking with my youngest son, writing & traveling.|
|What small thing makes you happy?|
|To Encourage, Enlighten and Inspire others. Just simply to see my family and friends happy!|
|What is your best dish? Who do you make it for—and where do you typically serve it?|
|My best dish is my homemade macaroni & cheese. I make it for my family, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas dinners.|
|What has been your greatest struggle…and your greatest (or latest) triumph?|
|My greatest struggle was losing my Mom to Lung Cancer and numerous family members within the past two years. My greatest triumph was becoming a Best Selling Author in a compilation Prayer Book.|
|Who influenced you the most in your life. Why? And in what way?|
|My Mother & my mentor Dana are two of the most influential women in my Life. My Mom was was biggest supporter in everything I ever set out to accomplish. Her guidance in Motherhood and her resiliency is what shows up in me daily. My mentor and former boss Dana was the first person to really give me a shot in my career transition as a Communications professional. She is the reason I stayed in the transportation industry for thirty years and promoting to Communications Manager, prior to my recent retirement two years ago.|
|Do you volunteer or do charity work? Tell us about it!|
|I am an advocate for Lung Cancer Awareness. It became a bigger focus for me to support the Lung Cancer Association, after losing my beloved Mother to Lung cancer. I am also one of the newly selected Boardmembers for Project PeaceMakers, Inc. PPMI is an advocacy agency for Domestic Violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)|
|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 am not in a sorority. However, majority of my family members are Delta Sigma Theta|
|What do you love about fashion and style?|
|I Love the versatility of fashion & style. I consider myself a Fashionable person.|
|Has anyone in particular influenced your style?|
|No, not really. I have always created my own style over the years. However, in my later years…Michelle Obama & Stylist J. Bolin have began influencing additional styles.|
|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?|
|Birthdays, Weddings, Concerts/ Plays, Church, Gala’s, Cultural events and Dinner with my Husband|
|How has your style evolved over time?|
|My style continues to evolve every few years!|
|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!|
|I remember a time you couldn’t get me to wear a cap or hat. After I turned 45, that changed. I’ll rock anything from a fedora, bucket hat to a baseball cap on casual days.|
|Do you wear headwraps? How often? Where did you learn how to tie it? Share a pic of you in a headwrap with us!|
|I only wear a head wrap for my church Black History Month event and one cultural event I may attend.|
|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!|
|Are you a woman of faith? How does that faith affect your life? Please tell us more.|
|Yes I am. I can’t imagine ever getting through my life without GOD. I never would have made it this far without him and my FAITH!|
|Do you attend church? What church do you go to and what do you love most about it?|
|Yes. Beulah Baptist Church in Watts, California. I love the way my Pastor Teaches and preaches and I love our choir. I love music period.|
|How are you passing along your faith traditions onto your children/grandchildren?|
|Both my young adult son’s were raised in the church. Both are in the choir, serve on the usher board and my oldest is a Junior Deacon|
|Are you a First Lady or a Pastor?|
|Your best advice?|
|No matter what life throws at you or what trials and tribulations you face… Never Give Up!|
|What lessons has motherhood (or being a grandmother) taught you?|
|I have enjoyed every aspect of Motherhood. The lessons I’ve learned is that children grow up quickly and no matter how old your children get, they will always be your babies.|
|Are you an Ashro Credit customer? If so, how has our credit helped you?|
|Yes. Its great to have the flexibility of Ashro credit.|
|Do you have a memory to share of when you first heard about Ashro or when you received your first catalog?|
|I believed I received my first catalog 9 years or so ago. It was memorable, because I recall my Mom being over my house, getting my mail out my mailbox and us looking through the catalog together.|
Thanks for inspiring us, Victoria!
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