SAP 011 - Ashley Thomas; turn your pain into fuel for success. We dive into Ashley’s story of overcoming adversity and living her dream

Ashley Thomas on the #socialAfricanshow

Ashley Thomas is the founder of FireAnt Marketing, a US-based marketing company established to educate, promote and expand the marketing goals of organizations through social media. 

She is also a motivational speaker and an author.

Ashley is passionate about inspiring and reminding women that despite their circumstances they can still live their dreams.

Personal life

"I was born and raised here in the great state of Texas. I'm the youngest child of four. I have two brothers and one sister and I also have a daughter named A'talia Nicole, she’s 10 years old, my complete pride and joy."

"At 17 I was a high school senior and I ended up giving birth to my daughter. I knew at that point I had so many odds against me. Statistics were not in my favour and to top it all off, I am a preacher’s kid."

Area of expertise

"Motivational speaking is definitely my passion and drive. It gives me the encouragement to go forth and tell young girls, women, boys and men; no matter what life throws at you, you still can live your dreams."

How I stay ahead

"For me, it’s just protecting my mind, keeping a healthy and positive mind. That is the number one thing. No matter what occupation or what you are doing in life or where you are as an entrepreneur, you have to protect your mind.”

“I do this by always listening to something motivational. And, any time that I may fall into a negative place or into the slums, I automatically think of something positive. The more positive vibes you let out, the more you receive."

Lowest of the Low

"I have experienced quite a bit as a person and as an entrepreneur and I would just say the very lowest is, at age five I was molested and that really took a toll on me in my teen years, which in reality, led to my teen pregnancy.

Not being able to understand my emotions, what is going on with my body? Not having that fatherly love and nurture really left a void in my life. I was just another teenage girl looking for her father’s love in another man's bed."

Light bulb moment

"When I learnt that people didn’t care what I did, they cared about my why. So, starting my own marketing company and networking, allowed me to share my story of being a teen mum. People could see that I was still striving to continuously overcome, so that alone got me the opportunity to share my story and it just kind of grow from there."

What's got you buzzing right now?

“My very first co-authored book; There’s a Jewel in You.

This book includes 11 other phenomenal women of all ages. We all came together to share our journey and story of being teen mums.”

Philanthropic work

“I’ve partnered with an organization in South Africa called The World Needs a Father. Basically, they trained us up to understand the minds of fatherlessness and how it affects children all the way up to their adulthood.”

Lion’s Den

  • What is your favourite African Saying?

‘You must act as if it is impossible to fail’

  • What was holding you back from building your brand?

“My environment. Not having the right people around me to kind of water and nurture that seed and help it grow.”

  • Share one daily routine that contributes to your success

“I start my day with a prayer in a quiet place for about ten minutes.”

  • If you had 24 hours to live, what would you do?

“I will spend my remaining 24 hours with my daughter, just to make sure she is well.”

  • What would you do apart from spending time with family?

“Honestly, just making sure I’m leaving completely empty, putting everything that I’ve encountered and all my work into a manuscript or a recipe that someone could use to cook up a meal and serve it up to someone else.”


  • Recommend a book, apart from your new book, for the tribe to check out

Destiny by T.D. Jakes.

  • Which is your social media platform of choice and why?

“Facebook, because you have no limits to the type of content you post, unlike Instagram and Twitter.”

  • Quick Facebook tip?

“If you have a business page take a Saturday or Sunday to map out everything you want to post for the week and schedule it.”

  • A tool for scheduling content across social media?

If this then that – IFTTT

Words of wisdom

“What will you do with your pain? How are you going to turn that into something positive? Sit and think about that.

Look at life like something that operates by battery, it needs a negative and a positive side to run effectively.”

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