Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Ashleigh Hakes, Owner of AUM Arts, located in Austin, TX, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am on a mission to end the suffering of all sentient beings and expand human consciousness with heart-centered awareness by creating experiential journeys for Awakened Leaders and New Earth Co-Creators to elevate into embodied empowerment and receive divine prosperity, freedom, and love. I do this through private guidance, online courses, worldwide ceremonies, workshops, and speaking engagements. My vision is for all of creation to live in synergistic harmony with the sacred by truly expressing their unique soul frequency and evolving into the optimal potential.

Tell us about yourself

I'm Ashleigh Hakes, a facilitator of transformation, embodiment coach, and medicine woman. I am protecting the thread of knowledge by blending modern technologies with ancient wisdom to educate, inspire, empower, and transform. I spend considerable time experiencing many different techniques and training with high-caliber leaders and mentors across the world. For over a decade, I have dedicated my work to human development (BA degree), the fields of mysticism and spirituality, modern psychology, shamanism, the nature of ultimate reality, the human potential for self-directed growth in body, mind, and spirit, and the evolution of consciousness.

It is my mission to end the suffering of all sentient beings and expand human consciousness. This 10-week immersion is a culmination of my entire life's work with the divine. It is a self-paced, self-initiatory online immersion where I take you on an impactful transformation to Embodied Empowerment. It is my medicine to open the heart and, above all, create a life-changing impact on not just YOU but on the planet. I walk in authenticity, setting an example for others to express the truest version of themselves.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is facilitating impeccable ceremonies that generate massive results for the participants in the container. It has been a blessing to receive the guidance I have from my teachers to create experiential journeys for others to evolve.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

One of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner is self-management. As a business owner, it is important for me to have all my nuts and bolts screwed on tightly and in the right place. There is no one else to tell me what to do or how to do it, and that can be confusing sometimes. I am the one in charge of my life, and don't get me wrong; I absolutely love my freedom. Self-management confusion comes with thoughts like: What do I do next? What is the most important thing to get done right now? Am I wasting my time? Shouldn't I be doing something else right now?

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Be fired up about what you are creating! It's really important that you truly deeply enjoy what you do. You are going to be spending a lot of time and energy growing your business, so make sure it is something you are passionate about!
  2. Don't give up!! Keep going!! Business comes with many trials and tabulations, twists and turns. It takes perseverance to push through the challenges to come out on the other side and achieve success. I look at failure as an opportunity to grow.
  3. Ask for help; you seriously can't do it alone. You might think you can, I made that mistake, but after some time, I realized if I want to succeed, I have to reach out to my network for support. Call on your trusted contacts to help work through your setback and get you back on track. It helps wonders with growing your business.

Where can people find you and your business?


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