The Way I Define Fealessness

I have often been told that I am fearless. And recently I asked myself am I really fearless?

At 23, I quit my cushy corporate job (and every single one after that) on a mission to find my purpose. I’ve gone skydiving. I’ve lived in Italy without any family or friends. I’ve traveled solo to the Philippines to visit a friend. I published 5 children’s books and started my own award-winning nonprofit from a single idea and no formal training. I’ve taken more leaps of faith than a few, so I must be fearless, right?!

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Ashlee Chesny
Who Am I? Discovering Ashlee Chesny

When I was in 6th grade, my teacher repeatedly asked me this. I answered that I was Ashlee. She responded, “but who are you?”

I told her that I was my parents daughter and my sister’s sister. She responded that, that was who I was related to. And asked again, “who are you?”

After several rounds of this, I answered that I had no idea. I was devastated by this answer and admittance. But she smiled and told me

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Ashlee Chesny
Hello! I'm So Excited to Meet You :)

Hey there! I am super terrible about introducing myself because in my head I’m already friends with everyone...seriously!

But here’s to making sure we can really be friends by sharing 3 quick facts about myself...

1. My name is Ashlee Chesny and I often have either my first or last name (or both) spelled incorrectly. The last name being wrong is all thanks to Kenny Chesney the country singer. My first name was my parents’ attempt at giving me some creative flair. They weren’t quite creative enough though. My sister in law (through husband) spells her name the exact same way...Yep, there are two Ashlee Chesny’s spelled the exact same way in the same family. Not confusing at all…

2. I am a 5x published children’s author and the founder of the award-winning nonprofit Genius Patch. I am also an award-winning literacy advocate.

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Ashlee Chesny