From Survivor to Thriver

A True Thriver: Louise Ashby’s Story of Triumph Over Tragedy

February 06, 2024 Erik DaRosa & Marc Fernandes Episode 147
From Survivor to Thriver
A True Thriver: Louise Ashby’s Story of Triumph Over Tragedy
Show Notes

What if your darkest moment became the source of your greatest strength?

In this episode of From Survivor to Thriver, we spoke with Louise Ashby who experienced a traumatic brain injury that changed the trajectory of her life. 

She’s sharing what happened during and after that fateful day that she got in a car accident and how she learned to take that experience and use it to help others instead of letting it defeat her. 

Louise is a thriver and she embodies the true nature of the human spirit and what we can overcome. 

Louise Ashby is an actress, model, motivational speaker, TEDx speaker, activist, and best-selling author of The Magic of the Mask. At the age of 21, after losing her mother Lynda to cancer, she moved to LA only to see her dreams of an acting career sidelined six weeks later when a near-fatal car accident tore off half of her face and left her with a traumatic brain injury. Not only was she able to endure the 238 metal bolts and plates, 28 reconstructive surgeries, and years of both physical and mental healing work, but she also embraced the new opportunities that came with it. 

She attributes her healing and return to her life to the tools and practices she had to develop in order to do what the doctors said wasn’t possible. Today, Louise believes that everyone has the strength and courage to overcome adversity and achieve their goals.

With her expertise as a Transformational and Mindset mentor, she helps women tap into their true potential and discover the amazing gifts that come with tough times. 

In today’s episode, we cover: 

  • The traumatic injury that changed Louise’s life
  • The power of surrounding yourself with good people when going through challenges
  • How this experience impacted Louise’s sense of self and mental health
  • Why who you are as a person matters more than anything else 
  • How Louise takes her experience and uses it to help others 
  • The importance of surrender and acceptance 
  • The gift of asking someone for help 
  • How your community can help you heal  

We hope you enjoyed our conversation with Louise! If you want to learn more, make sure to visit her website and check out her resources there. You can also follow her on social media and get a copy of her book Magic of the Mask. 

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“When you surrender to the situation and you accept it, then you can move on from it. But if you haven't surrendered, then you're fighting it and you can’t move on.” -Louise 

“Who you are as a person altogether is so much more important than anything else in the l