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Get To Know Wonk Shop's CEO- Ashley

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1.) Tell us how you came up with Wonk Shop. Why Wonk?

- I came up with the name while lounging on my couch one Saturday afternoon. I was brainstorming and I knew that I wanted my brand to be identified with geek culture but still relatable to everyone. When I think of Wonk I immediately think of the word passion. We are all fans of something. So I thought it was a perfect fit.

2.) Who is your favorite Super hero?

- Hands down I have always been a Batman fan. I’ve lost count of how many times I was Bat-girl on Halloween. And sometimes not on Halloween.

Wears a mask? Yep. Can take and dish out a beating? Heck yah. Wealthy but willing to risk it all to do what’s right? Something I definitely aspire to.

3.) Who played your favorite version of Batman?

Michael Keaton does it for me every time!

4.) Who is your favorite Author?

- I'm sticking with what I grew up loving, fantasy books. I enjoyed reading novels that took me to better worlds and happy endings. I loved reading Terry Goodkind's The Sword of Truth series along with Robert Jordan’sThe Wheel of Time – both are epic reads. My favorite Author is Terry Brooks. Shannara… Sigh… He brought it all to life for me in a big way. Can anyone out there introduce me to Terry?

5.) What is your favorite ice cream?

- I definitely have more of a salty tongue than a sweet tooth, but if I had to pick then I am going with Butter Pecan.

5.) Where did you grow up?

- I was born a 'base kid' (otherwise known as a 'Military Brat') we moved around a lot growing up. I typically answer with, "everywhere and nowhere at all." I went to 9 elementary schools and 6 high schools before I graduated, just to give you an idea of how often we relocated.

7.) Did moving around so much hinder you in any way?

-Yes and no. I felt like I was always playing catch up academically because each school was invariably on a different page. I was a pretty decent student, but it was still super challenging. Anybody who has ever been the new kid at school can testify to the fact that it is difficult to find your place and your people in a new situation, especially in high school. Always being the new kid forced me to step out of my comfort zone and reach out to people where I otherwise may not have. I consider myself a huge people-person because of this do-or-disappear series of interactions growing up.

4.) What else would you like to say to the world?

- I dream big. My path was plenty rough at times, but it’s not in my nature to be defeated by circumstance or opposition.

The Wonk Shop is a reflection of my personal exploration into my potential and making my dreams come true. This is a short ride we’re all on and I don't want to waste it by putting limitations on what I can and cannot do. (Probably thanks in part to all the Fantasy books I’ve read.) I believe in myself and I want you to do the same. There’s a little Batman in all of us, and there are no deadlines on life's possibilities. Just the one we have on living.