Writing Your Book for Impact and Advocacy

Accepting ourselves and having the courage to really BE who we know we are, can take bravery.

To LOVE ourselves and feel worthy no matter where we are in our lives, takes compassion and practice. Ashton Colby

To shed the need for external validation and end the chase of “that next thing will make me happy”, is downright hard.

This week’s Bound and Determined guest is the incredible Ashton Colby, mentor and coach for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. He’s the Founder of Gender YOUphoria, a social enterprise on a mission to shift the global and interpersonal disempowering narratives about transgender people.


Here’s what we discuss in this episode:

  • The moment you realize you have a book in you
  • Transgender men representation
  • Navigating shame around our trauma
  • Placing boundaries on external validation
  • Speaking up in our struggle
  • And so much more…

Ashton has been featured in People, Bustle, Today, and is a TEDxColumbus speaker. Ashton shares his compelling and brave story of self discovery and healing.

There’s a truth in the world that shocked me to my core. Ashton shared with me that there are 1.6 million transgender people in the United States–41% of those people attempt suicide.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we just can’t talk about living our truth without honoring what it takes to get there and the deep hurt that exists in so many– especially for marginalized folks.

This episode is such an important conversation about love, acceptance, divinity and humanity. Don’t miss out on Ashton’s generous wisdom.


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