DCVehicle Magazine

Driver's Side: Ashlea

DCVehicle Magazine
Driver's Side: Ashlea

Realtor, Explorer

I was born to be an entrepreneur. I’m on a journey of learning who I am, embracing myself and being okay with both the good and bad. I’m trying to change some things and enhance others. My mom is the type of person where she’s always going to give 200%. Sometimes I could be all over the place. I appreciate her focus.

I love this city. I’ve moved away from D.C. twice, but I always find my way back home. And I grew up in this neighborhood, near Union Market where we used to come to buy pig feet and greens. It’s changed drastically—now you can get fancy cheese.

The people you pick up are all totally different. You might have a perception of someone until you actually talk to them. Then you realize, ‘this person is just like me.’

While I was growing up here, everybody pretty much stayed to themselves. There were a lot of neighborhoods I never ventured into.

So now I’m driving in the city. I’ve heard about these neighborhoods, but I hadn’t realized how connected they are, how Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle are so close to each other. Dropping people off, I might see a restaurant and end up eating somewhere new. I can meet the people and experience the place.

The people you pick up are all totally different. You might have a perception of someone until you actually talk to them. Then you realize, “this person is just like me.”

Photos: Magda Zofia

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