Welcome to AshestoGladness.com

I am Daria V. Willis, your Ashes to Gladness Coach and the CEO Of Hope Rising Consulting, (HRC). HRC was born out of her desire to assist anyone that feels lost and in need of a new start to begin again!

My goal is to provide the tools you need to allow your Hope to Rise, Sprout Wings and Soar into the Heavens! (Think of me as your tour guide to your next level of greatness!)

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Meet Daria Willis, Your Tour Guide to Your Next Level of Greatness!

I'm Daria & I motivate and inspire women to walk into their purpose and transform their lives! I work with kind, wonderful, spiritual women that seek to make the necessary changes to bring light and life into the world around them!

Unlimited Possibilities - We are Prepared, We are Ready, We have Everything We Need

After 30 some odd years, I retired from federal service and started Hope Rising Consulting. My primary reason for starting this company was because I saw a need that I knew I could fill. After working for so many years and witnessing the breakdown and pushing down of women in the workforce, seeing that we have so much more to offer and no one was listening. I saw our dreams dwindling from a great spark to barely a tiny ember. The working world does not always value what we bring to the table, we have to take our talents outside of our jobs to be noticed and appreciated.

Women are prepared, we are ready, we have everything we need to do a wonderful job, to succeed in completing any task assigned to us, but what happens? The job is given  to someone else, we are told we are not ready to handle this type of assignment.  This is particularly true for African American women, and after a while we begin to believe what they say.  We believe we can’t, so we just stop trying because in the back of our minds, we remember we have families, we have bills. We don’t have the luxury of quitting, changing jobs anytime we want, we have mortgages.

So, we complete the assignments we are given, on time and done exceedingly well with not even a nod of appreciation. But we realize that their is so much more to us than just this, we are forced to take our talents outside of the office and use them where they are appreciated, which is really a shame.  We’re giving our talents away. Don’t get me wrong I am grateful to the women that have done these amazing things. I am just saddened that we need to take our talents outside to be noticed.  We could have been working toward shared goals, enjoying the work, and growing an awesome business! 

Listen, I retired from federal service and believe me when I tell you I saw talent like you would not believe go to waste.

How many cures could have been found or problems and issues solved simply by using the talent pool that already exists? I witnessed dreams dwindling, saw them shrivel up, dry up, and blow away leaving the dreamer often times sad and somewhat bitter. I understand, I get it. But, and there is always a but- that day is over! It’s time for a new and glorious beginning!

I understand where you are now.  I am well acquainted with the fear you hide inside, fear that has been growing planted by seeds of doubt and complacency, I get it.

But guess what? The dream is still there, it lives inside of you. Greatness still lives inside of you! It peeks out every now and then to remind you that you once had a dream.  I know you’re thinking; But. Right? BUT!! I know, I understand.  I read something the other day that said, “sometimes things are dead, BUT sometimes things just need to be awakened.” It’s time to wake up. You’ve been sleeping long enough, nap time is over and you are well rested!

So, now that you’re awake, it’s time to get moving. Take a look at the programs I’ve created to get you moving, motivated, inspired, and transformed! Programs that will invigorate you, awaken your soul, your sleeping dream, help you walk into who you were meant to be.

Daria Willis is committed to helping women establish strategies for enhancing their careers and achieve confident success. Her perspective offered genuine acknowledgment of what I was thinking and feeling. Her objectivity promoted increased self-awareness and helped me to develop the acumen needed to “show up” more effectively. She created a platform that gave visibility to my personal issues that were important to me.

Marsha Gay, Caregivers Relief Senior Transition Services