Today’s feature is on my friend, Ashley McDonald-Gann. I met Ashley a few years ago in Montgomery, Alabama. We worked at the same news station. She is a rockstar meteorologist, having worked in Atlanta, Montgomery (as chief) and now Birmingham. She is one of those people that everybody loves. I've talked her ear off about just about everything. She’s such a popular TV figure and more importantly, a humble, down-to-earth friend. Here’s her interview…
Name: Ashley Mcdonald-Gann
Profession: Meteorologist at WIAT CBS 42
Most rewarding part of your job:
Hands down, most rewarding part of my job is that it gives me an opportunity to serve. Being in television has awarded me the chance to serve in the community and help others, From serving in soup kitchens and teaching young kids weather to educating civic groups on severe storm safety. I love telling the weather but moreover I love having a profession with a purpose. My goal is to leave a mark on every community that I'm a part of.
If you could do anything at all today, with money being no object, what would you do?
If I could do anything at all today...I would rest....A simple massage, a cup of hot tea, a book, and a nice view. I'm a full-time wife, mommy, and meteorologist. A few minutes of alone time is rare and truly priceless.
Someone knocks on your door. Who would you want it to be and why?
If someone knocked on my door, I would want it be C.S. Lewis. In my opinion, C.S. Lewis is one of the greatest minds to have ever lived. He was a great thinker of the late 19th and early 20th century. You may have heard of "The Chronicles of Narnia," well that was written by C.S. Lewis. He was a converted atheist and spent the rest of his life defending the validity of the gospel through his various books from children's to science fiction. He celebrated the beauty of this world, while reminding us of our desperate need for a savior. I would love to have a cup of tea and listen to speak. C.S. Lewis is a man of eloquence and intellect.
If you could get a 'do-over' in life, what would you do differently?
I'm not sure I would have a do-over, as I feel as though all my life experiences have made me the person I am today...all my failures and successes. But, I think one thing I wish I would have done differently, is be more confident in my skin. I wish I would have believed that I was in fact fearfully and wonderfully made and not believing the lies that culture whispers to us. I want to raise a daughter that is confident, kind, brave and bold. I look back and think about how things would be different if I was all those things earlier in life.
What is the best advice you've ever been given?
The best advice I have been given is to surround myself with people that are better and smarter than me. I can apply this to every aspect of my life. From who I surround myself with professionally, personally, and spiritually.
How do you hope your story/life inspires others?
As I look at my life, I'm not sure it's all that inspiring. I'm just a hard working meteorologist who plays mommy and wife at home. I feel like a hot mess most days. I'm lucky to make it to work without spit-up on my dress. What I may lack in inspiration, I hope I make up for in legacy. I want to leave a legacy of hard work. I want leave with my children and community the character of compassion and caring.
What is the best thing that God has revealed to you?
The best thing that God has revealed to me is that I need Him. The beauty in that dependency is freedom. I am free from death. The chains of bondage have been broken. It keeps me eternally focused and it is a reminder to me every day that this is fallen world, filled with fallen souls. I am here to reveal to others their need for Him. He is the giver of life and washes me clean of all my transgressions. It also puts into perspective how short this life on earth really is. In revealing to me my need for Him, it gives me great hope. A hope everlasting.