Hi! I'm Ashley. I take my coffee black and my sprinkles rainbow. I love creativity, messy stories, and falling in love with ordinary moments of life.
Many will confirm, I was born to be a storyteller.
Messy, broken humans (especially the resilient kind) fascinate me. I tend to watch people and run home to my journal to write stories about them, connecting all the themes of my life and daily interactions. Fake and surface level? Not my cup of joe. I’ll take a large cup of wrestling with thoughts and complexity any day of the week.
I'm *wildly* addicted to the podcast, How I Built This. I'm obsessed with learning from scrappy, successful people who turn nothing into something beautiful. It has ignited a passion for entrepreneurship that I didn't realize lives inside of me.
Although, my 22-year-old self did buy a house! Two-hands worth (and counting) of women have called The Nest their home before flying off to life's next adventure. Some of my greatest life lessons have come from my failures as a homeowner.
Around 25, I flew away from The Nest for a couple years for my own adventure. I packed my Toyota Camry with everything I owned for a road trip to move to a new time zone. At Dallas Theological Seminary, I pursued my gifting in creative writing that started when I was a little girl, writing stories on the typewriter at my family's lake house in North Carolina. My time in Dallas gave me a master's degree, a renewed spirit for creative writing with heart and soul, and a slew of new additions to my inner circle.
You know that ice breaker question that's about what you like to do for fun? My answer: "I like to write essays." Seriously, writing essays is like a day on a tropical island for me where you forget to check your phone and have no sense of time. (You can explore more of that writing over here.) As a regular contributor to Upworthy, I wrote several viral essays that brought in hundreds of thousands of page views and connected me to readers across the world.
I've spent the last decade as a storyteller in various marketing and communications roles in agency, nonprofit, editorial, ministry, and education environments. I love a good strategy when it comes to storytelling: how can we step back for that big picture WHY?
Today, at 29, I left my 9-to-5 cubicle to make space for a creative life.
Because, for me, writing supplies the same lifeline as breathing.
The Technical Stuff: I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communication with a minor in Writing from McDaniel College. At Dallas Theological Seminary, I earned a Master’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies, with credit emphasis in the Media Arts and Worship department. I am an experienced professional with a background in various marketing and communications roles, seeking partnerships with mission-driven companies. My expertise in strategic communication has enhanced the storytelling of many outreach campaigns. For my full resume, connect with me on LinkedIn.