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.
I’m *wildly* addicted to the podcast, How I Built This. (Yes, that and LaCroix are kind of a daily overdose for me.) 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 lived inside of me.
Although, my 22ish*-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.
At 25ish, 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 and dreams 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? I usually answer it a little oddly (but 200% accurately) with, “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.)
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?
*You’ll notice “ish” sprinkled throughout because I am a memoir lover who suffers from brain fog. (Go figure.)
Check out a couple things I’ve written:
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.