Hi, I'm Ashley!
I spent most of my adult life feeling out of control and drowning in stress, at the mercy and whim of everyone around me. Like a leaf in the wind, I floated around, blowing this way and that, always looking to others for guidance, shrinking from my natural gifts, never finding any respite from the influences around me.
I persevered by living life "by the book", because that's what I knew to do, despite never really feeling or thinking like anyone else around me.
I pursed education: a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, a Master’s degree in Organizational and Leadership Development, a certification in Integrative Health Coaching, a certification Master/Teacher level of Usui Reiki energy healing, a certification in Healing Therapies.
I followed a corporate career path from one job to the next, finally landing on a career in healthcare talent and leadership development, helping others manage their growth and leadership paths but never fully feeling like I fit into my own.
Until a series of events happened.
- I was introduced to the Woman Within Weekend and Woman to Woman Kentuckiana.
- I discovered Marianne Cantwell's TEDx talk "The Hidden Power of Not (Always) Fitting In." Finally I was seen - by someone I didn't even know!
- I was diagnosed with ADHD at age 46. Suddenly, my entire life made sense! It was just how I was naturally wired!
- I realized I could use all this personal growth and awareness in my leadership - and I could teach others to do it too.
Now with over 20 years of trying to adapt (and often diminish) my deep sensitivity, compassion, and purpose-driven philosophy to fit "appropriate" norms, I’ve learned ways to flourish while also honoring my natural, authentic style, and to bring this wisdom and experience to YOU.
What makes my work unique is my ability to be "liminal" - to have a foot in both worlds using both energetic and practical tools, along with the healing power of words, to teach women who lead others to have a powerful impact by tuning into their truest, most authentic selves.
I am a Bridge, a Light
A Connector of worlds
Translating Love into suffering hearts
For the journey home,
Through the darkness, through the pain
Through the nights that seem to never end,
Let the healing begin
Writing poetry is so much more for me than simply a creative outlet.
It's my heart, it's how I breathe.
It's a process of gentle poetic healing for myself -- and for you.
I publish daily on my blog and I currently have three published collections of "poetic healing":
- The Angel Inside: Inspiration to Connect with Your Inner Guidance
- The Rising
- Liminal: Between Life and Breath
I also authored a chapter in the multi-author book, "The Empath Effect".
I do this work because I know how draining the work of being a visionary leader can be for women who are sensitive, compassionate, thoughtful, introspective, and lead with their hearts.
I know how women are asked to fit themselves into tiny, misshapen boxes with no room to develop except in the direction their environment wants them to grow.
I know how women either fall into the boxes, diminishing who they are for their careers or families. Or keep moving on in search of someplace that fully accepts them, but struggling to find it.
And I also know how much the world needs big-hearted women – now more than ever.
My vision is to change the world from the inside out, one powerful, visionary woman at a time.
on a personal note
I'm happily married to my soul mate, and together we have four children and a beautiful granddaughter.
At any given time, you might find me with a cat in my lap, a dog beside me, or even another little furry friend around.
I love the beach, especially the magical sand and glorious green water of Siesta Key Beach, where I feel most inspired.
I want to write by the ocean, save sea turtles, swim with manatee, and stroll along the sand with my love.
now is the time
I trust that you feel, deep down in the places where you most fear to go, the message that it's time for a change.
I trust that you hear that inner stirring and you want to know its truth. You want to know what’s possible for your work and life.
You want to step out of the boxes that hold you back.
And you want to have a compassionate guide while you explore this part of you that’s been neglected for so long and help you clear the path for what's next.
One who's been where you are.
Now is the time. What are you waiting for?