Hi! I’m Ashley.
I’m the main writer behind Hello Nature. (You’ll also find my husband Nathan and Jessica, one of my good friends that I met through blogging, writing a few posts a month, too!)
Let’s start off by being really real: I hate writing introductions. And in general, I loathe talking about myself unless it’s to help someone else. I’m not a fan of being the center of attention, I’m pretty introverted and I’d rather the spotlight be anywhere but on me. Why on Earth would you start a blog then, you might be thinking. And I’ll get to that, I swear.
But since the whole point of an about page is to talk about the person behind the whole shebang, I can suck it up long enough to hopefully give you a good overview of who I am and what I’m all about.
I know your time is limited and if you’re looking for that overall snapshot of who I am, here you go:
I’m a Midwestern, eco-friendly animal loving new mom that spends her time juggling self-employment and embracing everything life has to offer.
I started blogging a long time ago, in an internet galaxy far, far away. (Yep, I’m a bit nerdy.) If you remember when AOL and Livejournal were all the rage then you know just how long ago that was. It started in high school when I just wanted to vent angsty teenage things and, while I’ve walked away from it temporarily a few times, it kept popping back into my life until I’m finally like “Hey. This blogging thing is the longest relationship I’ve had with anyone so I guess it’s here to stay.”
what I do for a living
Other than blogging – I co-own an eco-friendly lifestyle brand called The Gnarly Whale with my husband. We’re both self-employed, working out of our home and the small shop we have on our land. It’s both dreamy and terrifying at the same time. Self-employment is something I sought out since I was a teenager and while it’s exceeded my hopes and dreams, it’s also one of (if not) the scariest things I have ever done. But truthfully, I’m grateful for this journey and love sharing our stories on the blog.
what I do for fun
The answer would definitely be shorter if it was “what I don’t do for fun.” I’m a try-almost-everything-once kinda gal and new experiences are pretty much my favorite thing ever. You can’t seen a movie for the first time twice, you can’t feel the rush of snorkeling by sharks for the first time (and only time so far!) twice, and you definitely can’t experience a new flavor for the first time again. These are moments that are lost forever, but unforgettable. So really, I like trying new things. But I also like doing a lot of other things on a regular basis.
If I’m not working, trying to figure out this parenting thing, or sleeping – it’s a pretty safe assumption that I’m doing one of the following:
- Eating, cooking, watching Food Network, or shopping our local farm stands
- Enjoying the great outdoors by hiking, camping, kayaking, snorkeling and more
- Road tripping across the US or jetting off to the beach in the Caribbean or Mexico
- Entertaining a tiny human or a fluffy pup
- Indulging in a good book before the duties of parenting or owning a pet calls
where I’ve been featured
who I’ve worked with
Between our business + this blog, I have had the opportunity to work with SO many wonderful companies that I would have never imagined working with before. Some of my favorites via Hello Nature include: