I'm Ashley, a mom, wife, gardener, photography nerd, driven by curiosity, camping-enthusiast, southerner-turned-midwesterner, black coffee drinking, stay-at-home mom, yogi…depending on the day, that list can most definitely be longer or shorter. :)
About my personal life…
We currently live in a small town in central Illinois on a farm but are soon moving to a city in Iowa to live in a neighborhood! The transition is one I’m both terrified and excited for. I homeschool our 2 little ones in an effort to keep our days slow and to savor as much of this wonderful and exhausting time as possible.
About my photography….
I have been obsessively obsessed with photography for 5 years. I’ve explored all types of styles, loving mostly a form of hybrid documentary and lifestyle…lifeumentary? :) I love experimenting with film and wonky ways of shooting as well as capturing simple ordinary moments. I no longer take clients, but my love for the art is still strong and alive. My blog is the most likely place to see my big camera or film work, but you can also see some (mixed in with some obligatory iPhone snapshots!) on my instagram page @lifewiththemanleys.
About my yoga…
Early in 2018, I got my 200HR Yoga Teacher Certification in order to better understand and strengthen my own practice. Now, I teach at a small local gym here in Illinois one night a week (GO HERE to sign up!), but my passion still is having and encouraging others in their home practice. If you’ve never tried yoga but have always wanted to start, THIS GUIDE might be just what you are looking for. If you are interested in seeing a peek into my yoga journey on a regular basis, you can follow me on my yoga instagram page @the_homegrown_yogi.
My hope with sharing my own journey, yoga, photography, and otherwise, is to inspire people like me: women that want to make time for themselves even when time is limited, to do they things they love. To show that anything is possible with a little grit, determination, and a side order of grace.
Regardless of what brings you here, I'm so happy you are.
hugs and high fives,