Hey there, I’m Ashley.

I live in southeastern Minnesota with my husband and our sassy cat Penny. My passions lie in books, travel, art + design, and advocacy for mental health, accessibility, and invisible disability. I have a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and currently work in tech on digital books accessibility.

I’m a contributing writer for We Need Diverse Books and an Ambassador for The Pad Project. I also speak publicly in solo presentations and as a panelist about my lived experiences with mental health and invisible disability in an effort to break stigmas and start conversations.

A headshot of Ashley smiling. Her brown hair is in a ponytail cascading over one shoulder. She's wearing retro eyeglasses, a peach colored sleeveless top, and silver dangle earrings.

Hobbies + for fun.

I’m an avid reader and book collector, with hundreds of books in my home library and more on my Kindle. I love long walks down the aisles of libraries and bookstores with an iced coffee in one hand and a big tote bag in the other (to fill with books, of course).

Despite growing up minutes from the beach in Florida, the mountains are my happy place. Travel is one of my biggest hobbies and I love visiting U.S. National Parks, hiking, photographing nature, and immersing myself in the culture and local establishments of new-to-me places.

I also enjoy digging through thrift shops for amazing vintage clothing and home goods, which I purchase for my personal enjoyment and for my Etsy shop, Homebody Heart. I have a penchant for art, old books, and brass decor.

I’ve come to terms with being a maximalist and have several small collections, including vintage clothing, postcards, lapel pins, stickers, pressed pennies, and various editions of my favorite books, The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and Wicked by Gregory Maguire.