Does Snapchat Ruin the Moment?

A few months ago, I was riding a wild-maned horse down a black sand trail in Iceland. The sun was shining, the sky blue for the first time in days. All of a sudden, my horse bolted. As she careened and bucked, I gripped the reins and tried not to get thrown off. When...

On Living and Traveling with Anxiety

Confession – I can’t remember a time when I lived without anxiety. It’s my constant companion, my heaviest cross to bear. Anxiety is a nightmare because you can’t escape it; it’s a problem that exists within your own mind. No matter how far you go, it’s always with...

Iceland via Instagram

Hey guys, I'm back from my five-day trip to Iceland! And before I bombard you with a deluge of posts, I wanted to share my Instagram photos.  In short, Iceland fascinated me. The people were kind, artistic, and quirky, and very proud of their Viking heritage....

25 Things It Took Me 25 Years to Learn

25 has been a pivotal year for me - this stage of my life feels very adult in a way that my early twenties didn't. As Adele so wisely wrote, the future didn't matter then like it does now. Like most of us, I've become more confident and secure with age. I'm proud of...

Hey! I'm Ashley. After college I moved to Paris to work as an au pair and then backpacked Europe, India and Asia for a year, largely solo. Now I live, ski and work in Colorado, but I'm always scheming my next international adventure. Read more on my About Me page.


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  • It's been a tough couple of weeks for a lot of us. Sometimes just making it through is enough - so breathe, get outside and remember everything will be okay, or that at the very least, things couldn't get much worse 😢 #imstillwithher
  • Scuba-divers, don't miss out on Iceland. Diving with @scubaiceland was my favorite Iceland travel experience, and if you're worried you'll be cold, it surprisingly wasn't bad. Link in profile! 👆

Photo credit 📸 @scubaiceland
  • Finally got around to visiting the Maroon Bells and they were absolutely gorgeous 😍
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