Two Years Later (Growth)

To anyone who may be reading this,

It’s been two years since I’ve updated this section of my website. I am not exactly sure where to start. I feel grateful for the years that have passed. I moved to New York, and while I respect that city tremendously, my soul needs to be around large stretches of land in order to feel balanced. Nature soothes me, and so does warmth from the sun. I returned home to Florida about one year after I left, and I was fortunate enough to settle into a home that helped me heal and grow in ways I could have never imagined.

In New York, I landed in the arms of a kind, generous, and loving yoga studio, YOGAMAYA, where I studied and worked alongside some of the most gentle and intelligent humans I’ve ever met. After my time there was over, I came home knowing that I would teach yoga, and I did (and I still do sometimes), and it has been of the biggest gifts.

It’s 2016 now, and in June of 2014, For The Woman Alone was released with Ampersand Books. Bomb will come out with Ampersand this fall. And while these two books are connected, they are two very different books.  For The Woman Alone is a collection of memory, healing, and hope, and Bomb pushes through that last bit of transformation.

I could have never finished Bomb without my community in Orlando, Florida, for supporting me, connecting with me, and for giving me the treasure of friendship. I’m in California now, and I am feeling fortunate that I have the ability to explore such a different landscape: One of stacked land, dry air. The California desert is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had — from far away, it looks barren and empty. But up close, its animals, insects, and plants understand how to live in a healthy way. They find water; they roam. I’ve been spending a lot of time with them.

I hope that you can all find a sense of peace this week, a sense of solace. Whether you find this peace in a cityscape or among nature (or in the comfort of your own home), I hope you can join with it, ease into it — feel.

With all my love,

Ashley

 

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