I’m Ashley, a twenty-something navigating my way through life in Miami, FL. I’m not a fan of small talk and usually have a mind that’s all over the place so let’s get right into it with ten things:
1. I feel passionately connected to the earth and life and believe food is the middleman between being human and being alive.
2. Four years ago, I weighed 50+ pounds than I currently do. I eat everything I want, but mostly whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. I don’t believe in diets and I don’t think losing weight is a complicated thing. Every diet advertisement has told you it is, but it isn’t. My dream is to teach people how to live this way.
3. I worked in Corporate America for three years and couldn’t picture myself spending my days and subsequent short existence on this planet doing something I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in.
4. I dropped it all, moved to Boston, froze my butt off, and got a Masters in Gastronomy (Food Studies) + certificates in wine, cheese, and the culinary arts. It was a crazy year.
5. Like the other 839458309485 people who go to Italy and it changes their life, I went to Italy and it changed my life. I’m convinced the north of Italy, Piemonte, is the food capital of the world, and it fed my soul and physical body in ways I cannot convey through words.
6. While in Italy, I worked on two small, artisanal farms supported by Slow Food. The first had vineyards, fruits, vegetables, and honey. I organized vineyards, mowed lawns, planted and picked produce. The second was a cheese farm that modestly boasted the best cheese of my life. I milked animals, made cheese, and realized cheese making is the most romantic process in existence.
7. I’m obsessive and always on the search for the best….everything.
8. I think being scared of doing something is the best possible sign that you should definitely do it. The best things in life come out of hard work, difficulty, and not wasting time.
9. If you’re gonna be a bear, be a grizzly.
10. The Canon Rebel t2i is used here and I hope you stay a while.