about me

Hi, I'm Ashley.
Co-creator of Secret Midnight Press.

Author of the book of poems A Lens to See Behind The Sky.
I am a creative writer & professional feeler of feelings.
I am constantly in a daydream, searching the world for all things lovely.
I currently live in Santa Barbara, California, and am grateful for it every single day.
What is the purpose of my blog?
I wanted to create a safe place for people who, like me, think and feel sometimes more than they can handle. I want a place where we can come to feel less alone in life. I am passionate about traveling and fashion and will document those aspects of my life here as well.
Here’s a quick taste of what you'll find here…
  • Life posts (daily life as a creative, dealing with anxiety & depression
  • Writing Posts (my poetry & process)
  • Style Posts (fashion & home)
  • Travel Posts (the highs & lows)

xo
Ashley


Contact:

PO Box 14831
Columbus, OH 43214
United States

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for business inquiries:
theashleydun@gmail.com


14 comments :

  1. This blog is such a lovely idea, Ashley! I'll keep checking it out- it's so lovely to know other people are going through the same things xx ��

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  2. I'm so excited to read that poems book & novel x

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  4. wednesdays are my new favorite days :)

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  5. Love your blog, Ashley! It really helps me through my daily life <3

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  6. I love your blog!! its everything i need to make a horrible day turn into a not so horrible day :) thank you so much for doing this!!

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  7. sending lots of love xoxo <3 www.eyesfortheblindlove.com

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  8. Your blog has helped me come to terms with my feelings

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  9. Love your style!!

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  10. i love you and smoke signals so much cant wait for the poem book and novel.

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  11. you are an amazing writer and person! thank you so much

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  12. I've been reading this blog a lot lately. I just bought Smoke Signals and Mentha Spicata El Corazon too. It's strange to me how, when I was a little girl, I thought I was the only one like this - I felt alone and ~weird~ because I never knew anyone like me. I started drawing from as far back as I can remember, and I was writing poetry when I was 7. I had an extra school book for poetry, and I'd give it to my teacher at the end of the day - he'd read it and give it back to me the next afternoon and tell me how much he loved it. I remember in grade 3, my teacher told me I'd be an amazing writer one day too and she always looked forward to reading my creative stories. But I lost that passion, because I felt strange, stranger than everyone else anyway. I became depressed, then was told I had something called anxiety as well - got into therapy and counselling at school, I lost my friends, was kicked out of the house along with my brother and my dad. I didn't see my sister or my mum for months. One suicidal thought rolled over into the next, a deep cycle. It took a toll on me. I began to spiral down into a deep unknown and I didn't see a way out. I saw other girls who were playing with Barbies, but I was playing with my teddy bears, pretending they were real and watching movies and going on adventures with them. I was out trying to catch fairies in my Grandmas garden because I really did believe in Neverland. I suppose, at 17, I still do. But I lost my way because I thought I was too different, too strange, too much of a freak, why was I feeling all of these things - and nothing at all - because I was off in my own little world where monsters were real, but so were sweet creatures that protected you from the night.

    I guess where I'm going with this is, I can't believe this little girl grew up to find people like her, people like Ashely and Jesse, and other amazing creatures. I'm finally able to say that I'm a deep feeler, but that's okay - And I never thought it was okay. This realm of wonder has led me to a happy place in my mind where I can be myself. Thank you, Ashley, and Jesse too - because I've recently started writing poetry again, and I love it. I hope that one day, I can collect my own book of poems as beautiful and inspiring as yours. I would love to show you and Jesse some poetry one day. It'd be so magical.

    Keep being yourself, because you never know how many lives you can change - including mine. You know, I feel as though some people just want to give up and quit, and I feel that way too sometimes - but you haven't, and it'd led me, and many other people, here, to find a place of belonging and acceptance. Because one person decided to keep going, even though their heart weighs heavy and their lungs are tired, it inspires hope in others' hearts - and I find that to be the most magical thing in the universe. We're really not alone in this strange world. Thank you.

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