Ashli was born on an Army base in Fort Stewart, Georgia in 1988 to her loving mother and father who cared for her more than anything in this world.
Ashli and her parent's moved around a few times before settling down in the small town in Missouri that both her parents grew up in... Where her whole family is from.
Growing up with a tight family, friends, and small town love was just enough to show Ashli that things, though they may seem hard, there is always someone out there who knows you, cares for you, and is willing to help you no matter what.
Being an only child meant that sometimes, even though you had friends and family, you were't always with someone.
Sometimes you were as alone as you could be and that left Ashli with a lot of time to sit around and think.
Eventually thinking lead to writing, and writing lead to knowing her true passion.
At first, Ashli wasn't sure what she wanted to write about, she just knew she wanted to do it.
She dabbled in writing songs, short stories, and poems...
Writing music was good but since she knew she couldn't carry a tune in a bucket she may as well change it up and try something new.
The short stories were okay, and her imagination was intense, she just coundn't grasp making a character come alive in the way she knew great authors could do it, so she moved on.
Poems, in general seemed to work out.
It was a way she could write something, fiction or non-fiction, and tell her feelings without people knowing if it was true or not.
She liked the fact of mystery in her writing, knowing that people would wonder, but not quesiton, because it all seemed sort of unreal for a child to be writing about the things she did.
As Ashli graduated High School and moved an hour away for college, she knew something just wasn't right about her life.
She ended up moving home only to find out a few months later that her parents were getting a divorce.
This hurt her in a way she told no one but the paper she used to write on, and she wrote about it a lot.
Eventually out on her own living with her best friend, she caught the writing bug even more.
She wrote faster and more often than she ever had that she had notebooks filled up in no time with writings she couldn't even remember, but she loved them all just the same because they all were true to her, to her life, and she knew that they were true to others out there too but she just wasn't at a place where going public with them would do any good.
She didn't think they were good enough.
After a lot of pain and trying in her life in the years to come, Ashli felt out of place... she knew something wasn't right with her, and she needed to fix it.
Before actually doing so, she wrote about how she felt... the darkness, the feelings of being alone, the sadness, and it worked for her.
It worked because it was so true to the heart, to her soul, and writing about it made it feel better...
She knew she wasn't the only one in the world with these feelings, but she wondered if anyone else out there who felt this way knew that too or if they just thought they were completely alone.
After being diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression, she knew what she had to do.
Write how she felt, how she saw things, how her friends and family were feeling about things... Words that couldn't be more true if she tried, because she didn't want anyone else to feel alone like she did, sad like she did, or in a dark place like she did.
She didn't want them to feel like they were alone with these feelings.
That's where Keeping The Gleam came in.
She wrote this book from her feelings, what she saw, and how others felt, to try and help others out there who felt the same way.
She wanted to be a 'friend' of sorts that they didn't know they had.
Someone they could turn to when they had no one else.
She wanted this book to be a safe haven, of sorts, for people to pick up and read to know that they aren't alone, and even though they may not feel 'normal' because of Anxiety or Depression or whatever it may be, they are normal... and tomorrow will come no matter how hard today feels.
Ashli wants Keeping The Gleam to be a book others turn to when they feel down, when they feel lost, when they feel alone.
She wants them to truly know that it's okay to be different, to have feelings others may not feel, to see things a little different than others, because being different is okay, and it some ways, it's a good thing God gave you these feelings because it makes you want to help others, to move people, to be a person of great accomplishments when it comes to stuff like this because you know how it feels first hand.
To just help one person would be enough for Ashli, to show just one person that it's okay.
She wished she had someone who understood her when she felt these feelings, and Keeping The Gleam is a book of her honest feelings, her journals, her poems, her life from 14 until now, of things she never understood until she grew up... until she made changes, until she realized it was okay and she wasn't 'crazy' as she thought.
Ashli's new Ebook "There's No Easy Way To Say This..." was published in August and is about friendship, family, and the fun times you have growing up surrounded by people you love.
Describing it is a hard task, because it really is a funny book of things from Ashli's life, which is a different take from Keeping The Gleam.
In all reality it shows you that no matter what you have, anxiety, depression, whatever... You can still have fun with those you love.
Living life is easy, getting through it with a smile on your face is sometimes the hardest part... Be if if you're having a great day or a terrible one she just wants you to remember you aren't alone, you have friends or family or even this book to share your feelings with, to talk to, to read...
You are beautiful because you are you... It's amazing that you are one of a kind, really, and that's one of the most honest things you can come by.