FEMME FRIDAY // Ashley Neese

"Breathe properly. Stay curious. And eat your beets."

One of my favorite quotes by Tom Robbins, as it really sums it all up to me - and I have to say when writing this intro it reminded me perfectly of Ashley Neese.

Ashley holds the space as one of the most genuine, poised, and all around good people I know. Evolved - is the best word I can think of. And I'm so glad we are friends. I've had the opportunity to watch her evolve from an all around wellness advocate to a focused and creative entrepreneur specializing in breathwork. 

Breath is essential to life - mentally and physically - and somehow this concept seems to have escaped most of us. We like to overcomplicate this idea of meditation, thinking that it requires a chic space to practice and all kinds of accoutrements. In reality the deepest access to a meditative moment is simply through the breath.  

Times that I've spent with Ashley doing her work have been some of the most open moments I've experienced. Admittedly I'm good for a distraction, a dose of sarcasm, or some other form of diversion from getting down with my breath - but Ashley knows the way to pull you in. She helps guide you to access and capture your breath. 

On a personal level, she is also s fellow southerner and her slight hint of an accent makes me really happy - and we're both graduates of Living Light Culinary Arts and have had our moment in the raw food world. 

Thank you Ashley for all that you do, and for all the inspiration you bring! 



Your 3 Word Bio:

Deep, radical feeler.

One thing the internet doesn't know about you?

I am really into tiny airplanes and want to learn to fly them one day.

The can't live without it daily ritual that keeps you inspired?  

Breathwork. It’s the quickest way to clear energy, ground myself in the present moment, and access my creativity.

What is in your desert island cosmetic bag, and how do you use it?

Nucifera all day long! It’s my staple all body (and face) moisturizer. Also, some type of hydrating mist, probably rose or green tea.

And since we are on an island.... what's your favorite way to use coconut?

Definitely drinking the water scooping the meat out and eating it!

What impression do you want to leave?

I want the people in my life to feel seen, heard, and loved.

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