Hi there! I’m Ashley, and thank you for stopping by Discovering Life’s Recipes.

This blog was created as a space where I could share the things that inspire my world and cause me to stop and smile. Discovering Life’s Recipes gives me an outlet to share with you those things, and I hope it will inspire you to look at the world through the lens of beauty and capture it any chance you get. There are so many ways to capture the beauty that surrounds you: through a smile, a recipe, a song, or a photo. The list goes on.

Discovering Life’s Recipes is an inspirational blog and the space where I’ve decided to document my journey toward becoming a positive individual in mind, body, and spirit. I’m on a mission to discover life’s little recipes; those magical moments, whether in the kitchen or not, that cause me to stop and smile.

I want you to join me! Remind yourself daily why you deserve to smile and be just as healthy and positive too.

Find the beauty in your life. Remember you are beautiful and deserve to be healthy and happy.

And thanks again for stopping by. πŸ™‚


I’d love to know what inspires you or makes you smile every day. Feel free to send me an email at WritingLoveMagic[at]gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter.

14 thoughts on “About

  1. Ashley says:

    I am enjoying your blog… sorry to hear about your struggles, but you are definitely not alone. Glad to hear you are on a new path. Hugs! ❀

    The other Ashley

  2. adodge529 says:

    Thanks Ash! You’ve truly been such an inspiration to me since we met! I honestly thank you for helping me to embrace my passion for writing and sharing:)Thanks for reading:)

  3. Epics Wife says:

    Hi Ashley, I can relate to this in so many ways and I am glad you are writing about it and letting it out instead of getting depressed. I added you to my blog roll and I look forward to more of your writing πŸ™‚ Keep up the great work both in life and in cooking πŸ™‚

  4. bakebooks says:

    Oh I can so relate to the depression. I am still with it myself. Never did like medication – every day is a struggle. I’m trying to learn to calm down and not get ahead of myself…but it’s tough…

    So glad you’ve found a place to share your thoughts!

  5. Ashley says:

    Thank you so much! I never did like medication either– they did give me a low dosage of Xanax for bad times. I most often use Rescue Remedy before anything else. Then I journal– and this is such a great way to get everything out and share!
    I agree, some days, especially in the winter, I find it really hard to just get out of bed. I find that by journaling/praying/baking something delicious and healthy, I at least make it through my day.
    I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by! It means so much to me:)

  6. Betty says:


    Sorry to hear of your struggles with anxiety, and depression.

    I want to share my story. Depression runs in my family.
    My Dad, and most of my siblings suffer from it. I did too.

    What changed that for me? Two years ago I was diagnosed as gluten intolerant. I had a terrible time with
    IBS so I easily stopped the gluten. (wheat, barley, rye, spelt, and oats that aren’t certified gluten free) Mind you this was easy in mindset-difficult at first
    to discover how to avoid hidden gluten in processed foods.

    Long story short. My constant depression lifted! It has not
    returned. πŸ™‚ Now if I do get down, it is short lived.

    It never ceases to amaze me the difference in my brain now.

    Of course, there are other reasons for anxiety, and depression. However, a trial run of gluten free wouldn’t hurt anything. πŸ™‚

    • Ashley says:

      Wow!! That would have never crossed my mind! I think I’m going to have to do a trial run– because I too have problems with IBS, along with anxiety and depression. Thank you so much for sharing. I am so happy that it made such a great change in your life!

  7. Toni C says:


    Even though I know you personally and share this life with you as a co-founded sister and best friend, there is much I have not known of our time apart. I am so very proud of you for creating this space and making it your own. You are sharing your life with the world and experiencing in such a different way than you have ever before. Your poetry is beautiful and insightful. I am very sorry I was not there when you hit that moment in your life again. You are making yourself known in the world. You are making that wonderful adult of yourself. Your family and friends are very proud of you. Keep moving forward my friend and congratulations on this beautiful blog site. Good luck.

    • Ashley says:

      Thank you so much Toni! I miss you so much, and I’m glad this is a place where I can share all that’s been happening. Thank you for your words, it’s almost like you’re here:) I’m so glad to have you in my life.

  8. Jenn says:

    Hi Ashley,

    I read your comment on OSG about how you left your job and now do something you love. Good for you! May I ask what your current job and “happiness” stems from?

    You are beautiful by the way!

    • Ashley says:

      Hi Jenn! My current job is a freelance position, where I do writing, among other things. It gives me the time I need to be at home and focus on becoming a more healthy individual- and gives me time to pursue other forms of writing, such as blogging! Its made me incredibly happy as I’ve been able to pay my bills, and a lot less stress than the other jobs I’d previously had. Another thing that’s been helping me discover, or pursue my happiness is a book called “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, for Women.” It has greatly helped me understand that not everything is an emergency, that I should slow down and enjoy life. If you’ve never read that or any of the other books similar to it, I’d definitely give it a read! Lastly, I’ve been spending a lot more time in prayer/meditation and journaling. It helps keep me balanced. I hope this answers your question! And thank you so much for your comment:)

  9. Danielle says:

    Hey girl! Found your blog from the HTP plug your blog/while Caitlin plugs her book post πŸ˜‰

    Just poked around and I LOVE your content! Good luck on your journey towards a better life — you’re doing great! I will definitely be reading along!

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