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over coffee project: ashley turner

ASHLEY TURNER – HAZEL & PINE

I came across Ashley on instagram and instantly adored her style, social impact and expression.   

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What does your typical day look like?

Oh goodness, being in the independent creative field, everyday is truly different!  But each day usually starts with laying in bed for an extra few minutes to listen to the birds sing and think about the day ahead, a strong cup of coffee, and if I allow myself enough time I love to sit outside and breathe in the fresh air, then catch a late morning yoga class. If I’m traveling it’s usually wake, explore a new local coffee shop then out on the town/location to shoot all day and usually meet some pretty incredible people along the way. As for evenings, I love winding down my day with a sunset hike and/or make dinner and sip some good wine.

What are some interesting things that people probably do not know about you?

hmm…

1.) I am mid-west born and raised from a tiny town in Iowa.

2.) One of my favorite things is going back to Iowa in the summer to go camping and fishing with cold beer and lay under the stars.

3.) I love all things granny chic 😉

4.) I am currently learning how to play the guitar

5.) A dive bar, jute box, and whiskey is my one of my favorite kind of nights on the town

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Do you have any rituals/routines?

I think night time would be where my biggest routine comes in no matter where I am.  It’s my time to process my thoughts, and get alone time which is what re-fuels me.  A candle lit bath or shower with some of my favorite music playing, a cup of hot tea, and reading.

What inspires you day to day?

So many things.  My friends, family, my Ugandan family, the fact that everyone’s story is so different, music, nature, Los Angeles, native cultures and designs, horses, the circle of life, simplicity, traveling, meeting other creatives, old film photos, light, water color, just to name a few…

How do you create?

From within.  Creating has always been a matter of emotional connection or feeling to me.  Photography has been and always will be the way I express and connect what’s happening inside of me when I am capturing that moment.  No matter what is trending or floating around social media, I need to feel it.

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What can we find you daydreaming about?

You sure you want to ask me that? Ha! I daydream about a lot of things.  Here are just a few..

-Having horses someday

-I recently bought my dream property on the Nile River in Uganda and hope to start building on it by the end of the year and I day dream about it being a home/sanctuary to share the land I love with loved ones, as well as sharing it as a yoga retreat where people can practice yoga looking over the Nile, fresh food, sunset kayaks on the river, and volunteer and integrate in to the local community all at the same time.

-Growing and constantly evolving in the company I co-founded with my business partner Nicole, called hazel & pine. We have so many visions and passion projects in the works and are beyond excited to announce them later this year.

-Creating life memories with family and friends, taking my nieces and nephews traveling when they are old enough. Oh, and a road trip with my grandma.

-Growing the non-profit The Farmhouse Project, I launched last year with my family in Uganda. We work with families to enable them to start a farm project as a small business in order to create a path to a sustainable life and provide the means to education for all of their children. I often dream about the day I drive down the road to see them independent and thriving as small business farmers.

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What are some of your favorite books/websites/apps/magazines?

Books:

Many biographies and photography books of the original legends

Into the Wild

Eat, Pray, Love (cliche, I know)

Magazines:

I love reading a good magazine from front to back.  A few of my faves include:

Darling Magazine

Kinfolk

Frankie Magazine

Monster Children

Vogue Italia for photo inspo

Vice mag, they publish great controversial world topics with an unbiased perspective

Websites and apps:

I don’t frequent them a ton since I am on the computer and use technology so much for work, but of course instagram, vine, and recently love messing around on dubsmash.

 What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Trust the process.

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FOLLOW ASHLEY:  instagram hazel & pine / the farmhouse project

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Nicaragua – Part Uno

And almost after 3 months I am still not ready to write this. 

I have decided to write about my Nicaragua journey in a few different posts. I still have not processed everything mentally and I am still not ready to let go of the fact that it is over. SO…here goes my first attempt.

In February, I traveled to a small village in Nicaragua with 10 other amazing women. It was a (long) year in the making.

The whole year prior was spent raising $5,000 through buildOn, the organization we were traveling with to help build a school in a small village. Fundraising – an emotional roller coaster all on its own. I was so beyond thankful to have an extremely supportive yoga community, family and friends who not only willingly donated, they often donated twice and three times. It was a sigh of relief to see that everyone was on board.

It was an even bigger sigh of relief when I hit my goal.

The actual trip part was still two months away, which felt like an eternity. I’d say the hardest part of this whole process were those two months. I remember thinking, “ok, now what”? I felt a disconnect. I felt like I should still be asking people for money, creating fundraiser events and giving it my all. I felt like I should have been doing something, anything. But all I really had to do was learn more about Nicaragua, pack and practice my Spanish.

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I wasn’t really nervous at all until the morning of our departure. I said goodbye to my mom and my boyfriend dropped me off at the airport. This was my first time ever flying out of the country. I felt silly trying to figure out how to swipe my passport through the airport check-in. It must have taken me a good 15 times to figure it out. This only added to my nervousness.

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We landed in Nicaragua and walked outside to our colorful bus. The air smelled of burnt tires, a smell I don’t think I will ever forget. I smiled and breathed it all in. My first sip of Nicaraguan air.

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On the bus ride I was quiet, I went into my “observe mode”, which happens a lot when I am nervous or in a new place. The landscape was beautiful and the towns we drove through were just as colorful as the bus we were driving on. Though two things could not be denied, the extreme poverty in the country and the happiness and joy of its citizens. People waived, smiled, giggled. It reminded me of the politeness and friendliness of Montana. It was nothing I ever expected.

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Opportunity

Opportunity.

Something we take for granted yet we have so much of it.

Education.  Jobs. Food. Technology. Safe spaces. Floors. Walls.

Help me provide opportunity to the youth and adults of Nicaragua. Join this partnership between two communities, coming together to educate, empower and inspire.
Donate to this cause:
https://webuildon.buildon.org/brittanywallrath

 

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