Masters of Science in Education
Reiki Master Teacher + Practitioner
200-HR Hatha Yoga Teacher
Holistic Wellness Practitioner
Jewelry Designer + Silversmith
Digital Artist + Creative
Social Media Influencer
Junk Mail Destroyer
Hey there! I'm Ashley. I'm the designer, owner, and one-woman show behind this website and the entire business of Ash Mag Designs. This little business of mine is a culmination of all the things I'm the most passionate about in this lifetime: handcrafted jewelry, art, crystals, and all things holistic, and metaphysical.
I established Ash Mag Designs while I was a senior in Undergraduate at the University of Central Arkansas. For as long as I can possibly remember, I've always been obsessed with both crystals and beads. My mother, an artist and creative whose medium is that of fabric and design, encouraged my jewelry making from very early on in my life. I can think back to going shopping for fabric with her at places like Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and Cloth World as a young child. No matter what, she would always make sure we made a pit stop by the bead aisle where she would help me search for colorful seed beads and all the components needed to make something beautiful.
Earlier on in life (from 2003 to 2014), I followed the more traditional role that society crams down our throat. You know... you graduate high school, go to college, graduate, go back to college to pursue advanced degrees, and all of the in-between. I spent nearly twelve years as a Special Education teacher and advocate for children and adults with disabilities, which I absolutely adored.
In mid-2014, I chose to close that chapter of my life as a public school educator, and enrolled full-time in massage therapy school and yoga teacher training, where I intended to create a small business focused solely on helping the public as a Holistic Wellness Practioner and Educator. Yoga, massage therapy, energy work modalities (i.e. Reiki), and everything in-between became a part of my professional life as I went on to open a brick-and-mortar small business located in Little Rock, Arkansas, by the name of Clifton's Wellness.
Clifton's Wellness was my baby. It was the culmination of a lifetime of education, helping others, and a drive to change the world for the better. As life naturally does sometimes, I was thrown a major curveball in May of 2016 that changed everything: I had a stroke. Life as I knew it, and my somewhat new career, were radically changed almost instantly. Shortly after having my stroke, I made the difficult decision to close the doors to Clifton's Wellness. I stepped away from offering massage therapy entirely.
Since my stroke in mid-2016, I've focused heavily on placing myself and my health as my top priority. Through my health journey, I've discovered numerous other chronic illness and chronic pain related issues with this body of mine. Living in a body that literally works every day to destroy itself is quite an experience. You'll learn many lessons, some of which are very difficult to understand, and eventually be pushed to a strange and unique place of acceptance.
My acceptance of the ways my health changed has led me to solely dedicate my passions, energy, and career towards that of Ash Mag Designs. My art, my design, my business, and my schedule are entirely my own to modify and adapt as I need to for my body, my health, and my wellness. I hope that none of you ever experience the health hiccups I have had happen, but sometimes, there's a silver lining to be found - which for me was to slow down, reprioritize life to make myself a priority, and come back to center.
I'm deeply privileged in that I'm able to dive headfirst into artistic mediums that both provide for me across numerous ways -- spiritually, emotionally, and financially.
Ash Mag Designs is a unique culmination of my education, teaching experience, my holistic wellness expertise, and love of jewelry design.
I thank you for being here, in whatever way that looks for you. Whether you're here just to learn a bit more about who I am and the roots of Ash Mag Designs, to shop for a special piece for yourself or a loved one, or to inquire about something custom -- I thank you for being here.
If I can help and assist you in any way, please don't hesitate to send me a message via the contact page.
Until next time, take care, friends.