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Hello! I’m Ashley…

and I created Ashley Hewitt Home for mamas who know they were created for more, who want to create a life-giving home and maybe even a thriving business, but they just don’t feel good. I am here to lead them to wellness.

I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach with a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship. But life wasn’t always this good. I hold a Ph.D. in walking through health crises.

Out of my struggles and the methods I used to get better and get on with the life I was meant to live, this site was born.

 
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My Story

My battery of health issues include an autoimmune disease (Hashimotos Thyroiditis) and the host of ailments that come along with any autoimmune disease, debilitating postpartum depression and anxiety that stuck around far beyond the postpartum period, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, weight struggles, and an array of food allergies.

In 2013 my life was turned upside down.  I had just given birth to my first baby, Oliver.  He was born on a February afternoon via cesarean section because he was breech.  What should have been a magical time in my life was filled with terror and panic.  

The first couple days were great.  Family came over, meals filled our kitchen and I was still running on that new mom high despite my lack of sleep.  I was the happiest person in the world!

At least that is what I wanted everyone to think.  Inside I was in agony. I was certain something was going to happen to my precious baby.  Why would God give me something so wonderful? What if I dropped him? What if I was the one that caused him harm?

The first time I had that thought I pushed it right out of my mind.  But then it kept coming back again and again. The thought then changed to what if I just threw him down the stairs and each time it became harder to stuff it down.  The dropping obsession turned into much deeper and darker thoughts.

I loved my baby boy so much, but what if I became psychotic and harmed my child.  I wanted to believe that would never be the case, but these obsessions were gripping my mind and making me question my every move.  I felt like such a monster and grew deeply depressed and anxious.

I could never tell anyone how disgusting I was. What if they locked me up?  WHAT IF THEY TOOK OLIVER FROM ME? Why is this happening to me, wasn’t this supposed to be a joyful time in my life?

The Breakdown

I lived with these thoughts, unable to sleep, eat, or do anything else except sit and stare at my baby. Eventually I couldn’t hold it in anymore. One evening my mom was over for dinner and I became downright hysterical. It all came out. My mom stayed the night and I was loaded up and taken to the doctor the next day.

At the appointment I was handed a diagnosis of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and a prescription for an anti-depressant.

I wasn’t satisfied to know my feelings of anxiety and depression were normal after having a baby.   I wanted to know what caused it. Why do some moms have to feel this way during such a joyous time in their lives?

I’ve been fascinated with nutrition for years so that is where I started.  I learned that gluten is linked to anxiety and depression (among other ailments) so I decided to go gluten-free.  In fact I adopted a primal lifestyle and let me tell you I had never felt better.  Within a few days a lot of my anxiety had subsided. I had energy and within a month I lost the rest of my pregnancy weight.     

I lived this lifestyle for a couple months but slowly fell back into my old habits and back down the road to anxiety and depression.  This soon led to feeling panic more often than not.

As much as I wanted to point the finger at my diet, there were plenty of other circumstances contributing to my anxiety. My step-father had recently passed away, I had a few very difficult relationships in my life, I was in a constant state of trying to be perfect, I was trying to build up a new business, I was a first time mama, I was not drawing near to the Lord.

Radical Change

I was under pressure from so many different angles that I had a breakdown. A physical, all-consuming breakdown. Nearly everything about my life felt like poison, including my insides. So on a Tuesday in April, I made the decision to stop living like this. I relied on the shred of faith I had left and made drastic changes.

Each day, little by little, I climbed just a little bit further out of my hole, until I made it to the top. I examined every piece of my life and tried to fix what wasn’t healthy and what wasn’t helping me be the best version of myself.

I now have strict boundaries. I know what foods fuel me best. I protect my sleep like it’s the royal crown. I am constantly learning how to handle difficult relationships, and protecting myself from any more abuse. I move my body in a way that energizes me, not depletes me. And most importantly, my relationship with God has never been so good.

Not only did I make huge strides in reducing my anxiety, but I found ways to heal my body from the damage done from living with an autoimmune disease for over 20 years.

I want to gracefully guide you to wellness.

As awful as those three years were, I am beyond grateful for them. I wouldn’t be the person I am today had I not walked through those valleys. I have no doubts the Lord used those years as a way to bring glory to Himself. He chased me down, shined a light in my deep dark places, kicked down the walls, tore down the lies, and redeemed me.

The entire time I was walking through this, I knew I had to use what I was learning to help those just a few steps or many miles behind me. I knew there was a reason for all of it. So that’s why I do what I do.

If you are experiencing anything similar to what I went through, you know the words on the computer screen don’t even begin to touch how debilitating life can feel.

  1. If you feel panic, anxious, exhausted, stressed, burnt out, you name it, you are in the right place.

  2. If you want to eat well and take care of your body, but you feel you don’t have time or lack the motivation to get started, you are in the right place.

  3. If you point, poke and pull at every “imperfection” on your body, or you struggle to love the body you are in right now, you are in the right place.

  4. If you put everyone else’s needs before your own, you are in the right place.

  5. If you know deep down that you are not living the life you feel you were created to live, you are in the right place.

 
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 I hold a very special place in my heart for mamas who have started or are dreaming of starting their own business.  What better way to bless your family financially while providing value to those you serve. 

I dreamt of owning my own business for as long as I can remember, hence the major in Entrepreneurship.  I held a paper route at the age of 10, babysat through my high school years, and worked in our family business as my step-father's right hand woman for over 14 years. 

It was there I learned that graciously serving people is the key to a successful business. Our customers and employees were treated as if they were part of the family. Because of the values my step-dad instilled in each and every one of us, we grew a multi-million dollar business. We also became the 3rd largest dealer in the world for one of our products. Did I mention this business was located in a town of 500?

Sadly, my step-dad passed away in 2014. But he instilled in me the heart of a servant. He provided me with an excellent example of how to do business. My hope is that I can pass what I learned from him on to other women.

I’ve also started a beyond organic farm where I raised grass-fed beef, pastured chickens and turkeys for meat, and free-range hens for eggs.     

But this business, this is my life’s mission. For more than 12 years I knew I was made for this work. It took years of soft whispers, gentle nudges and flat out smacks in the face for me to figure that out.

I am so grateful for each and every minute I walked in that deep, dark place because when a mama comes to me for help, I know exactly how she is feeling. I’ve been there. And I can help. I am even more grateful for that day that I chose faith over fear and decided to make a change. To God be the glory.

 
 

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Most days you can find me sipping London Fogs and dreaming up ways I can better serve women walking in the shoes I walked in not too long ago. I coach women who are struggling with their health and deep down know they were created to do more in this world. I am lucky to have first hand experience with how they are feeling so I can serve them straight from the heart.

When I am not working with amazing women, you can find me cuddled up with a book, Netflix and chilling with Matt, or watching some weird show on Youtube with Oliver. (Surprise eggs anyone?)

If we are not cuddling, I am putting the finishing touches on the beautiful home Matt built for us, spending time with family, or volunteering for anything and everything Oliver participates in.

I am a homesteader at heart and feel completely at peace when I am in my garden, caring for animals, or cooking real food that I grew myself. Simple, intentional living is my goal-always.

 
 

You wanna know what sets my heart on fire? Helping women realize they are worthy and they are worth it. Mommin’ ain’t easy and when you throw a health struggle on top of it, it’s just plain hard. If I can help a mama get well and and get on with the life she was created for, I’ve done my job.

I hope this site can be an inspiration, a wellspring for you to draw from. This site is an extension of my life-giving home. While you are here, I want it to feel like you are in my safe haven, relishing the nourishment and filling your cup so that it will overflow into your family and those you serve.

 
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My Family

 

 

What I love most about my home is who I share it with.

It’s no secret these two are my whole world!

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Matthew

aka Matty Matt, Mattchew, Hewie

Lover of all things wood.  He is an exceptional craftsman, makes all of my decorating dreams come true, and keeps the yard looking like a golf course. Obsessed with french fries, the St. Louis Cardinals and the #9.  

He is my better half and keeps me steady. In some ways we are total opposites and in others we are exactly the same. We even wrote the same exact message to each other in our wedding letters! Our favorite place to be is at home, together.

He owns a construction business, specializing in decorative and stamped concrete, remodels and Pinterest style home projects.  If you are in the Central Illinois area, he is your guy.

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Oliver   

aka Ollie Bear, O, Toodles

The little boy who made me a mama, and my absolute treasure.  He is intelligent, hilarious and the king of cuddles.  He loves math, animals, and art projects, hates wearing pants and wants to be "all the things" when he grows up.

He is all about Christmas all the time.  He has 2 dogs, one named Rudolph after the reindeer, and a real live iguana that he won at a carnival (oh joy) that he named Olivia, after himself.  His heart is on fire for Jesus, which constantly brings tears to my eyes.      

He is my sidekick, my helper and my inspiration for living my best life.  I feel beyond blessed that God chose me to be his mama bear.  

 

My Core Values

 

 

1.  JESUS EVERY DAY, ALL DAY

2.  FAMILY IS EVERYTHING

3.  PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

4.  LIVE DEBT FREE

5.  PEOPLE OVER PROFITS

6.  LOVE DOES

7.  THE HOLIER THE JEANS THE BETTER

8.  LESS IS MORE

9.  TELL THE TRUTH

10.  REAL FOOD (AND PRAYER) IS ALWAYS THE CURE

11.  GIVE, AND THEN GIVE SOME MORE

12.  HIT PLAY AND TURN IT UP

13.  KEEP IT SIMPLE

14.  ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL

15.  WINDOWS DOWN

16.  CELEBRATE THE LITTLE THINGS

17.  FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS, IGNORE THE REST

18.  HE GETS ALL THE GLORY

19.  FAITH OVER FEAR

20.  MAMA WAS RIGHT

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Those dreams though…

whether vibrant or distant. Of that side hustle or that full time gig. Maybe its missions work. Maybe it's serving your family better. Maybe you are already doing it, but you're so beat down it's not serving you or those you love.

Whatever it is, and you know what it is-is your greatest chance of making an impact, leaving a legacy and seriously living a life full of joy.

This is your permission slip. Your invitation. Let’s get started.

 
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