Ashley Simpson

Ashley Simpson is a freelance writer and book coach, helping people to tell authentic and true stories that come from the heart. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Parker, for the past 10 years and just gave birth to her first biological child, Jasper. Prior to this, they were foster parents for several years and have had close to a dozen teens through their home – some for longer than others. When she isn’t writing or drinking coffee, you will find her at the barn with her horse or with her nose buried in a book.
Family Legacy: a family cheers with their glasses around the dinner table

Capturing Your Family Legacy This Holiday Season

The holidays are a great time to get together with family, but there is an even more important reason to see your extended family this season. You never know how much time you have...
A woman with a mug, pen, and notebook for National Novel Writing Month.

National Novel Writing Month: How Moms Can Write Their Story This Year

November is one of my favorite times of the year – and it signals more than just our beloved Turkey Day. November also happens to be National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, for those in...
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Fishbowl Funnies & Memory Keeping

After my now-husband and I had been dating for a while, I noticed that his parents kept a fishbowl filled with index cards in their kitchen. At first, my thought was that it was...
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Supporting Service Dogs and Their Handlers

I never thought I would be the kind of person to take her dog everywhere with her. I love my dogs wholeheartedly, but asking one of them to come to the grocery store with...
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5 Mental Health Resources in Charleston for Teens and Older Kids

When your child has mental health or behavioral health concerns, it can feel lonely and isolating. I wish there was something I could say that would help you to feel understood and seen, but...
kids with mental health needs: one woman comforts another.

What Moms of Kids With Mental Health Needs Wish You Knew

Society has come around to the idea that moms should prioritize their own mental health – and it’s about time that we started talking about it! Unfortunately, we still don’t have much guidance on...
Help children feel safe: A round sign that says welcome hangs from a door knocker on a white door.

4 Quick and Easy Tips to Help Children Feel Safe & Welcome

Imagine a child showing up on your doorstep after surviving unthinkable trauma. In their short lives, they may have never known peace and comfort within the four walls of the place they used to...
I would get too attached. A woman kneels down looking up at a school-aged girl smiling down at her.

I Would Get Too Attached: What I Told Myself Before Becoming a Foster Parent

“I could never do that. I would get too attached.” This was a common refrain that I heard from others as we set out on a journey to becoming foster parents. I understand where this...

3 Essential Lessons About Motherhood From My Time as a Foster Parent

Like many new parents, I entered into motherhood with preconceived notions about what having a child would be like. The only difference was that I wasn’t having a cuddly newborn, but rather a sassy...