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The Story

The story behind Willow & Ash:

Hi, I'm Ashley!

These past couple of years have been very hard for me and the boys. We’ve had tons of changes and have had to learn to adapt to a new life. I was terrified to move back to Georgia for fear of feeling judged for a failed marriage and was worried how we would make it on our own.

I had to re-enter my career after being a stay at home Mom for nearly 5 years. It was scary. I didn’t know if I would be any good at doing hair anymore. Techniques had changed and it had been a quick second since I had been in the salon life. Luckily, I was able to regain my confidence and get on par with the latest trends.

However, I found myself working a ton trying to gain clientele again. I was missing out on sports, dinner time with the boys, and putting them to bed. I didn’t like that I was missing out on so much. Salon Bastille was a Godsend. It was dropped right into my lap without me even looking for it. I’m able to control my own hours and have built up my clientele! I’m not missing out on my kids lives anymore.

This school year, however, Oliver started Kindergarten and man has that been tough. We found out that he has Emotional Behavior Disorder (EBD). Every single day I’ve had to learn to celebrate little victories with him. It’s been beyond stressful. (PS...he’s doing much better!)

I needed something to help occupy my mind sometimes and Justin (oh have I mentioned Justin before because he’s pretty much the greatest thing alive) encouraged me to make some necklaces because I have a trillion of them and it’s something that I love. I made a few and liked them. Then he told me I should try to sell some to make some extra income because, hello, single mom to 3 boys isn’t cheap.

I honestly didn’t know if I could. I mean, would anyone like what I make?! What if they don’t?! But I went for it. I listed a few things. And oh my goodness! I’ve had such a great response! I’ve been keeping busy creating orders and shipping things out to CUSTOMERS!

I can’t thank you guys enough for supporting me. Every time I get a message, my heart flutters a little. I’m overcome with joy (because we all know my theme has been #ChooseJoy in this season on my life!). Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I’m beyond grateful for each of you.

Trying to come up with a name for a business is no joke. It took me weeks with lots of lame ideas. Then one night, I thought about how I sit at my desk making jewelry. I always open the blinds and look out at our Willow Tree because it calms me.


Then I knew...

Willow & Ash was born.

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