Katie Ashely’s application for our Creative in Residence program was thoughtful and honest; we knew right away she’d be a great addition to Local Works. Her energy and enthusiasm for helping others is contagious and we look forward to see the work she does in 2017 as one of our two creative residents.

Who are you?
My name’s Katie Ashley. I’m passionate about living life on purpose and helping others to do so as well, in their own way.

What do you do?
I help others to let go of what is no longer serving them by teaching self-empowerment tools and ancient wisdom from a modern perspective. I work with individuals and groups and my service is a blend of life coaching and yoga therapy. Through my writing and podcasting I’m able to serve a much larger audience and offer insight and inspiration in a personal way from afar. I have a weekly blog and my first book, Living Life on Purpose, was published in 2016. My podcast, Stand Up / Break Free, will be launching in early 2017 and is a beautiful way for me to highlight the life and work of amazing individuals in my community and around the world that are creating massive positive change in their own lives and in the world.

Why do you do it?
The work that I do is an extension of my heart. I can’t imagine not doing it and I love how it continues to evolve. The world needs more people sharing their stories honestly and connecting with people in a way that helps us all to consciously evolve and become our best selves. I do so by leaning where I am needed and being of service the best way I know how: teaching, writing, having real conversations, and connecting with people.

What is your creative process?
I meditate first and allow an intention to come through. I do everything better if I start from a place of centeredness and high intention. Then I get out of my own way and allow what needs to come through to come through. I try to keep my ego out of it and let intuition be the guide. If I find that ego is coming in or my work feels forced or heavy, I take a break. I move my body. I practice yoga. I go outside and lay on the ground. I drink tea. I play with my son. I try to do creative work only when I am feeling “in the flow” so I’ve made it a point to develop a huge tool box full of practices that help me find my way back into the flow if I feel like I’m stuck or off track.

What’s the one piece of advice that you wish you had heard when you began your craft?
I’ve been extremely lucky to have had amazing teachers and mentors around me as I’ve studied each piece of my craft. One of the best pieces of advice I received was from my book editor, Alison Sher, who told me to “let it become what it needs to become” when I was getting frustrated with how long it was taking me to complete a piece of the manuscript. Giving myself space and allowing my work to become what it needs to become has become a guiding principle for me. Surprisingly, and not surprisingly, I am actually massively more productive working in such a spacious way.

What is inspiring you these days?
My son, Isaac. My partner, Brian Hoke. My students, always. My sisterhood and the community of amazing entrepreneurs, artists, makers, creatives, and teachers that I find myself a part of. Music and movement of course. Excellent fiction. Honest nonfiction. Storytelling and conversational podcasts. Planning my first international retreat offering for later this year.

What are you most looking forward to with the creative in residence program?
Connecting with the community of amazing people that make up the Local Works community! Being in the energy of the space and community is going to be wonderful and will no doubt be inspiring. I’m looking forward to finding ways to give back and be of service to everyone however I can. I’m so thankful for this beautiful opportunity.

We are excited to see Katie Ashley expand her creative endeavors while here at Local Works. Be sure to follow along with our blog to see what she’s working on over the next six months!

Jordan Amaker
Director of Marketing & Communications
Director of Marketing & Communications