Where in the world is Ashley Sandiego?

It's been a while, blog family!  I haven't been as consistent with my blog posts as I would have liked, but I think that we can all relate that sometimes life takes it out of us and we suddenly find ourselves waking up like Rip Van Winkle.  Where are we and how did we get here?!

That being said, I've been gone, but not forgotten!  Life, as usual, has taken an interesting turn, so I figured it was time to give the avid readers a sneak peak into my life.  I'm usually a pretty private individual, but I'm feeling particularly spicy today, so it's best to get it all out! 

In late August, my Crossfit gym, Eastside Austin Elite, closed its doors for the final time.  A culmination of a lease termination and the owner's decision to focus on his health (go Ben go!) aren't exactly things that I had in my own control.  Having been my home base for so long, it was a hard transition for me.  Even more so, a hard transition to find a new working space for my personal training business.  I was pretty conveniently located immediately next to my apartment (hello 5 minute morning commute!) and all my clients (okay, read: most) lived or worked in the surrounding areas.

The close of the gym presented a variety of problems, the least of which was the dissolution of my steady paycheck. It is in times like these that I'm continually amazed at the ability of Austin to be such a small city, even through its intense population growth.  Friends of friends knew people they could introduce me to. The Instagram community in Austin is incredible. Suddenly, before I knew it, I was on an email chain with the amazing Jenn Williams and Dane Krager, owner of Dane's Body Shop in Austin.


I had silently been stalking the Shop for several years as it was a strength and conditioning staple that I knew many Rogues enjoyed.  I'd heard nothing but good things about the Shop and I had always wanted to stop in for a visit.  (And no, they didn't pay me to say any of these things!)

It was exactly the sort of gym home I was looking for.  Friendly, competitive, and a bunch of awesome close-knit people that liked to pick heavy things up and put them down and then go have a beer. And, with two locations (one being back on the east side), it was located exactly where everyone could happily meet (and can conveniently take on more!). It was...everything. 

Fast forward to mid-October and I'm packing up the final boxes of my old apartment.  It was a good apartment and, as my dad would say, served its purpose and taught me lessons. But it was the final chapter of what I now consider an old life and it felt good to be done with it. Close the door and walk through into the light.

So, as history repeats itself, the end of the year is shaping up to be a transformative time for me. I look forward to getting back into the rhythm and routine of running lots of miles, lifting lots of weights, eating healthy food, and generally enjoying life and smiling big.  This past year, and particularly the past few months, haven't been the easiest, but I like to think that out of all hardships comes new light. And I'm ready for a new challenge. 

Peace, love and all things nice,