Who is Ashley Beaver?
I’m a small town California girl. I grew up in a little town with less than a thousand people. I knew everyone and everyone knew me. There’s something about growing up in a small town. It’s nice for a little while, but then you develop this burning desire to explore. Well at least that was me. Don’t get me wrong, it was comfortable, and I’m very close to my family, but something was missing.
The first big trip I took was after graduating from high school. I spent the month of July that summer in Sweden visiting a good friend who had done an exchange at my high school. That trip was eye opening and probably the reason I’ll never be content staying in one place ever again. That summer was filled with laughs and adventure. It was incredible.
Then it was on to college. I had decided to go to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA which wasn’t far from home. I think I chose UOP out of comfort knowing that I would be close to my family, but luckily it ended up being one of my greatest experiences. During college at UOP I joined a sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and met some of my best friends.
My good friend Melissa also had a sense for adventure so during our junior year we decided to study abroad together in London. Talk about a crazy experience. We had a blast, but we also ate and drank and stayed out too late. I guess that’s what some of us do when we’re twenty. As a matter of fact, I spent the next few years of my life doing that. Partying to excess. As much as I tried to eat healthy and workout, my lifestyle choices at the time made in nearly impossible.
After graduating from college with my business degree I got a job in the corporate world. I thought I was doing everything someone my age was “supposed” to be doing. Graduate from college, get a job, make a lot of money. Then what was next? I’m supposed to get married, buy a house, start a family. That’s how it goes right? Well something wasn’t right. I wasn’t happy working in the corporate world. I dreaded going to work and I wasn’t happy when I came home. I ate crappy throughout the day and only managed to get to the gym on occasion. Was this the lifestyle I was going to live for the rest of my life? This couldn’t be. All of the things I was “supposed” to be doing were keeping me from all of the things I wanted to be doing.
So what next? I quit my job! After two years in the corporate world my friend Melissa and I both decided to move to Australia to work and travel for six months. Because why not? This was another eye opener for me and pretty much what I’d been seeking my entire life, I just didn’t know it because society told me I should be doing something else. While living in Australia I became accustomed to a much more relaxed lifestyle. I decided to learn how to cook (that’s how the blog got started) and I started doing CrossFit consistently. I was so happy and I felt so good. So good in fact that my six month trip turned into two years. I stared documenting my paleo experiments online and I competed in my first CrossFit competition. The weekends I’d spend jogging along the beach and swimming in the ocean. It really doesn’t get much better than that. Well at least in my opinion. And that’s what I’ve learned. You have to live the life you were meant to live. Not what someone else tells you. It might not always be easy, but if it’s something you love, it will always be worth pursuing.
Since my travels abroad I’ve moved back to the states where I spent 5 years competing in CrossFit, GRID and Olympic Weightlifting. During that time I realized I had a passion for nutrition and immersed myself into learning all that I could about it. I now live in Reno, NV where I manage Black Iron Nutrition full time. A company that has grown in leaps and bounds and I couldn’t happier. Blogging is still a hobby of mine and I get to it when I can. But most of my time is spent focusing on the business and planning my next travel adventure!