24. Ashleigh Clarke

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Harriet is joined by Ashleigh Clarke.

Ashleigh Clarke is an Australian travel photographer that has managed to niche herself into shooting experiences for luxury resorts and boutique travel brands with her partner. Building her career through social media Ashleigh started in the digital sphere as a yoga teacher and studio owner. Moving away from the online yoga world has found her with multiple businesses and a very different relationship with her practice. She is currently renovating a small cottage in her home town and is constantly navigating the complexities of working for herself and her the ever evolving work life.

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SUMMARY KEYWORDS
Venice, Ashleigh, yoga teacher, travel, people, Harriet, trip, feel, week, called, James, hats, bit, nourishing, staying, sat, business, uni, photography, university

SPEAKERS
Harriet McAtee, Ashleigh Clarke


Harriet McAtee
Welcome to In Our Experience a podcast exploring the many ways of living well with Nourish Yoga Training. I’m your host Harriet, yoga teacher and founder of Nourish. Today I’m joined by Ashleigh Clarke. Ashleigh is an Australian travel photographer that has managed to niche herself into shooting experiences for luxury resorts and boutique travel brands with her partner. Building her career through social media, Ashleigh started in the digital sphere as a yoga teacher and studio owner. Moving away from the online yoga world has found her with multiple businesses and a very different relationship with her practice. She is currently renovating a small cottage in her hometown and is constantly navigating the complexities of working for herself. I had a really lovely time catching up with Ashleigh, we talked about finding work that we enjoy our shared time at university and the importance of connection. And while I’m here, thank you so much for listening to season three of In Our Experiences this is the final episode of this season, it’s been great sharing these conversations with you. And a big, big thank you to all of our wonderful guests for joining me. Season Four will be back later in 2022. And for this season, we’re looking to spotlight other businesses doing great things. If you’re interested in sponsoring In Our Experience, we’d love to hear from you. But for now, here’s my chat with Ashleigh. Hi, Ashleigh.

Ashleigh Clarke
Hello, Harriet,

Harriet McAtee
Welcome to In Our Experience. It’s so lovely to have you here.

Ashleigh Clarke
Thank you for having me.

Harriet McAtee
It’s a pleasure. I’m, I’m excited to talk to you for many reasons. One of which is that this is the first time I’ve interviewed somebody in Australia whilst they’re in Australia, which is very cool. Yeah. So it’s, it’s, It’s nine o’clock in the morning for me and six o’clock in the evening for Ashleigh. And you also do many wonderful things. And you’re a lovely person. So I’m excited to catch up.

Ashleigh Clarke
Me too.

Harriet McAtee
So we’ll get started, how I start every episode by asking what’s nourishing you this week? And as I say, this can be something big or small, silly, serious, and I will help you out. I’ll go first. So what’s nourishing me this week is that I am currently working my way through the office, which I had not watched until recently. And as, as I’ve discussed previously, on the podcast, I’m sort of like if people recommend things to me, I refuse to watch them. And I feel like the office is one of those things that people have been recommending to me for years. And I’ve always refused it, but I’m watching it now and really enjoying it. It’s very silly. Which makes me happy. So that’s what’s nourishing me.

Ashleigh Clarke
Excellent. I haven’t seen it either. But I’ve also been recommended a lot and I also ignore recommendations. I’m with you there. But what’s nourishing me. You know what? TikTok is actually nourishing me this week when I say TikTok

Harriet McAtee
Interesting, okay, how so?

Ashleigh Clarke
Not something else. Well, I’m delving into it for my business at the moment. And I have an agency like helping me and training me on how to do that. But I’m actually really enjoying it. It’s a wholly different platform, all the others. I know so bizarre like I never thought I’d be like yeah, I really liked TikTok. But I do, it’s a completely different platform to all the others. And it’s a little bit more raw and authentic and silly and it’s fast. And I’m finding myself, you know, getting into it.

Harriet McAtee
Interesting. I, so I can just I can feel the smugness rating radiating off Matt in the corner here because Matt is always like, hey, you should have a TikTok for the podcast.

Ashleigh Clarke
You should

Harriet McAtee
Well, I agree in principle, but in practice, I have no idea how to do it.

Ashleigh Clarke
I have no idea, which is why I’ve engaged an agency to help me so baby step.

Harriet McAtee
Okay. So how are they? How are they helping you? I’m so curious.

Ashleigh Clarke
So basically, we have a meeting, once a week. We kind of had like an introductory meeting where they ran me through how TikTok worked, and how it is different to other platforms. And then I make content each week and then we review it and they kind of they’re a bit younger than me as well. So I’ve sometimes I feel like I know it’s so bizarre sometimes I want to be like I don’t know if I get this because I’m, you know, probably 10 years older than me but anyway.

Harriet McAtee
And we’re not that old,

Ashleigh Clarke
I know I know. I feel like I’m just missing something here. But anyway, It’s really fun. I’m really enjoying it. So I have been loving TikTok this last week,

Harriet McAtee
ah, that’s inspired me to like, get on top of my TikTok.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah, it’s very funny and scary and new.

Harriet McAtee
So it’s a very Gen Gen Z thing. That’s what they are. Are they Gen? Gen Z?

Ashleigh Clarke
I know, I don’t even know any.

Harriet McAtee
It was so funny. I wasn’t. I was in the pub on Saturday night. And I was in the bathroom. And there were these like three girls in the bathroom with me like having a chat. And they were like, Oh, should we go out? Should we stay in? Like, what should we do? And they sort of looked at me and they were like, What do you think we should do? And I was like, How old are you? They said, Oh, we’re 20. And I was like, well you should go out obviously.

Ashleigh Clarke
Go, go and be young.

Harriet McAtee
you know, and they were like, they were like, but it’s expensive. And I was like, why don’t you know what you’re, you’re 20 like, you know, I’m 32 money comes money goes but like you’re only 20 wants to know, like, you don’t look 32. And I was like, thank you. SPF. Like, yeah. So I felt I felt quite proud about that. But um, you mentioned your business in that. So I’m keen to and keen to talk about this. So what? What do you do? How would you describe what you do you wear a few hats, don’t you?

Ashleigh Clarke
I wear a few hats at the moment. And I have worn a few hats. Well, basically, since Harriet and I actually went to university together. So since we.

Harriet McAtee
We did.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah, since we left university. It’s just been a lot of trial and error for me to find something that I enjoyed, and I’ve just kind of travelled down a lot of different paths. But at the moment, I am working as a travel photographer with my partner, and mostly just within Australia, but slowly we’ll get out. And also I have an eCommerce brand called Pallion Point, which is an ocean adventure brand, which currently is selling hats with fish on them.

Harriet McAtee
Oh my goodness. I should have brought my hat today. Why didn’t I, I could have worn it for the recording.

Ashleigh Clarke
Take a photo. I forgot you had right on you.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah, I love my hat. My little coral. I’ve no I’ve got the red emperor.

Ashleigh Clarke
Is it you’ve got the stone blue one. What colour is your hat?

Harriet McAtee
Or maybe it’s coral trout. It’s like tan with.

Ashleigh Clarke
Oh, you have the red emperor? I don’t. That was a limited edition one that you have. It’s very special. Oh, I should be calling them specialists because that’s what they’re called. But they are

that’s what they fish lids Yeah. So they’re, they’re like really cute hats with embroidered sea life on them. I really want the turtle one.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah, so I think I think it’s really interesting because you are also, I’m going to out you as a yoga teacher as well or ex yoga teacher. And yeah, I think it’s really interesting. You know, what you’re saying about trying to find something you enjoy and that sort of keeps you interested and motivated is you know, it’s really tricky. When I’m interested in like how you because my memory of you I think the last time I saw you I have this memory of going for coffee and sitting in a park in Oregon a flower.

Ashleigh Clarke
I was actually thinking about this today and he bought me a jar of overnight oats and they were delicious.

Harriet McAtee
Oh yeah, I bought you breakfast.

Ashleigh Clarke
and then we got takeaway coffee and sat on a park bench and a very very University of us with our takeaway coffee.

Harriet McAtee
and I’m, I’ve, because I think was I You were just about to leave I think was or I was leaving. It was like I remember it being like a goodbye coffee.

Ashleigh Clarke
It could have been me leaving but also you but yeah, it was around that time when I did.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah. Yeah, we both left Brisbane at around, at around the same time. And Ashleigh moves back to the beautiful Whitsundays which has just like I highly recommend everybody going and following Ashleigh’s Instagram because it’s so beautiful. Like I I don’t wish to move back to Australia anytime soon. But your Instagram makes me homesick. Like for like the water and the sun and the sandy beach.

Ashleigh Clarke
It is nice. It is a beautiful place to live. It has been raining for like the last four months almost exclusively here. So don’t stress too much. It hasn’t been all rainbows and daisies and Sundays. But it is a gorgeous place.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah.

Ashleigh Clarke
So yeah. So when, when you were you were going overseas? That’s right. And I moved back to the US and we both kind of well, I don’t know about you, but It was really hard to get a job after uni. It was just a bad time, politically in it like, you know, there was a political change and budget cuts and a lot of very skilled people were going for the jobs we potentially were after. And so I just went home and worked on boats in the Whitsundays, for. I think for about a year, I worked on a boat as a just a like crew as a stewardess and deckhand. And then during that time, I was pretty lost. Like, I never thought I would move back home and be living with my parents after being out of home for Well, I hadn’t actually lived with them since I was 16, because I’d moved in with my grandfather after my grandmother died. So it’s been a really long time since I lived with my parents. And I was a bit lost. And I was still a bit heartbroken from a love at uni. And I didn’t know what I was doing. And that’s kind of how I found yoga I was just looking for, I basically was looking for connection, because I didn’t really feel connected to anything. And then, you know, you start a yoga practice, and you vibe with a teacher, and then I really just kind of delved into it, and got very, I just fell head over heels for the practice and became a couple of within a couple of years become a yoga teacher accidentally opened a studio. It happened and I had a studio for a couple of years. But I really did kind of miss the water. And you would know, when you become a yoga teacher, your practice changes your relationship with your personal practice changes. And I was missing the water. So I started a blog called the sailing yogi. And which, which kind of like was a lot of photography, and I wanted it to be a yoga blog, but I was like, I’m gonna niche myself in like, yoga for boaties. Because I was just trying to find a niche because yoga is so saturated. I was like, What can my niche be? Yeah. And yeah, it just kind of turned into a lot of photography and Island, I didn’t really like taking photos of myself back then. So I was taking a lot of photos of the ocean and the islands and the boats that I was going on. And that kind of just turned into a bit of a travel brand, actually. And then I met my partner and I rebranded to my current brand, Ashley Bridget, which is my first name and middle name. And it’s now mostly travel photography, within kind of like we specialise in shooting experiences. So we do shoot a lot of luxury resort experiences on islands. But then we also do a wide range of things within that to have content creation, and of course, my business Pallion Point. So that’s the trajectory.

Harriet McAtee
That’s your trajectory, I mean, where like, where does it go from here? I mean, I have so many questions like, What is where do you go from here, but also, like, I imagined that working as a travel photographer is sort of similar to be a yoga teacher in the sense that you actually end up spending a lot of time by yourself.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah, I’m so lucky to have found James, that’s my partner, we work nearly exclusively together now. But definitely, in those early days, when I was trying to build the sailing yogi, it was a lot of alone time for sure. A lot of time online, which I don’t necessarily think is always the healthiest, especially, you know, in your mid to late 20s. If you’re having a mild identity crisis, which many of us do.

Harriet McAtee
I can’t relate to that at all.

Ashleigh Clarke
But now James, and I do work a lot with travel, I guess, you know, through our photography, it looks like we are living, and we are living this very blessed, amazing life travelling to beautiful places, but it is work, it’s a lot of work. And Pallion Point kind of it was a COVID baby, that business grew from losing work and freaking out in COVID. But it is kind of my focus now. More so than the travel photography, because that is definitely not sustainable. As I move through the different stages of my life, it will probably be something we always do. But we do need to do less of it.

Harriet McAtee
Well, I mean, the travel photography is not it’s not scalable, is it?

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah

Harriet McAtee
Whereas like it to an extent, but like not really. Whereas Pallion Point is scalable.

Ashleigh Clarke
100%. So I will be able to run that from wherever I am. In the world or with whoever, whereas travel photography takes you away from family from friends from commitments to beautiful places, but that’s not everything.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah, yeah, I mean, it’s also like feeling well Like you have, I think one of the things for me that I’m really interested in building is like a foundation of like just something that’s a little bit more stable, that can sit beneath, like, all of the fun, exciting things that I do. But something that’s there as like a baseline.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah.

Harriet McAtee
To like ground and to come back to, that enables me to go and do the really fun things, but also just gives me I don’t know, like a little bit of stability.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah, I want, foundation is such a great word for so many, so many instances in life isn’t a foundation for everything. Absolutely. I completely understand that as well. And I don’t know what your situation is like, but we were freelancers for a couple of years. And James handles that a lot better than I do. I am not one to be okay with not getting paid for three months, and then having everything come in, in one month, who is great that month when it all comes in, but riding that wave is a test of patience and not something I enjoy.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah, it’s tricky. I mean, my, like, the way that I earn money like there’s a, there’s like a baseline from Nourish that I take. So I went I sort of I, I take a wage from the business, but it’s not enough for me to live off. So I then have to work on top of that. And that definitely, it’s like a month-to-month wave. And I do, I do find it challenging. And I think a lot of I think one of the biggest things for me and having a business and, you know, doing this work is actually like, for me, a lot of my a lot of the stuff that comes that comes up for me is around money, like needing to, needing to work on my relationship with it or needing to work on how I handle it. But yeah, I’m not I’m not good for like, I’m not interested in having three months.

Ashleigh Clarke
Oh, it happens. It’s so interesting, isn’t it? Everyone has I feel like, you know, most people have, have stuff around money. And for me, the last few years have really been working on a mindset of limiting beliefs in a wide variety of my life, but also in that in that money field. But I guess also, you know, we are the personality types Harriet, where we want to do what we want to do. And we can we’ll make that work because that’s what we want to do.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah, and it’s always, it’s always been this way.

Yeah, that’s interesting, so Ashleigh and I went to University together. And we were in different Colleges, which will mean different things to people here in the UK. So we went to the same University. But if you came from Brisbane you could like in what I think here would be called halls of residence. But Ashley was in women and I was in Duchesne, and we were neighbours. I often think back to that times. What a little bubble.

Ashleigh Clarke
And not a great bubble.

Harriet McAtee
A terrible bubble. Like I was only in for a year.

Ashleigh Clarke
I did two, and I ended up staying a third because I got that apartment. I don’t know if he ever came to my apartment. I remember.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah. Cuz you had a, I remember you had a drink thing there one time. Yeah. And then, but I know some people that we went to uni with it did like their entire undergrad.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah, no, I couldn’t have done that. It was, would you not but for me living that again. I connection is such a key thing in my life. I think I probably wouldn’t have stayed at university if I didn’t have that college connection because there’s as much as it wasn’t the healthiest environment in terms of you know, partying and whatever else got up to. I did form some really beautiful friendships. And that was coming from a small town and being very family orientated. That was exactly what I needed. At that time, and I really kind of miss that connection when I, when I left and went back home.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah, I really hear that. I mean, I think for me, it wasn’t so much that it wasn’t so much I mean With the exception of yourself, but I sort of associate our friendship more to do with, like, art history than with the fact that we were, you know, both in college. But yeah, and I think for me it was that trip to Venice.

Ashleigh Clarke
Oh, yeah.

Harriet McAtee
As with all of the art history gang that really like, I did not know who mentored those relationships.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah, I did not know how to take you before Venice, Harriet. I was not sure. About my first. My first memory of you is, I think it was maybe in one of Sally Butler’s classes. And maybe it was indigenous art. And we think it was Australian Indigenous art. And you sat at one seat away from me. And you opened up the most delicious-smelling food ever. And I was so angry at you. I was so angry. I was like, Who is this girl? Isn’t this amazing food next to me? Rude. And why is she so clever? And answering all these questions? I was not sure I was like, I don’t know if I like her. And then when we were in Venice, and you know sitting on that terrace and drinking like two euro vino was the best thing. Like, why wasn’t my friend with it earlier? Bu my first memory is like being really angry that you’re eating really yummy smelling food. Like that is just not what you do.

Harriet McAtee
I don’t even, I have no, I have no recollection of that. It’s so funny. So Danielle, who was also at uni with us, and she. So she tells this story that like her first impression of me was in Rex’s International Contemporary aka six weeks of Jackson Pollock. And I used to sit like towards the front, obviously. And I used to answer the questions because I’d done the reading, which I didn’t realise that nobody else had done the reading. And then Danielle, I was like, You made me drop out of that course.

She was like, you knew all the answers. And I just felt like I knew nothing. So I withdrew what I re-took it like the next year.

Ashleigh Clarke
Man, no one did the readings but you.

Harriet McAtee
Wow. Yeah, I was a net still.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah.

Harriet McAtee
but yeah, I did really like that. So this trip to Venice was arranged like with our university, and there was about 20, 25 of us that when, and we had three weeks in Venice, and it was just such a special experience.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah, all staying together, studying together. Travelling together.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah, we all stayed in the same hotel. Yeah, it was incredible. Have you got any? Have you got any fun trips? planned?

Ashleigh Clarke
Yes. Actually. James and I are going on our first holiday together. And we are going back to Italy. Yeah. In September, we booked the flight today.

Harriet McAtee
Where are you going?

Ashleigh Clarke
So we’re going to Greece first. I think we’re going to sp a couple of nights and Santorini before heading to Rome. And then James wants to do the South West of Rome, Granberry. So he’s planned that leg and then we’re going up to Rome and meeting his family and then staying in Padua with his family for a week. Really fun. I know.

Harriet McAtee
That’s so nice. I love Italy. I really, I really want to go back. I mean, it’s not that much easier for me to get to Italy than it is for you. Duck over? Yeah, well, we’ll say it Well, I think. I think the I think I’m gonna go to Venice next year. I think the trip is on again. So yeah, what I’ve done the past few times as I’ve gone over, and I’ve like seen everybody whilst they’re there. Although I don’t know any of the students these days, obviously because I haven’t been at uni and

Ashleigh Clarke
Oh, you’re doing the trip?

Harriet McAtee
They still do the trip.

Ashleigh Clarke
Oh. Oh, tell me when that is.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah, yeah yeah, I mean, obviously not like they haven’t. Andrea hasn’t run it in a while but because of COVID But yeah, they’re doing I think they’re doing it next year. So I’ll let you know. I’ll let you know that would be cool. I know. It is, it is a good time and I just love Venice like I think people have a sort of like Venice is a bit Marmite-y for some people like some people love it. Some people hate it. But I think because I’ve spent so much time there. I just sort of it. I feel really like I sort of forget all of the touristy stuff because I never do any of it. I just have a I just have a really nice time.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah, I really love it too. I’d love and everyone is like it’s so busy. It’s so hot. And I was like it wasn’t it was the best thing in the universe.

Harriet McAtee
It really was and then like, doesn’t Venice smell and I’m like everywhere in, everywhere in Europe smells like no city like London smells like so you know? Wow, I was gonna ask as about where’s your favourite, your favourite trip that you’ve done for, for work?

Ashleigh Clarke
POh my favourite, you know, I would have to say, obviously so hard I’d have to say Wilson island because that’s the trip where James and I like kind of got together on previously we were working separately and just doing a few trips together to help out each other and then that was kind of like the start of our relationship. So that was really special. It’s a beautiful island. It is off Gladstone, which is not the greatest town in Queensland, but it’s a really gorgeous little island. It’s a really gorgeous Island only has nine when I was there, there was only nine, like glamping tents. So it’s kind of like barefoot luxury. Everything’s inclusive. You we were there in turtle season. So the turtles were coming up onto the beach and, and laying the eggs like literally a foot from our deck. That was a really special kind of trip. But then we’ve had you know, diving off Orpheus Island was just some of the most incredible coral I’ve ever seen, which is so lovely. Because a lot of places where there’s not great coral anymore. Yeah, we’ve had some really great trips Queensland is a really beautiful place.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah, yeah, it is. I mean, I think I think I was just reflecting that, like, that’s one of the other things that I think I really appreciate about you is that my, like, my frame of reference for Queensland is also your frame of reference in that we both went to or like, you know, went to school or a from places that are quite remote. Although, where Ashleigh is from is so much more beautiful than where I went to high school. But, you know, that sort of like, you know, Capricorn coast, like up into the Whitsundays is such it’s such a special part of the world. And it feels I know, maybe I’m sort of romanticising it a little bit now, but it’s sort of also feels like quite, like timeless in a way. Like there’s I dunno there’s like a there’s a vibe to those places where I’m like, I know. So like, for example, really burned into my mind is the petrol station in Marion Vale that has the crab on the roof.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah.

Harriet McAtee
Like the giant crab and you can like it’s like the big crab, and you can go and get like a crab sandwich or something. And I’m like, I know that I could go back to Australia, and go there, and it will be exactly the same, like nothing will have changed in the, like, 10 years since I’ve been there.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah, it is. It’s never going to be cutting edge. That is the one thing about North Queensland. It’s always going to be appropriate to not wear shoes. And you’ll probably look out of place if you’re dressed up. So it is very laid back. very casual. It’s always going to be casual, isn’t it?

Harriet McAtee
Yeah. And I, I really, I really liked that. Like, I think there’s an old like there’s an authenticity or like a lack of I don’t know, like a lack of. I mean, I live in Oxford. So I come across lots of like very mannered people like they’re very put together. And there’s, there’s a sense of like, not not, like artifice almost pretend there’s like a Yeah, it’s like they’re presenting themselves to the world. Whereas I’m not sure that you get that. You know, as much in Gladstone.

Ashleigh Clarke
Definitely not. It isn’t really nice feel. And I’d like that you say it’s timeless? Because I think it is there’s always going to be that, that level of casual.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah, yeah. Like, I didn’t know I have all of these memories of like spending my childhood essentially in a car on the Bruce Highway, like driving up and down, up and down. And, you know, like, cane fields and pineapple farms and like macadamia plantations, and, you know, none of that. None of that really will change because also, there’s a you know, like, it’s in nobody’s interest for it to change. Like, nobody’s going to develop like, you know, so far it’s likely so far. I know when I tried to explain to people, like, you know, how big Queensland is. I’m like, you could fit four and a half of the entire UK. Just inside Queensland.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah. I, Do you love when it’s so big? It’s like I’m gonna drive to Brisbane tomorrow or this afternoon? You know, it’s 11 hours, 100 kilometres an hour, like 11 hours a day. You’re hiking it.

Harriet McAtee
You’re okay. Yeah, yeah, it’s not leisurely, it’s not leisurely, literally drive, I think I think that’s tripped me up moving to like driving around in the UK and I don’t do a lot of driving around in the UK. Is it like, I’ll, look at a distance. And it’ll be like, I don’t know, 400 kilometres. And I’m like, oh, that will take about like four and a half hours. But because of how small the roads are, and how much traffic there is here. And number of people. What would take like four and a half hours in Australia takes like six and a half hours here. So my conversion hasn’t quite like hasn’t quite caught up.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah, no, it’s a gorgeous part of the world.

Harriet McAtee
Do you ever think you’ll leave like the move from the Whitsundays? I mean, this is just also a segue for me to talk about the fact that you’re renovating a delightful cottage.

Ashleigh Clarke
Yeah. Well, yeah, we aren’t moving anytime soon. So James, my partner he’s actually from Sydney. And he is a he is a city boy. He is very city. It’s been a mild culture shock moving to North Queensland for him. But we did we just bought a cottage at the end of last year we were travelling around Tasmania and staying in Tasmania has a very beautiful shack culture. I don’t know if you know this gorgeous, like shack culture in Tasmania and we were travelling around for James’s has a travel magazine called The Rambler staying in 11 Different shacks. And we fell in love with that, that little cottage shack feels. And we were looking in Tassie and found nothing. And then something popped up at home. And we popped an offer on that afternoon and was accepted the next day, and we were like, Oh my gosh, we’re really fast. James hadn’t even seen it. I had seen it. My dad was FaceTiming us walking around showing him the property. And I’m kind of glad he hadn’t seen it because he would have looked at it and been like, this is scary and hard. And I’m not into renovating. But yeah, he saw it, so I mean, moved back up to a few months later, and we came back home. And that’s been our project this year is just renovating, which is if anyone has renovated, do you know how stressful that is? And I was not prepared, but I’m invested.

Harriet McAtee
Is there an end in sight?

There is an end in sight, but it’s not fast enough for me. Like I wish it was, we’ve been really lucky, we have been able to engage on to tradesmen. So a lot has happened in a really short period of time. We’re in a bit of a stagnation period right now. But I think in a couple of months, or by the time we go travelling, we should have most of the house done, you know, the inside of the house done, which will be good.

Oh, brilliant. I mean, it’ll be so satisfying when it’s finished. And I have like I have no doubt that it’s going to be gorgeous and just delightful.

Ashleigh Clarke
We’ll be really we, we are planning on doing a little bit more travelling, although travel might look different, differently for us in the next few years. But we’ve done that, we’re really making the cottage a very charming appeal so that if we do go away it is the kind of place that someone might like to it’s not in the beautiful location. It’s not in the best location, I mean, in the Whitsundays, it’s still only 20 minutes from the beach and make, give it a charm that people will just want to stay there. Because, you know, you either stay somewhere because it has a feel or has a great location. And we don’t have the location so we’re running with a feel.

Harriet McAtee
Yeah, like a little like a retreat? Well, Ashleigh, it’s been such a joy chatting with you today and having a catch-up. Where can, where can people find you on, on the internet, if they want to follow your work?

Ashleigh Clarke
Well, I am very new to Tik Tok, but I’m there invested currently right but mostly on Instagram. I have an Instagram called Ashley Bridget, which is my main channel of connection.

Harriet McAtee
We’ll also make sure we link to Pelican Point as well. So people can check out those wonderful fish lids. Well, thank you so much for catching up with me today. I’ve really enjoyed talking to you. Thanks for listening to In Our Experience. Don’t forget to subscribe rate and review the podcast We love hearing what you think and it makes a really big difference. In the meantime until the next episode comes out, why not check us out on our Instagram account @nourishyogatraining or pop us an email via our website. See you soon.

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