Kinda…

It’s been pretty difficult to stay on top of my writing career in the middle of my current lipedema (now lipo-lymphedema) battle and my single mom life. I was hoping to get much more writing done in October, but unfortunately, I’ve been too busy with survival to actually be productive…


OMG what could possibly go wrong?

Gary Thomas is a well-known evangelical pastor and author who’s written more than 20 books, mostly about marriage and relationships. In 2019, the release of his book When to Walk Away led many people — particularly women — to see Gary as one of the few evangelical guys to have…


Despite being largely run by insurance companies who are obsessed with trimming costs.

As a result of the inefficiencies, I’ve found myself constantly jumping through hoops or going in circles just to get the commonsense healthcare I need.

Last week, I went to a podiatrist to request comprehensive help with my foot care. It’s really embarrassing to me, but I’ve got multiple issues…


Writers like Gary Thomas keep banking on men’s sexual satisfaction to save evangelical marriages.

When Sheila Wray Gregoire sent her new manuscript for The Great Sex Rescue to longtime friend and fellow writer Gary Thomas, she looked forward to his response. …


Hint: It’s not the single moms…

I began buying into hustle culture when I found out I was going to be a single mom. So, during my crisis pregnancy. …


Let’s be helpers whenever we can.

This is a little bit different than my “normal” writing, but as many of you know, my writing life hasn’t been my normal writing life for months now.

These days, my life is filled with doctor appointments, paperwork, and phone calls — plus the never-ending to-do list that makes up…


Strangers on the internet are changing mine.

This is something I’ve been struggling to process for a couple of days now. It’s a good thing. Really big things are happening now. As in, seriously, wow.

Many of you know I’ve been very stressed out and worried about reaching the fundraising goal for all three of my upcoming…


Huh. Apparently, I valued “spilling my guts” even back then.

Here’s something a little bit different from me. I’m going to give you an up-close and personal look at the writer I used to be in the months before I even became pregnant with Sophie.

I have to warn you, though, that it’s all pretty…awfully… awkward. Some of it —…


In less than four months, I’ll be having my first of three surgeries. Collectively, we’re talking about a life-saving procedure broken up into three steps due to the complexity and extent of my disease.

I have a chronic and progressive disease that few people talk about and far fewer folks…


It’s the parents having the hissy fits.

My daughter’s school has required face masks since it reopened amidst the pandemic back in August 2020. …

Shannon Ashley

It's not about being flawless, it's about being honest. 🍵 https://ko-fi.com/shannonashley 📧shannon.ashley.medium@gmail.com

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