Instructor Highlight: Ashley

Personal Euphoria Instructors - AshleyAshley has been a longtime member of the PE team.  You can find her in Glastonbury, Rock Hill, and Newington.  She teaches practically everything, but our clients love her strength classes especially.

Get to know about Ashley:

When you aren’t teaching what are some of your favorite ways to move? 

Hiking, swimming, taking other classes, and strength training at the gym. 

What song motivates or picks you up the most?

I don’t necessarily have one specific song but anything Pop or Hip Hop usually gets me moving.

Favorite Food?


Time you normally crawl into bed?

I try to be in bed by 10pm.

What skill would you like to master?

Knitting or playing the guitar.

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

Going to see the northern lights.

Favorite season?  Why?

Fall, the beautiful colors and crisp, refreshing air,

Best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Failure is part of the process of life.  When something knocks you down, don’t be afraid to get back up and try again.  

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Instructor Highlight: Ashley2018-03-20T13:55:54-04:00

Failure is the mother of success

Plank at sunset on Kili

While I can’t say I’m not bothered by failure, I can at least recognize that very often I get some of my best stories out of failures or at least times when things didn’t go as expected.

Still, failing is hard.  It’s hard to accept.  It’s hard to admit.  It’s embarrassing.  When I failed to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro those were a mixture of the emotions I experienced—embarrassment, frustration, sadness, disappointment, but also understanding and acceptance.

The moment I realized I wasn’t going to reach the top I started crying.  I don’t cry that often so I’m not really used to it.  And, normally if I need to cry in public I try not to.  There was no holding back these tears.  They just came.  I’d exerted too much energy getting this far to utilize any effort holding back tears now.  I’d lost control of my body, physically and emotionally.  I basically cried myself down that mountain, doing the walk of shame as everyone heading up stepped aside to let me down.

They were letting me pass, but I had let myself down.

Failure is the mother of success2018-02-14T16:12:52-04:00

Failure is Always an Option

We put so much emphasis on failing.  Lately, I keep seeing articles about revisiting our thoughts on failure.  Basically, failure is all the rage.  And I love it. In a nutshell the articles point out that if you never fail it’s possible you aren’t trying.  Arguably not to fail is to fail.   We tend to put so much emphasis on success, a term we struggle to define.  What makes a person successful—happiness, money, free time, a family, a home, the right outfit?  There is no standardized definition of success.  And, perhaps contrary to popular belief, failure is always an option.

Thanks to Merriam Webster for the following:

Success: 1) the act of getting or achieving, wealth, respect or fame. 2) the correct or desired result of an attempt.

Failure: 1) omission of occurrence or performance. 2) a state of inability to perform a normal function. 3) lack of success.

I don’t want fame.  So, I guess in not achieving fame, I’m successful in my goal.  I don’t think wealth is a substantive sign of success.  It’s a superficial form.  Maybe it’s a way to tally and compare, but wealth is not guaranteed to bring you joy, or a life without pain, or to make […]

Failure is Always an Option2017-12-29T19:44:01-04:00