My Story
My Story
My Story
Hi! Ashley Perona Here!
Here’s My Fuck It Story!

Hey there! Ashley here.
My name might be Vanilla, but my personality is FunFetti for sure.

Welcome to my digital diary + life’s mantra…
Ever Wander | explore. experience. evolve.

This isn’t your standard, run of the mill travel blog.
It isn’t fake, filtered, or fabricated.
Because, I’m not a highlights only type of gal.
Traveling has my heart, but let’s get one thing straight…
Travel is hard. Shit gets real. And, often.
The constant grind can be downright exhausting and defeating.

But, the travel grind awakens every fiber of my soul.
It’s like seeing the world in 6k resolution in max brightness.
Which makes “regular life,” pixelated + dull.
No thanks.

So, how’d I get to this “no fucks given, I live my life for me” self?

After spending 10+ years in Corporate America being thrashed up and down the corporate ladder it left me…

  • Unsatisfied
  • Empty inside
  • A workaholic
  • Borderline alcoholic
  • A quasi smoker
  • Stressed out
  • And, sleep deprived

Most recently, I spent 3+ grueling years building a team of badass women at Ticketmaster as the Salesforce Product Director.

And, holy shit was it hard!
I’ll spare you the gory details, but…
In the end, all the hard work paid off.
Me and my team built something exquisite.
A true career highlight.

So, why did I leave?
The tale is as old as time.
A shitty boss! Shocker, right?
Shitty leadership ruins countless good situations.
It’s pathetic.

Deciding to say FUCK IT and leave my team in 2019 was devastating.
I was pissed it ended that way.
I poured my blood, sweat, + tears into my role + team.
But, unfortunately, it was the only decision that made sense.

I was burned out.
Mentally. Physically. Emotionally.
I was craving some serious soul searching.
What was I supposed to do with my life?

I knew one thing…
Corporate America could SUCK IT!
Bitter much?
You’re damn right I was bitter!
The scars from the corporate hot stove are indelibly etched in my mind.

I learned…
Fear and guilt are the mother of all inhibitors.
So many people are crippled by one or both.
Myself included.

Yet, after every tough decision I’ve made, I’ve never thought to myself…
“I wish I would’ve stayed in that longer.”
If anything, I’m frustrated I didn’t pull the trigger sooner.
Am I right? Or, am I right?

So, I shifted my mindset.
Life isn’t a dress rehearsal.
And, I refuse to die with a single regret.
So, if that requires disappointing people along the way, so be it.
The rest of my life will be lived courageously + bravely.

My passion is wandering.
Exploring, experiencing, + evolving.
Trying new things for the first time.
Seeing the world.
And, crossing off as many bucket list items I can.

I’m committed to visiting 75+ countries across all 7 continents.
And, sharing my intimate stories along the way.
No matter how bad or embarrassing.

If you’re brave enough…
I invite you to Ever Wander with me.
No passport required.
For now, at least.

But…
If you’re an intelligent, independent, successful female in your 20’s and 30’s banging your head in middle management, and you want out, you’ve found your tribe.

If you’re no longer buying the conventional life BS,
We’ve been brainwashed to believe,
I can’t wait to hear your FUCK IT story…
About how you busted out of conventional life + forged your own path.
Rip off the band-aid already!

Take solace in knowing you’re not alone.
I’m here always.

With love,
Ashley aka Ever Wander

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

-J.R.R. Tolkein

Fun Facts
  • Farting makes me giggle
  • I’m not for everyone
  • I’m an extroverted introvert
  • My spirit animal is the Arctic Fox
  • My favorite color is Sparkle
  • I’m a Pisces [Sun], Gemini [Rising], Taurus [Moon]
  • I’m fiercely loyal & thoughtful to those I love
  • I’m the black sheep of my family
  • My first word was “No”
  • My first curse word was “Shit”
  • The smell & taste of canned corn makes me gag
  • I played the flute [no, not one time at band camp]
  • My 9th grade cheer squad placed 3rd in State
  • I bronze medaled in the Academic Decathlon Super Quiz
  • No amount of money could make me relive high school
  • Music & dancing are part of my DNA
  • I like all music except for Country, Jazz, Death Metal
  • Teenage Albums | Savage Garden, Avril Lavigne, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, The Used, Korn, AFI, Yellowcard, N’Sync
  • My Uncle inspired me to travel the world
  • I’ve lived in Arizona, Edmonton, Chicago, San Fran, Vancouver
  • I knew kids weren’t for me at an early age
  • Warren Buffett sat behind our table at XS in Vegas
  • I never need to go back to Vegas
  • I’m a scary human when I don’t sleep
  • I’ve had more embarrassing hair colors/styles than I can count
  • I hate politics with a passion
  • Recreational drugs helped soften my edges
  • Burning Man blew my mind
  • I suffer from analysis paralysis, decision fatigue, perfectionism
  • I’m an organizing junkie & calendar psycho
  • I suffer from body dysmorphia 
  • I’m an advocate of plastic surgery & non-surgical enhancements
  • Therapy, coaching, energy work, yoga, & meditation work
  • I’ve gotten rid of all toxic things & relationships
  • I’ve written in my gratitude journal every day since May 2019
  • I have an addictive personality
  • I’m an abstainer, not a moderator
  • My sobriety is the best gift I’ve given myself
  • I used to chew ~17 pieces of Trident Tropical Twist gum a day
  • I’m a Topo Chico [mineral water] fan girl
  • My love language is Quality Time & Gifts
  • I got off sleep aids & taught myself how to sleep in my early 30’s 
  • I love working out & challenging myself
  • I strive to be gluten & dairy free
  • 95% of my wardrobe is Lululemon
  • I’m determined to learn how to do a headstand
  • I started an adult cape company called, Unicorn Unplugged
  • Ryan Reynolds is at the top of my celebrity crush list
  • I’m leaving the USA, because I no longer appreciate it
  • Big Trips | New Zealand [2005], Costa Rica [2016], Europe [2019]
  • Fave Countries | Switzerland, Luxembourg, Malta, New Zealand
  • I have strict No Asshole policy
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