My name is Ashley Barron. My roots are Native American Indian (both sides of the family), English, Irish, Norwegian and German. You could say I am an “old soul” with a sense of adventure, spontaneous, a God-loving, patriotic, down-home country girl, raised in a city with a love of camping, shopping (of course), shooting and a little bit of hunting.
I am the youngest of four children, one brother and two sisters. We are a blended family and very, very close. I think growing up with such older siblings gave me a huge advantage in life. We love the outdoors, especially our annual houseboat trip to Lake Shasta. I was five weeks old my first trip and those yearly trips gave me a love of the mountains, water, and sports.
Even though I grew up spending a big amount of time outside and gettin’ muddy...I did stray away from that lifestyle and wanted to be like “the popular girls”. During that time I really didn’t know who I was. There was a lot of pressure to conform and many times acceptance was based on who you knew, what you wore and where you lived. Like almost every young girl, I met a boy who I swore I would one day marry. This was a difficult time for me and eventually lead to a very long and hard break up. As the years went on people asked if I regretted letting myself get too deep at such a young age and still to this day my answer is “No.” The things I experienced lead me to find my true self. Before I was shy and always had someone I wanted to be. I was scared I wouldn’t be accepted for who I really was. When I took that first step and accepted myself, I realized I had nothing to be afraid of! I am who I am.
I admit I have a bit of a hard shell...but once you get to know me you’ll find that I’m pretty down-to-earth, passionate about the things I love, and as my mom says, “That girl has a giving heart of love.”
I love to stay active. Whether that’s being on the boat in summertime or in the snow during winter. I love to travel and see new things, yet I love to have a place to call home. Being alone isn’t always something I enjoy, so any chance I get to be with my family and friends is always a good time. I like spending time to better myself, going out with friends, watching Netflix (some would say I’m addicted), driving around with good music blaring on the radio, but most of all just living life as the days come. As I get older, I realize how much I need God in my life. He has blessed me beyond belief and watched over my every step. Without God in the center of my life, I don’t know who I’d be today.