Goodie bags aren’t just favors for kids’ parties. 

As someone who likes to do things for herself and plans everything, being let go from a job was something I wasn’t prepared for. I had a small baby at home and needed to find something to occupy myself while on the hunt for a job. As many know, searching for a job is a job in itself. I spent hours and hours online for days filling out numerous applications and growing more frustrated by the minute. Then I decided I needed an outlet to do something other than job searching or else I was going to go crazy! 

Retail therapy is always a good idea right? While browsing through a store, I found soap making items. Hmm, I like to make things and who doesn’t need soap? So as any good shopper, I bought the items and couldn’t wait to try it out. That was all it took for me to get hooked. I began making soap and giving to family members to try out and received positive feedback. Having my own business has been a lifelong dream and thus Ashley’s Goodie Bag was created. I began making soaps primarily for my own use and those of my close family members. Since I began, that small baby I mentioned is now six and the soaps I make her are still what she uses today. Since I control the amount of fragrance and coloring that goes into them, I don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals in some store bought soap.

I did get a full time job and have been employed for about three years. In reality I still had to work in order to provide for my daughter and myself while Goodie Bag comes to fruition. The great thing about Ashley’s Goodie Bag is that I can still make soap in my free time and have the business ownership that I crave. I enjoy creating something beautiful that allows someone to feel great. The soap I make can be enjoyed by the whole family as well as a wonderful gift option. 

Sometimes it takes being in an uncomfortable position, such as being without a job, that God uses you to find something that makes you happy. He knows us better than anyone else. I like to have a plan or routine and it took something changing my plan to realize His plan is always better.

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