About Ash

Personal Details about Ashleigh Langhein Letley

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Ashleigh Letley

I am Ashleigh Langhein Letley, but my friends call me Ash.   I was born in 1985. The rediscovery of the Titanic happened in this year and it is also the name of a Bowling for Soup song.

My ancestors moved to South Africa from Germany in 1858. Carsten Langhein was one of the founders of the Baptist Church in the Eastern Cape. As a result, the line of Langhein’s down to me have all been involved in the Baptist Church in some way or form.

I was born in Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, where I spent the first 18 years of my life.  I attended Balmoral Girls’ Primary School and Queenstown Girls’ High School. I finished Grade 12 in 2003.

A brief history of my life

In 2004, I started studying B.Com IT at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.  I have been living in Bloemfontein ever since.

In 2008 I met Mark Letley at Mystic Boer in Bloemfontein.  We started dating in 2011 and got married in 2013.  You can see all our wedding photographs over here.

2010 – was the year my father, Andrew, passed away from liver cancer.  It was a tough year, as it was also the year I finished studying.

2011 – I started as a Junior Programmer at Ouch! a touch of technology.  I learned a great deal while working there, and made 2 close friends.

2014 – I left the corporate work world to help my husband in his business and focus more on writing, blogging, and homemaking. This is an area of my I needed to focus on for a while. It is also the year I fell pregnant!

2015 – Our son was born on 9 April 2015. We named him Andrew Letley.  You can read about my birth experience with Andrew over here. I also fell pregnant with our second child towards the end of the year.

2016 – After a job offer from my previous place of employment, and following a long prayer session, discussions with my husband and many of my close friends, I decided to go back to the corporate work world… on the condition, I could work from home most of the time.

2016 – Our daughter Brynn Lenya Letley was born on 2 August 2016.  You can read about my birth experience with Brynn over here.

2017 – I decided to leave the corporate world of programming again. I felt God pressing on my heart that I needed to put all my focus on my family and my home. I also had to allow my husband to be the sole breadwinner. My focus is creating a calm and peaceful home for us to live in.

Interests

I love organizing and creating systems. The games I played as a child all had structure to them. I created course material to “play teacher”. I made a Lego Holiday resort with a complicated system of bookings and visitors. I raced Puppy in my Pocket’s around a Monopoly board (and betted on which one would win). I also figured out the formula to beat SimCity each time I played it (I was 12). This whole time I was always developing my organizational skills. Unfortunately, this didn’t translate into my school work!

One of the reasons I chose to study programming was because somebody once told me that I wasn’t smart enough to do it. In the end, programming came naturally to me. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially figuring out how to do something in code. But I got bored as soon as I knew I was capable of mastering it. I also got tired of sitting in front of a computer all day, I wanted to experience real life.

Personality Type

I started self-reflection and analyzing my MBTI personality type to better understand myself. I am an INFJ. During this process, I realized that I wasn’t cut out for a corporate work environment. I started on a personal journey to figure out myself and what I really wanted from life.

I love learning new things, especially in different fields. If I stay with a certain topic or in a certain environment for too long I become bored with it and need to move onto a new challenge. This is a part of what happened when I was working as a programmer. I found that I am more of a “Jack of all trades” than a master of a single trade. It is less boring for me.

Homemaker

I love being a homemaker. I am a mother, housekeeper, teacher, cook and planner. I am involved in so many different things, that I am never bored. No two days feel the same, and there is so much to learn. There are so many business models out there that a person can translate into a home environment. A person should never underestimate the skills required to be a housewife, especially if she is taking the role seriously.

My beliefs

  • I believe that my faith and my family are my top priorities.
  • I believe that my role on this earth is to be a servant of Jesus Christ.
  • I believe that my secondary role is to be my husband’s helper in whatever way he needs me to be.
  • I believe in living within our means. For this reason we make do with less than the average middle-class family.

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