Who is Optimism Rampage? 

I'm a Pacific Northwest girl by the name of Ashley Peak (but I also respond to Assley - as pronounced in Colombia, Ash-a-ley - as pronounced in Zambia, and most frequently - Ms. Peak). I started Optimism Rampage as a place to share my travel stories, essays, and articles while living and teaching in Colombia for two years. I've traveled in South America, North America, Europe, and Africa. As a teacher and writer, I'm always looking for the big ideas in the journey and what lessons there are to be learned. 

I spend my non-teaching hours traveling, reading, cooking, writing, and training for the next great adventure; I love yoga, running, strength training, snowboarding, backpacking, mountain biking, and hiking! I believe that life is better when on an optimism rampage: finding the beauty in the struggle, making the most of every day (whether at home or on an adventure), choosing to create a life we love despite the challenges the world hurls at us, and remembering we all have the power to make a difference. 

I'm a regular contributor for Colombia Eco Travel, and my writing has been featured on See, Colombia, Travel, voted the best travel blog in Colombia and Latin America in 2014. 

“Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. see the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that . Shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.” -Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Questions? Comments? Freelance writing inquiries? Feel free to contact me using any of the links below.