Ashleigh Mills


I'm a childfree writer, social worker and policy professional with qualifications in public health, passionate about people, policy, health and travel. Living a brighter life without booze since January 2020.


In The Media

Michelle Marie McGrath
Classified Women Podcast - Michelle Marie McGrath

Welcome! My guest today is Ashleigh Mills, who originally trained as a social worker in Australia. She worked in clinical mental health and policy for over 10 years, but then followed her heart to begin writing creatively at age 32. Ashleigh began her blog on life, love, travel, and her crazy cat lady stories.

Profiles, Opinion & Features

Treating my endometriosis is not about me wanting a baby

"Your tubes are fine, you can still have babies", my gynaecologist announced with ripe enthusiasm. Just three weeks ago I'd arrived in recovery after my first laparoscopy for endometriosis - a painful condition where lining similar to that of inside your womb grows outside, causing pain.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Forging news paths after the force

All in a day's work for Tim Severino at Goodtime Adventures. Photo: Charly Severino On an average day, Tim Severino might be abseiling, hiking through the jungle, or managing a group of spirited 20-year-olds on a boat tour.

SBS Life Topics
Comment: You don't have to be skinny, but you 'should' be healthy

I've been skinny. I've been overweight. I've spent years counting calories, standing on the scales and judging. I've also gone through periods of not caring about my weight at all. What is healthy? What is overweight? Where do I draw the line, for me? It's been a tough question to work out.

TRAVEL PLAY LIVE The Women's Adventure Lifestyle Magazine
The Art of Free Diving

Polish-born Agata Bogusz was always destined for life in the water. But it wasn't until a scuba trip in Egypt in 2008 that she discovered freediving. The Polish record holder is now based in Bali, with a mission to share the benefits of freediving with others.

International Living Magazine
Finding Health and Happiness in Bali

Stretching out in her studio in Uluwatu - Nadine is the picture of health and happiness. Learn how she moved from corporate life to finding balance in Bali.

International Living Magazine
Living The Island Life

Tim and Charly Severino discovered the island of Koh Tao in Thailand and made it home.

Australian Family Magazine
Grand Expectations

On the day he looks after his grandson, Brian who is in his sixties, often gets approving glances when he comes across other grandmothers and mothers. “Your grandchildren are so lucky to have you,” one mother coos, as Brian pushes his grandson on the swing in the park. - See more at:

Is there ever a right time to have a baby? - Coping with Jane

"Motherhood is just THE most amazing thing! You're going to be the best mother". I don't have the heart to tell her I am just not sure. "Um well, I just started a new job and it's not the right time for us yet." I reply.

International Living Magazine
Part-time in a French Market Town

With two striking chateaus, a medieval wall and a traditional square, Aiguillon in Southern France looks like something from a picture book.


Luxurious Magazine
Riverside Luxury At Hotel Royal Hoi An, Vietnam

The inspiration for the stunning Hotel Royal Hoi An by Sofitel began with a love story. Rumour has it that Sotaro Araki, a wealthy merchant from Nagasaki, Japan, visited Hoi An in the 16th century. At the time Hoi An was a thriving trading town, frequented by Dutch, Japanese, and Indian merchants.

Luxurious Magazine
Five-Star Luxury At Salinda Resort, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island is perhaps Vietnam's best-kept secret, the 574 square km island lies off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand and is relatively new to the tourist scene. Easily reachable via a one hour flight from nearby Ho Chi Min City, the lush island has been slow to develop and in the main comprises of a national park, rich rainforests and deserted beaches.

Travel Play Live
Exploring Paradise - Bacuit Bay

Ashleigh Mills travelled to Bacuit Bay to freedive and discovered a company doing something a little differently to explore this water wonderland.

The Australia Times Travel Magazine
Only in Boracay

Ashleigh Mills travels to Boracay and finds paradise, great food, and hidden beaches away from crowds. Photos by James Mills.

The District Boracay - Beachfront Luxury in the Philippines

I have been in a lot of hotel foyers in the world and I don't remember one quite like this. Guests exit the glass doors and land straight on the soft white sand of Boracay beach. I soon forget my jet lag, I have arrived, and this is precisely

Where to Travel | Koh Tao

Schools of fish dart through the clear blue water under the dusty Mae Haad pier, the first port of call for any traveller arriving at Koh Tao, the tiny island found between the Surat Thani and the bustling island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand.

Villa Bukit Segara - Luxury in East Bali

Photos Credit: James Mills Heading north from Denpasar to the eastern side of Bali, the pace slows down, to a mix of tourism and village life. Shopping is easy without being haggled, and occasionally, you may find a hidden beach all to yourself.