Happily Ever Ashley
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I’ve started to look at my life as BP and AP (Before Paris and After Paris). A year ago, when @ryannicolephotography told me about how she wanted to do a retreat in Paris, my instant reaction was, “I’m in!” I literally couldn’t stop the words from coming out of my mouth. I didn’t know how I was going to pay for it, but I knew I could figure it out if I just committed to doing this thing my heart was telling my head I desperately needed. ✨Before Paris, I spent a lot of my time saying “yes” to everyone but myself. I told myself “you don’t deserve this yet” or “someday” and sometimes just “no”. ✨Before Paris there was a part of me wondering how I could keep everything going. I was overwhelmed, overworked and frankly considering my exit options. ✨Before Paris I was unsure of my place in my industry and didn’t know what to do next. ✨But something changed the moment I said yes to myself and yes to Paris. I no longer had a choice, I had to come up with the money, I had to free up the space and most importantly I had an incredible adventure to look forward to! All of a sudden I had new creative projects that were stretching me and rebuilding my fire. I was gracefully (for the most part) navigating one of the most hectic seasons of our business to date despite feeling wildly underprepared for it. And I had a feeling in my gut that something incredible was about to happen. ✨I’ve written before about finding a piece of myself in Paris that had run away. Every part of me felt invigorated in that city. I felt confident. I felt knowledgeable. I felt inspired. I felt whole. I left Paris on July 1st and all of the city’s magic and the magic from the women that experienced the city with me is still here. I’m not sure there has ever been a week that more positively impacted my life than the one spent along the Seine. ✨After Paris I have learned to say Yes to myself, which in turn allows me to give so much more to everything else I work on. ✨After Paris, I have new friends that inspire me and build me up. ✨I have renewed myself and completely filled my cup. And you can too! DM to find out more about joining me in Paris next summer!
September hit and we are back in full force crazy planning mode. My whole week was back to back meetings, so today I’m catching up on my emails and computer work! This is the busiest Fall we have ever had at @yourjubilee and it looks like Fall is here!
Crockpot chicken tortilla soup with all the fixings for dinner! The recipe takes about 6.5 hours but makes enough for about 8 servings! DM me for the link!
Last week In celebration of officially being in my mid-thirties, I decided I could use a B12 shot. In addition to giving you more energy, B12 can help jumpstart your metabolism. While I was at @secondnatureclinic I learned about the best happy hour in town! On Thursdays from 5-7 their little zen space hosts a happy hour for your mind body and soul including special pricing on injections like B12 and Botox, meditation sessions and lots of other goodies. I’m excited to go back and try out more naturopathic and Ayurvedic medical therapies! #secondnatureclinic #oldtownscottsdale #lfthx #organicad
As I near the end of my birthday month (and boy did I take advantage of celebrating the whole month this year), I thought I would share my word for this next year of life: THRIVE. Part of me celebrating all month long is because far too often we forget to celebrate ourselves or shy away from other people celebrating us. I’ve been working on not downplaying my accomplishments and let’s be honest sometimes it feels like an accomplishment that you survived another year of life. When my team sang me happy birthday twice in a restaurant I was super uncomfortable, but why? If people want to sing to you, let them, and why not dance along. I’ll be sharing more about why I chose Thrive as my word of focus for the next year, but in the mean time, I’d challenge you to celebrate yourself today! #thrive #livingmybestlife #leo #birthdaymonth #celebrateyou #xoq #eloquii #powerpose #readyfor34
I’ve been on vacations with my girlfriends, but none have ever effected me as much as going on a vacation with a bunch of women I really didn’t know. I knew I had a lot in common them with because of all being business owners in the wedding Industry, but realistically I really didn’t know any of them that well. I followed some of them on Instagram or knew them from industry events, but I have to admit I was pretty nervous about spending a week with these strangers. It’s funny how fast the nerves and fear disappeared into beautiful, supportive and empowering friendships. Because of Paris, we shared incredible experiences, laughter, tears, fears, growth and built a tiny community. We all came back stronger. We all came back fuller. We all came back changed. Want to be the first to find out about next years trip and see if it’s your turn to create epic memories while consuming impossible amounts of carbs and wine? Click the link in my bio to get on the email list. #reparisretreat