Happily Ever Ashley
Cultivating a life of joy
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Hate never gets people to change their minds. Hate divides. Hate is fueled by fear. Hate is a cancer. But being loving and kind, it educated, it unites and just feels a lot better for the soul. #weareallhuman #stopbeinganasshole
I get by with a little help from my friends... and I have the best girl gang around!
Trying to keep this in mind while I count down the days until my trip to France, England and Scotland. 16 days until I am Paris bound!
How old was I when I started hating my body? I laid in bed last night wondering the question and I couldn’t pinpoint the answer. I want to stop here and say that for me, loving my body is more than just accepting it for what it is. It’s taking good care of it. It’s fueling it with the things that make it feel its best. It’s giving it enough exercise that I feel strong and capable of taking on physical challenges. It’s loving my body because of all the miraculous things it does every freaking day. And for a long time, not only have I hated my body, but I haven’t shown it very much love either. Inside this skin is wild mess of a human, but it’s a pretty rad mess. It feels uncomfortable typing this, but I am fucking awesome. I’m a dreamer. I’m persistent. I’m honest and kind. I believe fiercely in other people. I am smart. I am sexy. I am strong. I am a total badass. I am a million things other than the way I look. But up until recently I’ve let all those things be wiped away because of a number on a scale and the deep seeded feeling that I would never be enough. I am enough today, just as I am. And I will be enough tomorrow, whatever that looks like. I will be enough regardless of my weight, or my dress size... To read more about my take on #bodypositivity head over to my often ignored personal writing space: happilyeverashleyblog.com Photo by @rachaelkoscicaphoto
Exactly one month from today I leave for a three week vacation! Excited doesn’t even begin to cover it! I’ve been looking forward to this trip for so many reasons. First, I just need the creative recharge! I can’t wait to be inspired by places and food and experiences. Second, I haven’t been out of the country in over a decade. Part of the reason I wanted my own business was to open up the space for more travel, so finally being able to do more of it, makes my heart really happy! I get to spend one week in Paris with other creatives, then I meet my grandfather in London to tour England and Scotland for another 2 weeks. I’ve been up late nights planning our routes and making reservations. I’ve been making packing lists and more than a few online purchases. This next month is going to be jam packed with getting my clients set up for a 3 week vacation from wedding planning and getting ahead on my school work so I can focus on being really present on my trip. Here’s to thirty more days of focus for three weeks of complete indulgence. Photo circa 2007
Look at me being all presidential. I’m a person who doesn’t love to talk in small groups, but put a microphone in my hand and give me a stage and I’m totally comfortable. I grew up on stage dancing, singing and performing. I’m more comfortable on a stage than I am in most other places and situations. I’m way better at having a conversation with hundreds of people than three. Do these qualities make me an introvert or an extrovert? Thanks for the photo @julius.photography !