Happily Ever Ashley
Cultivating a life of joy
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A little bit Ashley
Taking a 5 minute break from homework to have an honest moment. I’m exhausted. Like really REALLY tired. And I have at least a few more hours of work to do before I’m hitting the pillow tonight. I’m 4 months into our busiest Spring season ever. I’m president of an industry organization. I’m working on my MBA and MSL. And on top of that I’m still a normal human with family obligations and a boyfriend that I like to spend time with and I need to do things like eat and shower. You know, normal things. I want to clarify that I’m not complaining. I signed up for this. I want to have all these things in my life. I know that these amazing blessings mean that sometimes I’ll stay up until 2 AM and get up at 7AM to fit everything in. I know that sometimes I have to make sacrifices in my personal life to maintain a level of excellence in my commitments. And I know that sometimes I am just going to fall on my face and epically fail. That’s okay. I show up. When I commit to something, I’m in- 100%. Whether it’s a passion project, a client or a business project, I show up! So here I am at almost 11:30 at night, working on operations management homework, with my email account closed so that I don’t work on work instead. Trying to focus, though I’d rather be thinking about evaluating my businesses operation processes or working on our marketing plan for next month. Wanting to read the book I just got. Considering making Ramen noodles because I forgot/ ran out of time to eat dinner. This is my view most hours of the day between 7 AM and midnight. But this is what working your ass off to reach your goals and build your dreams looks like. My vacation this summer will be so well deserved! Cheers to everyone else burning that midnight oil and feeling totally drained but continuing to show up!
“I am enough.” It’s a sentence I’ve practiced a lot over the last couple years and it’s taken a long time to begin to believe it. I’ve struggled most of my life with questioning if I’m enough- I think a lot of people do. And let’s be honest, I still don’t believe it every hour of every day. I still compare myself to other people and even other versions of myself. But, self love is a practice. You practice every day so that when it really counts, when those big moments come around, you know your worth and you don’t question your strength or beauty or purpose. I know I’m not perfect. I’d love to have a bangin body. I’d love to be smarter, more efficient and better at my job. I want to be a better leader, a better teacher and a better friend. I want to be stronger, prettier, wittier, sexier. I want to be a better writer, more successful and a better boss. But something I’ve learned about myself is that there is no finish line. I’ll always be reaching for the next thing. I’ll always push myself to be more. But I can work on myself and still believe that today, in this moment, I am enough. You don’t have to be perfect. You are absolutely enough. #iamenough
We finally remembered to take a photo together on a holiday! #myhunnybunny
The last few days have been go go go! Between heading to San Jose to get lots of planning done for an October wedding at @kohlmansionevents to prepping for our branding shoot next month with @ristyle_consulting to celebrating 5 years in business Scooting around the world (Scottsdale) with our team. So far this year has been incredible!
Five years ago we officially launched our website. FIVE YEARS! It seems like yesterday that we were trying to figure out our concept for this photoshoot and what we wanted to say about our company. We wanted to be fun and playful, but also knowledgeable and trustworthy. (And hiding from a confetti shower under a clear umbrella totally gives off those vibes 😂). We created 3 different sets with 3-4 different outfit changes and we spent the day creating a brand. It was exhausting and amazing. Thank you to all the people that helped us get @yourjubilee off the ground in that first year. Thank you to the 120+ couples we have gotten to work with or are currently working with. Thank you to all the amazing creatives that have made magic for our couples. We had no idea where this dream would go. We had no idea how our team would grow. We had no idea how much heart and how much hustle it would take to build a business. But we are here. FIVE FREAKING YEARS! I can’t wait to see what we do next next!
Always striving to choose joy and lead with love. Love this quote!