Relationship to promise

Relationship to promise. What does that even mean? I was recently asked what my relationship to promise was and at first I wasn’t sure what that meant. Then, through the conversation it became more and more clear. What is your relationship to making promises, keeping promises and holding others accountable to their word? Mine? Kind of all over the place lately. In regard to posting regularly, doing book club, getting tedious check-lists complete, etc. things have felt off. I haven’t been keeping the promises to myself, really. That is where everything slides down from. The big ones? Relationship, marriage, family, work- those have been solid. It’s more the little things that I actually do for me and for others that I feel I haven’t been holding the correct space for. We can turn this around at any time. When we feel we haven’t been keeping our word, it’s time to be diligent about changing that. Readjust + realign. What needs to shift in order to feel like you can commit to fully to the things you are committing to? For me, it all starts with saying ‘no’ a bit more often. The things I tend not to follow through on…
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Seasons

I sit here on my new mattress, new bed frame and bedding with a fresh caramel latte candle burning along side of me and I realize how beautiful this life is lately. We had to replace our bed because we found some mold on the frame and secretly I am so happy we found it. I love the newness of fresh sheets, fresh blankets and a change in environment. But this post is not about me getting a new bed because frankly, who cares. It is about the transitioning of self + seasons. Seasons in the context of the weather changing is something that I never knew was something so important to me until we moved to warm climates that do not experience seasons the way the north does. Being a Wisconsin girl has apparently made it incredibly important to me now to have seasons be a part of our environment. There is something about the feeling of starting anew that takes place at the end of summer and beginning of fall, with the crisp air and changing leaves; it brings a sense of grounded coziness to life. This fall I am excited for fresh starts, a change in hair style,…
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Purpose + Practice

Earlier this week I travelled to Atlanta for a day-long intensive personal development event for Lululemon. One of the reasons I love working for Lulu is that they care so much about your personal development and have really awesome ways of helping you grow. This day was so meaningful and special. I went alone, did not know a single soul in the city of Atlanta, completely got out of my comfort zone and really took a large amount of clarity away from the day. This whole day was centered around Mindfulosophy which is the new way that Lululemon is approaching their development for employees. It is all about being in the practice of personal development and living a life you love through the power of mindful practices. Now, I really geek out on this stuff so I have been around a lot of different types of conferences, events, meetings, etc. but this one was different. In true Lululemon fashion, it blends ancient yoga philosophy with behavioral science. They “believe mindfulness is the ultimate multiplier for greatness in all aspects of life,” and I could not agree more. We were asked to bring our yoga mat, clothes to do yoga in…
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your essence

The essence of who you are, are you in touch with that? What you need in your life to feel completely as though you are living your best life, do you know what that is? I am so grateful to be working with a really amazing life coach right now who had me do an exercise to really figure out the essence of who Ashley is and how to continue to stay completely authentic to myself by using this essence as my guide through life. She had me call up close friends and family and ask them, “What shows up when I do and what do I bring to a room?” This wasn’t an easy thing for me to do with my friends because they have been with me through some of the most difficult times and I truly did not want to have to ask anything of them but their answers were beautiful and completely filled me up. Along with my family and everything that I got back, I feel so eternally grateful for my tribe. From those answers she had me send exactly what each person said and she pulled out the most important recurring themes, as well…
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my yoga

  What is yoga to me? Yoga is stillness. It is coming to my mat exactly as I am that day, in that moment, knowing that after I will be a bit clearer than I was before I came to my practice. It is about leaning into the discomfort, into the unknown, into the balance. Yoga is consciousness, to me. It is a place that I connect with myself on a deeper level and become a better version of myself. Oh, and I am not even talking about the physical postures. I am talking about the practice of taking what I learn on my mat, off my mat; to life. Let’s get really real here.  I really lost myself for a solid year of my life. I couldn’t tell you what I wanted, who I was, or what was going on inside my brain because of the debilitating anxiety I was experiencing. I felt like I was living my days in a constant loop inside my mind, that I couldn’t seem to slow down. I couldn’t find a way to articulate to anyone what was going on because I didn’t know what was causing it. I felt so incredibly stuck…
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