navigating the big stuff

I am currently sitting in my favorite local coffee shop, spending some time in this space in between the staff meeting we just finished and my next shift that starts in an hour and a half. I love having those little gaps of time to sneak away and sit in a crowded coffee shop to work on this blog. There is something really magical in the hustle and bustle of the movement of strangers. Each person is either focused on their own work or conversing with a friend. Some of my deepest conversations and most productive work has occurred around the buzz of strangers. Maybe it’s the strong coffee pumping through our collective veins or maybe it is just the environment as a whole that makes such a safe place for conversation and inspiration, I can’t be sure. As I sit here, half unintentionally listening into conversations and half focusing on the sounds of the baristas brewing the coffee, I am still able to get silent and focused. The aroma of coffee fills the air, the buzz of new business ventures, catching up with an old friend and stretching your limbs to continue to keep on working is all going…
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appreciating the little moments

On my way to a yoga class this week I got stuck in traffic. Heavy traffic, the kind that makes you a half an hour late even though you left a half an hour early. Yeah, that kind. I started to feel a little bit anxious because I was really looking forward to this specific class with this specific teacher. I started to feel slightly flustered and frustrated. And then, I noticed these feelings coming in and thought to myself, “feeling flustered will not get you there any faster, just be present.” I rolled down the windows. It wasn’t a nice day but it wasn’t raining so I thought, “why not feel the breeze hit my face?” Then as I was moving 10 miles per hour I stuck my hand out the window and felt the breeze between my fingers. I felt it float through and move my hand up and down and side to side with each change in the breeze and speed of the car. And suddenly, I was a kid again. I remember driving through the back roads of Wisconsin with my hand sticking out the window of my dads truck, noticing how the breeze made my…
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Open

I sat down today with full intention to bring you a kick-ass blog post. And with that intention came, “okay, what am I going to write about today?” *Cue the overthinking process* I knew I wanted to write and that I haven’t posted in a while which I dislike doing a lot. With those thoughts brought pressure to think of a cool topic or find some great inspiration for what to put into this space. This space that I created as an outlet of my creativity and thoughts, not others creativity and thoughts. Yet, there I found myself searching on Pinterest “lifestyle blog ideas” so that I could pick one and go with it. Not a bad idea, except I sat here feeling like I was forcing something for no reason. To write¬†about topics that were on a list that wasn’t something I could find within myself is not why I wanted to start this blog. So, I decided to talk about this. This feeling of having to be more, be better or be a picture perfect version of myself. It doesn’t do any good. It doesn’t make me feel inspired to write about things that were not from within…
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where we are going

Where the heck have I been? Gosh, it feels like it has been way too long since my fingers have ran their way along this keyboard. Well, that is because it actually has been over a week since my last post. If you read my last post then you are aware that I have been putting more focus on being mindful. I have felt so much more connected to my truest form of myself, truest to the deepest pieces of my soul and happier than I have been in a long time. However, that does not mean that I want to lose touch with my connection to this space. I have set the intention to deepen my connection with you all at the same time that I deepen the connection with myself spiritually. I fully intend on taking you all along with me on this journey of self-discovery, authenticity and spirituality. With that being said, I’m going to be shaking things up here at ashleyrainne.com. I have a strong vision of having a space that is inspiring, real, helpful, deep, beautiful and connected. I want to express my creativity at the strongest level of authenticity that I can possibly manifest.…
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Reflecting on 24

Tomorrow I turn 25 and I feel this immense sense of excitement for what this year means to me. In the past, I set so many benchmarks for life: where do I want to be by then, what do I want to be, what makes me look successful to society, etc. This year, I feel this huge shift taking place and it’s really, really badass. I am finally letting go of what I think I have to be in order to fit in and stepping into my truest version of me. I am grounding deeper into meditation, self-love and finally finding my style. Teddy and I have had many talks about wanting to see more of the world, experience more and live out what we have always wanted before we start a family. HUGE. If you know me then you know that I have always rushed into the next thing on the list and kids have been that next ‘step,’ I suppose, for us. We are listening to what our hearts want right now and are so excited for the adventures ahead of us this year. I cannot wait to have a family but I am proud of myself for…
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