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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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slow days

It’s Friday! There is an ice storm hitting St. Louis today leaving us to stay inside due to slick roads and freezing temps and honestly, I’m not that mad about it. We have both been working from home today, snuggling with Z and listening to records on repeat. Teddy got me this record player for Christmas this year and I am beyond obsessed. Not only does it set a certain type of mood to actually play a vinyl record instead of Spotify but it also has been so much fun going to record stores and hunting for tunes that will fill the entire apartment with love and bliss. I have been obsessed with The Civil Wars for years and am bummed they are done making music but super happy that I found their album! I love days like these. The slow nature of them along with the unexpected productivity that comes about when you have a free mind to do whatever you please. There is magic in these days. I hope that everyone has a safe and happy Friday. Stay warm <3 xo-ash
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