A Little Love Goes A Long Way

Well Hello There,

Is it just me or does it seem like this year, especially, went by CRAZY fast?

I want share with you one of my favorite practices that only happens once a year and no, it’s not goal setting. While I am all about getting clear with your desires and declaring your vision for the future. I think it’s helpful to take pause, reflect on the past and say thank you.

It’s pretty intimate and I love it.  

 

Dearest 2015,

You officially rocked my world..

Thank you for allowing dreams to come true that I’ve dreamt since I was a little itty bitty girl.

I can remember when I used to ask my parents, daily, to make me a little girl so I could have a sister, as I carried around my little doll. I bet they laughed at first, yet after three years of hearing that every day; I’m pretty sure they were over it!

Now, instead of having a sister in my family all of those years ago, the bonds with my chosen sisters have grown deeper over the past year. I learned a lot about compassion and gentle honesty. I’ve come to understand how important these acts are, while witnessing someone you love go through big life changes. And let me tell you, we’ve gone through alot together; divorce, pregnancy, marriage, birth and career changes, yes, all in one year.

As each of us navigate our way through life, we know that we have one another to lean on and that has been heartwarming and priceless to say the least. These women are such an instrumental part of my life and for that, I am forever grateful.

Thank you for allowing my biggest dream- to have a Happy, Healthy, Vibrant, Family – coming true on an even larger scale.

My healthy (and actually pretty fun – thank god) pregnancy along with the birth of our sweet little girl has left me speechless. I’m in a constant state of awe and wonder since Siena has entered into the world.

At the same time, BIG Thanks for taking my appreciation for all women to a whole new level since giving birth. Childbirth is NO JOKE and I bow to women all over the world (whether you have children or not) for what you are capable of. So many of you make nurturing, parenting and loving look so effortless.

Thank you, for giving me the time I wanted and needed to spend with our daughter in the first 4 months of her life. We found our unique rhythms as mother and daughter. It took a little while and man am I glad we have the hang of it. Oh, and her smile.. I don’t think I could ever say thank you enough for that smile that makes my heart melt into a puddle of love.

Thank you for deepening the love for my husband, even after I thought I couldn’t possibly love him more. Watching him as a father makes me smile endlessly.  Thank you for giving us both the time and space to grow the way we needed to as individuals as we experienced so many changes in our lives.

I’m thankful we’ve taken time to rediscover one another, to learn who we are now as parents, lovers and best friends, I now realize this is just the beginning. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t always easy and it was definitely worth it. I’m immensely grateful we chose each other.

Thank you for helping me learn how to receive in ways I never have before. It was uncomfortable, yet now I understand it was imperative for my well being and the well being of my family.

This year was filled with tons of lovely contrast and I know that always means there’s a lot growth happening so clarity can rise to the surface. I’m so thankful I chose to lean into trust with all I got, it helped me realize how easeful life can be.

Thank you for another year of doing what I love. I feel humbled and deeply appreciative to work with people who blow my mind and inspire me on a daily basis; by simply being themselves. I still pinch myself that I’m able to spend my days living my purpose, having conversations about what’s possible in life, self care, trusting one’s intuition and celebrating miracles with women and men all over the world.

I’ve gotta say, my work is always exciting and now more than ever I’m thrilled about what’s up next. I appreciate the time I had to work on a project that’s a true labor of love over this past year. I’m also grateful I gave myself the time off needed to let inspiration and the missing links rise to the surface when they were ready.

I really learned a lot, I mean a lot, about patience this year. As I leaned into trusting the process, I gave up on trying to get it ALL done right now. This alone took me to new heights of love, confidence and relaxation.

Thank you for all of the challenges along the way, they helped me remember my own strength and tenderness. I was reminded over and over again that one of our greatest strengths is  vulnerability and believing in one’s visions is one of the greatest acts of self love we can give ourselves (and in turn the world.)

I was stretched to what I perceived to be my limits, and surprised myself by what I was capable of doing and being. More visions came true than I could have imagined, some in different packages than expected and as always… they are even better than what I envisioned.

2015, you really were my best year yet.

Now, as I look forward to the year ahead I have a heart full of immense appreciation. I know that 2016 will be filled with more love, adventure and dreams coming true than ever before. I have a lot of fun in store and I really look forward to sharing it with you.

In the meantime, while we are in the spirit of giving this holiday season, I want to share a little bit about an organization I have grown to love, Every Mother Counts. I learned about it shortly before finding out I was pregnant and I truly adore everything they stand for. Women everywhere deserve to have adequate care throughout their pregnancy and during their birthing experience. This brilliant organization created by Christy Turlington is helping make that possible, across the globe. Every little bit that we give helps make a difference.

If this interests you please click on this link…. http://www.everymothercounts.org

Lastly, if you’re up for it I want to invite you right now, to take a moment to write down what you’re thankful for in this past year. My bet, it will help you create even more of what you want in the year to come.

With immense love and appreciation,

Ash

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