It’s about time…

So here’s the thing…I wanted to be super clever with my first blog and all. I was over thinking my blog I think. I love the idea of titling each blog with a different shade of pink, however I read many blogs and keep hearing a voice in my head saying K.I.S.S…Keep It Simple, Stupid! So I am vowing the keep it simple from now on. I watched Julie and Julie today and love how she communicated her everyday life to her readers. What a great movie that is!

So here is my shot at simple-retiring your hair dryer. Growing up, my dad bought my mom a new hair dryer every Christmas. It was like clockwork whether she needed a new one or not. The hair dryers ended once I was old enough to take over the Christmas shopping with dad’s money.  I use hair dryers until they make a high pitched squeak and begin to smoke. Anyone else have that experience?  The time is coming soon for my hair dryer. As far as I can remember, I have had this hair dryer since college…so going on almost 10 years ago…

I am a little afraid apprehensive of buying a new one. The next one that I buy needs to live up to this one. It is not that great of a model, but it has lasted me a long time. It is not a major purchase, but one that may take some research.

Yes, I over think most things. I have a vivid imagination and can completely change a situation just by imagining things differently. I think this is a big reason I love to read. Jane Austen is my absolute favorite and I love to read some of the cheesy adaptations of her work. In a future post, I will definitely include some of my favorites for a reading list.

Thanks for reading!

Hibiscus Pink

There are a few things in this world that I know are true:

1.    Patience is an absolute gift from God.  You know that deep breath that you find yourself taking right before yelling at someone-yep gift from God. Thank you, Jesus, for this slight minute of sanity. It has helped me from making several mistakes and yelling at those I love. Do you have people that you are more patient with than others? Yoga has helped immensely with my patience. It is amazing what deep breathing can do for your psyche.

2.    There are many things that enjoy being in a freezer. Ice cream, popsicles, veggies, fruit, ice…I have met a few people in the last few years (yes I am being very vague) that find the freezer has no limits, no standards, accepts everyone. Lunch meat and a freezer should never meet, date, or have kids. Leftover spaghetti sauce should not be friends with a freezer. Bacon, marinades, cooked leftover pasta, bread…you get my point, yes?

3.    Grey’s Anatomy is quite addicting. I have found myself with some extra time on my hands and just watched the most recent premiere of Grey’s. Now I have to know everything that happened starting with season 1. I love television, don’t you?

4.    The holidays are addicting. I am actually surprised that I still have such a love for holidays. I worked in retail for over 8 years, and one would think that my love for holidays would have dissipated by now. Even though fall is in the air all over the country, it is still in the 90’s here in Southern California. The past two days we have had rain, temperatures in the 60’s, and pumpkin spice lattes. It will heat up soon, but I can’t stop thinking about candy corn, scarves, boots, pumpkin-flavored anything, and dreaming about the new Christmas albums I want to buy. I am currently all about these two- Blake Shelton: Cheers, its Christmas and Katherine Jenkins: This is Christmas.

What do you know is true?

 Thanks for reading,

Ash

Magic Wand

Hello again… So it is apparently fall, but I think So Cal missed the memo. I am currently sitting in my house with all fans on and windows open while being serenaded by workmen installing two new front doors and a new garage door. My life is exciting and eventful and hot right now. They need to finish up their little project so that I may reunite with my new bestie…the air conditioner.

I love the change of seasons, don’t get me wrong. It reminds me of the wind changing in Mary Poppins. Everything feels fresh and new and there is hope in the air. That is what surrounds me right now, hope. Hope is all around in the month of October as we continue to fight for a cure for Breast Cancer. If I wasn’t in current job search mode, I would consider adding some gorgeous pink streaks to my blonde locks to add some flair!

 I am full of hope because I know things will be changing soon. Change always seems to occur with the change of seasons. We change our hair (yes I add some red highlights), we change our clothes (hello scarves and boots, my dear friends) and we change our eating habits (pumpkin, need I say more?).  I am looking for inner change as well. I am looking for a new career. I am not sure which direction I am going in yet, but I have hope and faith that the perfect doors will open for me.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thanks for listening,

Ash

PS: Magic Wand= valspar 1001-2A

Raspberry Sorbet

 

Today I had lunch with a man that I consider a dear friend. He and I were in the same cohort during our MBA program and I would not be exaggerating when I say that I would not have made it through the program without him. He and I are in a similar place in life. We have just finished our MBA and half expected the entire to world to change the next day upon graduation. Not so much…

 

We have both recently started our careers as “bloggers.” What a scary world to jump into, but I can honestly say that I feel fulfilled and optimistic for the journey ahead. We talked today at lunch how our random thoughts and stories may actually be helpful to others out there in the world, and I must say that is the end goal. If just one person can identify with my life and all its craziness, then I have done my job.

 

I had a minor breakthrough today at lunch. This breakthrough has been bubbling inside me since this weekend. Most of my career has been in the beauty industry, specifically a personal care store that is in just about every mall in America. I began working there my sophomore year of college and quit during my first semester of my MBA program. No, I didn’t work there the ENTIRE time in that span, but a good chunk of my life was wrapped up in lotion land. There were days that I adored my job. I set goals for myself and quickly moved into a managerial role. I thrived as a store manager and loved my job. I quickly saw myself moving into a district manager role and getting my MBA would only quicken the pace. Again, not so much…

 

This weekend, my husband and I were shopping in lotion land to purchase a hostess gift for one of our close friends. I only shop in obscure locations where I know that the management staff does not remember me. Yes, this may seem a bit self-righteous, but I cannot shop at most locations without knowing someone. I just want to be a regular customer and not asked about my personal life or where I am working or why I haven’t had kids yet or am I coming back…Not too much to ask is it? I am getting to the point, I promise.

 

Our conversation today made me realize that I am the one holding onto “Ashley the store manager.” I am the one that still sees me in that role opposed to the creative analytic thinker that my management skills in conjunction with my MBA have helped me to become. I need to bury my career in lotion land. Yes, it morphed me into the manager that I am today, but it no longer defines me. It didn’t help me in getting my MBA. I did that all by myself.

 

Life is moving on and I am thinking of myself as a leader in the past tense instead of living in the present and realizing how accomplished I have become. To be a woman in business is hard enough, but to be a talented woman in business with an MBA and a background in the beauty industry is not common. That is what I am, and from this day forward I will own who I am. I will not look to the past, but be in the moment and looking forward to my next goal.

 

Thanks for listening…

 

Ash

 

PS-To reference my shades of pink, I use paint samples. Raspberry Sorbet is Valspar color 1001-1B. Just in case you wanted to know!

 

Ballerina Pink

Ballerina pink is the most delicate shade of pink. It reminds me that even in this crazy world that we live in, there is still purity and innocence in the world. I am reminded that even if my life is not exactly how I planned, there is still hope out there.

I am at a crossroads in my life. I have recently finished my MBA but am not currently employed. I have been married for five years and have had the “kid itch” for some time now. I want to work, but I also want to be a mom. I want it all, but have to establish my priorities first. Can you relate to the “kid itch?” Most of your friends and relatives are having children and most of them have been married for a shorter time period than you. And you constantly get the question-“when are you guys having kids?” I just want to shout out to the world that I wish I had that answer. I would love to have a child, unfortunately my husband and I like to make plans and set goals and not rush into things. I have four nieces on my hubby’s side of the family and am thankful for each and every one of them. But yes, it hurts so much to see them and be hit with the reality that I do not have one of my own.

To answer your question, no my husband and I are not “trying” to have a baby. I hate that word, by the way. We are still preventing pregnancy because it just feels like the right decision for us at the moment. But yes, I want a baby. I want to be someone’s mother. I want to share that experience with my amazing husband who I adore more and more with each day that passes. We are just not in the best place at the moment to bring a child into this world. We have some ducks to align and other goals to accomplish first. But yes, I am afraid of being an older mother. I want to be young and hip and fun as a mom no matter what my kid’s age. I know that I will be just that and everything will work out, this is just what is on my heart and mind and the moment.

Can you relate?

Pink

Hello World… My name is Ashley and I love the color pink. It has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. There was a time in my life when I wished everything around me was pink including my car, my hair, and my horse.

Anyway, this blog is written my a woman (even though I am not a fan of that word, and still feel like a girl) for women. We face many trials each and every day and I think each day can correlate to a different shade of pink, if you will. Yes, it may seem silly but I love the color pink as I said.

I cannot give you an exact format for this blog because I haven’t defined it yet. It may include rants, raves, recipes, and/or real life happenings. I hope you enjoy what you read and welcome any feedback.

Thanks for reading!

Ash