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Why I Blog

You may have noticed that our little space on the web has had a recent face-lift.
I’m pretty excited about our new look and I want to give an extra huge thank you to Cyndi Marie, my designer, virtual assistant and friend. And stay tuned, because we have even more exciting changes in store…

Through this redesign process I decided to update my “About” page,
perhaps include a little bit about why blogging is so important to me.
You can read my complete bio here,
but below is a bit of what you’ll find on the About page:

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I like to be positive.
Not unicorns and princesses positive,
but I like to find the silver lining in all of life’s lessons.

When I have a bad day,
I write about it.
And by the time I’ve finished the post,
I’ve usually found that silver lining.
The lesson to be learned.
The reason for the trial.

It has been a blessing to me.
A coping mechanism.
A support system.

And that’s why I started blogging.
To tell my story.
My personal journey.
My love story.
My adventures as a mom.

I’m certainly not here to paint a picture of a momma and wife who has it all together.
I’m not here to make you feel bad.
I’m here to be honest.
Which means I tell it like it is.

Because it’s hard.
Life.
Being a wife.
Motherhood.
Responsibility.
Finding balance.

But boy is it ever worth it.
And I talk about that a lot too.

I talk about those days…
the ones where you meltdown.
Where nothing goes as planned, you’re certain you’re failing as a mother and you haven’t gotten a warm meal on the dinner table in weeks.

And then I talk about those other days…
the ones where you set aside your worries and fears,
you curl up with your squishy, wriggling babies
while holding hands with the one you love,
and you breathe in the moment.

Because it’s moments like these that get you through the meltdowns.
It’s moments like these that remind us why we’re working every day
to be the best version of ourselves.
It’s moments like these that remind us to be kind,
to be grateful,
and to smile.

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17 Comments

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    Le chateau des fleurs by Isabelle Thornton
    September 24, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I still find it hard to talk about problem when the blog is public and everyone sees it. I guess it depends how you write about it?? I don’t know. I feel that at some point my blog is not mine anymore? Lived reading this post and made me think.
    Xo
    Isabelle

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    Alyce {Blossom Heart}
    September 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

    What a fabulous new look! I love the new slider. Can’t wait to see what else is in store!

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    April Foss I Sew Lucky
    September 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    LOVE the new look Ashley!!! Annnnnd I LOVE reading your blog:) xoxo

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    Andrea Worley
    September 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Love the new blog design. It looks great! Can’t wait to see what else is in store.

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    Monkey
    September 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I just love the new look!

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    [email protected]
    September 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve been talking with your designer, I hope it works out!

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      Ashley Stock
      September 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      I have just spent the last little while on your blog, and wow its awesome! You have a great story that will help so many women! Can’t wait for your book! xoxo

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    Andrea
    September 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I needed to read this today. I just wrote a post that this goes perfect with. I am a newly married lady and have had a hard time remembering that sometimes life isn’t always put together, and it is OK. so thank you for these words.

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    em
    September 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Hey Ashley! I have been looking through your blog and i love it! you are gorgeous and so is your family! This is probably a weird question but i have to ask, do you know the designer or where your wedding ring was bought? i am in love with it and would love one that is similar!

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    Courtney
    September 25, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I have been following your blog for about 6 months and love it!! You inspired me to start! Thanks!!

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    Michelle @Paintsley
    September 25, 2012 at 2:17 am

    I am so happy when my reader pops up a new post from your blog! I enjoy your honest writing and seeing what is going on with your family. I can relate in so my ways… I love your new design! I’ll miss you sitting on top…I always envisioned you swinging your legs with pure contentment and joy~think a kid on a swing! 🙂

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    McKenzie Guymon
    September 25, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I seriously love you Ashley. My baby is 8 months old. I am a blogger, Etsy shop owner, and I work a little on the side of that too. Life sometimes just feels so busy and hard sometimes. Yesterday, when I got a head cold, it felt like that was the worst thing that could ever happen and I just had a total meltdown. I know that having a cold isn’t a big deal, but I feel like it was the tipping point. You always know just what to write to get me through some of those tough times!

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    Liz
    September 25, 2012 at 4:05 am

    And this is why I write. And why I blog. And why I read you. And why I love you, though I’m sure you hear that from 100s if not 1000s. But it’s always good for us to stick together, right?

    LB
    http://www.accordingtol.com

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    Natalie
    September 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Great blog design…when is the next chapter of your love story! 🙂 I do love all the posts but you left us on pins and needles! heeh!

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    Barbara
    October 3, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Love the new look! And I appreciate your blog because of your honesty–with the awful “meltdown” days, and the great ones (: Can’t wait to see what’s next for you and your beautiful family!

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    Nicole
    October 4, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Beautifully said.

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    Brittney
    October 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I’m proud to say that you are my friend!

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