&! thxthxthx thursday

&! life moves pretty fast.
if you don’t stop and look around once in a while,
you could miss it.
(ferris bueller)

I believe that there are exactly as many occasions in life as you choose to celebrate.
I believe in karma, incense, dark chocolate & surrounding myself with people who sparkle.
I believe that the more good you can release into the world—arms open, fingertips splayed outward—the better off everyone is.
I believe in adjectives, damask, raw chocolate-chip cookie dough & drinking from glass straws.
& above all? I believe in the small, splendid things.

& thus, there is thx thx thx thursday; my once-weekly celebration of all the miniature moments (and momentous ones) that crept into my week.
It’s my reminder to slow down; mini-meditations (because I’ve tried the real-life version, wherein you fold your legs up and go “om”… and failed spectacularly. I have really big feet & two really curious cats, and also I really suck at sitting still, so it didn’t exactly translate into this peaceful zen-tastic experience), if you will.

Maybe this will be the first and only;
or maybe it’ll be the first in a series of what’ll eventually turn into a gorgeous, cascading list tumbling around the internets, bursting with adjectives & love & little things.
Whatever it ends up being, right here & now, it’s a blissful little beginning and I’m delighted about it.

&! Marshmallow fireside candles
&! Extra-long sweater cuffs I can snuggle-burrow my hands & fingers inside of
&! Dancing on stage at a performance of Hair with my brother, especially the part where he turned to me and said, “We need an epic hug right now
&! Wandering around barefoot in flared jeans, letting the hems eat up my toes
&! Planning my entire grocery list around meals I’ve found on Pinterest
&! New Bon Iver & Incubus CDs loaded up in my CD player
&! The way the trees say it’s fall but the air is still whispering summer
&! Making plans to re-create this for above our bed with numbers and an ampersand
&! The way the Faces come to meet me at the door every time I come home, waiting expectantly for welcome-home snuggles
&! Crunch Berries munchies from Cheba Hut
&! Watching my love dive headfirst into one of my passions—acting—and proceeding to steal the show
&! The friends who brew me comfort words & dole them out exactly when I need them
&! When people tell you amazing things like, “Have I told you lately that you rock? Because today is the first day in a long time that I’ve felt ‘normal’ and a lot of it has to do with you just walking around with me and dorking out,” &You know I’m here FOR the sole purpose of sunshining your face off, right?&I thought, ‘What Would Ashley Say?’”
&! Celebrating 12 years today with the love of my life (!)


About ashley!

in love, obnoxiously happy, and up to a lot of awesome.
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3 Responses to &! thxthxthx thursday

  1. ~Protecting the 'Fake' acting people! ;) says:

    Well THANK THE LORDS ABOVE! A ‘!’ blog! And yes, you do ROCK!

    And I love your hair, your smile, your enthusiasm, your zest for life and a bunch of other ‘stuff’! And of course all the other stuff you listed, especially marshmellows. Yummers!

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