&! my 2012 aweso-manifesto:

celebrate often—
small. big.

say yes to more.

seek out sparkle.

let beauty sneak up on you, catch you & wrap you up completely—
when it calls for closing your eyes to embrace the moment fully, do it.
& when it calls for outstretched fingers because there’s “that something-special-feeling” in the wind?
stretch ’em wide, starshine.

find incredible shoes & adventures to match them.

spend more on experiences & events,
and less on things.

cook more with that gorgeous husband of yours, tiny counter space be damned.

eat foods you’ve never tried before;
add new sauces & spices.

don’t let “them“—
the naysayers, the sassy-mouths, the cynics, the flat-out jerks—
ever harsh your mellow, crush your happies or dispel your zen.

find the quote to ink on your arch.

remember that you can do absolutely anything you set your mind to do—
but good lord, darlin’, you don’t have to do it all at once.
baby steps. tiny bites.

acquire cute, fabulous new spectacles & make a point to read wonderful, soul-charging, word-comfort-food-filled books whilst wearing them.

do risky things that delight you.
be brave & bold & awesome, even if you’re sleepy.

send pretty cards &
sunshine-infused words &
handwritten letters.

make it beautiful.


About ashley!

in love, obnoxiously happy, and up to a lot of awesome.
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15 Responses to &! my 2012 aweso-manifesto:

  1. ruggedgrace says:

    Your words are just nearly as gorgeous as you. I love your 2012 and can’t WAIT to photo-journal most of it with you! ❤

    • ashley! says:

      It’s a date, sunshine! <3! (P.S., your new avatar? Hi, let’s just DISCUSS the cute. And how all of the pictures from that session need to be hanging on your walls, everywhere, all the time.)

  2. buffyanne says:

    You are outstanding, FYI.

  3. Linda says:

    Beautiful, simple, yet ‘says it all’ blog!
    I LOVE the ‘seek out sparkle’…which always seems to just ‘jump all over me’ as I walk by the card section at Walgreens!

    • ashley! says:

      Sparkle just has that tendency—it’s what makes it so magical, y’know.
      Prepare, ’cause I’m planning to sparkle all over your basement, and the drive-thru liquor place, and the white-water raft, and downtown, especially on top of the buffalo, in just six short months

  4. Coco says:

    I was lead to your graceful word by another writer of graceful words… I think every woman should have this next to her bed so she can see first thing in the morning and the last thing before she closes her eyes for dreamland.

    I am learning to let “them” fade away from my realm…

    I have grabbed sparkle and wear it whenever I can… including my spectacles to see the world thru the shine.

    And… I continue to collect great paper to handwrite notes and letters to people. And my card box runneth over with sincerity, but so much more carries thoughts of the sublime and not taking myself so seriously.

    Thanx for great words for the day… and every day!

    • ashley! says:

      YOU, sweet girl, are so wonderful for stopping by & leaving me this compliment sandwich; thank you! <3!
      I'm extra delighted to know that you're living the exact same magic; it's amazing, isn't it?! Thanks for coming to share some of your magic with me!

  5. Cindy says:

    What wonderful words, from a wonderful lady. Your out look on life is so great. I am truley emspired by your words, and sparley life. (((Hugs)))

  6. This is beautiful & you are absolutely amazing. I feel like I need to print this & read it every single day! So inspiring!

    • ashley! says:

      Do it! & add to it, if the mood strikes you! <3! That's what it's all about—figuring out what makes you get excited & filled up with glitter & magic 😀

  7. This is such a lovely post!! I didn’t even know you had a blog!! *favorites* Please tweet new posts always! ❤

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