Friday, January 13, 2017

5 For Friday: Currents

It's been a while since I did a 5 for Friday. Heck it's been a while since I've written a Blog. But I'm trying to get back into the swing of things and bust out 3-4 a week like the good ol' days! #Goals

Five for Friday

1. Current TV Obsession: 
I've been obsessed with Supernatural. I wasn't really into it before because it was around the time One Tree Hill was on and then eventually The Vampire Diaries began. I would watch snip its of Supernatural but not enough to know what was going on. But now that there are 11 Seasons are on Netflix and the 12th Season is beginning on TV, I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon. Better late than never!! But really..I'm obsessed. And the Winchester Brothers? HELLO!!!

2. Current Book Obsession:
I've been reading "Grace Not Perfection" by Emily Ley. It's about embracing simplicity, celebrating joy, and learning to strive for grace not perfection. I think it's a book perfect for a 20-Something and even a 30-something. As Women, we always put this pressure on ourselves, as well as feel the pressure from society, to be the ones to keep everything in perfect order and line. This of course causes added stress to our daily lives. It's not about being perfect, it's about learning to have grace within ourselves and to ride the waves as they come. BUY IT HERE 

3. Current Beauty Product: 
I love setting sprays, mists, anything that I can spray on my skin before makeup and after makeup. A few months ago Tarte cosmetics came out with a new line called "Rainforest of the Sea," and I've had my eye on their Setting Spray/Skin Mist. I was finally able to pick some up and I'm already on my 2nd bottle. I love spraying it on my face as an added moisture agent before I do my makeup and than once again to set everything in place and add a little more dewy-effect after. BUY IT HERE or at Sephora!

4. Current Excitement: 
I got my State Board Date!!! About 2 months back I was able to Pre-File for my Cosmetology License Exam and received my exam date about 5 weeks later. It was such a surreal moment for me when the paper got handed to me at school. All of these emotions began to flood through me because of how real everything got in that exact moment. I can't believe I have a short month and a half left of school..Gulp

5.  Current Goal: 
My Current Goal is to lose at least 15lbs before my birthday, June 18th.  I kind of already know what I want to do for my 27th Birthday and it requires a cute little party dress. I want to be down a size (or two) before than..So Here we Go!!!!

Happy Friday, Everyone! I hope you have a safe and dry weekend. It's supposed to continue to rain all weekend here in San Diego. No Complaints though..I'm love this weather!! Thanks for sending it to us, East Coast!

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful & Love, Love, Love


Monday, January 2, 2017

January Goals 2017

At the beginning of each month I try to think of ways to change at least one thing about each of my social media platforms. January is my favorite month to begin change because it's right at the beginning of the year and all these changes make me feel like I have a fresh new start on the whole 365 days ahead of me. I also like to take the time in January to figure out what changes I'd like to make in my life. Who says we need to have our resolutions written out before the clock hits midnight? 

January Goals

1. Health: Speedracer and I have made a pact to have a lifestyle change here in the New Year. The Goal: Eat Clean = Be Healthy. 

2. Home Improvements: We recently got New House Decor for our living room and I would really like to get our walls repainted before we hang them up. I'm hoping to finish this project by the end of the month. 

3. Order Business Cards: I have exactly 2 months left of Cosmetology School. what the heck? And I'd really like to get my Business Cards ordered for the Salon I got a job at. In February I plan on beginning to pass them out too which I am excited about. 

4. Go through my Clothes: I hate clothes, shopping is horrible. BUT, I am in need of a new wardrobe. So what I like to do before I go on a  shopping binge is to get rid of old clothes that don't fit or that I never wear. There is a Goodwill right down the street from our home so I know my clothes are going to good! 

5. Buy a 2017 Planner: I already feel like there is so much going on this year and it's only day two. I really need to get a planner this year because I have a feeling it's going to be busy for not only school, but my career, and our lives here in the SpeedRacer Family. 

What are your Goals for January?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017: The Year of Authenticity

Good Morning, 2017. 
We are welcoming the New Year in the mountains, with rainy weather, fire in the fireplace, & hot coffee. It's the perfect way to say hello to the next 365 adventures we are about to embark on. 

Earlier this morning I read "A 2016 Letter to Myself" which I had written around this time last year. If we are speaking from a honest place this morning, I'm actually surprised with how accurate I was with my hopes, wishes, and goals. Usually they are just that..Hopes & Wishes. But I felt confident about 2016 and knew the exact direction I wanted to go in; and damn does it feel good to be sitting here the first morning of 2017 feeling a sense of accomplishment from the year that just passed. Never have I actually done what I set out to do within a New Year Resolution. 

My New Year Resolution for this last year was simple.FEARLESS. That is all I wanted - to be completely fearless. It wasn't easy though. The scared, anxious part of me was having a hard time letting go of the fears I had. I struggled with letting go of the constant need for control on every situation and moment of my life. And I began to learn how to go with the flow. It's amazing how much can change in 365 Days, isn't? To see how different my world is since last year began and how my world is now that 2017 is beginning. Life is a silly, unexpected thing.

Word of the Year: Authentic

Authentic; Real, True, Genuine, Raw.

I've been reading a book that talks about practicing Grace. I have a post all about this book coming up soon. In this book it discusses when you learn to have Grace with yourself and the people around you - You end up finding a place of being completely Authentic. This is something that I've been beginning to work on: Being my Authentic Self.

This last year I truly feel like I have grown into a much better version of Ashlee than I have ever been before. I've grown as a person in more ways than I'd ever imagine. And I believe it's because of letting go of caring about who I feel I am SUPPOSED to be. I've let go of trying to live by doing what others expect of me so that I can make them happy. The insecurities I've had has a person, wife, sister, daughter, friend, professional have begun to wash away in the last few months of 2016. I am more  myself than I have ever been. And because of this, I feel it's only fitting to make my word of 2017: Authentic. 

Here is to you - 2017 - Another year to Grow, Learn, Love, Laugh, Be Fearless, and Being my Authentic Self. Let's do this!!

"This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day. Thou canst not then be false to any man." 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

What a Year it has been: 2016

The question is simple: 
Will you be able to look back on 2016 and Be Proud?

This was a question I was asked out of the blue by a mentor of mine.  At first I paused and looked at them like I didn't understand what they were asking of me. What a bizarre and random question to ask someone. And then I said a quick and stern, HELL YES! "Why," they asked? Again, I paused. 

So here it is:

Since before we even rang in this year, I knew that I wanted 2016 to be the year of Fearless.  My anxiety was at a all time high when we said hello to 2016. I was half way through my 25th year of life, I had a college degree that I didn't have a clue what to do with, and I knew I wanted to start Cosmetology School. And yet, every time I tried to put a foot forward and enroll, something was getting in the way. Life, Bills, Student Loans, Credits, Etc. There was always something. If we are being completely honest here, I spent the first month and a half of 2016 trying not to go Britney Spears VIA 2007. You know, have a public melt down and shave all my hair off? Yup, that Britney. 

One morning I was doing my daily devotional I came across this short and sweet piece of scripture:

That was the moment I fell to my knees, literally, and said "Okay, I give up and I will wait." Of course when it comes to my conversations with the Lord it's more of bickering back and forward. Something like:

"Okay, I give up and I will wait" - ME
"No you Wont, I know you better than that" - LORD
"I'm going to be 26 this year. I am running out of time" - ME
"oohhh 26, you are SO old. JK. You can Wait." - LORD
*Rolls Eyes* - ME

And so, I waited. Only a week Thankfully. And during that week I'm 99% sure the Lord was having a grand ol' time watching me squirm. But when I finally enrolled into Cosmetology School - I walked out to my car and began to sob uncontrollably. Under my breath I muttered something like "Ok, I get it. Thank You," right before I began to make my billion of phone calls to announce my excitement. 

Almost 10 months later and here we are. 365 Days later. I went to school, in which I was absolutely terrified to do so, but thats for another story in which you'll receive soon, and I pushed through all my fears and anxieties to become completely FEARLESS in the year of 2016. I am so beyond proud of the accomplishments I have achieved this year. I am so blessed that I have the support system I have because without them I don't think I would have lasted. 

As I look back on 2016: I smile, laugh, cry, roll my eyes, and sigh. But mostly...I am Proud! What a Year it has been!! 

I'll see you all in 2017 - Let's Do This!