One year!

Hello all,

I’ve been absent for some time and I’m sorry!

I did get the notification today that it’s my one year anniversary with WordPress! Which means I used this blog a little less than planned but it helped me through a tough time in my life. Currently I’m more in touch with things that matter, family, friends and just living.

I’ve made significant changes to my work life in order to ensure I give myself the balance I need to be happy. * Reminder everyone is different and everyone’s balance is different.* Do what works for you and do not take the negativity of others so seriously you ignore your instincts.

More currently I’ve been pushed to match my mental health with my physical health. Let me tell you…. ACCOUNTABILITY and MENTAL HEALTH fuel your physical health. It’s critical you take the time to listen to your body and create goals you can knock out of the park!

Thank you to those who followed this page and those who gave my posts a like. The day I decided to start this page I was at a crossroads with my career and my happiness, through writing I’ve found my peace with the past and a place to store some memories.

Thank you again,

-A

WNDR

Hello all,

It’s been a while…

I have done a few fun things since I last wrote.  The WNDR museum in Chicago was one of my favorites!

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I do not want to share too many pictures because there are many unique items in the museum that you have to see for yourself! I would highly recommend going  — it is a great place for photos!

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I do wish they provided more information on the artist herself.  Yahoi Kusama is the artist responsible for the infinity mirrored room which has been seen on Instagram.  Not much was said about Kusama besides she had a love for polka dots and used her art to overcome mental illness throughout her life.  I think a nice addition to the museum would be more info on Kusama’s life and career, seeing as she was launching her career when the art world was a male dominated industry.

 

By the end of our walk through I wanted to buy another ticket to go back.  There was just so much to see and photograph. There was also so much detail and thought in all of the pieces.

 

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Have you been the the WNDR museum?  If so what was your favorite part?

If not I encourage you to purchase your tickets using the link above!

 

I am also interested in additional museums like this in and around Chicago, if you know any please comment below.

 

Thanks for reading,

-A

 

 

 

 

Patch me up he stole my heart.

Hi all,

Yes cheesy titles are most definitely my thing.

Weeks ago Brian and I had a date weekend, pumpkin patch and zoo were among some fall ideas.

The last time we attempted the pumpkin patch it was storming so bad it looked like we had rented the place out.   Second time is a charm.

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I felt like such a kid, I was amused by literally everything.  Working retail has occasionally made it difficult for the both of us to enjoy seasonal activities due to the stress our business’ provide during peak seasons.

I am glad we got to make a weekend of it and I came out with so many photos.

 

I can’t wait to go back to Goebbert’s next year! Until then I am going to continue enjoying the apple cider we bought.

 

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Our pumpkin family- from left to right – Bandit, Brian, Ashley, and Maddox.

Brian insisted his be white : )

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We also went to the zoo after the pumpkin patch and I felt like a tourist, its been years since I have been and I took far too many pictures of animals I had no idea existed.

 

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Example above: I said I wanted one like 20 times, I forgot what it was called.

What’s your favorite fall activity? Help us add to our list for next year. Comment some ideas!

 

Thanks for reading.

 

-A

 

National Boyfriend Day

I wanted to take a moment to just appreciate how amazing my boyfriend is.

I appreciate him everyday but today I took the time to reflect on how critical he has been in the last year of my life.

The last year was filled with a ton of emotional ups and downs.  Occasionally more downs than ups.  Brian has always found a way to be the calming presence in my life.  I can be having the worst day but just seeing him brings me so much comfort.  From ordering my favorite food for dinner as a surprise to listening to me vent while I cry in my Ramen, you are the biggest blessing and I am so happy to have found you.

Here is a bit of a trip down memory lane…

 

Happy National Boyfriend Day to the love of my life!

 

 

The subtle art of not giving a #@%!

Hello all,

 

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You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of.  You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Today on a trip to target I picked up a new book, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A #@%! by Mark Manson 

The title itself drew me in and although I am only through the first two chapters I am finding it to be such an easy read.   The message differs from many self-help books I have read.  If you’re looking for a guide to happiness, this isn’t it.  If you enjoy chanting in the mirror “I deserve happiness” on repeat 30 times, this book isn’t for you.  This is a honest book that allows you to focus on the #@%! you should give and not give a #@%! where it isn’t needed.

Again, I am early on in my reading but I LOVE that this book is realistic.  Life has challenges, life is unexpected and unfortunately/ fortunately life sucks sometimes.  I love that this book encourages you to think past what your idea of happiness is and focus on the challenges you will face to get there, that is where you find out if you want something bad enough.

So excited to keep reading…

Have you read this book or another by Mark Manson?

A good life is not a life without problems.  A good life is a life with good problems.

For those wondering, I know I have not been posting as actively as originally planned.  The reason is simple: I am living the best life possible!  Although I want to take moments out to share my new finds, some great products, and just about me — my intention is to live in the moment and not allow the freedom of sharing to become the burden of creating content.

I am more active on Insta: Ashellaaa   Follow me :
Thanks for reading!

-A

 

 

R&R

Welcome back,

This past weekend was so relaxing. My friends and I joke about it but I literally had to quit my job to go on a girls trip with some great friends!

I am so lucky Stephanie and her family invited us up to Minnesota. The beauty of everything around us just brought such peace over me. In between refreshing cocktails, soaking up the sun, tubing, and eating the most delicious food I had this sense of family. Now this could be a Midwest thing, or it could just be Steph’s family is that bad ass, but I totally felt at home from the first moment I met everyone.

From telling jokes as if we’ve known each other for years to sharing how we met the woman who brings us all together we laughed so much I nearly burned off the calories I’d taken in… nearly. 🤭

There were so many moments on the lake I literally got lost in the sounds of the water while gazing at its beauty. It was like the stress relief sounds they have to put people to bed, BUT BETTER!!! It was real life and I still can’t get over it.

I also discovered my new food obsession: top the tater (I’ve known Steph for nearly 3 years and not once did she mention this; royal sinning).

So this is a chive and onion dip that changes the dip game for me. So much so I am researching ways to bring it to Chicago. What an activist, I know. You will thank me later tho.

The worst part of this trip was saying goodbye to such great people. When you meet someones family you can see exactly what made them the person they are. Stephanie’s family is so full of love and laughter with literally the biggest hearts to open up their home to me.

I’m still sad we had to go. 😪

Along our travels I added to my bucket list:

  1. Go snowboarding
  2. Ride a horse
  3. Run through a corn field

This was such a blast! Thank you Gayle and Mark for opening up your house to me! 😊

-A

Tourist in my own city

I have a habit of becoming a tourist when I am up North, no matter how many times I go.

Three times in a week was nice and provided some beautiful pictures.

I have been busy as you can tell from the lack of posts…

Both work and summer concerts have been consuming the last few weeks. On the July 24th, Brian and I went to see 3 Doors Down.  It was my first concert at Northerly Island Park and I must say it’s a very underestimated venue.  I actually am eager to attend more shows there next year.

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Blissful views.

To follow that up we went to see Foo Fighters on July 29th and 30th.  This was my second and third time seeing them.  Such a great show, despite the drunk 40-50 year olds who we sat by each night.  Last time we saw them in 2015, Dave had a broken leg and although he put on a great show from his throne, it was nice to see him commanding every inch of the stage this time around.

 

 

If you have never been to a concert at Wrigley Field you’re missing out, GO NOW!

If you have been to Wrigley concert name your favorite one? Who did you see?

My favorites in this order:

  1. Tom Petty (his last concert in Chicago)
  2. Foo Fighters 2018
  3. Green Day
  4. Foo Fighters 2015

Side note: Just realized my first time seeing all of those artists was at Wrigley. Crazy!

 

 

Thank you to my amazing boyfriend for such a week of great memories!  There is nothing better than live music with the one you love (rocking out on my arm guitar).

 

Until next time you can catch me watching videos on my phone reliving these concerts and screaming lyrics at the top of my lungs…. buy ear plugs now.

-A