Saturday Share – 3.30.19

Well looky here.. it’s me.. posting on a SATURDAY?! lol I thought I’d start a new little series on the blog that runs on Saturdays where I share with you some of the things I’ve run across online that have caught my eye and made me linger for a bit. What kinds of things you ask? Well most likely there will be lots of links to blog posts I’ve read throughout the week, or links to products I want to buy, or maybe even a few funny memes. The possibilities are just really endless!

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy..and I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!

This Kitchen Island face lift gave me all the heart eyes and made me want to do the same thing to ours!

I’m OBSESSING over the new shape of Nickel and Suede earrings that were released in their Spring line up. N&S earrings are a staple in my life and I just love how they are continually innovating and repeatedly producing such cute quality products! AND they came out with a new Leopard Print earring.. I need all three of the ones I highlighted above!

This Lunar Coffee Art Print by LVBART.COM. I mean – ok THIS gave me all the heart eyes. I need this in my life. And so do you. πŸ˜‰

This Instagram Post. I saw it shared multiple times on several different accounts that I follow. I even shared it to my stories. It’s a super important read.

Variations of this Tweet became a viral meme several days ago – and I Really thought it was hilarious. Then, I saw this article where the writer (s) were encouraging people not do that and other “challenges” where you post things that correlate with parts of your identity.. Like your ‘stripper name’ where the first is the street you grew up on and the last is your middle name, because the article says that this is a widespread way for scammer to search for information about you. Which while that could be a valid point.. don’t we all pretty much already post all those things willingly on our Social Media Pages? If nothing else, your birthday is most likely plastered on your Facebook page so that all your frands can wish you a Happy Bday when it rolls around πŸ˜‰

So, anyway mine is:

What are some things you have been crushing on or found amusing? Please feel free to share right back with me down in the comments! πŸ™‚

— Ashley

Amazon Haul- March 2019

Well hi there! Hip Hip HOORAY it’s Friday!! I’ve got some fun weekend plans that I’m looking forward too .. plus it is the last Friday of the month so today I’m here to share with you guys all of the things I bought on Amazon this past month. Yes.. today is not the end of the month..but as I said last month – I’m pretty sure I won’t buy anything else in the next couple of days. πŸ˜‰

These first three items are part of my monthly subscribe and save purchase. The Toilet Paper is $8.99, scrubber sponges are $6.77, and the trash bags are $15.47.

Next up I purchased the CUTEST glass mug that has a heart shaped interior which makes drinking out of it one the greatest joys ever πŸ˜‰ rush now to buy one .. it’s only $8.64 . I also got this splitter for my phone’s charging port so that I can use my headphones and charge at the same time while we do our weekly Rage Against the MOMachine Facebook Live show. The splitter is $9.99 , and I’ve had it for a couple weeks now and it is working great! I grabbed this sensory necklace for Cooper in hopes that he could use it to carry around with him anywhere and be able to fulfill his need to chew or suck on something in an appropriate manner. So far – he’s not a big fan of it. Because the dude is just not a big fan of change in general. I have high hopes that it will eventually work out for him. The necklace is $14.99, and it comes in a variety of different designs. He chose Spiderman. Summer is coming so when I saw this cute Cupshe bikini for $29.99.. I scooped it up! It fit really great, and I’m looking forward to using it when the weather really warms up. Last in this little grouping is my Pixie Cup that I got for $15.99. The Pixie Cup is a menstrual cup that I use in place of tampons or pads and it has basically changed my life. πŸ˜‰

So what is the total dollar amount that I spent on Amazon this month? After adding it all up.. a couple times .. cause I’m no math wiz πŸ˜‰ .. the total comes to $110.83! Not to bad, if I do say so myself. Especially considering several of those items were household necessities / personal necessities.

I DID go on a little birthday spree that I want to share with you guys separately. For my birthday which was on the 21st – Shaun gave me an Amazon Gift card. So stay tuned for that post! πŸ™‚

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and checking out what I got – I know I always enjoy seeing other’s purchases… what have y’all bought on Amazon lately??

— Ashley

Inspired by Azalea Blooms

This past Sunday I drove a little bit north to George County MS to visit with my best girl for a bit during her father’s funeral services which were in Lucedale, MS. I’m from and live on the coast of Mississippi, but I did live in Lucedale for a short time after college which is where I met my friend. πŸ™‚ When you’re in George County you truly are transported to a more quaint, country, and small town place. It’s that cliche kind of sweet southern town where everybody knows everybody and the yards are big and conveniences like a Target and Starbucks within a few miles will likely not be experienced there in our lifetime. But as I drove along those country roads – listening to music and admiring the scenery, I kept seeing the most beautiful and huge Azalea bushes. And I just thought to myself, “Are you even really in the south if you don’t see Azalea bushes growing wild in someone’s yard?”

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Azaleas are my second favorite flower next to a Tulip. Both of these flowers signal Spring time and all the fresh starts associated with Spring. The days are longer and the weather invites you to linger outside. You know that Spring has really made an appearance when you start seeing those Azalea blooms.

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My grandmother had two really large and mostly wild Azalea bushes on either side of her front porch. Azaleas will always remind me of her and Easters spent hunting eggs in her yard with my cousins.

It’s just really kind of magical the way that the blooms overwhelm the bush. I feel like you can’t help but smile and feel welcomed and happy when you see an Azalea bush at full bloom. Also, it seems that they really are low maintenance plants. You can let them grow wild and and free and they look as beautiful as the ones that I’ve seen trimmed and well maintained.

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We’ve been trying to figure out what we want to do with our yard now that it is Spring time. This is our first Spring and full Summer in our house, and we really want to fix up the landscaping. My drive this weekend solidified for me that I have to have Azalea bushes in the yard. I stumbled across this picture on Pinterest , and the whole scheme is just perfect. We have a similar looking front porch (minus the railing) and Shaun definitely wanted hanging ferns. I think this look with Azalea bushes in the flower bed is simply perfect and completely Southern.

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Now, all I have to do is find and hire a landscaper to implement this project! haha Any local suggestions? πŸ˜‰

— Ashley

This Is Life Lately 3.25.19

Hello there! I hope that Monday is treating you well, and that you’re really enjoying beginning the week that lies before us! I know that I’m ready for this week and of course I’m already looking forward to the weekend. πŸ˜‰ I’ve got some fun plans with bestie who is in town for the week – among other things!

But – before I jump ahead to the week and weekend to come… let’s take a look back at the past two weeks around these parts:

Since I last left off with my previous TILL post – I’ve done some real concrete wedding planning which has me just all kinds of excited. What have I done exactly?

-Well we set a date!
-Booked a venue + photographer
-I did some serious work on my Pinterest Board and got my head around my theme
-I set my Bridesmaid dinner to do my official propose to them!

As always, the kids and I have been soaking up our after school afternoons together. The extended daylight hours have really had me in the mood to take advantage of that extra time with the sun. We’ve been doing things like staying after pickup to play outside the school with friends, going to the park, getting a couple popsicles from Pop Brothers, and taking spontaneous trips to Target + Chick-Fil-A for a little mid week date. πŸ™‚


It seems like it’s birthday season for everyone … we celebrated mine and my brother’s birthdays over the past two weeks, and we also attended one of Cooper’s classmates’ birthday party which was a total blast for the kids. The party was held at Middleton Farm which is a local family owned dairy farm in Mosspoint, MS. Not only are they a functional farm, but they also do things like host educational tours, birthday parties, and fall farm-y activities. The kids had so much fun during the party that I had to literally drag them away!

This past Friday night, Shaun and I ate at Patio 44 in Biloxi to celebrate my Birthday while the kids spent the night with Grammy and Ppop.

The following Saturday we (Grammy, Ppop, and I) took the kids out for a little Saturday Funday. We hit up the Big Play Family Fun Center in Biloxi for some bowling and arcade game time. While the kids did have a lot of fun, I pretty much decided that this would be the last chance we gave that place. I’ve taken the kids there twice now…and both times it just really was more of a hassle for me. This past time the service was absolutely terrible. BUT we didn’t let that get us down. πŸ™‚ After playtime, we swung by the VA Cemetery to visit the kids’ Mawmaw’s grave for the first time since her death this past December. And we also went by my grandparents’ graves which are in the same cemetery. And then we rounded out the day with a late lunch at Woody’s before heading back home to relax for .2 seconds which was long enough for the kids to get bored and insist that mommy spend some time on the trampoline with them. πŸ˜‰

I did spend the late Sunday morning/early afternoon taking a little mental and physical trip down memory lane as I traveled to George County to visit with my best girl during her father’s funeral. I felt like we’d just done all of that with Shaun’s mom – and I just found myself thinking how crazy it was to find myself at a time in my life where my people’s parents are passing away. πŸ™ Very surreal and very grounding. It definitely made me cling even tighter to my boo and babes when I got home that afternoon. And then that afternoon was a pretty chill and relaxing day full of lots of afternoon time out in the front yard enjoying the sunshine, our weekly Winn Dixie grocery trip, and drinking a couple glasses of champagne for no good reason other than being so incredibly grateful for my life and people with whom I spend everyday.

Tell me, what have you been up to lately? Are you enjoying the Spring as much as we are?

— Ashley

34 Affirmations

For Self Empowerment and Improvement

Hey there! Today marks my 34th birthday! I was thinking the other day about affirmations because I saw someone I follow on Instagram talking about using them. And obviously I’ve heard of people using affirmations before – but in that moment it just really clicked with me how speaking affirmations to yourself is incredibly related to my belief that you can speak things into happening. You can say to yourself, ” I want to achieve ___ in my life.” or ” I want to have ___ in my life.” and if you truly want it enough, you’ll start doing things to make that happen…even if at first they are small little habits or changes that will eventually snowball into big actions that will make that thing you wanted come true. Yes, people set goals and start making and taking clear steps to achieve those goals…but what I’m talking about is usually much more passive. Sometimes you want something so much – and maybe there isn’t any clear or concrete first steps that you can see to take…but you just start believing that it will happen for you. You envision it happening. You plan around it happening. You eventually make it happen for yourself.

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It seems to me that affirmations work in that exact manner. So many times we say negative or self deprecating things about our self. I am especially guilty of saying things about myself with the implication that these things
cause chaos and inconveniences for me and those around me. I say things like:

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I am clumsy . I am annoyingly forgetful. I am not a morning person. I am self sabotaging. I am fearful of change. I procrastinate frequently. I put off hard things. I ignore problems until they go away.

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I would use those characteristics to describe myself…and really how mean is that? I’ve decided to come up with 34 affirmations to turn the negative things that I say to myself around. I’ve decided that I’m going to use these 34 affirmations daily in order to change the course of my life over the next year.

So, happy birthday to me…I hope you enjoyed these cupcake flat lays as much as I have been lately. I started a whole Pinterest Board dedicated to them. LOL Just over here devouring them visually instead of physically. πŸ˜‰

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Anyway, let’s get into those affirmations!

1 // I AM WHO I WANT TO BE

2 // I CHOOSE WHAT I BECOME

3 // I HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE MY STORY

4 // I CAN CONFRONT PROBLEMS

5 // I AM CAPABLE OF MAKING TIME TO COMPLETE TASKS IN A TIMELY MANNER

6 // I DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO DO SOMETHING

7 // I AM CONFIDENT

8 // I AM NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK MY MIND

9 // I AM CREATING MY OWN HAPPINESS

10 // I WELCOME CHANGE AND GROWTH

11 // I AM LIVING IN THE PRESENT AND THEREFORE FOCUSED ON MY SURROUNDINGS AND AM MORE SELF AWARE

12 // MY OPINION AND VOICE ARE WORTHWHILE

13 // I CAN GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING IN ORDER TO START MY DAY IN A MORE RELAXED MANNER

14 // I WILL WAKE UP WITH A PEACEFUL MIND AND GRATEFUL HEART

15 // I AM NOT MY MISTAKES

16 // I WAS NOT MADE TO GIVE UP

17 // I WILL CELEBRATE MY SMALL WINS

18 // I WILL WORK EVERYDAY TOWARD MY CONTINUED HEALTH AND WELLNESS

19 // I WILL DO THINGS EVERYDAY TO INCREASE MY PHYSICAL STRENGTH

20 // I AM NOT AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP

21 // I DO NOT HOLD ANGER WITHIN ME

22 // I DO NOT HOLD GRUDGES

23 // I CAN FORGIVE MYSELF AND OTHERS

24 // I AM A POSITIVE PERSON

25 // I WILL NOT SACRIFICE MYSELF IN AN EFFORT TO NOT BOTHER OTHERS

26 // I AM NOT AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL

27 // I AM NOT BOUND BY MY ROUTINES

28 // I WILL ACHIEVE MY GOALS

29 // I DON’T HAVE TO BE THE PERSON I WAS YESTERDAY

30 // I DO NOT RESTRAIN MY FEELINGS

31 // I ASK FOR WHAT I WANT

32 // I ACTIVELY PURSUE WHAT I WANT

33 // I WILL NOT PUT THINGS OFF THAT I CAN DO RIGHT NOW

34 // I WILL TAKE CARE OF MYSELF – MIND, BODY, AND SOUL

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— Ashley

Looking for Leopard Sneakers

Hey hey! I don’t know about you, but leopard is one of my favorite prints. It’s really a timeless neutral that is great to have in many different forms within your wardrobe. For me, it is an absolute must that I have a pair of leopard sneakers.

I noticed the other day that my pair from Target that I bought last summer are really starting to show wear and tear. πŸ™ This sad revelation has put me on the hunt for a new pair, and well, I thought I’d take you guys along on that journey! And really let’s just be honest – this a great way for me to compile my list and have a place to reference back to. πŸ˜‰

I really prefer/always have gone for slip on sneakers. If I do get lace up sneakers, I just tie them loosely enough so that I can slip them on and off without having to untie them. So, while it was initially my preference to find another pair of slip on leopard sneakers – I did come across some lace up ones that are too cute as well which has just really made the decision making process really hard. I mean, I know I need one pair of leopard sneakers, but would several be overkill?? πŸ˜‰

I’ve included finds from all different price ranges : affordable to higher end.

Keds X Kate Spade Double Decker Slip on Sneaker from Nordstrom – $110.00

Lace Up Sneakers from H&M – $12.99

Platform Lace up Sneakers from H&M – $29.99

J. Adams Round Toe Slip on Sneaker from Amazon – $29.90

Lilian Micro – Suede Slip On Sneaker – Universal Threads from Target – $29.99

Steve Madden from Journeys – $59.99

Vans Women’s Asher Delux Shoes from Academy – $54.99

What do you guys think? Did you see a pair that you felt like you must immediately #addtocart ?? πŸ˜‰

— Ashley

Birthday Gift Guide – for the Woman in Your Life

Hey hey! I don’t know if you knew it or not, but in case you don’t – March 21st is my birthday… so in honor of this wonderful day – I thought I’d put together a little birthday gift guide aka my birthday gift wish list. πŸ˜‰

And honestly, I know SO MANY PEOPLE who are born between the months of April and May that I’m just like 95% positive that someone reading this will find it to come in handy in the upcoming weeks!

So here’s to adding some more thingamabobs to a girl’s collection.

  1. Cheetah Cork Earrings from Nickel and Suede – Size L – $27.00

If you know ME at all, then you know I love Nickel and Suede Earrings. They are pretty much the only earrings I wear – and I NEED this new print in my life. ASAP They are handmade leather and cork earrings that make a huge statement without the huge burden of pulling down your earlobes because they are super light! Seriously, they are life changing earrings and the girl in your life could definitely use a pair…or twenty. πŸ˜‰

2. Kristen Ess Iconic Style Blow Dryer – $100.00

I have been eyeing this blow dryer for some time now. I know from past experience that it’s totally worth it to invest a good amount of money in your hair dryer ESPECIALLY if you use it often. Plus, this one is super pretty!

3. Bead Head Little Tease Hair Crimper – $18.74

I’ve seen people on social media using a hair crimper here and there and I’m here today to call it and say that they are going to be big thing soon πŸ˜‰ . I Just want one. And I think it’d make a cute unexpected soon to be trendy gift. But mainly I want one. LOL

4. Wedding Date Necklace – $39.00

So, I really really need this. We just recently set our wedding date and how freaking cute does it look on this necklace??

5. Penn Carry – All | Black – $498.00

Listen, I know that this is really very expensive.. but you know it’s a hand made leather bag that is going to last your FOREVER and it’s an incredibly classic and versatile design. Totally worth that price tag. And totally needs to be on my arm. πŸ˜‰

6. Skin Aries Ear Cuff in Dream| Sarah Briggs – $20.00

I’ve been wanting one of Sarah Briggs’ ear cuffs for some time now…and my birthday is just really a great excuse to get one!

So, there you have it! Tell me, anything on my list look like something a girl in your life would love??

— Ashley

Wedding Inspiration : Dark + Moody + Casual

Hello, Hello! If you read Monday’s post, you know that we finally decided on a venue and have a couple dates in mind for our wedding next year which got me all kinds of nervous and excited. Weddings are so expensive and intense even when you’re planning on doing something small(ish) and casual like us!

And the truth is, I’ve wavered back and forth over whether or not it is really worth it to even have a wedding. There have been moments when I just think doing an elopement would be so much easier and so much more us. However, the thing is – I do want all of our people to share in this moment with us. It took us a longggggg time to get here, and now we are finally both on the same page – and well that in and of itself deserves a celebration. SO.. here I am dipping my toes into doing some concrete wedding planning and I thought I’d bring you guys along with me!

I’ve got a Pinterest Wedding Board going, because that’s what you do in today’s world when you have some kind of event to plan. I want our wedding to be simple, low-key, casual, and all kinds of non traditional. πŸ™‚

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I really want the cake to be rustic and moody and most importantly : taste so good that there’s none left afterwards. πŸ˜‰

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The wedding will be in the late afternoon/evening – so I have visions of lots of twinkle lights draped and hanging. The ceremony and reception will all be in the same place.

For the reception area of the venue I want one to two long banquet tables styled simply with dark table cloths and runners and muted colored greenery. We’re going to have a sit down dinner after the ceremony to eat dinner and just hang out and chat. I’m envisioning free flowing drinks, food, and intimate conversations.

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The venue itself is a piece of art and has a lot of character which is one of the biggest reasons we chose it. There are murals all over the walls by a well-known local artist – so I really want that to be the back drop and all the decorations to be simple + moody.

I want to write the whole ceremony myself and I don’t plan on having the whole traditional thing of the bride being walked down aisle to her waiting groom. I want us to enter the ceremony together – holding hands. At this point, I’m pretty sure I’ll be in a black dress, unless I just fall in love with a cream or white one.

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But yeah, that’s about where my head is at so far! My ideas have changed a bit even since when we first got engaged around Christmas – sooo I’m sure things will continue to evolve along the way. Thanks for reading along as I think out loud and get my thoughts down in writing.

— Ashley

This is Life Lately – March 11, 2019

Y’all. It’s 9:25 on Monday night and here I am just now writing this post. The weekend and day just got away from me. And I literally just stepped out of my bath to spend some time mindlessly scrolling social media while I dried off and thought… why don’t I just write that blog post instead? So, here I am wrapped in a towel and freshly cleansed to share with you what life has been like lately around here for us!

So first, I have some funny Sophie Grace and Cooper stories to share.

This morning Sophie Grace and I were in the car headed to work and school. We made our usual pit stop at Starbucks for Mommy to get her beloved Iced Coffee. The barista at the window hands me my cup and it is just over flowing with coffee that is dripping down the side. So she’s like, “Oh man, here let me wipe that off for you!” So she proceeds to wipe it off and then hands it back to me saying, ” sorry about that!” And I’m just like, “haha{{unnecessary awkward nervous laughter}} thanks!” As I drive away SG asks me, “Mommy why did you laugh like that? {{and then mimics my awkward unnecessary laugh to. a. TEE.}}” So obviously I reply with yet another unnecessary awkward laugh, “HAHA, I don’t know Sophie.” And she says, “WHY DID YOU JUST DO IT AGAIN??” which causes me to DIE with laughter. And then she is tickled to death at me laughing so much…and it was just one of the most funny and joyful moments. Because like, why do I do that? I laugh when I’m nervous or uncomfortable. And sometimes … ok most of the time I’m nervous and uncomfortable for no good reason.

And now Cooper…

It’s lent right now for many religious organizations. Cooper goes to a Catholic School – so he is currently immersed in lent. Friday we are driving away from school after I picked him up and he says to me that he’s just not sure yet what he should give up for lent. Lent started on Wednesday..so he’s struggling a bit. And the thing is he doesn’t HAVE to give anything up. We’d never enforce that for a five year old, but they’re learning about it and obviously it’s a hot topic right now so he wants to participate. ANYWAY – since he says he’s having trouble I decide to start naming some options:

Me: How about your playstation?

Him: Oh nooo, I need my playstation to play games Mommy.

Me: Ok, what about your Ipad?

Him: OH NOO, Mom. You know I need technology. It’s important in my everyday life.

Me: Alright, let’s see… oh! Chocolate milk?

Him: No no no, MOM… I need to drink chocolate milk. You KNOW that.

Me: Hmmmph….

Him: SEE, it’s hard isn’t it???

And then I just cracked up with laughter! Because really, it IS hard to figure out something to give up. lol He did end up settling on cookies. So if you see Coop, don’t offer him a cookie. πŸ˜‰

In hindsight, those stories took a lot of words.. so I won’t keep you for much longer. We celebrated Mardi Gras last week with a day full of outside adventures, making crafts, and creating our very parade right here in the house which was an absolute blast. The kids keep asking to make the parade again.

I’ve had my eye on one of those “house” beds for Sophie Grace’s room. She’s currently in a toddler bed – and with all her sleep issues…I thought maybe if I make her room a special place for her …just maybe she will want to sleep more? Pipe dreams..I know. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, you can buy one for around 200.00 on Amazon…but I enlisted my handy dad to make one for cheaper which he started doing this weekend. Coop has been helping Ppop with the work, and Sophie Grace seems super excited for her new bed.

Shaun and I decided on a venue for our wedding! All I have to do now is make that dreaded cold call to book it and nail down a specific day in Jan. 2020. I feel like if I can get the venue and photographer booked by the end of this month, I’ll be making good progress.

OH and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention just how MESSED up this time change has got me. πŸ˜‰ Not really, except it’s dark in the morning when I wake up and I’m not a fan of that…otherwise I really enjoy the extra daylight hours in the evening. The kids and I were able to sneak in a beach trip on Sunday evening because of it!

Oh oh, and I got my first dip manicure a week and a half ago, and I am just smitten. It STILL LOOKS BRAND NEW. In fact, I had a dream last night that I woke up this morning and someone had come in the middle of the night and filed down and removed my manicure. I was so upset that I was sobbing. In the dream. Over MY NAILS. y’all. So funny, but I’d legit be real upset it that happened. lol

But yeah, that’s about it…I hope you have a great rest of the evening or day if it’s Tuesday by the time you read this!

— Ashley

On International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, and while I usually reserve Fridays to talk about products that I have tried out and want to share with you guys – I thought it would do all of you more justice to spend a few words speaking about the importance of today. πŸ™‚

I’m sure that by the time this post publishes you will have come across several social media posts declaring that it’s International Women’s Day. I think that’s fantastic. I took some time to research and do some reading on the history of IWD, and I did some self reflection on what IWD means to me. Over and over I saw people writing, β€œ While women have fought and won many many battles in the arena of gaining – there is still much to do.”

I can’t wait for the year when we feel like we don’t have to explain ourselves. I can’t wait for the year when everyone is aware and accepts that change still needs to happen and women don’t feel like they have to justify their basic needs and rights. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

In my opinion, one of the greatest way that we can enact any kind of change is to take a grassroots approach. Look around at your own life, into the lives of the women that surround you, into your hometown and see what you can do to start making changes there. Throw a pebble in your pond and watch the ripple effect explode out around you.

International Women’s Day was accepted by The United Nations since 1910 and has been officially celebrated on March 8th or every year since 1914 by many countries. This year’s theme is #balanceforbetter – to β€œThink equal, build smart, and innovate for change.”

For so long, women have just been fighting for equality and balance – and the cold hard truth is that women are still not getting equal pay in all work environments, there are lower proportions of women to men in government positions, and women’s education is still being withheld across the world.

I hope that my daughter will not have to fight these battles. I want my daughter to know that she can do whatever she wants. I want my daughter to know that she is strong and she is worthy and has the right to be seen and treated as equal. Yes, maybe her body is biologically different from a man’s – but that doesn’t mean she should ever be treated as less than.

So, if you’ve read this and you think that today is a one sided affair. If you think that you still need to be advocated for. Then do it.

Because there’s a need for women to be advocated for. There are still great strides that need to be made for women to live in a gender balanced environment. That’s why IWD is a big deal. We’ve recognized a need and we are doing things to try to meet that need. We are. Women are. Not surprisingly, it was a woman who proposed that there even be an IWD.

So, we’re not sitting around waiting for someone to hand us a to do list. We’re not waiting for someone to do it for us. The laundry basket is full and we need clothes for tomorrow so we’re washing the damn laundry. The trash can in the bathroom is overflowing and we’re not going to wait two weeks for someone else to empty it. It’s International Women’s Day and we’re here to celebrate women. To uplift women. To inspire women. To motivate women. To encourage women to seek out balance in every aspect of their lives.

— Ashley