Yes, time has just flown by!
Hey, friends! Today marks a very important milestone for Ashley 🖤 Adores — it’s my ninth anniversary. A quick little trip down memory lane for ya: On this day (February 5) in 2012, the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots, 21-17, in Super Bowl XLVI. “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele was the No. 1 song in the US. And just six days later, our beloved songbird Whitney Houston passed away. President Obama was campaigning for his second term (which, spoiler alert, he won). Peplum dresses and wedge sneakers were all the rage. What a time to be alive!
While this occasion calls for celebration, I’m using this moment as a recalibration of sorts. As you may have noticed, a lot has happened since I started this blog nine years ago. Life. That’s the main thing that happened. Admittedly, I lost the passion to pursue this blog wholeheartedly after playing the comparison game and not ascending to highly flawed, self-imposed levels of success. Those things truly are the thief of joy.
Most notably, I got sick in the fall of 2017 and ultimately was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in March 2018, prompting many things to be placed on the back burner, including this very blog. Just finding stability and coming to terms with the fact that I am living with a disease for which there is no cure was a process that completely upended my life. I write about my journey in my newly released book, Jesus Year, which is currently available at ashleytheauthor.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, by the way. I took it one day at a time. One weakened, dropped foot in front of the other strong one. I’m proud of how far I’ve come.
And just like I slowly got my life back on track, so will I put one foot in front of the other to regain the momentum with Ashley 🖤 Adores. That’s right. It’s time to get back in the game! No longer will I put more energy into my day job than I do for my own endeavors. As I’ve gone through this trying health journey, I’ve come to realize that I’m my best investment.
I’ve gotta start doing the things that bring me joy, and that includes stunting in Outfits of the Day, capturing photos of the beauty I come across on the daily, encouraging my readers with Wednesday Words, chronicling my thrift store finds, and so much more. I mean, let’s be realistic. I will be taking baby steps to start. To hold myself accountable, I’m setting a goal of posting at least once a week. Boom! It’s written on this blog on the world wide web so it’s now a thing.
If you’ve made it this far, you’re a real one. Thanks so much for supporting your girl! There is so much more in store for Ashley 🖤 Adores. I appreciate you coming along for the ride. XO.
Heading image and book cover credits:
Photographer: Brian Freeman
Makeup: Kim Freeman
Hair: Marlisha Lofton
Nails: Redondo 7 Nails