Give Me the Simple Life, Little Ashlee

   The other day, I wrote about how excited I am to travel to Europe with only a single carry on – only the bare necessities. You may be wondering how, in a world of (numerous) things we live in, I’m so interested in a minimalist lifestyle. Let me explain… Ever since I was young, I’ve been somewhat of an organized pack rat (oxymoron of the year?). That homework from high school American History, my stamp collection from middle school,… Read more »

Eiffel Tower Clip Art

It has been a while since I last updated y’all on how the planning for Europe is coming together. To say the least – it is a lot of work! A few weeks ago, my other half, Max, and I spent the better part of a Sunday on booking housing and transportation as well as planning our itinerary. Now with our Europe adventure about 60 days away – the excitement is building! We have decided to visit (mainly) London, Paris,… Read more »

Smiley Face Clip Art

This past Friday, I was in mile three of four of my daily run and I was struggling. My breathing was off and I was cramping – I was about to slow to walk… However, another runner came towards me and stuck out her hand and with a big smile said “keep it up!” It really is the little things, because immediately my cramps disappeared and my breathing leveled out and I was actually smiling as I felt my pace… Read more »

My Dad and I at Christmas

The first time I saw my father cry it changed my life. You might be thinking that someone had died – or something life shattering had occurred. If so, you’re wrong. Don’t take it personally, I would have thought the same thing. I say “first time” – I should probably clarify that: it’s the first time I remember seeing him cry. You see, my sister had a dog named Bosco. He was a brown Boxer with baby black spots –… Read more »

Dream Job Next Exit Image

     This past week I had the honor of working as a recruiter at the MSU Career Fair for my future place of employment. Instead of running around in a suit like a chicken with my head cut off trying to impress someone with a 20 second elevator speech, I was standing in business casual attire, trying to absorb and judge a persons worth in 20 seconds. Now please keep in mind that the “chicken with my head cut… Read more »

To start your Saturday evening off right, here’s a list of words from A-Z that have a positive connotation. I challenge you to find a new way to be optimistic in the coming week! Accomplishment Bliss Courageous Delightful Enthusiastic Friendly Genuine Honest Imaginative Jubilant Kind Laugh Motivational Nice Optimistic Productive Quality Respect Sunshine Trusting Upbeat Valued Wholesome Xenodochial Yes Zealous

MSU Marching Band

On October 5, 2010 I received my letter of acceptance to Michigan State University. As it is a Big Ten school – sports are important. My absolute favorite is football! The Spartan Stadium  is like nothing I had ever experienced before. Literally, you sit with over 75,000 others cheering for the same team. It is invigorating! This year, we played the Wyoming Cowboys for our Homecoming game and won 56-14! Check out some of the photos from the parade as… Read more »

For a moment today, time stood still and what did I wish for? – More time. It’s outrageous. Me. You. The world. We never seem to be satisfied or at peace, for even just a moment.Eight hours of work requires more like twelve, but time with family and friends is important too… a lack of sleep presents itself. And now? We are too tired to get through our (hopefully) 36 hour day tomorrow. And the next day? We wish for… Read more »