Live Well: Back to Basics

DSC_9900A few things recently have gotten me thinking about the original intent of this blog. When my husband and I ended up in an hour-long Rubik's cube solving/snuggle session last night, all my thoughts started to come together. I started this blog as a way to celebrate and share what makes me me and what makes you you. I strive to write daily about ways you can harness your clothes, your fitness routine, and the way you live your day-to-day life to make you feel comfortable in your own skin. I don't write about clothes because I love fashion (to quote Liz Lemon, "that word kind of bums me out") and I don't write about working out because I love being skinny. I write about clothes and fitness because I love how they both make me believe and give me the confidence to show others that I am smart, funny, loving, generous, and determined. Maybe that sounds like a lot to ask of an outfit, but let me know the next time you feel good about your body and dress yourself in clothing you love whether or not you feel like a superior version of yourself.

I suppose the point of all of this is that I want to share with the world that I am the kind of girl who comes home on a Thursday night and likes to have my husband re-teach me how to solve a Rubik's cube. I'm the girl who will never, ever call herself a "fashion maven" but will always proudly claim the title of "nerd." I hope that doesn't mean that you are no longer interested in what I wear, what I eat, how I work out, or how I live. I started this blog so I could have a hobby other than watching Friends reruns, but I love that it's blossomed into something that keeps me more closely connected to my friends and family, and it means the world to me every time someone tells me that they enjoy reading what I write here. But recently I've felt, just a little bit, that maybe I wasn't living up to the mission statement of Name's Not Ashley. That my focus had drifted from sharing what I know about the pursuit of happiness to sharing clothes with not enough context. So here's my supersize dose of context - I'm just a girl who has slowly learned a few tricks to being happy, and a few of those tricks happen to be photo-friendly. And I will be back next week and all the weeks after that with more ideas for easy ways to dress, eat, and lift weights, all in the pursuit of being content with yourself. Sound good?

And for those of you who are eager to hear more about the Rubik's cube and its place in my life, there will come a time where I will tell you how the Rubik's cube played a central role in my husband and I's love story. Today is not that day. For now, I will leave you with an indicator of its importance, also known as the best groom's cake ever created:


Image courtesy of my fantastic wedding photographer, David Jones.

Have a wonderful weekend.