A New Year

Every year everything I have ever learned in my lifetime 

leads back to this: the fires and the black river of loss whose other side 

is salvation, whose meaning none of us will ever know.  

To live in this world you must be able to do three things: 

to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go,  

to let it go.  - Mary Oliver

I'm not really one for New Years Resolutions, but I love having the chance to reflect on the past year and to set intentions for the coming one.  Sometimes life moves so quickly that we don't take the time to reflect, learn, and wonder.  There is something beautiful and cyclical about a new year, and a fresh start.

2013 was by far one of the hardest, and simultaneously best, years of my life.  It's hard to understand how that can be true, but it is.  Being diagnosed with Lyme Disease and struggling through the treatment was challenging in ways I never could have imagined. I learned so much about myself this year, and had some humbling and scary moments.  There was also so much love, laughter, adventure, and amazing times with friends and family.  

I am looking forward to more of everything in 2014.  More healing, getting outside, YOGA, sleeping under the stars, and feeling good in my body.  More love and time spent with friends and family.  More growing, learning, and challenging myself.  More cuddling and loving and laughing together.  More supporting and championing the causes and dreams of those around me.  More making and creating and art and dedicated, passionate work.

I hope that this year brings you everything that you dream of and more.  You certainly deserve it.

Happy New Year!

XOXO,

Ashley

P.S. this is a round up of some of my favorite moments from 2013, in no particular order.

 

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