Being Light

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I’ve come to realize that the greatest lesson I’ve learned in recent years is to be the LIGHT. There is enough pain and darkness in the world, it’s not necessary to add to it. The world needs our smiles, our laughter, our authentic selves. It’s up to us to outshine and out love all that seems to cover up the pure, raw beauty which is all around.

When asked recently what I thought the purpose of life was, I was surprised at how quick I answered: “to be an extension (or vehicle) to spread light and love to the world.

I think this is a beautiful and big calling in life. In order to bring the light, you must also be the light.

While this is not to say you must be your highest self 100% of the time, as I also think there is beauty in our human~ness, it is to say you must do the things to allow you to be that light for others.

In this time of giving, of grief, and of change, continue to do the work that allows you to be your best self.

It’s a time to make caring for yourself a priority, even when you might be pulled a thousand different ways.

And just before we get into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I want to give you some of my best tools for self care.

Click this link for a full list of ways I encourage you to start and end your day. I believe that adding sacred ritual and routine into your daily life will allow you to make self-love and self-care a true priority. Get my ultimate self-care guide here. This is a glimpse of a full wellness guidebook I have been creating, which will be coming out in January. Stay tuned, I’m so excited I just had to share!

My hope is that through this, you will find some advice, comfort, and understanding that while we are to bring the light to those around us, you must also do the work to fill yourself up first. As Liz Gilbert would say, if you’ve been waiting for a permission slip to put yourself first, this is it.

I wanted to share one last thing that has been lighting up my life lately:

750words.com –> this website is utterly incredible. I have been into the morning pages (from The Artist Way), but was going through a lot of notebooks very quickly, and then just throwing away the notebooks. This is a website that where you can write three pages daily, and then after you finish writing you can view a rundown of the main points of your writing. It’s really cool and really fun and I’ve been loving it a lot.

How do you incorporate self-care into your daily life? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

With love,

Ashley

 

 

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