Review of the Year


Today, I was looking at family photos from 2018. WOW! The kiddos have grown. All to be expected when you have littles. BUT this year, I did something different too.

Have you ever sat on the sofa and dreamed about the things you COULD do? Maybe watched some TV and dreamed of all of the things you could be. Just watching others live their lives, but not take action yourself. Well, my friends that was me until something changed.

I had put myself in a box. YEARS ago, I decided I wanted to be a doctor. I wanted to serve patients and more specifically women/the Deaf Community. I did all of things. But life took me in others directions. I earned my Bachelors degree as it seemed I should. I went out to complete my Masters degree. All very normal. It looked like Healthcare is where I would stay.

But was I happy? NOPE! I did not feel like I was serving people. My job was transitioning to more of a high level administration. I liked it. BUT I went into Healthcare for a reason, to serve patients in a hands on manner.

I knew I wanted to make a change, but I did not know how. And after all, I am in debt. I invested in myself to become a doctor. I should stay in Healthcare.

Well, at the end of 2017, I was diagnosed with Postpartum depression. Likely a mix of hormones and a lot of unresolved crap. I was engaging in things everyday that did not make me happy. I was not engaging enough on things that made me happy. It was an unbalanced life. It was full of I should do this and I should do that.

With my diagnosis came an opportunity! Life is too short to wait around for the weekend, a vacation, the evening, or retirement to be happy. That seem counterintuitive and none of that is truly guaranteed. My life is right now and I plan to show my children today how to live their lives. Not wait and watch others.

So, in 2018, I made space. I made space in my calendar, my heart, and my home for me. I started meditating, exercising, and drinking hot coffee in the morning. Oooh I love hot coffee.

I stopped trying to control everything because the truth is that as much as my TYPE A personality wants to, it is not possible. It is not. I started releasing the control and allowing myself to live. To try new things. I busted out of my box!

I started writing again. I started this blog to serve others and to document all of the things that I was learning with this new opportunity.

More opportunities started coming. I am starting to shift into my own business. A platform where I can serve AND I could eventually stay at home with my babies. They grow too  fast and I do not want to miss anymore time.

I made changes in my life and I am a changed person from 2017. I am looking forward to 2019. I know there will be more growth, more changes, and more amazing people to meet. More people to serve and just more. I am open to abundance and joy! Once I opened myself up, life became a little easier. Everything happens for a reason.

So, although 2018 was TRYING at best, it was also amazing. I met amazing, inspiring people. I made great changes in my life for me and my family. I know I will continue to get even better.

Intentional Living Tip:

So, I ask you…what did you accomplish in 2018. Now, it is a loaded question. It may seem like nothing, but I bet you did accomplish amazing beautiful things. I challenge you to write down 100 things you did. The first 20 or more will be really high level and not seem like much. But as you continue to write, you will be impressed with your journey.

Then look to 2019. What do you want to make space for in your life? What opportunities do you want to take on?

Schedule a call with me. I would love to help you make space or determine who can! You are worth living today and getting intentional about your time, energy, and care. You are meant to serve and already born with what you need to do so!

Love ya!



Published by Ashley Strong

I am a hardworking, full-time mother of two beautiful children under the age of two. When I became a mother for the first time almost 2 years ago, I changed greatly. Being a mother is one of the most amazing roles and I am grateful for the blessing. It is also one of the most challenging jobs, whether you are a working mother or a stay at home mom. Working through postpartum depression, I determined that the challenges of motherhood and life seemed to be overshadowing the many joys of motherhood. With much research, I found that the same words continued to pop up: intentional, purposeful, and mindful. This led me to start thinking about how I can be more intentional, purposeful, and mindful in all aspects in my life. The thought is really profound and overwhelming because it could be a major change for my family. I believe in this change and I am jumping into this journey with the great support of my husband. Here I am blogging about my journey. Please join me!

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