hello 2020

Out with the old; in with the new. Happy New Year everyone. Welcome to year 2020! I wish the past Ashley could read this and just think “Whoa! Year 2020: The Future!” We may be in the future, but I’ve yet to fly a flying car down the street to Dunkin or holographic FaceTime a friend on my translucent, lighter-than-air iPhone 12.8739 Pro Max Lite. Instead, we’re still here, postmating our lattes from Dunkin or asking Siri to FaceTime our friends on our iPhone 11 Pro with three cameras on the back and wireless airpods in our ears…I hope you’re catching the sarcasm here.

Imagine growing up in the 90s, paying with checks, using physical maps to find your way, and carrying around a block to call people…JUST CALL.

The point that I’m gradually getting at here is that we’re living in the future. Maybe we’re not 100% satisfied with where we are, but we still have to give credit where credit is due. We live in the age of fast pace everything. If you want it, not only will you get it, but you’ll get it fast.

But I just want to advise that in the midst of this fast pace society, that you take a moment to breathe, pause, reflect. I advise that you grasp any moment of silence you can get and thank God. Express gratitude for where you are and even what you go through.

This is the weirdest segue, I know.

I know that every New Year’s Eve, we rate the level of success of the previous year, as if we can actually remember every detail of it. I am guilty of this too. We often rate quite low with the hope of the next year being better. But this year (along with all the years to come), let’s take a different route. Let’s celebrate each year, whether good or bad. To say you’ve had 365 bad days consecutively seems a bit far fetched to me. Even within 24 hours, there can be one minute where you smiled or laughed. Rather than use the pass or fail method on your entire year, let’s acknowledge the good moments and the bad moments and use these to shape us. Allow these moments to be lessons, intended to make you stronger and wiser. I‘m choosing to step out on faith and gratitude and say that regardless of what I go through, 2020 will be a year of growth.

Now, what does this have to do with living in the future? Honestly, I don’t know (lol). I had a thought, ran with it, couldn’t finish it, so attempted to transition into something much more meaningful. Either way, here is my transparency, Happy New Year, and I’m excited to share more with you all.

Much love and God bless,

Ashley

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