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Posts by Ashley

Uncaged: The Book

My first book, Uncaged: Finding Freedom in the Midst of Motherhood, will be available on Amazon at the end of October. Stay tuned for more details!

What Love Is

Soon you’ll see your face red and twisted in the rearview mirror as you rage at your kids in the backseat. Soon you’ll try to ease the drudgery and relentlessness with Facebook and Irish Cream, but it will leave you more disconnected than you were before. Soon you’ll want to escape this life you can […]

Because I Want My Husband to Change

We can write from the wound or the scar. This is a lightly edited, self-coaching/journaling piece written from a (minor) wound of mine. This is where I am right now. This is real life. Even as I’m telling him he should interact differently with our kids I realize my hypocrisy. I’m criticizing him, feeling irked […]

What to Do When Motherhood Leaves You Feeling Stuck

A newly birthed mother steps into a fire. It is a burning away of her old self in favor of a deeper, richer, more vibrant skin. It is the experience of her mother and her grandmothers. Her daughters, too, may one day live it. Sometimes, however, we moms get stuck in this otherwise temporary blaze. […]

Why I Do What I Do

Because we only get so many trips around the sun. That’s why. That’s why I do what I do both personally and professionally. You may have heard (or read) me mention this in regards to the death of my dad. Losing a parent and bumping up a place in the mortality line taught me that […]

What Need Does Your Vote Express?

What need does your vote express? Safety? Security? Personal power? Freedom? Validation? Your enemy’s vote–the one whose views are diametrically opposed to yours–expresses the same needs. You want the same things. The only difference is which road you think will take you there. Each vote expresses a need. Let’s listen. We can all help others feel heard. And work […]

Are You Parenting From Love or Fear?

Notice how you interact with your kids, what you say to them, how you say it. Does it come from a place of love, or does it come from a place of fear? Dig deep and see. Let’s say your 3-year-old draws with a marker all over the living room wall. What is your response? Perhaps […]

8 Tenets of Parenting

Kids want to feel connected to their parents. Kids want their parents’ approval. Parents are doing the best they can. Kids are doing the best they can. Both adults and children crave and thrive on autonomy. Respect is a two way street. What you are doing as a parent pales in comparison to who you […]

10 Benefits of Journaling

When used beyond the recording of facts and incidents and venting journaling can be a powerful tool. It becomes even more potent when done consistently. Here are 10 benefits of regular journaling: Emotional awareness. Pinpoint, name, and describe your feelings to raise your emotional intelligence and self-awareness. Process your thoughts. Write to figure out what you believe. Discover […]

We Have Different Melting Points, But We’re All Doing the Best We Can

Originally written on 1/2/14 for my personal blog. Through three months of 24 hour a day co-parenting, I watched an emotional balance scale on which my husband and I rode. In the beginning, my side was heavily weighted. His rose high above. Over time I became lighter–more patient, more kind, more content. Over time he became less patient […]

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