👆🏼Me, in a nutshell.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don’t know if you believe in an enemy or not, but I do, and the older I get, the more I see that’s his best tactic to hamstring us. Keep us busy, keep us distracted, keep us amused by scrolling and hustle and tapping. Keep us playing small when we’re created for so much more, and distract us with busyness and STUFF in the interim. Especially if we’re ones who want to start a small business or get paid to be creative—ahh, yes. We make case studies for that. 😉⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But it doesn’t have to be that way. As Shauna Niequist says, “I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud.” Friend, I see you and I’m sitting with you in the hot mess express of building a business that supports my life and little family and not the other way around—one full of offline days and sketchbooks, Molskine journals and afternoon walks with a new baby in a stroller.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀ I’m cozy in my fluffy Ugg robe (thanks, Wes!! 😘) scribbling dreams between 👶🏻 feedings this morning, partnering with my friend & financial coach @ShannaSkidmore for #TheBlueprintModel again. Nearly 900 of you have jumped in the free classes with me, and she’s got one more free class left—whoop! It’s not too late to sign up at ashlynwrites.com/blueprint ⠀ .⠀ And? SO excited to welcome in women to my Blueprint Model bonus track—I’m the one with dry shampoo in her hair and spit up on her top waving you in!
Sometimes your mom buys a bow swaddle to dress you up and take your picture because it’s your one month birthday & your fuzzy head is fantastic. 🤷🏼♀️ . Happy 1️⃣ month to the boy who made me a momma! You have my heart in your little hands, John Talmadge. It’s a gift to be entrusted to shepherd your little life! 🙌🏽 @wescarter9 #beaufortbonnet
This may be awkward, but ... can we talk about your prayer life? . I totally used to be the type of person that said “I’ll pray for you” to friends & then uh, never actually remembered to do that. 🙈 No way I’m the only one, right?! I unpacked that & 4 tips that have helped me cultivate a habit of HI, ACTUALLY TALKING TO GOD in this week’s YouTube video on my channel (link in bio!). I’m so excited to get to share some of what I learned last year! . It’s there for the watching, but my friend @valwoerner’s launched a new course on developing a fluent language of prayer & I’m PUMPED to dive in over maternity leave. Look for some details on her business in the video, but just be encouraged: if you ever felt like you “weren’t a good pray-er,” it can be learned, bud. 🙋🏼♀️I’m a case study. I get asked a lot about the @valmariepaper journals, and YES, they’re helpful in making that a habit! 🙌🏽 Do you journal your prayers? Or write them at all? 👇🏼 Tell me below (and if you use these journals too, lemme know!)!
“Ash, I only noticed because I was watching to see what you’d do, but you’re not posting!” A best buddy told me this the other week and 🤷🏼♀️ yup. Spent the better part of the past month offline—snuggly baby Tal sounds > notifications, looking up lyrics to lullabies > checking DMs, staring into a set of grey eyes > scrolling. .😍 Just a first of the year reminder that you don’t have to let social media dictate ANYTHING in your life or business, ok? 🙌🏽🤳🏽It’s fun, but phone down life is way better. Put it down, go a week or two or more without this stuff if you want. Your business will not explode. I promise. . Speaking of, gonna do that right now: my mom’s here to give Wes and me our first “day off!” Mani/pedi, sauna, and SOLO WALKS AROUND TARGET & WHOLE FOODS, HERE I COME!!! 🎯 💕😂
The promises & gift of Christmas cannot be discerned unless you first admit you can't save yourself ... or even know KNOW yourself ... without the lights of His unmerited grace in your life. -Tim Keller . 15 days into parenthood and I can't quite get past it all. The original gift, and how He came in blackout darkness ... after 400 years of silence. As proof that we are never so damned, so broken, so forgotten to be rescued. It floors me each and every Christmas, and especially this one with a newborn in the house. . Rest your heart in that tonight friend. A thrill of hope has come! P.s. didn’t know these cards would basically be vintage when I got them out the door 2 days before our early due date baby. 😂
Just having a merry little Christmas Eve Eve over here with my boys.🎄😍
✨GIVEAWAY❗️| Let’s talk about traditions. . I’m a sucker for a seasonal bucket list—know what I mean? The ones where I can check off “Bake something blueberry” in July, “Celebrate our anniversary” in August, & “Drive around looking at Christmas lights” in December. Wes loves it. 😉 . Spending a cozy morning brainstorming new family traditions on the worksheets in my new Celebrations Binder (while baby Tal snoozes next to me!!) and … I’m teaming up with the @CultivateWhatMatters team to give a shiny new Celebrations Binder away to YOU! . To enter, simply: 1️⃣ Like this post. 🎉 2️⃣ Follow @ashlynscarter📱 3️⃣ Tag three friends that encourage you to love your people well! 🙌🏻🙋🏼 4️⃣BONUS ENTRY: Subscribe to the YouTube channel (http://ashlynwrites.com/youtube) . “God is all about us having days set apart to remember his faithfulness, to celebrate, and to rest so we can use our gifts well.” Good luck—I’ll announce a winner on CHRISTMAS EVE! 🎄🙌🏽
My favorite 🎄decor yet. 😍 Happy today-was-your-due-date Day, John Talmadge Carter! . Ok, crowd-sourcing lullabies because at 2 a.m., I can’t remember many besides Christmas songs, a few hymns, and sorority chapter meeting songs. 😂 Whatcha got for me—are their any good little songs you remember from growing up, babysitting, or being a momma? “Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore” needs a break. 😉 | cred: @brooke_colorbox
You know that “you gotta spend money to make money” saying? . At least for me ... that phrase rings true for my business. 🤷🏼♀️ If I bet on myself, I👏🏼show👏🏼up. I LOVE talking about the behind the scenes stuff in my business, so ... I did it again! . This week’s YouTube video is LIVE: I spill the 13 best things/investments I’ve ever made in my small business. From the weekly personal behind-the-scenes workflow I don’t miss, to my top tips for picking a mastermind—the video’s ready & waiting for ya. . Back to serving up a menu today that looks a lot more like putting *someone* 👶🏻 in a milk coma than it looks like this one I calligraphed the other year🖋, but let me know below if you tuned in! 👇🏼
One week ago, baby, you stole the heart of a girl that never thought she was very “maternal.” ⠀ 💕😍 Wanted to share the story behind JTC’s name, and what we’re calling him since some of y’all have asked!⠀ .👏🏼⠀ Wes and I both agreed on using family names. John’s a strong name on both sides & means “Yahweh is gracious.” Talmadge is a cool one: Wes’s great uncle Talmadge was serving in WWII when his plane was shot down over the Pacific Ocean and he died in the line of duty serving his country. Wes always loved the name, and we have a condolence letter from President Truman as a heirloom for our baby! We actually just looked at the date on the letter, and he was shot down 12/10/1945 ... 73 years to the date our baby came 9 days early. Chills. .🇺🇸⠀ We were THOSE ppl who didn’t know what we’d call him for a few days after he was born ... JT? Jack? We settled on “Tal” for short—but call him Talmadge a good bit, too. 😉 I LOVE name meanings, so I want to know: what’s the story and meaning of your name? Tell me below!! 👇🏼