there’s something about *newness* that just makes the world exciting, isn’t there? new job, new apartment, new relationship, new car, new taco spot – with the new comes a blank slate for you to fill with whatever you choose and change your direction however you may see fit. CRAZY, but effing awesome.
some of you may not know this little tidbit of trivia but! my name isn’t *LEGALLY* spelled “A-S-H-L-I”. i changed it myself (ok i didn’t change it legally, my ID’s still say ashl-EY) in 4th grade so i could be different than allllllllllll the other Ashley’s that were my age, especially since it was the #2 girls name for those born in 88…(first was Jessica in case you were curious). i was switching schools and my mom gave me the whole talk “you can be whoever you want to be at your new school! nobody knows you there!” and i jumped on that opportunity to make sure i changed the thing about me that just felt off, my name! been going against the grain since day 1 i suppose.
but she was right! a new school meant new opportunities, just as a new job/relationship/apartment whatever can mean the same. you have the opportunity to create a unique experience from scratch and that freshness has always been something i’m drawn to…and maybe a big reason why i love New York as much as i do.
this city completely changes daily, weekly, monthly for me and again if you don’t know me, i either LOOOOVE it here or despise it so much i’m threatening to leave within the next few weeks…which i clearly haven’t. the human part of me that craves a bit of that tug and pull works well with NYC in that way and keeps me on my toes. I’m always feeling challenged, excited and consistently pushing for the next thing – whether with my blog, the podcast i had, my work, and so on.
lately there has been a lot of really wonderful “new”‘s that i’m excited to see unfold and to update you on as they go.
this week, in particular, i embark on a new journey myself professionally and after months of looking for the right position offering exactly the type of scenario, team, structure that i’m looking for, i’m confident and excited again to be working in this city and industry that i love so much – both of which are extremely challenging at times (pay your people better, fashion industry!). as i open a new page in the hypothetical notebook, i have a completely fresh opportunity to influence and collaborate and offer expertise in an industry i’ve immersed myself in for over a decade – and instead of feeling weary by it or exhausted already, I. AM. PUMPED. (and honestly currently very sick but such is life and on we go!)
the thing is, i’m thankful that I’ve never been afraid of change or deterred by it. in fact, i welcome it with open arms. unless they’re wrapped in a blanket poncho of course 🙂
i hope you all start the week with the same kind of fresh energy. you may not be starting a new job, or in a new relationship, or moving into a new place but it’s a new week – one with days ahead that are untouched and ready for you to write your story. the words you choose are up to you. the way you treat people is up to you. how you respond to the week, how you spend your days, how you choose to view life when you wake up in the morning is YOU. YOU. YOU. cool, right? you’re the one in charge, and we’re all starting a fresh slate together on this Monday.
let’s make it a good one. and by that, i mean donuts.