Look Backward and Forward

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Look Backward and Forward | Colorful Living xx Ashley
@britanypage

As I sit here wrapped in a super soft throw, watching the snowflakes fall, I realize this is the first year that I’m ready to take down the holiday décor within days of Christmas. I used to put that shit up early November, and take it down late January. This year, not the case – I’m ready for something different.

Transformations are the bomb, especially when it comes to décor and art. A perk of being an artist is getting to switch up the walls with new pieces. As a kid, I used to continually change up my room, pushing the bed from one wall to the other; moving the knick-knack stuff around. We also lived in a bunch of different houses, which I think fuelled my desire for experiencing various lifestyles.

These days I’m in a condo that doesn’t allow for many different furniture layouts, so having rotating art helps keep things fresh for me. It can be somewhat sad to see a piece go, but it’s also really exciting to meet people who love what you create, and its dope to see it displayed in a different environment.

I’m not one for making New Years a big deal. I’m good with some bubbles, cheese, and friends – or chilling at home with my bf and cat. I’ve never put much pressure and effort into resolutions and reflections, and I don’t agree that New Year’s Eve is foreshadowing for how the rest of your year will turn out. But I do agree with Uncle Joey that a man without a plan is not a man.

Any day of the year is a good day to make a plan. Set goals, and figure out steps to help you reach them. Also, it’s a good idea to take a hard look at where you’re at. What do you like, or want to change? Smoke a joint, give yourself credit for your accomplishments, and be honest with what needs modifying. It’s so easy to just go through the motions of life. We gotta live damnit!

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

— Oscar Wilde

One highlight of the year for me was starting this blog. Besides some friends and family, I don’t know if anyone is reading this, but I’m having a good time. Writing has been something I’ve thought of doing for a long time, along with wanting to help and connect with people. I’m glad to finally be doing it.

This year, at Kris Por Studio, we’ve worked with some dope ass women, and I’m so thankful. There are some gorgeous gems that we get to continually colab with, and we’ve met some amazing new people too. I love finding a kindred spirit in people we meet through photography. Gotta love it when they are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside! These women constantly inspire and motivate me.

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My goals are written down – and the plans to make them happen. Do the best I can on the daily, with long-term goals in mind. Mostly I want to be healthy, help more, and create more art. And pay off the credit cards.

xx
Ashley

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