A New Beginning

November 16, 2016

Many moons ago...okay, it was actually probably just 4 years ago around this time, I decided to create my first blog. It was around this same time, my  husband and I had just recently gotten married and I wanted a place to come and share all the fun of the not so crazy life that we lead. My photographer from our wedding, Shay, had a blog and I absolutely loved following along so I figured why not.
4 years later, it's as if that blog world that I joined no longer exists. It went from writing life updates and meeting new friends to sponsored posts, white filled pictures, and feeling as if I no longer belonged. I mean, my ktichen is full of dark wood, black granite, and tan back splash. If that's not anti blogger a la 2016, I don't know what is. But not only that...life got in the way, a new job got in the way, excuses got in the way, etc. So one quick click of the "delete button" and the blog I started some 4 years ago was gone. It felt therapeutic in a way.

I was no longer that same person that I was when I started It Is What You Make It (the name of my old blog) and it felt good to let some of those deep posts about who knows what go, but it truly left a void in my life that I didn't know it would leave. During those 4 years, I met some of my best girlfriends on that little blog. I have watched blog friends get married, have sweet babies, grow a beautiful business that they have worked so hard to build, and struggle with other things along the way.

There is absolutely nothing like the blog world I came to know during those 4 years and I am ready to step back in to it. At least for these last few months of pregnancy and until our sweet baby girl takes over my time. Only kidding. I hope that this blog can take me back to my days of writing, sharing, connecting, and just having an outlet for all the fun/boring things going on in this amazing little life of mine.

So welcome friends to my new humble abode and thank you for welcoming me back with open arms. I am so happy to be back.


  1. It's good to see you around again :) I hope your pregnancy has been going smoothly! That sweet baby will be here before you know it.

  2. I've missed your blog, your writing, your friendship! So good to have you back, Ashley! Blogging just isn't the same, you're right, so lets try to change that! :) I miss the good ole days of more interaction between bloggers.

  3. So glad you are back!!! It does feel hard to make time sometimes to come here and write down things. Or to even find something "meaningful" to write about. I definitely wanted to capture some of my pregnancy on my blog so I would have those memories. I wish I would have deleted and started fresh, like you did. BUT anyhow - I can't wait to follow along! XOXO

  4. Welcome (back) to blogland, I'm so happy I've stumbled upon your blog! I've been blogging for about four years and I miss the way it used to be. I'm glad that there seems to be a small resurgence happening and bloggers are starting to blog about daily life and funny antidotes. Looking forward to reading more of your posts! :)