Friday, October 7, 2011

TGIF, 10/7/11 Edition

(via Roberta Roller Rabbit)

Friends, you may have noticed this week I've been a) MIA posting here on Meet Me in Philadelphia, and b) absent from the comments section of your blog posts.

Truth is, I'm going through some know, the usual late-twenties "where am I going"-kind of stuff. It can all be linked to my career (read more about that here). I have been feeling lost, discouraged and unsure about what unique contribution I have to offer this world.

Then, I read this (Thanks, Kate):
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything --all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." --Steve Jobs

If you have time, be sure to watch the rest of this amazing commencement speech given by Jobs:
(via Youtube)

Blog friends, I have nothing to lose, and I'm ready to see where this life of mine is headed.
I'm fortunate to have lots of support, including the wonderful support of you all.

Thank you for bearing with me.
I'm hoping to have several inspiring projects to share with you next week!


  1. Oh, Ashley, it is so hard making your way in this world. I'm 38 and still have these feelings. But Steve Jobs should serve as such an inspiration for everyone. I've decided to quit worrying what everyone else thinks and just start decorating for people. It's what I've always wanted to do, but something (mainly myself) always got in the way. I hope you decide to do what you love and success will follow because you are so talented in so many ways! :) Take care & happy weekend.

  2. Hi Ashley- I know what you are feeling the inspiration/perspective from Steve jobs...good advice! I am thinking about you and know you will find what you are looking for! Take care, Caroline

  3. I totally relate. Some weeks I have absolutely nothing to offer and others I'm overflowing with creativity and energy. Perspective is always important.

    DesignPhiladelphia starts next week. Maybe that will help inspire you? Come to a few events with me!

  4. Ashley,my computer was down this weekend and I wanted to respond to this post so bad! I totally know where you are at right now. It is a tough place, but it is only a season. My mom used to say being confused is a good place to be, it is the place right before you learn something. That has always stuck with me. Take Care!

  5. We'll be here through the ups and downs. Thanks for sharing Steve's words of wisdom. That helps!


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