January 04, 2018

Posted By Ashley in

This is one of those posts that a blogger hems and haws over and debates and dissects each piece wondering if they’ll really get up enough courage to hit publish. And here we are ;]

  • When I think about 2017, I think about a year of extreme growth. A lot of changes took place for us personally and in our business throughout the last twelve months.
  • From the end of 2016 into the first three months of 2017, we walked through intense business coaching.
  • We launched our first mainstream, online course and filmed another one that’s set to launch soon!
  • We shot the last two photo weddings of our career and officially took on only video work.
  • Ty got to see John Mayer live for the second time and I officially took all the credit for introducing him to the goodness that is JM!
  • We shot 17 weddings and 15 commercial projects.
  • We became Godparents to the sweetest little girl, Waverly Iona!
  • We traveled to 12 different places for weddings, business trips, and vacation with Chicago being a highlight for the both of us!
  • We coached 17 up-and-coming filmmakers as they explored the future of their businesses and made a plan to tackle their biggest goals to make it happen.
  • We attended three conferences, and spoke at two of them!
  • We welcomed two of our closest friends to their new residence here in RVA and led a small group with some of our best friends from our church for the third year in a row!
  • AND, (quite possibly my favorite), we became Auntie Ash and Uncle Ty to the sweetest nephew pup, Huck the Husky Pup

While this might look like just one big highlight reel of fame + fortune and “living the good life”, 2017 wasn’t all great. But even despite the hardships and difficulties we endured, I count it all joy.

Every year I pick a new word for the year. This started after working through the Cultivate What Matters Powersheets. It’s a part of the process, and something that I’ve come to love every year!

2017 Word for the Year

On December 16, 2016, I wrote this in an Instagram post “My word for 2017 is joy. And as one of my favorite author’s Brene Brown says, “For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” So success to me for this next year looks like breathing in more gratitude and breathing out more joy.”

This word came to mind after one of the hardest and most grueling months of our lives. And as much as I clung to the hope we have in Jesus, my joy felt so squandered by our own personal trials. But I knew, that my attitude was what needed an adjustment. That not every part of life would be rainbows and butterflies, but it was my attitude that affected and infiltrated every aspect of my life. And if I continued to live with my eyes focused down, angry and bitter at our circumstances, I would continue to stay stuck. So I decided to change my perspective in order for me to experience life to the full. So I chose gratitude, even in the hardest moments, and experienced more joy than I have in a long time this past year.

2018 Word for the Year

Now in 2018, my word is expectant. And if I’m being honest, I didn’t want it to be. Why? Because I didn’t want people to “perceive” anything by it (#notpregnant). But, I simply couldn’t get it out of my mind. So I started researching various articles and definitions about what it means to live expectant. And what I kept finding was this – “be aware.” Which seems easy enough. But, in the day-to-day grind, I’m the least likely to intentionally look for anything. Especially with the distractions (like my phone, the TV, this trend, that new thing, etc) all around me that easily vie for my attention. 

But, this year, I’m saying yes to being more aware. I’m saying yes to living life expectantly and actively looking for places that’s God’s at work. Through this, I’m saying yes to having an attitude of hope, to believing the best in people (and myself!) and doing the hard thing more often. 2018, I’m expectant of all that you have to offer, and the most excited that we’re just getting started! 

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Meet Ashley

A true sweetheart from Southwestern VA, Ash spent many Sundays after church sitting around the table with her grandparents, listening to stories about the “good ‘ole days”. A talented visionary with a true heart for people, she’s likely to be found reading, writing, and planning away.

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