Friday, September 8, 2017

Welcome to Ashley Elizabeth!

Hello! Welcome to Ashley Elizabeth! While it might not immediately look too different, the content is where I'm making the majority of the changes. But first, let me update you on my life:

  • On August 10 I successfully defended my PhD in chemistry. While I can kind of say I have a PhD, it won't be official until December when I actually graduate. 
  • I don't have a job. I've been applying to jobs since January this year but unfortunately I've just had zero luck. I definitely have my moments where I get super discouraged, but for the most part I try to look at it as a blessing from the Lord to have true time off.
  • I don't have an apartment either. While I was finishing up my dissertation, I was staying with my boss/advisor. Now I know a lot of people would vomit at the thought of living with their boss, but Neil isn't a normal boss. His family was always so welcoming throughout grad school and since he had kids my age, it honestly felt like moving back home!
Those are the big changes I've gone through recently and I'm sure I'll elaborate more in the near future. So now, let's move on to the blog updates!

I've been challenged recently to think about what my dream would be in life. And honestly, I can't really think about a job that would be a dream. I'm pretty good at adapting to my environment and I can tough out almost any situation (I mean hello I plowed my way through a PhD). That being said, I think I can do well in pretty much any job I end up with. But one dream I've had has been inspiring and helping women through my blog. I didn't feel like I was doing that with Life & Reactions. Plus, if I don't end up in chemistry forever, the name just didn't make sense. I wanted my blog to be able to expand into any niche I might wander into, so the name needed to match. And honestly I love my name. I've always thought Ashley Elizabeth sounded kind of elegant (something which I'm not haha) so why not use that as my blog name? This blog is going to be as true to me as I can make it, so using my name just made sense.

So what types of things will appear on the blog? I still love fashion so that won't go away. But if I've learned one thing from living out of a suitcase for two months it's that I can wear the same five shirts over and over without ever getting sick of them. I also still love beauty products, but again try using one small palette for all of your makeup for two months. It's pretty incredible how creative you can get!

Not having a job has also meant I've gotten much more into cooking than ever before. I've been cooking for myself and Jake every night and it's really challenged me to come up with or try new recipes. I want to share those, but I'm still figuring out the best way for me to do that. Jake doesn't have this huge kitchen with tons of bright light, so I'm trying to figure out how to photograph in a small, dark kitchen. I've also been decorating Jake's house. Since I don't have a job, I've had to do all of my decorating on an incredibly small budget! And the decorating isn't going to stop any time soon so I would love to document what I do on the blog.

Lastly, I loved the response I got from The Single Series! I was so encouraged to hear that I was resonating with other girls. I want to continue talking about this! Jake and I had a great conversation last week about singleness and I have so many feelings! Bless his heart, he listened to me talk for probably 20 minutes straight. But more than singleness I want to talk about other topics related to faith. Whether that's what the Lord is currently teaching me, advice I have on hot topics, and whatever else the Holy Spirit lays on my heart!

Of course with all of this, I'm always open to what you want to read about! While this blog is a creative outlet for me, I want to make sure it's interesting for you as the reader to keep coming back to. Feel free to send me an e-mail, find me on social media, whatever! I'm excited to move in this new direction and I really hope you'll join me in the journey!


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