Getting past those rough days.

Welp, it was bound to happen. Out of these 30 days of blogging I was destined to hit a rough patch at some point.  Yesterday was that day, and as I sat down to “stop thinking and start doing” but my mind simply wouldn’t let me go there.  It said “You’ve been thinking ENOUGH Ashley!  This isn’t one of those times where if you sit down and hash it out you will wind up doing your best work.  Your mind is all over the place…”  I figured the best option for me was to go to “my spot”.  Somewhere that I could take some time to relax, think or not think.  Let ideas come freely if they wanted or simply be.  Do whatever it was I needed to get back into the groove.  Thus I’m here to admit something that’s hard to say on the internet, but yesterday started off as a cruddy day.  For no real reason even.  It happens.  What’s important to remember is that tomorrow can change, I’ve just got to do what it takes to get back to me.  Cheer myself up, because I deserve it.  This isn’t the first time I’ve second guessed myself and my business ideals, and I’m sure it won’t be the last, so I’m thankful for the ocean, sunshine, a good novel, and yoga for helping my heart draw my creativity to my head.  Sometimes all we need is to stop thinking to find the very thing we were looking for.  That’s usually when my “true inspiration” hits, it’s never when I’m thinking hard!





I’m feeling much better today!  :)  Emilia Jane posted this on Pinterest and it was very well suited for my video.  Except fish tacos are my margaritas.


  • April 19, 2012 - 9:34 am

    Kristin Cooley - Thank you for this Ashley. I have these days quite often, especially being so new in the business, working a full time job, having an active social life, and trying to fing the time to focus on my photography.

    It’s so great to know that even amazeballs photographers like you have these days and I’m not the only one because sometimes it can definitely feel like that.

    I love your talent, your compassion, and your courage to express yourself. You’re never afraid to put yourself out there and I admire that. Thank you again.ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Judie - Thank you Ashley! You have no idea how I needed to hear this today :-) I have been struggling with where I want to take my business for a while and so it’s always on my brain. You have been such an inspiration. Have a fabulous Thursday!ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 9:39 am

    ali caudill - cheers to your honesty and humility! i really needed this message today and kinda felt like you were an old friend laying around having a soul talk. good for you for taking the necessary time to recharge and for having the courage to remind other creative people that this is a normal part of the journey. you’re awesome.ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 9:43 am

    ashley barnett - Remember what I said…..being a photographer is like being on the most awesome and most terrifying rollercoaster all in the same damn day.


    Love you, keep ya head up <3ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 9:47 am

    Alyssa Turner - ASHLEY YOU SHOULD HAVE CALLED ME! I had the same crap day as you yesterday. Totally doubting myself, and having a little pity party. Beach and shrimp trucks sound like a much better alternative!ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 9:52 am

    Jen Jar - Oh Ash, you are amazing. And beautiful. And I love you. I feel the same way as you sometimes…like am I doing the right thing? Thank you for making this video and putting yourself out there! <3ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 9:57 am

    Elizabeth Glessner - Thanks for keepin it real, Ashley! It’s so difficult when I get in one of these funks to feel like I’m gonna come out of it, but I try to remember that the lousy, low, down-on-yourself, i’m-never-gonna-make-it days of being an artist and an entrepreneur are so worth it to get to celebrate some of the incredible highs that follow :)ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 10:05 am

    Erin Oveis Brant - What the hell is going on lately?! This was me the last couple of days, too. Keep your chin up, sister. You got this. xoReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 10:19 am

    Laura - Thank you for this. This moment of honesty. For showing the other side to this business. I find myself constantly struggling with discouragement. “My photos aren’t good enough. I should’ve done this differently. Why did I shoot into the sun like that? Why didn’t this photo get that many comments (facebook/social networking sites both incredibly hel and hurt)… Thank you for bringing into focus just. Being. Yourself.
    I hope your day got much better! Your photos have been blowing my mind! And your video stuff! And that film! Ahhhh!
    Keep your head up pretty girl. Thank you for being such an inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 10:20 am

    Emilia Jane - So glad you got out to the beach and enjoyed the sun :-) Love you girl! XXOOReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 10:28 am

    Kate Douthwright - I feel like this all of the time. I worry about my business and what my website looks like because we have it drilled into our heads that we have to have “the look” or a fabulous brand BUT anyone who visits your site comes here for you and your awesome personality. This site could have the 1994 flashing stars background and I’d still come to it because I think your hilar and like your style. Keep being you and great things will come!ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 10:34 am

    Alicia - Goodness girl, I’ve had days like that a lot. Being new to an area can be so hard (as u know!) Ive been in this frustrating FUNK and can’t shake it — sometimes I think I did but realized it was a slight distraction and find myself back in it. Ugh :-( Anyway, love u lots!! What did u film this video with (especially in the car) – so awesomeReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 10:41 am

    Meg Courtney - love your honesty here girl. everyone has these days. so glad to see that you treated yourself to the beach and some fish tacos, you deserve a break – your doing some amazing things and i truly believe you are going to take this industry by storm! But most importantly, whatever you do, just make sure you are happy and loving it! <3 glad you are feeling better today! Keep smiling beauty!

  • April 19, 2012 - 10:46 am

    bethany cox - I loved this Ashley. Thank you for being so real open and honest. It’s good to be reminded to take care of me sometimes.ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 11:01 am

    Kandise - Awww <3 you're a champ.ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 11:52 am

    Patty - You got this! You’re awesome!! Hope you’re feeling way better right now :) xxReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 1:46 pm

    Kimberly Love - You are Amazing!!! Your bravery and courage is refreshing and so inspiring!! Thank you for sharing your journey.ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    prissy - this too shall pass.. im like thios everyday i just want to b done with my photog course so i can get out and shoot more…. i keep pacing myself. i plan to be on the 2nd to last unit of the course by the time i start my work week next week on tuesday……….ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    Kerri tucker - U are so TALENED Ashley!!!! If only I had ur motivation over the years!!!! U have come so very far since we first met!!!! I love and miss u all the time!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    Amanda Miller - Girlllllll, that is my mantra right there! And margaritas are the cure! :)ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    Jenna Danelle - Ashley! *hugs* I am having mini freak out panic attacks about moving right now… I am mostly positive and feel like I have a plan and I CAN do this. And I can. But I have days exactly like that and today is one of them. So cheers to you – glad you are feeling better – and head up girl! You ROCK at this, and you WILL get to where you want to be, but don’t ever loose yourself in the process… :DReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2012 - 2:59 am

    Jessica Horton - We all hit these low points together…. It’s nice to know we aren’t alone in our struggles. Hugs from NC :-)ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2012 - 10:57 am

    Mirsh - It shouldn’t say “passed” it’s “past”… you go PAST something… then you have PASSED it.


    • April 20, 2012 - 11:13 am

      Ashley Goodwin - HAHAHA THANK YOU Mirsh! Seriously, I had that originally then was like “wait, that isn’t right” and pondered it for forever. I am NOTORIOUS for this. Thinking too hard.
      Thank you. :)ReplyCancel

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