dreams take work




Hi there! I hope everyone is well. I just wanted to check in and share some in-process photos of my next eBook. I am excited to launch Everyday Health: Summer in a few weeks! The previous two books have gotten awesome reviews and I am very grateful for the feedback and support. Each one in a new learning experience and the summer edition is coming together beautifully. And it tastes great too ;)

The other day I was feeling a bit drab. It’s hot in my house and the idea of getting up and cooking seemed terrible. I rolled around on the couch for a while as I considered being totally lazy and not working on the book. After about 7 minutes of that I got up, chugged some water and got busy in the kitchen. Within a few minutes I was chopping fresh herbs, taking notes and whipping up a new creation. At the end of the day I was glad that I made the decision to work on my dream instead of be a bum on the couch.

It is easy to think that because we love something and want it, we should never not want to do it. Since I love cooking and creating recipes I think I should be psyched 24/7 about it and it should never feel like work. Honestly I don’t know where that idea came from as it couldn’t be further from the truth. Accomplishing goals and pursuing dreams IS work. It is work that has rewards beyond what I can imagine in those moments when I just flat out feel lazy.

I’m sharing this here because this is an area I continue to look at in my own life and many of my clients are working on this as well. In order to achieve what we want to in this life we have to be willing to put in the effort and time. We also have to be willing to take care of ourselves in the process and know when to slow down and pause. It’s taken me a while to learn the difference of taking a break and being lazy ;) Most of my life I’ve been an ‘all or nothing’ type of person and that isn’t a way of living that changed magically overnight.

Sometimes working towards our dream means getting up and putting in the time. The cool thing is even if the task at hand isn’t your favorite, (like later today I have to type my handwritten/barley legible scribble recipe notes into a word processing program, so boring!) it is bringing you a few steps closer to achieving your goals. This is all part of the process and it’s good to be reminded that we don’t have to love every aspect, we just have to do it.

How are you working towards your dreams? What struggles do you face along the way? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Wishing you a lovely afternoon. See you back here tomorrow for a colorful Wellness Wednesday!



  • meighan

    Ashley, Thank you for sharing this. I totally relate! And it was great to read this post today — all day long I have had to do what I like to think of (in my head) as the *carrot* just out of reach – you know, like teasing the horse with the carrot to move. ;) I am always reminding myself that if I do X then it will contribute to Y and Z will be the desired outcome. And there is always coaxing in the process – but like you said we almost always FEEL better. Your thoughts in this post are so valuable to working for yourself. We must push every day, and remind ourselves it’s not always easy — but the outcome from being lazy isn’t either. Thanks for being so honest. <3

  • ashley

    So great to read this today Meighan. I really needed your thoughts and affirmation around all of this. It isn’t always easy but being lazy isn’t either – so true! I pretty much feel terrible when I am being lazy because I know I’m avoiding and procrastinating. I can try and convince myself it’s just self-care but I have to laugh and be real with myself.

    These last couple of days have been all about back to basics with this stuff. Re-committing, revising goals and taking a hard look at some things that scare me. It’s pretty awesome being responsible even though it sometimes still feels icky and I just want to watch 11 minutes of a Vine montage on YouTube. Oh wait, I just did that….LOL ;) Here’s to baby steps.

    Hope that you have a great weekend.


  • Ade

    This is the first time i read your blog, and i must say i am really inspiring by what you say in it. This is so true that “pursuing your dream is work”, and it is really easy to forget it and just be lazy. I read your advices on how to achieve your goal, in which you say to start an excel page and made a list of all the goals you want to reach. It was an electrochoc, a minute later, i just shut down the tv and begin to working on this. And there are so many dreams i want to pursuit, it will take a lot of time and work. So thank you for all your advices and this blog, it is a good reminder of keeping myself busy (for the good reasons)…

    • ashley


      Thank you so much for your comment, I so love hearing from readers. I am thrilled that you are working on your goal list and are inspired to really go for them. Dreams do take a lot of work but it is always worth it. Whenever I set out to work on one of my goals so many amazing things start to happen that never would have happened if I just sat there watching TV all day ;) It’s such a gratifying process and I wish you all the best on your journey.


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