9/2/2015

Morning Reflections & A Simple Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie by Ashley Neese

Happy Wednesday friends! I know I’ve been quiet on the blog the last few days. Been working on some personal writing the last days and am in the process of making some shifts in all areas of my life. As summer starts to wind down my body and spirit are calling me to spend more time meditating. What keeps coming up for me in my practice is the desire to shift gears a little with my business and while it feels scary, the intuitive feeling is strong and I know I have to honor it.

I am still in the beginning stages of all of this and am going to talk it all through with a trusted friend this weekend. I’ve learned over the years that trusting my gut it so important and it’s also wise to bounce ideas off folks I align with, especially around business stuff! It’s been an incredible and wild ride running my own practice and I am growing stronger each year in an area I was sure was out of reach.

Blueberry Smoothie by Ashley Neese

Yesterday I was listening to a talk on NPR about a study that was conducted to see if it made a difference if young girls were encouraged and supported at home and at school to be good at math. The obvious answer is yes, but I always get excited when data shows what we already know to be true. Listening to this program got me thinking about all of the doubt I grew up with and how I still carry some of it as an adult. The difference today is that I name it and take action regardless, not letting fear get in the way. Thinking about this really makes me want to raise a young woman free from self doubt. Imagine the possibilities if women were raised differently than we were. I am not saying it’s time to blame our families or feel bad about our past, rather I am looking towards the young women today and wanting to lift them up as much as possible.

Deep down I am feeling more and more like it is my calling to be the mother of a little girl. I don’t know what that will look like or what form it will take but I am opening to it each day. The Dalai Lama once said that the world would be healed by the western woman. This is what I am feeling into this morning and taking into my business plans, creative work and personal practices.

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Below I’ve got a simple blueberry smoothie for those of you that want to keep the summer feeling going a little longer. This recipe is one I’ve been making on a regular basis and have been enjoying in the afternoon.

Blueberry Smoothie by Ashley Neese

Simple Blueberry Smoothie

Serves 2

 

Ingredients //

  • 1 & 1/2 c. hemp milk
  • 1/2 coconut yogurt
  • 2 c. blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 4 dried figs
  • 1/4 tsp. ground vanilla
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt

 

Method //

Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend on high until smooth. Taste and adjust flavors as necessary. Pour into mugs and enjoy.

 

How are you supporting the young women in your life? Where could you shine even more light on them?

 

Lots of love.

xoa

 

photos by Asami Zenri

Comments

  • erin {yummy supper}

    Lovely Ashley, I look forward to hearing all about what your gut is telling you. I’m sure it will lead you to a good place.

    And about raising girls… it is such an honor and a privilege. I look at my girl as she stands of the precipice of adolescence feeling strong, smart, creative, good at math, and generally “awesome” about herself, and I hope/pray that she holds on to this feeling as she becomes a woman. My heart bursts as I watch her.

    xoxo
    E

    • ashley

      Hey Erin!
      Always such a treat to hear from you. Thank you for the support. I’m really looking forward to slowing down this fall and incubating some new projects.
      Thank you for what you shared about your daughter, that makes my heart swell. Thinking of you this evening. Lots of love. xoa

  • MARLON

    Hello Ashley, happy to hear from you. Only posting because my heart really leapt when you brought up a little girl. I have a little girl (she is 6), and it is such a daunting process to want to raise a child full of kindness and self love when I am still learning that lesson. But we learn, and grow, and heal together. I think all the energy you’ve put into yourself and your journey will pay off in raising a child in whatever way you choose. To be a woman and to awaken to our creative and compassionate power is really an incredible thing, of which the world needs more and more. Best wishes with all of your expansive new prospects!

    • ashley

      Hi Marlon,
      It’s so great to read your words today. Thank you for sharing what is on your heart. I love reading everything you wrote about your daughter, it gives me so much hope for the future. Yes to awakening our creative and compassionate power – this IS the work. I agree fully it pays off in all areas of our life and gives us a new paradigm to pass on to the young women in our lives. Thinking of you this afternoon and am very grateful for your wisdom. All my heart. xoa

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