Tuesday Talk on a Friday

I’m back on a Friday with a new blog post! I know when I started my Tuesday Talks, they were intended to be on a Tuesday. This one is going to be a bit different, but I’m going with it. I felt so strongly about the topic that I wanted to share it with you today.

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I tend to go overboard on wanting things to go the way I want them to. Whether it be my blog, job, home or what have you, I always put so much pressure on pursuing my idea of “perfection”. There is a problem with this though, Jesus doesn’t call us to be perfect.

Lately, I’ve felt even more intense pressure than usual. Luckily, my husband has been right there to help me through it. Between work transitions, errands, blogging, working out, getting ready for vacation, cleaning, and mix in minimal sleep, this past week I’ve been a train wreck.

Last evening my husband asked me “What is the reason that you blog?”. He asked me to think back when the first time this little dream of mine popped into my head, and what was the purpose behind it. To love others, and point them to Jesus was my reason. Not to keep up with the Jones’s, and try to be someone that I’m not. I’m so thankful for my sweet guy who reminds me of the truth that is so easy for me to forget.

If you’re feeling stressed and on commitment overload, it may be time to evaluate things. Take a look at the reasons behind why you are doing something. I’ve found in life that everything tends to go smoother when your goals, ambitions, and to do lists line up with what God wants for you. When I was reminded to approach my week with the intentions of doing things well, not perfectly, an enormous weight was lifted off my shoulders.

This last minute, scatter brained post may or may not make sense, but I’m okay with that. I wanted to share what was on my heart today because maybe someone reading this can relate. Maybe you’re feeling stressed out, burnt out, and overwhelmed by your pace of life and that’s okay. Just remember to take a step back, and ask yourself why you’re doing something in the first place. Living well and embracing your shortcomings will fulfill you more than perfection ever will.

Love Always,

Ashley J.


2 Responses to Tuesday Talk on a Friday

  1. hhardydawson says:

    The reason you wanted to blog is the reason I love you and this blog. I feel like so many people do it for the wrong reasons–free stuff, exposure, celebrity, etc. I blog because I want to people to know that looking and feeling your best doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. My posts are simple with no fancy photos, but they’re real. When I post an outfit, it’s an outfit I wore that day in real life. Not a shoot where I put a weeks worth of outfits together (nothing wrong with that, it’s just a different approach). I’ve put the good, the bad, and the REALLY ugly out there, but I’ve been real through it all.

    I struggle with wanting to be perfect and setting high expectations for myself too. I just have to take a step back and pray for help. You’ve got to read “A Confifent Heart” by Renee Swope. This book has changed my life and my faith so much and I’m only half way through. It’s so amazing and I know you’d love it too. Sorry for the long comment, but you were speaking to my heart too.

    • lovealwaysashleyj says:

      Thank you so much for the encouragement Hannah! I absolutely love your blog & the fact that you aren’t trying to be something that you’re not! I always love keeping up with your posts and sweet pictures of your puppy 🙂
      It’s so easy to get discouraged with all the other popular bloggers out there, but then I remember I’m not supposed to be just like everyone else 🙂 Being different is actually a good thing and we all have something unique to bring to the table through our writing.
      I would love to read that book! I will check it out online so I can read it over vacation. Don’t be sorry at all for the long comment, comments with a lot of thought to them are my favorite to read/respond to 🙂 Keep doing what your doing girl & thank you for the consistent love + support!

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