ashley’s dream report: week eight

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This is a week for celebration!

It is so easy to get wrapped up in the process of getting things done and to overlook the small successes that happen along the way, isn’t it? It’s so easy to just pass by the accomplishments when there is still so much to do before you get “there” – wherever there may be. This week I am going to pause for a moment and celebrate one of my successes.

One aspect of the new business that I am starting is to offer custom designed printable products for weddings and other special events. There are lots of invitation and stationary designers out there but there aren’t many that will create a design and then offer the digital file to the client to print on their own. This saves a lot of money as well as allows the client to have a hand in the creation process. I think of it as DIY meets high quality design. This is a photo of an invitation suite that I designed for a client and she printed and assembled herself (with the help of her fiance and family).

The wedding is next month so we are still working on various other paper pieces that will be incorporated into the day (programs, table signs, door hangers, favors, welcome kits, etc). But the invitation suite turned out great and the bride and groom are so thrilled with everything!

So back to celebrating. The thing is that I tend to be so hard on myself and expect so much perfection from myself that I completely overlook my successes. I’m not really sure why I do it but I know that it takes away from enjoying the process and the journey and the place I am in right NOW. Because really all we have is right now, this beautiful moment.

There is still a ton to do (as you can see from my mind-map wall above), but right now I want to focus on what is already done…beautifully and uniquely.

So I have a challenge for you this week…take a moment and actually pause and celebrate in your own little way when you accomplish something – no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. Choose to celebrate what you want more of in your life!

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  1. Great advice! It is so easy to get caught up in what we “should have” or what we “need to” do. I know personally, my accomplishments often go unacknowledged.

    Printable wedding products are a bride’s dream come true. And your designs are simply gorgeous! Congrats to you!

  2. Freck

    I love those invitations! They’re adorable and I love navy and kelly green together.

  3. Jadyn

    I’m taking you up on the challenge to take time to celebrate one thing I accomplished this week. I’ve been trying to do this daily, but it’s so easy to let it slip. Last week, I hardly got anything done that I wanted to, but I did manage to crank out a decent essay for school. So, yay me!
    Your designs are beautiful! Hope this next week will find you celebrating again. It looks like you’re doing some great stuff!

  4. Heather

    Great designs and very true, it is really important to celebrate our success’s .. So easy to get caught up in what is not done that we forget to giver ourselves credit for what we have – Those celebrations come in all sizes! Good for you! And really great designs!

  5. This is really a fantastic idea! Congratulations — and hold onto this feeling. 🙂

  6. Andrea

    Those invitations are gorgeous!! What a great idea to let couples be able to print out their own & be involved in the creative process. Gives me hope that when I get married someday, that I’ll be able to have the creative invitations that I want & not be limited to what’s in those books.

  7. Giselle

    Hi Ashley..! Your post is so inspiring and fits so perfectly in my life right now.. I want to be a stationery designer 2, an I also want to be unique.. It’s so great to read about someone who is starting there own business.. With the attitude you have, It’s gonna be a great success for sure..! Loved your invitations and keep the inspiring post coming..!!

  8. Angie Mae

    Hey Ashley,

    I am so happy to see a post with a more positive mood–I think there are so many of us out here that read your posts and think, yep! that’s how I feel and this post definitely proves that there CAN be good days.

    Your work is amazing–where were you when I got married and will you do sets for other events (birthdays, bbqs, baby showers, etc)???

    🙂 Keep it up!

    PS I took your advice and made my vision board! It’s helped so much to help me stay inspired!

    Angie Mae

  9. I definitely love your own posting style, very useful Don’t give up and also keep posting as it just simply that is worth to read it,excited to looked over far more of your articles, have a good one.

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