Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Always Ashten

Merry Christmas Eve!! <3 I can't believe Christmas is here. Today I am stuck in my cubicle, one of the three humans in this entire office, and feeling pretty bad for myself. After work I am going to our church's Christmas Eve Service, and then straight home to get in my Christmas Jammies and drink Hot Cider with Fireball Whiskey and wait for Santa Claus to come. HO HO HO!

Today one of my most favorite gal pals in blog land is taking over the blog, and she is seriously adorable, funny, wise, and has the sweetest heart. And her dog is SO CUTE! Friends, meet my friend Ashten from Always Ashten!

Tell us some things you just love?

COFFEE, which is tied with my dog Warner for #1 favorite things ever of all time. I also love USC Trojan football, the beach in my hometown, Harry Potter, In N Out, champagne, making people laugh and mac and cheese.

 What are your most proud of yourself for?
I packed up and moved to Atlanta in 2 weeks, leaving behind everything familiar and starting a new chapter in my life. I knew 3 people in Atlanta when I moved, I didn't have a car and I had no idea what I was doing. I'm still here today: with a good job, a cute dog and a car. I made it. And I'm proud of that.

 What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

Lately, it's been catching up on my DVR and laying on the couch. My weeks are packed and being able to relax has become an act of luxury for me in the last year. I'm also turning 30 next year, so I'm too old to go out and do all those fun, young people things like day drink.

 What is something you wish someone would've told you in high school?

I had my high school reunion this year and was probably one of the few people who actually wished they could do high school over. I was so insecure, childish and immature in high school, as I'm sure we all are. I wish someone would have told me to be myself. I desperately wanted to fit in and be accepted by everyone that I did whatever any one told me. I wish I would have been myself and let my true personality shine through, because when I went back for my reunion I learned that all along, I wasn't really that bad.

 If we go out to coffee, what is your drink?

Grande, sugar free, soy vanilla latte. Or almond milk if you have it. And please make sure you give me a sleeve. Fun fact: I worked at Starbucks all through high school and for part of college.

 If we go out for drinks, what is your drink of choice?

Champagne or a mojito. Maybe a margarita. I'm pretty girly when it comes to cocktails. I'm also a lightweight so after 2 you're probably driving me home.

 Are you a morning or a night person?

Neither! I'm up at 5:15am to go to the gym during the week, and am in bed by 10:00pm every night. I'm a mid-afternoon/evening person. The coffee helps.

 We all have times we feel like we are in a rut, in a funk. How do you pull yourself out of one?

I write. Writing is my therapy, which is perfect because it's cheaper than going to a therapist. I started my blog to give myself a creative outlet and allow myself to explore some of the random thoughts that pop into my head. I've always been a writer, too. I kept diaries and I even wrote a screenplay when I was 13. Clearly that screenplay never amounted to much.

Tell us more about the Young & Brave Foundation you are so passionate about? How can someone get involved?

Oh my guys. Matt and Nathaniel are amazing and what they are doing is incredible. They help raise money to pay the medical bills and other expenses for children, teens and young adults who are battling cancer. They inspire me to be a better person. Writing about them, their organization and all the amazing things they do would take up an entire blog post. Luckily, I wrote one and you can find it here.

Tell us about your worst first date ever.

I can honestly say I haven't been on a good date in years. THAT'S RIGHT, I SAID YEARS. If I had to pick one, I would say the guy who took me shopping at Ikea and tried to make me help him pick a sofa. He didn't bring measurements,and hoped they had "a solid return policy" in case it didn't work out. I'm not making this up, and I can prove it.

 What is on your Christmas list?

Leonardo DiCaprio. I'll never let go.

Go say check out her blog, tell her and her pup Merry Christmas and get to know her! Her blog is one of my favorite reads!!


  1. so cool that ashten made a huge move by herself - love that! oh and leonardo dicaprio has been on my list since i was a teenager too. merry christmas! :)
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  2. I'm sorry you're stuck at work. Hopefully your day goes quick! Merry Christmas!

  3. Thank you for such an awesome feature! I hope the day goes by quickly!

  4. Awesome post. love it when guest posters rock a blog.
    Hope you and yours have a wonderful and a Merry Christmas


  5. I LOVE ASHTEN! I hope you had a Merry Christmas! :)