About Ashley

Ringleader, rule breaker, bullshit hunter, cancer survivor. On a mission to live a regret-free life. Milagro is my home base and front line. Donuts and peanut butter, but not together.

Sweet, sweet Steph.

Steph and her mini me Ev. If you've spent much time around here, you've likely encountered sweet Steph. And if you've received a treatment from her, lucky you. There's no forgetting it. If you're one of her loyal regulars, you're cursing me right now for spreading the word and making it even harder for you to get on her book.

By | 2019-08-15T20:44:04-06:00 August 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Bottomless is better.

"It's like this and like that and like this..."-Dr. Dre + Snoop. And also Jesus, quite often. As many wise teachers know, similes and metaphors are super useful in simplifying ideas. That is until they're not. And lately, the verbal pictures used to preach "self care" have left me wanting. From my conversations with (seemingly always tired) Milagrans, I'm not

By | 2019-06-12T17:44:14-06:00 June 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|2 Comments

It’s time for saying goodbye.

Mom sent the innocent text on January 28th. From the warm and safe distance of sunny Arizona, it popped up on my screen - "No blog since December?"I paused to breathe, and basically responded "WINTER." Because on January 28th, when it was some combination of zero degrees and dark and gray and precipitating, I was in survival mode. Sleep, eat,

By | 2019-04-14T20:35:59-06:00 April 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|41 Comments

A State of Milagro address, from our President.

I keep getting mail addressed to: Ashley Smith President Milagro And it makes me giggle every time, so I'm totally using it. Let me tell you a story, as we're approaching five years of Milagro (officially on September 3rd! I cannot even handle this.) We'd been open less than two months when a kind stranger wandered in. It had happened

By | 2018-08-30T20:33:00-06:00 August 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|10 Comments

Searching for maybes.

A few evenings ago, I pulled up to a stoplight and looked into the car on my left. There in the front passenger seat was a young woman. With a baby. On her lap. I was riding alone so I can't be sure, but I think I audibly gasped. I had a hard time looking away, as if my mind

By | 2018-08-22T20:48:04-06:00 August 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|3 Comments

I can’t unhear that.

One of the lowest points I can remember from cancer treatment had nothing to do with me. I was only a witness. 8am in the cancer center found me waiting for appointment number six billion when I overheard the couple sitting behind me. I don't know what they looked like. I don't know how old they were. I don't know

By | 2018-08-15T20:08:14-06:00 August 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|7 Comments

On Mother’s Day. As a not mom.

The question typically comes just a few minutes into small talk with a stranger. And it stops the convo cold. Them: "Do you have kids?" Me: "No" SCREEEEEEEEECH. *crickets* *whippoorwill* *incredibly awkward silence* I try to bail them out with, "I have dogs instead, they're much easier." But the damage has been done. The camaraderie train has been derailed. We've

By | 2018-05-04T07:43:04-06:00 May 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|5 Comments

On Groupon. And our trade secret.

We have never once done business with Groupon. Unless you count "business" as them calling and emailing incessantly even after being asked to stop calling and emailing. So how surprised was I to find this incredibly strange (and completely inaccurate) description of Milagro on their website? I anxiously awaited their next attempt at contact (which I knew would be coming)

By | 2018-04-18T20:50:49-06:00 April 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Poop bags and rocket boosters.

I often wonder, if I added up all the wasted seconds, how many hours of my life I've spent trying to open plastic bags (produce bags at the grocery store, bathroom trash can liners, poop bags at the dog park, you know). And none of these situations are an ideal time for licking my fingers. Who wants fruit someone picked

By | 2018-04-05T19:56:15-06:00 April 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment