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.

In other words.

Sometimes I love the internet. Maybe 26.74% of the time. It definitely earned some bonus points last week when it introduced me to my new friend Meghan through her fantastic post I Want Nothing For My Birthday. She seemed a kindred spirit so I invited her to Milagro to enjoy our space and chat. Her experience as a former shop

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:09+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on In other words.

Checking my default settings.

If you want to see my head explode, ask me about spa software. For real, if you or anyone you know is a smartypants developer and wants to make millions, call me. There is a ginormous hole in the market. We'll be spa software moguls. So for the last 3 years, we've been cruising along at Milagro, growing like crazy

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:09+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Checking my default settings.

What I think you deserve.

One of the things I love most about getting older is how much stuff I've taken (or have had taken, by force) off my plate. I know adulting gets a bad rap these days and everyone is hella anti-aging, but I'm not buying it. You couldn't pay me to go back to the (completely exhausting) self-important know-it-all I used to

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:10+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What I think you deserve.


They say to find what you were born to do you should focus on what gets you fired up. What makes you angry. What really gets your blood hot. Twice this month I've had spa guests use the word "guilty" when talking about scheduling time for themselves at Milagro. One of them recently returned from a medical missions trip to

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:10+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Overhealthiness.

False advertising.

  A young (under 30) dude came into Milagro last week and immediately looked quite confused. He looked around like he may be in the wrong place and I asked if I could help. "I think I want to buy a gift card?" Okaaaay..... "But could I like, see the spa area first?" So off we went behind the magic

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:10+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on False advertising.

Crazy eights.

I love when friends notice and ask about our eights. I usually give the short answer - it's my lucky/favorite number - and leave it at that, but there's really a lot more to it. I love the resemblance of the 8 to the infinity symbol. Seeing these every day helps me keep perspective. They remind me that my focus

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:10+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Crazy eights.

Just my style.

I'm not a creative jewelry wearer. Accessorizing is not a thing in Ashlandia. I wear the same pieces every day: my engagement ring & wedding band, the earrings Smitty gave me the first Christmas we were married, and this leather cuff. The cuff was a gift from friends who where raising money to adopt. They (obviously) created this custom one

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:10+00:00 August 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Just my style.

Confessions of a recovering Ice Queen

In our previous spa life as Natural Body, I made a couple of trips to the corporate offices in Atlanta. Natural Body is well known around the city, with 8 locations and 25+ years in business. If you're not familiar with this part of our story, I wrote about it here. The founder of Natual Body, Cici, drove a cute

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:10+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Confessions of a recovering Ice Queen

That’s life.

I was talking with one of my favorite Milagrans recently after her massage (and in case you haven't noticed, pretty much all Milagrans are my favorite. Except the ones who force me to wrangle their cell phones out of their grasp while they're supposed to be unplugged for spa time. Bless. Their. Hearts.) This particular Milagran and I were catching

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:10+00:00 July 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on That’s life.

In training.

Yesterday I took Rio to PetSmart without the company of my other mutt, Ocho. We usually venture as a pack of three, but Rio needed some practice. Rio was a stray (likely dumped) in her life before becoming a Smith. We don't know much about her, other than she'd been out long enough to be roughed up, hungry, and feasted

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:11+00:00 July 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on In training.