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The Hat: Your Greatest Accessory

If you’re new around here… welcome (virtual hug)! If you aren’t… you’re probably used to seeing me wear a hat in person and in almost every one of my pictures. I hope it isn’t boring yet. Based on all the messages and sweet comments I get- my guess would be it isn’t! And that makes this hat-wearing lady very happy. I’m here to convince you that a hat can be your new favorite accessory.

I’ve been wearing fashion hats (lots of them) for many years now. I have 2 walls worth of hats that I adore and wear on a regular basis. They’re great for…

  • In between hair wash days (that’s usually why I wear mine)
  • Cover my sleepy face. Just add some sunglasses and no one would know you got no sleep.
  • Add some character and uniqueness to an outfit
  • Block out the sun… duh!

Many people tell me that they could never wear hats like I do. And though I’m always flattered by those compliments- I’m also not sure I agree. I fully believe that anyone can pull off a hat. It doesn’t matter your face shape, what kind of clothes you have etc. Trust me. You can do it. The only thing you really need to pull off a hat is confidence. It takes a certain attitude… like walking in a room and commanding it. I was always taught to walk in confidence and to believe in myself. My mom was always correcting my posture and reminding me of my true value (thanks mom)!

Start there, and you will be wearing a hat everywhere you go. Most days I rock my hats with sweatpants and no makeup. So… YOU can can totally do this 😉 Grab you sweatpants, a graphic tee, jean jacket and your hat.

As the years have gone by I’ve definitely been more into flat/firm brim hats. They just put some pep in my step and give me the edginess I need sometimes. People always ask where I get my hats from and I honestly get them from everywhere: I have 2 from Target, 3 from random boutiques, 1 from Brixton and 3 from Peter Grimm. All of my others ones I literally have no idea where I got them from haha. But, Peter Grimm makes my absolute favorite hats. They are made so WELL and have an affordable price tag compared to competitors like Gigi Pip, Lack of Color, and Brixton. They also have sales fairly often.

I’ve made a few mood boards to hopefully spark your creativity when it comes to wearing hats and how to wear them with different outfits and hairstyles. I’m a visual person and always look for inspiration with pictures… which is why Pinterest is my jam 😉

Also, having your hats hung around your house really adds some cozy character to your home decor. People literally freak out when they see my hats and how I display them. It’s just so fun! My husband would prefer I don’t put holes in our walls everywhere, so you can snag these cute wooden adhesives to hang your hats. They’re super cheap!

You can literally rock a hat with anything: leather jacket, sweater, flannel, tshirt, dresses, athleisure, bathing suits. You name it.

On social media I’m deemed the ambassador for avocados, surfing, and a good hat. But what I would really just love is for people to learn to love themselves a little more- to trust in their abilities- to pursue their passions- and to step outside their comfort zones. I hope this inspired you to snag a hat and spice up your life. Don’t be afraid to be different or try something new. Sometimes, it can bring out the best in you… and maybe even the confidence you’ve been searching for.

xoxo

Ashley

To the end of the earth… (big news)

It’s with great great excitement that Zack and I announce a HUGE trip we will be doing this year! In August, Zack and I will be leading a team of TerraNova young adults . . .

When I say the ends of the earth, I’m talking about South East Asia– and specifically an island that is 99.9% muslim, where people have maybe never met a “Christian” and where there are for certain no Christian churches, summer VBS’ and many of the things we take for granted here in America and other places in the world.

We will be staying in villager’s homes, eating meals with them, sharing about our lives, and reporting to the missionaries we are partnering with by helping to identify people in the village who may be spiritually open. We will be prayer walking, and having intentional conversations with locals that lead to hope-filled stories about Jesus. It will be physically, emotionally and spiritually challenging. But, we will be giving long term support to the local missionaries as they continue to nurture and serve in relationships with people we identify to be spiritually open. How cool is that?! We also get to do a few fun activities while we are there and fully immerse ourselves in their culture, which is really important when it comes to serving others and being open to their lives and story as well.

A missionary from the island, and one of our good friends, was visiting our church 2 1/2 years ago when we first moved to California and told us his story and what he does. We were immediately drawn to the idea of visiting him and serving in his village, but didn’t know when and how that would happen while we were adjusting to new jobs and in the process of trying to buy a home. I thought this year, 2019, we would maybe start a family, or go on some crazy back-packing trips. But, something was off- and Zack and I prayed a lot about this. As much as I lean into adventure and my own wants/needs/timelines, I don’t know if I have let God challenge me in this way.

” I’ll serve in my church, volunteer in my community, serve the homeless in D.C., go to Nicaragua and partner with Christian Churches there… but I don’t think I’ve ever given God full permission to take me THIS far and to a place that is away from the comforts of the Christian church and community. “

Here we are nearly a few years later, and God has made it so apparent that it is time.

To protect the missionaries living in country we will be working with and protect the mission of our trip, we are not allowed to disclose on social media the exact location we will be going as the local government doesn’t love the idea of Christians being there for the reasons we will be. If you are part of the Dropping In Monday Email Fam where I give self care tips, recommendations, spirituality encouragement- you will get the full details as email is a safe place to do this.

We also sent out a TON of letters to family and friends this week. And we still have a small handful to go out. If you would like to receive one of these letters, feel free to text me, email me or message me with your address. We would LOVE to send you a letter. Many have asked how they can be part of this and partner with us financially in big or small ways. You can do that HERE.

Though Zack and I work for TerraNova, we still have to fully fundraise for this trip, which will be around $3,600 total. This will cover travel and payment for the local villagers housing us and feeding us. We are forever grateful for your willingness to pray for us and financially support us if you choose- and can’t wait to send you a letter and picture after the trip with our crazy stories and experience!

For now, please be praying for our team as we prep over the next few months by going through studies together, building support, attempting to learn a new language, and center our focus on what God will have for us. Please also be praying for the villagers we will be interacting with. Though this trip is months away, I fully believe God has the power to already be working in these people.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and support us.

We love you all,

A + Z