Beach Stones and the Authentic Self

Creating the Vision

Creating the Vision

As with all blog posts I tried to organize my thoughts this morning while quietly drinking my tea.  I spent much time updating and making some much-needed changes to my blog. Much like this inspiring pile of beach stones, it takes time to choose which beach stone will be transformed with forged silver into what kind of focused piece of jewelry, it too takes time to choose images and words to convey the thoughts and emotions that best describe my work and the space I am in at the moment.

I had an amazing opportunity this past week to attend the #inbound13 marketing conference in Boston, thanks to my son-in-law who works for Hubspot. I got to witness the energy of the current technology boom in a way I never have. Noticing all the time that I was one of the few in the entire audience of 5300 that was gray-haired and over the age of 35. I got to listen to one of my favorite bloggers in the world of marketing, Seth Godin who brought to everyone’s attention that we all needed to, “Be one of a kind, own it and live it”. His call to being “remarkable” and to “delight” people with our stories was refreshing and inspiring. In a world where there is so much information in order to be recognized and be appreciated for what we do, give people the information of most value, what is it about what you do that is special?

I also listened closely  to  Arianna Huffington speak about the need to reconnect, recharge. Remove technology from your down time, stop living a life of hurry up and take note of ourselves.  Most notable was when she said that “life only makes sense when you are living it”. Well, in this world of day to day responsibilities I am learning from the words of these entrepreneurs, these people who are taking the world by storm and being authentic.

When I looked at this beautiful organization of beach stones that I collected and remember the feeling of being at one with the ocean and it’s offerings I realize that I am authentic, I am doing what I was meant to be doing. I am truly focused and my world makes sense and  my process takes me to a place of feeling connected to the earth, this I know is my calling in life.

Balancing life is what poses the challenges and if there is anything I take away from this busy time in Boston or this beautiful and peaceful time collecting each ocean tumbled marvel from the beach is that time is of most value. Giving, sharing and loving are the mantra that fills my well. I feel the well is full and I am in need of the creative step, so onward I go.

Thank you for following my journey.


Recharging with Ashley, Casey & Holden

Recharging with Ashley, Casey & Holden




4 thoughts on “Beach Stones and the Authentic Self

  1. Sounds like it was a good conference. Your jewelry work is amazing and I love the pieces I own (a necklace and pair of earrings). When I wear them I feel that I am being my authentic self! The circle stone really speaks to my spirit. So I thank you for being authentic and for helping me be authentic 🙂

    • Thanks Kathy it was an amazing conference, much of it was geared toward the tech marketing industry professionals but you couldn’t help to be inspired by it all. As for the jewelry, the stones provide the energy I am just a vehicle for them to find their way to you!! Enjoy your jewlery and I wish you a productive fall!

  2. You have an eye for beautiful things! I can’t stop staring at the photograph with all the beach stones- Simply beautiful!

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