Five Years of Ashley Lately!

Hey y’all!

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I can’t believe that as of today, I’ve been blogging for five years! It seems crazy to me that when I first started my blog, it was something I thought would probably be a short phase and that I would probably drop it after a few weeks. Once I really found my voice and this space started feeling like me, I realized that this could be a big part of my life.

Little did I know.

I feel like this blog is more real and more me than anything else I’ve ever done. I feel like I can be goofy and weird, and it’s ok because this is MY space! I can blog about headbands, country music, and my crush on General Holden on Army Wives, and you still read!

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I’ve blogged about this a lot, but by far my favorite part of blogging is all of the wonderful friends I’ve made! Blogging brought me Neely, who I can’t imagine life without. It brought me so many wonderful friends across the country, and I’m grateful for each one of them! People who don’t blog don’t understand how we can form real friendships through our computers, but it’s possible, and I’m thankful for these relationships.

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I am so thankful to all of my wonderful readers, those of you who are new to the blog and those of you who have been here since the beginning. If it weren’t for my readers, I wouldn’t be celebrating five years in this space. Even when I have taken weeks off of blogging, whenever I come back, you’re still here, and I appreciate your comments and emails so much! This is more than I ever could have ever imagined, so THANK YOU!

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I’m excited to see what is ahead for this blog! It’s been hard to be around here the last few months, but I’m hoping to have a little more presence around here this year. I’ve missed being here!

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Five years down. Can’t wait to see what the next five years bring.

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*Huge thanks to my fabulous photographer Ashton and my wonderful photo editor Carly for the super fun photos and hand-cut confetti!*