when you’re having a moment.

where my heart resides-7Like most twenty-something writers in the year 2014, it has been a longtime secret dream of mine to be published on the Huffington Post.

Yesterday, that dream came true. I was officially granted access to the HuffPo circle of trust, and can now publish there anytime I want to. A whole new audience, a whole new opportunity, a whole new platform. I have my own author page and everything.

My post was published in the afternoon, right in the middle of naptime. Naturally, I celebrated in complete silence on the couch, in my sweatpants, eating vanilla ice cream straight out of the carton like the glamorous writer that I am.

It was awesome. 

And as the texts and e-mails and messages poured in from friends and family, I had A Moment. A moment of gut-wrenching, heart-bursting gratitude. A moment of letting every insecurity I have ever felt about myself, my writing, this blog, that blog, my life calling, whatever….float up into the sky like a hot air balloon. I just let it go. I sat on my couch scraping the bottom of the ice cream carton with a cold spoon and mentally thanked God for giving me the words to write. I thanked this country for the freedom of speech. I thanked that girl who told me she read my post out loud at a baby shower and made all the moms cry. I thanked every person who shared that post on Facebook.

And today, I want to thank you. Whether you’ve been reading this blog for five years or five days or five minutes, you have contributed to this tiny moment of success and for that, I am ever thankful. Thank you for reading, for showing up, for making me feel safe while I pour my heart out on the Internet. As cheesy as it sounds, I couldn’t do it without you.

Cheers to chasing dreams, working hard, and above all else: thanking God who made it so.

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39 Responses to when you’re having a moment.

  1. Jo says:

    Congrats, Ashlee. You deserve this. I have loved your writing from the minute I stumbled upon your blog years ago.

  2. Kara says:

    Huge congrats! Soooo well deserved. I’ve been sending people by the droves to Coffee and Crumbs lately and especially after your latest post.

    Would you indulge me and tell me what camera and lens you generally shoot with? I admire your photography almost as much as your writing.

    Congratulations, again!!

  3. Bekah says:

    Yay! That’s so exciting. I’ve been reading your blog a little under two years, and your genuine words are what keep me coming back. Congratulations!
    Bekah´s last blog post ..Dear Baby: Week 21

  4. Katie says:

    Big, big congratulations! I’ve only been reading your blog for a month or two, since finding coffee + crumbs. In that short time, your words and your voice have already been an inspiration to this writer-at-heart who hopes to someday really sink her teeth into blogging. Look forward to following your continued (and much deserved) success.
    Katie´s last blog post ..From Beethoven to Billie Jean: A Birth Story

  5. Jessica says:

    So awesome! Congrats!

  6. Christina says:

    Congrat’s!! I just found your blog last week while searching out some mommy blogs. As a 1st time mom I’m SO happy to have found your blog and happy for you that you are achieving such great milestones while being a mom!

  7. Susan M says:

    So excited and well deserved!
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  8. Christine says:

    So so so proud of you! I remember having a little feeling like that when I found out I had my very first published piece, and holy moly–I still don’t think there’s been a moment when I felt more validated and grateful! Hold on to that feeling–I remember asking myself if anything could ever get better, and honestly, I try to go back and find that feeling whenever I’m feeling down or sucked dry by comparison. Congratulations on all of the success lately–it’s SO well deserved. xo
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  9. Jackie says:

    Great post and Congratulations!!

  10. Caroline says:

    Congratulations! Well deserved : )
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  11. Erika says:

    Congratulations! You’re such a talented writer. SO SO well-deserved.
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  12. Lesley says:

    Yayyyy! Happy for you, friend!
    Lesley´s last blog post ..The strangest love letters you ever read

  13. kate says:

    so happy for you! you deserve it, enjoy your moment! can’t wait to see where you go from here!
    kate´s last blog post ..27 weeks!

  14. Jen says:

    Congratulations, Ashlee! We don’t know each other, but because you write so honestly it feels like we do. And for a minute it felt like I was having a celebratory moment for a friend of mine when I saw that Huffpost published your blog post! I had no idea at the time all the professional doors it would open for you, just figured it would mean some free publicity for your blog. Now I’m doubly happy for you! Thank you for allowing us, as readers, a brief glimpse into your life and making us feel like we’re sitting down with an old friend, having a cup of coffee, while you tell us about your day!

  15. Kaylan says:

    SO happy for you Ashlee! Well deserved!
    Kaylan´s last blog post ..Finley & Me 30/52

  16. Melissa says:

    Friend! Basically, you are the coolest lady around and I am so so so happy for you and all you have accomplished. KEEP IT UP. You rock!

  17. Lauren says:

    So well deserved and so thrilled for you my dear friend 🙂 My heart could honestly burst <3 You know how I feel about your writing and the joy it brings to me and obviously very many others.

  18. Emily says:

    A million and one congrats! You deserve it!

  19. Congratulations! I began following your blog several months back and I get excited to see when you have a new post! I love your article as well–I can identify with so much of what you mentioned. Being a mom is the greatest and hardest job ever!
    Ashley Mathews´s last blog post ..Jehovah Jireh.

  20. Holly says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog for years – you’re an amazing writer, and you deserve all of the success 🙂
    Holly´s last blog post ..Compassionate Hearts

  21. Liz says:

    Freaking AWESOME girl friend. Congrats!
    Liz´s last blog post ..Notes to My Younger Self

  22. Melissa says:

    Congrats to you! Celebrating with ice-cream – my kinda girl 🙂

  23. Congratulations again lady, such an amazing accomplishment!! So happy for you!
    XO
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  24. Ashley Smith says:

    cheers, girl!

  25. Susannah says:

    Wow, what a major accomplishment!!! How exciting!!! 🙂
    Susannah´s last blog post ..Proud Doesn’t Even Begin to Describe How I’m Feeling

  26. Congrats!! You know how addicted I am to your posts! 😉 You’re my second favorite writer to Shauna Niequist, seriously.
    Stephanie Loudmouth´s last blog post ..Look :: Maternity Style / Double Rainbow

  27. Callie says:

    Huge congrats Ashlee! It’s so inspiring to see/read about someone’s goals become achievements. Those moments of triumph are proudly shared, I’m sure, by all your readers too.I love that you celebrate with ice cream! So sweet xx

  28. kelly ann says:

    Proud of you, friend. You inspire me.

    xox.

  29. michelle says:

    When I saw your post on the Huffington Post, I smiled a big grin. To me that’s a symbol of “you’ve made it.” Congratulations my friend, I am proud of you, your words, and your blogs. Keep it up!
    michelle´s last blog post ..Cookbook Crush

  30. Stacy says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a year and think you are a great writer. As a new mom myself,I find your motherhood posts to be relatable and honest. Well done!

  31. Jodi says:

    Congratulations Ashlee!! That is incredibly exciting news! I am new to reading your blog and shamefully must admit that instead of showering or eating while my precious 11 week old baby boy was sleeping I’ve read all of your blogs from the beginning!I am now showering again but I must express gratitude to you, reading your blogs has made me a much better mother and wife throughout this new journey, I love my son deeper and hold him a little tighter and I always offer words of appreciation and love to my husband when before I was secretly keeping score. So thank you 🙂 and again Congratulations you are an incredible writer!

  32. April says:

    It couldn’t happen to a finer writer. You’re awesome. Congrats!!

  33. Brett says:

    This post is worthy of me giving up my status of a “lurker” for a brief moment. So proud of you and can’t wait to see what’s up next! Love you – B

  34. Congratulations! I have recently started reading your blog! I am so happy for you! 🙂
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  35. oh that’s awesome! congrats!!

  36. Eliza says:

    You sweet and beautiful soul. Your words touched my heart and I’m not even a mommy! My eyes were so welled up with tears that I couldn’t even see what I was reading anymore. I had to keep wiping them away. This is my first time here on your blog. I clicked on the Huffington link to your name and I landed here. In a world that assaults women at magazine stands and makes them think that their body should deflate after giving birth and making you think that you should be doing everything that’s in a Parenting magazine, it was refreshing to read the truth of what a piece of motherhood is like. Another thing I found so special is that u gave credit to God. I wish you continued success in all that you do. Bountiful blessings to you and your family. <3

  37. Anne says:

    so exciting! you totally deserve this! your writing is amazing! congrats ashlee!
    Anne´s last blog post ..Survival Mode

  38. Gina says:

    Major congrats on this milestone in your writing career! You’re a wonderful writer, and you deserve it!
    Gina´s last blog post ..{Currently} August

  39. Kari says:

    I just found your blog, and I am so hooked:) Congratulations on the article on Huffington Post. That is such a major accomplishment! Reading it made me tear up and gave me goosebumps. I’m so excited to follow along and hope you’re having a great day:)
    Kari´s last blog post ..WHY IT’S NOT JUST ANOTHER PICTURE OF LEAVES CHANGING COLOR

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