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 In my opinion, Fall is the most thought-provoking time of year.  Life is a Journey.  Enjoy your path.  Remember that the journey is just as important as the destination.  Accept change.  Change is a natural part of life.  Just as the change in season is so beautiful, so are our changes in life!  When it comes to fall, you can’t help but think back to the year that was, and hopefully look forward to the next year ahead of you.

This has been one of the most interesting years of my life!  If you would have asked me a year ago to guess what I would be doing now, I would have had no clue that I would be blogging!  🙂  That may sound crazy…but to me, I think that is pretty cool.  Life is always full of changes.  In my life, I have always found it best to relax and roll with the changes…

I started my blog a year ago almost to date.  I cannot believe such time has passed!  Even though I have been a “blogger” for a year, I feel like I am just getting started.

I had NO clue what I was doing when I started this blog.  I had a vision of what I thought I would like to do, but my whole vision did not begin to materialize until just recently.

I always had a passion to help people and to make people feel great!  That is why I was so passionate about my previous career in the beauty industry – every day I had the opportunity to make women feel more confident and beautiful.  Although, in the back of my mind, I wanted to reach people on a larger scale.  A beauty blog crossed my mind, but at that time life was too busy…the thought continued to linger with me…

Two years ago, Danny, presented the idea of he and I relocating to Las Vegas (His businesses are in LV – We were living in Dallas at the time)  I was very hesitant about this.  I had a wonderful salon business and I truly LOVED all my clients.  After a week of deep thought, I decided to let this change happen and to let Life into the driver seat! I sold my salon and we ventured West! After all, what is life is we do not take risks?  

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I have found that if you take risks with a positive attitude, you can almost never fail.

I am so grateful that I decided to take this chance!! The doors that this move opened for me (and Danny) have been outstanding!  Given that I had more free time after the move, I was able devote more of my time to studying wellness and nutrition.  Guess what else I had time to do?? PRACTICE COOKING!!  haha!  The more I learned about power of fruits and vegetables, the more excited I became to get creative in the kitchen.

Then it hit me!  THIS is what I am supposed to be doing.  I want to help people on a large scale and invite people into my world.  I want to show people how to live a wonderfully, delicious, and healthy lifestyle.  I want to show people how to also feel confident, inspired, and beautiful!

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A friend recommended that I start an Instagram page, just to test the waters and see if I liked this business before I started a blog.  Until I started my @LipstickandBerries Instagram page, I had NEVER done ANY type of social media before. ZIP NADA NOTHING! So this whole deal has been a totally new adventure!  I have truly learned everything along the way!  That being said I was a bit hesitant to “put myself out there.”   I hid behind all my food pictures…which is not a bad thing…but lets put it this way, I am a chick of too many projects, interests, and creative talents (maybe a bit of ADD) to stick to only posting food pictures every. single. day. The point is that, I changed the direction of my blog from all Food to Vegan food & Lifestyle…MUCH more fun in my opinion!

My calling in this industry, is to inspire and introduce people to a plant based lifestyle in a way that they may not have come across it otherwise.  By creating my brand to embody more than just food & recipes, I feel as though I can reach a larger market of young women and hopefully inspire them to make some healthy changes in their life.

I want to thank you all for supporting me and I am so excited to share the next year with you!  I am truly grateful and I want you to know how much you mean to me.

Here is a brand new delicious Autumn Inspired Smoothie for your enjoyment.  From my home to yours…

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Sending you Love, Hugs, and Smoothies from Las Vegas!

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  1. I truly enjoyed reading your journey! I learned new things and got inspired to learn more! Love you Ashley! Keep rocking!

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