19 December 2015

The End of An Era

Today is the day that I graduate college, that  I leave the formal education system and step off of a campus that has been so much more than brick walls to me. I've learned so much from the last 3.5 years from the people that I've met, the opportunities that I've had and the mistakes that I've made.

I will be staying in Green Bay until May at a temporary public relations account assistant. I'll be doing a lot of nothing to recover from the past 3.5 years. I'm going to enjoy the city that has been my home, and enjoy the friends that have become my home as well.

The past four months I haven't been able to blog because I haven't felt like myself. I've always been a planner, and nothing was falling into place this past semester. I felt like I was floundering, mainly because the aspect of my life that I thought I would have figured out, wasn't. Growing up I always thought that I would have my career figured out after college, move to a city with this great job, and then find love. Instead I found love with someone from high school, and we were able to figure it out pretty early in our lives.

Now Matt has been my biggest blessing the past 3 months (other than my parents) and I'm incredibly lucky and blessed to have him in my life. But sometimes there is just this mental block when what I imagined and worked for doesn't happen. So I've spent the past 3 months getting over this mental block.

I hope that in the next 5 months I can embrace the idea of "going with the flow" to a certain extent. Now don't get me wrong, I have a 5 year plan that I want to work for and get to where I want to go. But I also need to embrace the ebbs & flows of life, which I want to do.

I hope that reading this you learn from my biggest mistake, not letting go of what should have happened or what should be happening. Have a plan, have some dreams, but be flexible about your methods. Have confidence in yourself, in your abilities and in your fate. Doors will open if you work hard.

So here's to everything I've learned, to the people I've loved, to the mistakes I've made and to the experiences I've had. But here's to the next 80 some years, and here's to life's ebbs & flows and the blessing I've been given.

This is also the last post on this site as Purple & Pearls. On January 1st there will be a new site, a new name and a new dedication to something that I love.  Check back on January 1st for fun new content!



  1. Congrats Ashley!!! Can't wait to see what the post-grad life has in store for you (big things I know!)

    xoxo A

  2. Congrats, I am so happy for you!

    I know you are going to go far in life, I can't wait to read about it!!

    xoxo Lex // LexMeetsWorld

  3. Oh my goodness! Congratulations!!
    xo, Syd