Friday, January 11, 2013


Two Thousand Thirteen
i'm ready for you


With the New Year upon us I felt it only fitting to begin the year out right...
with a blog post...
okay, okay so I'm 11 days late, but better late than never they always say.

Are you all ready for 2013?
Have you set any goals for yourself or perhaps any cliche resolutions?
 I don't really like calling them resolutions because lets be honest, by February most of us have already broken whatever resolution we had, right?

This year is going to be busy, but it's going to be an awesome busy.
You know that kind of challenge yourself, find yourself type of year?!
I've been doing a lot of thinking (because what else is there to do really while here in South Korea while my other half works 12-14 hour days) and I feel that it's time for some personal improvements on my part. I want to be the best me for myself and for him.
 So this year I'm going to begin that journey.
This is how it starts...
ONE: By setting some type(s) of GOALS
1. Stretching! Yes, I just said stretching...I am by far the most stiff person I know. So my goal is to stretch daily and be able to sit and touch my toes by the end of the year. Because well, its good for your body. And I don't want to be an old hunchback lady when I'm old.
2. Working on my fitness. I've started a routine here in Korea with all my extra time and I'm hoping to continue that when I get to Utah by working out 3-4 days a week and hopefully inspire Mr. Shaynold along the way.  Plus, working out releases endorphins and well endorphins make you happy.
3. Start going back to church at least two times a month...hopefully the Mr. will wanna tag along too.
4. Start school full time in the fall semester. Crossing my fingers that WSU accepts me and that I can give them gross amounts of money that will force me to apply for loans. HA! Or possibly apply for some lovely scholarships. I feel like I'm a senior in high school again.
TWO: Stop bad habits
Last year I had chosen a word I wanted to live out through 2012 and was hoping by the end of the year I would have become more like that word. Well, somehow I dropped the ball and confidence didn't really happen.
So this year I want to change that. I want to follow through on something.
Meaning...I WON'T QUIT!
I've decided I will try again and choose another word for the year
That being:
I've realized I'm always tense and stressing about ridiculous things and that I need to remember how to stay calm and relax and know that I am not in control of everything.
(More on this in later posts)
THREE: Do more of what I love
By spending a couple hours in the evening with my handsome man chatting about our day, life and getting our cuddle on. And possibly some crafting of some sort mixed in ;)
FOUR: Try something new
I've always wanted to play the piano and this year I'm going to start taking piano lessons.
 I have also been talking about learning how to sew, which only means...I'm going to learn!

FIVE: Keep track of my blessings
I have been a journal person for a few years now and thought it would be a great idea to have a gratitude journal this year instead. So I will write 3 things I am grateful for each and every night.

SIX: Service
I want to give more to others! I was inspired by Ashley over at The Shine Project for this one and I couldn't agree with her more that when you give to others something magical happens in your life that you can't quite explain.
I will reach out to others and let love into my life by doing something nice for someone at least once a week.

SEVEN: Relationships with people
 This year is huge when it comes to meeting new people. We will be moving to our first assignment together in March to Utah and I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't nervous. I've always been that shy, quiet girl who doesn't really talk unless you talk to me. As I have gotten older I have become less and less shy making it easier to get to know someone, but at times it can still be difficult for me to open up.
So this year I'd like to really put myself out there and get to know the people around me, like really know them...ask them questions and be interested in whatever it is they have to say. Learn from them, and see how they view the world.
My hope is that I can also extend this kind of passion to my love, my family and my friends as well.
Because after all you can never know someone too well, we are always changing and growing.

I hope that you will all read along this year and watch as I learn, struggle, love, change and grow closer to the woman I hope to be one day.

Life's a process and I am only beginning.

Tara Ashley

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


So it's that time of year again when I can make PUMPKIN cookies anytime I want
Well, not that one couldn't make them any other time, I'm just saying now is the acceptable time to have said pumpkin cookies or anything pumpkin for that matter
What better time to make them than on HALLOWEEN!
Such a fun time of year when all the holiday festivities begin and the creativeness in me gets to craft all the fun stuff I have saved on Pinterest. 
The cookies are yummo
...only bad thing is...
I've already eaten
 {I can feel a stomach ache coming on already}
Good thing there is a gym 3.5 minutes away by foot
I'll be needing it
Look at all the candy too
I'm in trouble  

 Shaynold and I even got to put together this fun puzzle the other day
I put in the very last piece....of course, because I rock
or maybe he LET me put it in, oh well.
Either way it was fun to find all the pieces TOGETHER
when he wasn't being a puzzle hog that is
I love that word: together
I'm so happy and lucky to have the chance to be here with him everyday
He seriously has the coolest job!
I seriously have the coolest man
I mean not everyone gets to fly jets everyday
not everyone gets to see and hear jets take off a dozen times a day
This is my home
He is my home
Tara Ashley

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Welcome Back to Korea!

Korea and I meet again
"Annyong haseyo"
It's been almost a year since I was here before.
Let me say that again...It's been almost a YEAR since I was here before.
Can you believe that?!?
 And what a year it has been. I survived...WE survived and I am so proud of US!
Long Distance is:
a time to grow
spending time with friends & family
missing them
Which ever adjective you choose to use
I didn't think I'd actually ever say that, but it's true.
Shayne and I have gone through a lot this year, but I honestly couldn't be more thankful for the lessons I've learned along the way.
I have him to thank really
He was always so patient with me and loved me even on the days I didn't deserve it.
I wish I could say I was a perfect girlfriend/finace that never got upset or mad at him, but HELLO this is not a perfect world and you better believe there were days when I was a monster.
And you know what I realized during those days?
Was how much we have grown together and truely love one another.
Crazy huh?!
So many AWESOME things have happened in the last 13 months too!
Many blog posts to come? I think YES!
In the mean time
Meet The Green Jap
Yep, that's's a right drive Korea, Craz balls.
Meet my old school DAK phone
{I wish I could tell you what that means, but if any Koreans just happen to read this they might hunt me down}
It totally doesn't even have T-9 texting. I have to type out each letter!!!
Blasphemy, I tell you.
But at least I don't have auto correct fail, like I do with my iPhone.
Let's talk soon
Tara Ashley

Monday, June 25, 2012

My Child

Confession: When my mom sent this to me this morning, I, I a baby.
Sensitive much?!?! I couldn't believe I was just sitting there crying my eyes out from just a few words. But I realized after I read it again....and again that it was exactly what I needed to hear (or read, rather).

How is it that My Heavenly Father sent me here to be with such an amazing mom?! How'd I get that lucky?
Both him and her always know exactly what I need and for that I am so thankful.

I think this quote really hits home...probably for a lot of us.

Why do we worry so much?
Because we fear failure? Because we don't want to disappoint our loved ones? Because we want things to go a certain way?

Whatever the reason, it's always going to be ok!!!

If we don't fail, we don't grow or learn. If the person or people whom we wish to not disappoint can become so mad or hurt by a situation or event and not find forgiveness then perhaps those people shouldn't be in our you agree? And when it comes to "things" going a certain way...we have to remember that free agency is a blessing, whether we always chose to believe that or not.

So, at the end of the day when all things are said and done, we have to remember that this world is craaaazzyyyy and sometimes it can effect us in ways we don't like, so that's when we have to remember God is there and he knows EVERYTHING, he is with us always and loves us regardless of our mistakes or choices that may not always seem wise. I know that he has the most beautiful plan for each of us and while it may not always be what we or others may want, it is going to be what's best for you!!!

Do not ever forget that!!

And remember, "he's got this"

So let him hear it!! And let him WORRY about it!


Tara Ashley

Monday, April 23, 2012

Be Stong

Being strong is not something that comes easy to some. 
I know I personally have had to work exceptionally hard at it.
And even more so this past year as I am becoming accustomed to the Air Force life and it's unpredictable nature.

I'm not sure if I'd really call myself a STRONG person, but I am stronger then I used to be for sure. 
And I know that is something I can thank my Heavenly Father for. 

I'd say that maturity and time also help when it comes to having a sense of strength along with a decent amount of patience to hold yourself together. 

It's amazing how much a person can change in a lifetime, really.

My mom and I were talking about how people change this weekend in fact and how much we ourselves have changed. 

I'd like to say that I have changed for the better and become more of the person I want to be at 25.
Which is good news and I certainly wouldn't be who I am without having had the experiences I have.

I say this because this morning I completely surprised myself .
I received some very disappointing news but instead of becoming upset and mad, I simply accepted it for what it was. I immediately prayed for peace to come over me and that any bad feelings would simply stop.
 I knew that I was not in control and unfortunately I had to be ok with that, which I am.
It doesn't make it any less disappointing or upsetting, but having strength and keeping faith does make it a little bit easier.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

It's OK Thursday

I know you ALL have probably been so worried I had fallen away from blog land for good
But no need to worry folks
I am in fact alive!
Sooooooo it's time to have a little fun with Amber & Neely 
on this beautiful Thursday

It's OK

That I am still only in chapter three of Hunger Games but decided to go see the movie because I just couldn't wait any longer and LOVED IT!

That sometimes I lose my patients when it comes to Korea.

To be SOOOO beyond excited I get to see the Pilot in 16 days...people you have no idea what a blessing this is. I'm pretty sure I prayed everyday for months that I would see him sooner than July and it's happening!!!

That I'm so sad that One Tree Hill is now in fact over for good.

That my Pandora is constantly on the Josh Groban station at work...hello he's amazing!

That I'm obsessed with my new Louis purse ;)

That I have more Easter candy than one person could possibly eat. Okay... maybe 'could' isn't the right word...'SHOULD' eat is more like it.

To be super flattered that a co-worker said I was full of Sunshine and smiles...that's what I hope to always be. 

Well, that's all for now.
I sure have missed blog land.
I'll write again soon


Tara Ashley

Thursday, March 8, 2012



There is something about a newborn baby that brings everyone together filling their hearts with joy and love!!!

"There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be “full-time moms,” at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part-or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else." Elder M. Russell Ballard   “Daughters of God,” Ensign, May 2008, 108–10 

Last night I fell in love...again
the newest arrival to our family
He was 7lbs 15oz and 21 1/2 inches long
Born March 7th 2012
at 5:51PM

Waiting and waiting for the doctor to come

Mommy and Daddy

" of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother."

Grayson in the nursery
We all wanted to hold him soooo bad

Momma first seeing and holding her new love

Momma and her three boys

Big brothers

Ethan and Grayson

He may not be my baby, but I love him like he is.
Last night as I left the hospital I suddenly felt a sense of separation anxiety come over me and the thought of leaving Grayson made me want to stay all night.
It's amazing to me how with one look into those innocent eyes you fall in love and want to give them the whole world.
Many happy blessings to my aunt and uncle on their new bundle of joy!


Tara Ashley