Ashleigh & Emily

Updated: Dec 31, 2018

"I am learning to trust the journey even when I do not understand it." -Mila Bron 

Over the past year or so I have been teaching myself to trust in the universe. Although I don't yet know the path I am supposed to take, and may never understand it fully, I know that there is a plan for me. I have learned that in order to make the best life happen, you have to give it everything you have, and then a little bit more. I have learned that releasing positive energy causes the universe to send you positive energy. And I have learned that when you feel like you are at the lowest low, something amazing is just around the corner. 

Several years ago, I began attending art school. At the time, I thought it was the best decision of my life. And then a year later, I thought it was the worst decision of my life. But looking back, I realize it was a little bit of both. In life, you can't have the highs without the lows. Although it was one of the roughest times in my life, it lead me to what would be some of the most amazing years of my life. Without enrolling in art school, I never would have met some of the most amazing and inspirational artists that I attended classes with. Without becoming an art school student, I never would have become an art school drop out. Without becoming an art school drop out, I never would have moved back home. Without moving back home, I never would have met my husband or started my business. Without meeting my husband, I would not be married to my best friend and biggest supporter. Without my business, I never would have had the amazing experiences and opportunities I have been blessed with. And without all of these events falling into place, we would have never had the chance to be moving to Dill Farms. 

While we may seem crazy to others, the universe is screaming at us to take this opportunity. Everything is just falling into place. I know it won't be perfect, and it is going to be REALLY hard at times, but in the end, what ever is meant to happen will happen. I am a strong believer in signs, and when every sign points to something, you just have to go for it. 

One of the best "signs" I could have received was finding out that one of my  former art school classmates is living just an hour from the farm. I was terrified of not knowing anyone in a very foreign land when I saw that Ashleigh Noelle Photography was now based out of Kansas City. Obviously, I reached out immediately and it felt like no time had passed. After a quick round of playing catch up, we dove into plans for the farm and our businesses. Reconnecting with a friend and colleague who shares a passion for art is one of the greatest signs I could have ever been given. Although I was only going to be at the farm for 24 hours, we knew we just had to squeeze in some shooting time. This is what we did...


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