Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A big (personal) announcement from me

Hi guys,
So, I've been a little quiet about this because I wanted to announce it to everyone all at once. I have several things going on in my life - which means several big changes.

a. I quit my job and am now working for myself full time as a freelance web designer. It was a hard and scary decision, but it's what I've always wanted to do. I don't know how appropriate this is, but I'd like to introduce you to my work incase you or anyone you know ever needs a website designed. My website portfolio is ashleywhitedesign.com. Potential clients can go there to read a bit about me and see some samples of my work.

b. I am leaving NYC for one year. This was mainly inspired by my boyfriend. He left on Sunday for Segovia, Spain, where he will be an assistant teacher in a high school, teaching English. I plan on spending quite a bit of time over there - so I will be writing to you part-time from Spain! In between my visits to Spain I will be working from MD, where I'll be staying with my parents, and from Tampa, where I'll be staying with my sister. Chris (my boyfriend) and I also plan to spend the following summer traveling around Europe - and I hope to share all of my stories and photos with you - if I still have the pleasure of your company.



Segovia, which is approximately 1hr north of madrid.

I'm excited for all of these big changes and for all the new stories that will be shared on Decorology! If you have any traveling words of wisdom or ideas, please do share! I really hope you will stick around - you guys have been immensely suportive during my marathon training and the death of Cody. I love you all! Here's hoping for a great upcoming year!

41 comments:

agoodbuild said...

wow! congrats on all that! I'm envious of your visits to Spain! I loved it there!

Metta said...

Ashley, I keep poking around trying to find other design blogs I like as much as yours, but I keep coming back to you, so please don't forget us! Way to go, finding a dream and a passion (romance) and following your instincts! Have a great time, and god speed, and be safe in this next chapter!

kate (pm) said...

This is VERY exciting!!! Congratulations!

I'm looking forward to future posts from all these places (please don't stop!).

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

That sounds amazing! I'm sure many of us would love to trade places with you. Best of luck with this exciting change in your life.

Design Actually said...

I think it's great that you are following your dreams and working on your own. Best of luck for your exciting year ahead!

Sue said...

Welcome to Spain, I live in Majorca, if you need help try anything, I'm starting a new business with a little afraid too, but that is normal! Courage! Your blog is beautiful!

erynchandler said...

kudos to you for being such a brave, self starter. you're doing something many people will never have the balls to do.

i heart spain. spend some time in barcelona. simply amazing. i experienced the best shopping of my life in that city.

bueno suerte!

Krissy said...

Wow, what exciting changes! I wish you all the best! :D

Lauren Jade said...

wow! sounds very inspiring and you sound like ur following your passion. :D good luck on your ventures!

Vanya @ Endless Inspiration said...

I'm so there, any excuse to live vicariously through someone else ;)

Well done you for taking such a brave step I salute you. I know how hard it is, I've just given notice on my job working for one of the world's best interior designers to go back to NZ to do, I don't know what! Its terrifying but at the same time exhilarating - but you never know unless you make the leap; that's what I'm telling myself - fingers crossed

Best wishes

Petra - Designfragment said...

Wow, that sure is exciting! I've been to Segovia several times, it's beautiful!

SixDifferentWays said...

Wow thats very brave (and exciting!) Best of luck and dont forget to write to all of us.

caitlinrroberts said...

Congratulations! What a fun year you have ahead!

Travel Advice: Buy a EuroRail pass and travel to your hearts desire. Always have a hostel/hotel booked before your arrival or you may find yourself roaming barcelona at night with prostitutes and addicts. I strongly recommend buying city passes if offered. You will get your moneys worth if you are in the city long enough. This type of pass was very handy in Paris because it allows you to skip line too! (The Paris pass even includes Versailles)

Christine said...

You are very brave! But your decision are well thought over, I think.
So, good luck! :-)

Oh and visit Barcelona, it's so worth it.

Cristin said...

How awesome for you! Travel is so fun! Free rent for a year? right?
Can't wait to hear about your adventures!

Annady said...

Congrats! Now I can live vicariously through your adventures. I've always wanted to quit my job and travel... just haven't gotten there yet.

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Congratulations!! This sounds so exciting. I am so jealous that you get to spend so much time in Spain. I was there last summer and it absolutely captured my heart. I was only in Segovia for one day, but it is just gorgeous. Be sure to visit Salamanca while you're there. It is another gorgeous city about an hour from Segovia.

Emmelyn said...

Wonderful news, quitting a job is hard n i have had a share of that but gotta do wat ur heart tells you. What a journey u got there, savour each moments n im sure ull c d rewards soon! u hav a great inspiring blog!!

lady macaron

Tracy @ comfortandluxury said...

How exciting and wonderful! Segovia looks so ancient and beautiful. Good luck with your new business and in all your new adventures!

Kate said...

Congratulations - you've made it through the hardest part, now sit back and enjoy the wonderful ride (and the amazing food and culture of Spain! I am excited to hear about your adventures.

Cristin said...

congratulations! Glad you are taking the leap. You will succeed!

xo,
cristin

Jessica said...

Oh my goodness, congrats! I just started reading your blog fairly recently and I'm already very excited for you! It takes great personal strength to quit a job and pursue your dream.

Tamstyles said...

congrats...i wish nothing but the best.

Jessica said...

How excited!

Congrats for being so brave. Best of luck on you adventure.

Lee said...

Wherever you are in the world, I look forward to following your beautiful blog. Good luck with your new business venture!

Sharon said...

I'm looking forward to posts from all the lovely places you'll be visiting! Congrats for all the big steps. All the very best.

codruta said...

wish you all the luck in the world in this new adventures

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Ashley, Congratulations on making such a big change in your life. I'm so jealous that you get to have such a great adventure. If I had to do it all over again, I would have travelled all over Europe when I was younger. It's a little harder with two kids! Where in MD do your parents live? I lived in Bel Air, MD for about 12 years. I'm sure you are going to have such great photos and stories to share with us! I, for one, will stay tuned to hear what wonderful things are coming your way! Safe travels!

L. said...

Good luke for your new life! I have done something like that too and open my one shop. If in your travel you came to Portugal " be my guest".

Down Pillow said...

Wow, some really exciting news! Good luck with everything - I will still be checking in to see your updates :)

Blog Author(s) said...

Congratulations! What fun. May the days ahead be filled with much joyful & fulfilling.

Spain, such art. I am excited to read about your adventure in the years ahead.

Blessings.

Leyla said...

Such exciting news! Congratulations!! I hope you continue to share your experiences and adventure stories with all of us. Best of luck in all your new endeavors!

Vintage+Chic said...

Well, Ashley, these here are BIG NEWS... Well, as Spaniard, living in Gijón (north of Spain) I'll be glad to help you with anything you may need... Just let me know!! and welcome to Spain. Segovia? Ummmm, quite cold in winter, though ;)

leticia
vintage-and-chic.blogspot.com

Lady B said...

Hi, I love your blog but I have never written a comment!!! Congratulations for your new life. I'm Spanish and live in Madrid, so in case you need some good tips from my country, please don't hesitate to contact me (mundo.ladyb@yahoo.es).

I would be happy to help you.

B-esos from Spain

Alycia Wicker said...

Congrats on following your dreams!

Rachel said...

Congratulations to you for going for it!! I wish I had your courage (oh, and a boyfriend in Spain wouldn't hurt either!).

Good luck and have lots of fun!

Sophie said...

How very exciting! Wish you all the best with this new undertaking.

A fan of your blog.

Beatriz said...

Welcome to Spain from Madrid.

anna said...

that is so exciting for you! all the best on your upcoming adventures!

xoxo

Shorely Chic said...

Wow, I just read your story...how exciting and awesome your decision to go to Espana with your bf!!

Jealous...

Carolyn said...

Good luck with your freelance business and have so much fun traveling over here in Europe! A visit to Austria is a must! If you can make it to Graz, do it. It's not well known, but the best!

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