Monday, October 19, 2015

Getting Settled

It's been forever!
I have been adjusting to a new routine and you know how that goes..
My job has been really wonderful
I work really early (6am yikes!) 
so by the time I'm off, I usually need a little nap :)
but the good news is I am off by 3 ish so I have a pretty long evening to do everything else.

I am working at a tech startup called InsideSales.com
basically it's a sales acceleration platform that helps increase revenue by increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of sales people through the software we developed
I work in enterprise sales
so basically a lot of explaining how we can add value sales organizations 
through "predictive analytics"
It's been a really great job and I have honestly felt so blessed to be here
Oh and I'm also the only lady :) 
Things with Jack are going really well!
He of course is working full time and going to school full time 
He works all day and goes to class three nights a week
I am seriously so impressed how much he is doing right now 
We sadly work pretty opposite schedules so we try to cherish all the time we do get together


Last weekend Jack surprised me and booked a spontaneous weekend in Snowbird
We drove up Friday and stayed all day Saturday
I'm not kidding, the weekend felt twice as long!
It was so magical 
I have officially become the biggest advocate of weekend getaways
Even if it's something super small and simple
Just getting out of town for one night made thee biggest difference!
We were able to reconnect and have so much fun just the two of us
Biggest accomplishment of the weekend: Hiking the Tram
I had no idea this hike was so steep hahaha
Needless to say we were proud to reach the top


This is about half way.... Doesn't Jack look so cute :) 


A little tender mercy happened this week
I have been feeling overwhelmingly blessed lately.
I can't explain it but I've felt a little selfish...
I have been praying so hard to have an opportunity to serve just to give back in some way or another
I have been looking into everything... literally everything 
but nothing really felt like me
I'm just not really the type to volunteer at the dog shelter, or an after school program
and there are no callings in our ward..
On our first Sunday at church the bishop met with Jack and me
He gave Jack his calling as 2nd counselor in the Sunday School and told me I would likely never have a calling in our ward because we are limited on callings.
Anyways Sunday I was fasting to have an opportunity to serve in a way that could emphasize my talents and make me feel like I was adding some sort of value to society
After relief society the president asked me if she could talk with me.
She asked if I would be the ward's social media director!
I know it sounds rather funny, but I guess our ward has a lot of inactive people and this could be a way to reach out to everyone in a less invasive way.
She wants me to create a space that inspires and unites the sisters of our ward daily
So I will do things like post inspirational thoughts, updates on the amazing things sisters in our ward do, missionary experiences I hear, or anything else that will uplift the sisters and try to bring our ward together more.
 It will also be a place to document all the fun things we are doing together and upcoming opportunities for other sisters to get involved. 
She said I could have full creative freedom to do whatever I want with it
Anyways I know this is a really simple thing, but for me it was a real testimony builder that the Lord hears and answers our prayers
I really hope it will have some sort of an impact on someone, but regardless it was a true answer to my prayers

I hope you all have a happy Monday :)

Xoxo,

Ash





Sunday, July 26, 2015

San Jose Lately

Hi my sweet family
I miss you all soo soo much, words cannot begin to express
July has always been one of my most favorite months 
non stop BBQs, fireworks, pool parties, endless family gatherings
I know this has gone one without us and I can't help but feeling a tiny bit homesick for it
but Jack and I have truly been having a wonderful in San Jose
Learning sooo much and really having a wonderful and adventurous time together


Cisco has been a dream


For those who don't know already, I am working in Investor Relations for the company
my job is basically to have all the information in regards to the investors, and the stock market
I am constantly analyzing what our competitors are doing in comparison to us,
staying up to date on the stock market, analyst reports, and earnings calls,
discussing what makes Cisco a great investment to analysts and investors,
and then communicating all this information back to the executives.
I would say it is just as much of a finance position as it is a comms position
which has been extremely interesting for me.
I feel so lucky because I have been kept really busy, and have a wonderful team who is constantly giving me more opportunities to learn more.
Each team member is always asking me to join them in really awesome meetings with really high profile investors or the executive team
Last week I was asked to be in this movie introducing our new CEO Chuck Robbins
I even had a line ;)
When they asked me to do it I honestly had no idea what I had signed up for! 
They even had a lady on staff who did my hair and makeup before shooting!
hahaha it was pretty sweet I can't lie..

Jack has been working in M&A which has been a really interesting experience
M&A here is totally different than you would expect
basically their team provides the financial support for the business development guys, who are the actual deal leads. Most companies BD guys are sales guys and M&A are deal leads, but it has been a good learning opportunity for him as well. 
This past week he transferred over to treasury to learn the ropes over there
It's really cool because Cisco is really flexible about letting people try out different positions.
The hardest part is getting into the company, but once you are in they are pretty sweet about trying to do everything they can to keep you happy


Jack and I have been doing lots of running!
Seriously every single day.. 6 days a week..
It has been really fun! 
I have never run so frequently in my life, but JB keeps me really motivated
he is always the one to set the alarm and get out of bed first haha
but we try to do 5 miles a day, with a fun long run on the weekends where we go explore somewhere

We have tried to see as much as possible the past few weeks
we have been to Santa Cruz, which I have to admit is not my favorite beach town
too busy..
but we still had a really fun time there
We went with my parents to Monterey Bay, Pebble Beach and Carmel
All of which I loved 
Santana Row is my favorite spot to frequent on the weekends.
You guys, if you are ever in this area Santana Row is a MUST
there is this restaurant, Lark Creek, that has thee most delicious gnocchi in the entire world
I seriously love it so much! That spot alone could convince me to stay haha
We went to the SF symphony a few weeks ago.
My sweet sister-in-law gave us tickets for graduation! 
(most thoughtful gift ever am I right?)
We had an absolute blast and ate soft crab for the first time in our lives.
If you haven't had soft crab, it is a serious experience.
You actually eat the ENTIRE crab. Legs, shell, chompers, the whole thing!
I thought it was really delicious! Jack wasn't too sure....



Our apartment has been really incredible as well.
There are so many amenities it's kind of ridiculous!
I think because housing over here is so expensive and nobody can afford to buy a house
all the apartment buildings are competing for everyone's business
Obviously this is true, but I'm talking serious competition!
Our building for example has food trucks come pull in every Wednesday!
This past weekend they hosted a big outdoor concert with probably 6 different food trucks, live music, bouncy houses, balloons, and sponsors galore! 
Every Tuesday is taco Tuesday, where this taco shop in the complex offers any two tacos for $5!
Saturdays there is this popup farmer's market with yummy fruits and veggies
They have this reserved "date night" dinner group where you sign up for whatever the weekly date night is and meet different couples in the building.
Sometimes there is wine tasting, last week it was cooking lessons, coming up there is a 9 course meal! 
Just really fun stuff like that. 
Jack and I have seriously been considering starting something like this in Salt Lake.
Don't you think it be a hit!? Especially somewhere up by Harvard and Yale or the U?


Anyway, time has really been flying by!
Hard to believe we have almost lived here for two months.
Definitely been a summer we will always remember :)

See you all soon!

xoxo,

Ash


Sunday, May 17, 2015

26.2

It has clearly been forever since I have written anything
but with Jack and I moving in the next few weeks
and everything else that has been going on
I really want to get back into it!

So yesterday I completed my second full marathon!
It was a TON of hard work, but honestly well worth all the pain and tears.
Seeing my sweetheart and family at the finish line cheering me on
and the satisfaction that comes with working incredibly hard to achieve a difficult goal
is something I can't begin to explain
but once you've done it... you'll know exactly what I mean :)
it makes it all worth it


All week (especially yesterday) I was trying so hard to remember my experience the first time around, but since I didn't document it very well... 
I have forgotten majority of the details..
So I am taking the time to write down everything I remember
so that next time I decide I want to run 26.2
I will have something to reflect on 

I really started training for the race about 5 months ago 
Jack was so awesome at helping me stay motivated 
he is extremely dedicated to going to the gym every single day
so it really helped me to get out on every run
not just the long ones :)


Training was full of a lot of successes, but I am not going to sugarcoat it...
It was really hard.
surprisingly I was running a lot faster than I ever have, 
so I started to get competitive with myself
which was both good and bad
running was a lot harder that's for sure!
and I was sore a LOT
and I got heinous blisters
at one point I had 10 on each foot!
which eventually turned into ugly calluses 
and I was stressing my poor knees so I spent the majority of evenings icing them...
but I was also finishing my long runs 20-40 minutes faster than last time
so that became a little addicting
and I started eating wayyyyy healthier than I ever have
because my body just craved it!
I even gave up sugar for an entire month!! 
just because!
(blew it yesterday when they gave me Sweetish Fish at one of the aid stations)

I did two 20 milers
the first was awesome! 
I was really happy with it
but that's kind of where my successes ended...
Every run after that was a struggle
for some reason my legs felt like they weighed 900 pounds 
and I couldn't lift them
a 4 mile run was taking me 45 minutes 
and I would get home and be so upset
After your last 20 you start to taper your weekend long runs
so I had a 12, then an 8, then the marathon
all of which were heinous

As you can imagine race week I was absolutely terrified
Thank goodness for sweet hubbys who care about the things you care about
because I think he had to talk me through the race every night this week
and remind me of all the successes I had had early on

Yesterday my wakeup call was 3:30
my uncle Joey was planning on running the 1st half and my uncle Matt was running the 2nd half
so Joey picked me up and we got to hang out together all morning waiting for the race
we got to the starting line at about 5:15 with the race scheduled to start at 7:15
Luckily it didn't start raining until I hit mile 1
but oh boy did it rain!
it seriously POURED!!
and it was really cold.. and windy...
someone said her watch read 38 degrees.....
at one point, I kid you not, it started snowing
but Joey and I decided to pretend it was ash from the fire...


(to document the terrifying storm we were about to run into...
and the only time we saw the sun all day)

My cute fam was cheering me on at the 7 mile aid station
I was so happy to see them! It really kept me going ;)
I placed myself between the 3:45:00 and 4:00:00 pacers
pretty reasonable
 my goal was just to finish in under 4 hours
22 mins off my last time

the first 9 miles went pretty well..
but by mile 10 I could feel about 2 inches of water squishing in my shoes
 and it was all I could think about until 13
after 13 I was just so happy to be counting down rather than up
from 13-18 I just sang music and tried not to think about how cold I was
but mile 18 is where the canyon starts 
and the icy wind was really killing my face 
so I had to stare at the ground praying my contacts wouldn't just pop out
this was also about the time I was ready to stop running
in my head I knew I could make it to 22 because that's where the canyon ends
and majority of this section is down hill
but it was a really long four miles...


after 22 I was honestly sooooo tired
and I had to keep moving my fingers because they were so numb
this is where you start winding through the park and people start lining up
everyone is so sweet and so supportive
I couldn't make eye contact with anyone though because I would get super choked up 
and cry a little....
not good when you need every last ounce of air your body is willing to give you...

The next three miles were honestly horrible
It was such a mental game at this point
My legs felt detached from my body
but somehow kept moving...
My mind would wander to
"okay, if I stopped running for 30 seconds I only lose about a minute of my time...."
but the legs knew better...
once you stop... going again is 10 million times harder

strangely enough 25 was the hardest mile of the whole race....
I knew the finish line was 7 blocks away 
I mean I could see the flipping sign! 
Yet I was choking on every breath. 
The rain was still pouring
and every block seemed longer than the next
This woman running near me said 
"we've got this girl, only 6 more blocks"
which helped
for about 30 seconds
5 blocks out my sweet uncle Joey came into sight 
he saw me and just hopped right in and started running with me 
cheering me on
I of course got SUPER emotional at this
but honestly he was my saving grace and ran the next 3 blocks with me
telling me how proud he was and that I was going to make it in under 4 hours
then we saw the fam and he let me finish the last 2 blocks solo


As I crossed the finish line I saw my sweet hubs who hugged me while I cried for a bit
 then my daddy
(who, might I add, spent his whole birthday cheering me on)
as I choked on my tears for the next 5 minutes everyone ran over and hugged me
it was honestly one of the best moments in the world
like I said there is no way to describe it
you are just so proud of the work you put in, and you feel so powerful and alive, and so loved 
and you're so proud of everyone else who did it with you and is feeling the same thing
it's why I love it
it's a crazy thing, but it's also really wonderful
so let's be real... it was really hard.. and cold.. but it was also really amazing :) 
and I definitely think anyone who has any ounce of a desire to run a marathon
should.




xoxo,

Ash


Friday, February 20, 2015

February

Gosh where has the time gone?!
Things have just been so crazy I feel like I haven't even had two seconds to myself
so I don't really even know where to begin

How about the fun stuff :)
Jack and I went to Hawaii!
we were in Kona
I can't even explain to you how magical the week was
It was such a last minute idea, Jack's momma spends two weeks in Hawaii every January 
She and Mike were going to be there together for about a week
and they invited us to join!
it just happened to work perfectly with our schedules
so how could you say no to an offer like that?!?
I sadly feel like it was over before I knew it
but let me tell you... it was just perfect
I mean to have no agenda the entire day?!?
(something that has been very foreign to my hubs and I the past few months)
 It was the perfect escape.

We stayed at the Prince Resort on Mauna Kea Beach
and literally spent our days hanging out on the beach, drinking smoothies nonstop, playing in the ocean, boogie boarding, reading :)
One night we went to this incredible clam bake on the beach! 
Holly moley!
All you can eat lobster, crab, shrimp, clams (obviously) 
it was to die for.. we saw a lady who literally scooped up five lobsters!
she was not messing around 
delicious
here are a few photos from our trip :)






in other news...
I got a great new job!
As you all know Jack and I are leaving for San Fran in June
I haven't especially loved working in news, so I have just been looking for other opportunities
I applied for like 15 jobs, interviewed for like 7 of them, waiting to hear back from a few, and was offered a few, but one of them offered for me to start now! 
So I accepted :)
I am working as an account executive for a company called Gartner
It is an international company that gives technology research and analysis to companies world-wide. 
I am working in the venture capital, private equity, investment banking sector
which ties in perfectly with my hub's job
anyway what I do is I manage existing accounts, make sure clients are happy etc 
and with the help of my boss Kate, we develop more business.
It's super exciting and challenges me like crazy.
Today for example:
I get to be on a call with the CEO of Virgin Galactic and Richard Branson
whaaaaaaaatt?!
I am blogging to take my mind off from this reality because I am so flipping anxious/nervous/excited
Kate is letting me ask questions and be as involved with the call as I want to be
so obviously I have been doing all the research I possibly can to be prepared
I'lll try my best not to talk about his island... and stay focused on rockets...
buuuuuuttttt..... the guy is pretty sweet 
let's be real!

So for the next three months I am working part time remote
kind of as a training for the full time position in the offices this summer
the thing that I really love about the company is they have offices all around the world
so if Jack were to get a great job in Dubai or something.... I could still work with Gartner
Definitely one of the many upsides of the company :)
plus I think it will give me a lot of great experience I can speak to for future opportunities
it's an internationally known company so working for them is a great resume booster
I am gaining a lot more confidence networking with all different types of people
learning appropriate questions to ask, talking points etc.
and I am learning to be less intimidated by extremely powerful people
Don't get me wrong... It's all a work in progress
but it challenges me
and I like that

In case you were wondering 
I have not left Fox yet...
I clearly have separation anxiety 
I don't like to feel like I am a quitter
and they have been putting me on all these cool projects lately..
last night I got to write an anchor package!
It was so awesome!!!
I just really like to be busy and feel needed/utilized
When I don't feel like I am progressing I tend to freak out and go a little crazy...
But hey!
 I am learning great things about myself and what I need in life ;)
the types of environments that make my heart tick
the kind of work I enjoy
the types of people I like being around
and right now I am feeling contempt 
so if I were to quit right now, I worry that I would regret it...
Yes, you can call me crazy because I currently have three jobs..
(I'll still help out with the PAC-12 every now and again)
and am going to school full time... 
and trying to train for a marathon...
but it's amazing to realize all you can accomplish when you write a check list everyday :)



can you find me?? hehe

Anywho, lots of exciting stuff going on
I'm anxious to see where we'll be at this time next year :)

love you, love you
xoxoxo,

-Ash



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Word of the Year

I love setting goals!
It's seriously my favorite thing
I don't know about you guys..
but nothing makes me feel better than accomplishing one of my New Years resolutions
Or reflecting on who I was this time last year
and noticing little things I have done to improve.
It gives me some sort of high

Anywho one of my favorite things my family does is come up with a word for the year
One word that you want to sum up your year
last year my word was learn...
which I hope to continue
the year before it was organize...
This year I wanted to do something a little different
after changing my mind like a hundred times
I have settled on one

I have known the entire time what I have wanted the word to mean
but finding the perfect word was kinda hard
basically
I want to feel more genuinely interested in everyone around me
not just my friends of family
but everyone
randos in the elevator.. people I sit by in class.. the girls at the gym
everyone
you know those people, the moment you meet them, you just leave feeling so good about yourself?
I want to be more like them
I want to talk less about myself, and ask more questions
I want to remember people..
their names, their experiences
you know what I mean
so my final decision for the word of 2015 is:

Present


I think by being present in every moment I can improve every aspect of my life
I think I will be a happier person
and hopefully I can make the people around me feel special..

Feel free to join the tradition!
What's your word of the year???

xoxo,

Ashlie

Friday, January 9, 2015

Updates

I haven't written ONCE over winter break
Probably because I am in serious denial about going back to school Monday...
Or because I haven't taken any pictures to make things more interesting ;)
But regardless.. this break has been true bliss!
Honestly just not having to worry about homework is incredible
and it has given me a little extra power going into this semester knowing
 I ONLY HAVE TWO SEMESTERS LEFT!!!
EEEEK!
Before long I will have a normal life
with normal hours
and FREE TIME!!!
I can't stand the anticipation ;)

Jack and I spent the holiday in Boise
It was so wonderful especially because everyone was able to make it!
We hardly see his sisters because one is in Boston and the other is in Australia..
so the fact both they and their husbands were able to make it, and spend so much time here was pretty incredible.

Trips to Boise are always full of fun adventures.
And this trip was no let down!
I could tell hundreds of great stories, but my most favorite was on Christmas Eve.
We had all enjoyed a leisurely morning together
you know
eating too much food, having nerf gun wars, getting ready for the Christmas eve party..
all while wearing Christmas jams, of course :)
 when we decided to go duck hunting..
I looked outside as a total blizzard is going on and was just thinking... oh dear....
But my cute hubs was so excited so after a good pep-talk and a few kisses I got excited too
I mean I am totally down to try new things!
So I put on my warmest gear and we set out.
I had told everyone ahead of time that I was more interested in being the hunt's spotter and didn't really want shoot anything
but that does not mean I can chill in a camp chair sipping hot coco reading The Goldfinch..
I got fully decked out in full camo
head to toe, face, hands, feet
everything
and then Jack made me a little bed or weeds (complete with my own pillow) to lye down in
and then buried me in more
Please keep in mind it's still snowing
So I am lying there with four coats, three pants, hiking boots, gloves, two hats, and a blanket of weeds on me, and I kid you not I could feel the water slowly seeping through each layer..
When someone shot something, I was okay to move and went off to this shelter down the river.
I was hiding in the shelter with the dogs and Mike when Jiar (Kate's husband) brings us the duck they shot.. 
You guys... the poor thing was  headless...
Luckily I closed my eyes before I got a good look, but I can honestly still see the bloody stringy things coming out of its neck..... 
 Mike hid it up high with the neck facing the wall, so I couldn't see anything, but that didn't stop the dogs from trying to snatch it!
Any who a little time passed and Joan is ready to go home
I told her I'd go with her! You know help out with dinner (hehe sneaky)
She's says awesome, grabs the dogs, and while she's leaving to the car says, "would you mind grabbing the ducks?" 
I literally cried and squealed as I pulled poor Daffy off that shelf...
and ran the whole way to the car...

Slowly the Boren's are helping me to be a little tougher :) 
but let's be real...
 I'll always be the girl that loves a hot sunny day sunbathing at the beach
It ended up being a truly wonderful weekend 
full of, game nights, horseback riding, ice cream making, swimming and family bonding

I hope you guys all had a wonderful holiday as well
I'm sure most of you had to go back to reality this week, but in case you're at the U like me
Have an AWESOME last weekend of freedom!

xoxoxoxoxo,

Ashlie

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's Official!

Well guys big news!!!
The Borens


are MOVING!
yep 
after months of filling out applications and decision making
we have officially accepted an offer in.....
drum roll!!!!!!!



San Jose!!!!!
wooooooo wooooooo woooooo

My sweet hubs was offered this amazing position with Cisco
in their mergers and acquisitions department
or treasury
he's still deciding..
which is a pretty big deal 
so we are relocating out little family to Cali-Fornia
We are leaving sometime after the Spring semester ends
His official start date isn't until the second Monday in June 
so we have plenty of time to figure all the little details out :)
Just don't tell anyone at FOX because I will not be informing them for a few more months..

Even though we are going to be packing up the chateau in 5 months I don't care
I'm still decorating
I am soo proud of myself because I just completed my first big project
ALL BY MYSELF
Jack had a business trip this week so I had the evening to hammer away
Don't judge because I just ordered the pictures to fill the frames :)
my momma and I have big plans for expansion...
but I am only allowed to hammer 10 holes in the wall or we loose our deposit....
so my collection will have to build after we move


We've have had lots fun projects
Christmas is definitely the best time for projects if you ask me!
Jack's mom went to this Christmas tree auction last month
basically Boise's equivalent to The Festival of Trees
so all the money raised on the trees go to the children's hospital
and she bought us the beauty!
It was seriously the sweetest surprise
One day Jack and I were talking about buying a tree
and the next this shows up all wrapped up :)





In other news... Tatey is doing absolutely wonderfully :)
his companion seems really sweet
Nate said he really pushes him
He is serving on this college campus right now
I guess one day (like his second day in the field) they went to this fountain in the center of campus
Porter (his comp) went on one side and Nate went on the other
they then stopped every person who walked by and would try to give a brief overview of the gospel
bare their testimony, and invite them to hear the discussions
They were also handing out cards to watch the video
(if you haven't seen it, it is really short and really well done
definitely worth watching) 
I couldn't imagine doing what he's doing right now!
Seriously imagine making yourself so vulnerable sharing the topic dearest to your heart at a college campus nonetheless...  
needless to say, I am so proud of him



Love you all :)
Merry Christmas!! 

xoxo,

Ash