When I made the poor decision to attend art school in a city larger than my small town, rural farm community, I was on top of the fucking world. All I will say about this time period is this: my poor roommates. Between the parties with cheap liquor, crazy shenanigans, like stealing all the phonebooks and super gluing things to the sidewalks, I went as crazy as an angsty girl from a small town-moved city could. I hung around with people who were copies of my friends from home with different names and faces, attended the same sort of shows, and dated a lot of assholes. Then one-day, things changed.Read More
Chris and I have a wild story of how ‘we’ came to be. It started years before we got married and we’ve been building on it ever since. I thought about maybe compiling it all in a book, but I am really impatient. So I’m going to post ‘chapters’ or short stories of important moments twice a month. I don’t know where it will go, or where I’ll call the end, but the beginning is a pretty great thing to look back on.Read More
A little while back, we took the girls to the beach in Saugatuck for the morning (was supposed to be the day, but we’ll get to that a little later.)Read More
I know a lot of you out there think a new year doesn't mean jack shit, BUT! I love them. I always have. I love setting goals, making lists, and that fresh start feeling. Before we get on to my hopes for 2018 and my resolutions though, lets recap a little on 2017.
Highlights and Hardships of 2017:
We moved back to the Grand Rapids area from Lansing, MI with Wild Thing, a giant dog, and two cats.
In April, we decided to open Avenue Barber Shop, found a space, and filled it out and opened September 2017.
I left a job I really, really, really loved and began a new one in GR.
Ana started a new school that is infinitely better than her last and rebuilt her trust in teachers and schools.
We battled another bout of drug addiction in our extended family that hit my anxiety button all over again.
The barber shop took off faster than anyone expected it to!
I finally made the decision to start saying "No" and left my job in GR to work on marketing and Mrs. Motley's Crew full time.
Chris and I put another notch in our "built together" belt. Literally, the barber shop was pieced together by the two of us alone. It doesn't get much more grassroots than that.
We all continued to be blessed with health, amazing friends and family, and so, so much love.
2017 was a huge year for us. I remember making an Instagram post on my personal account when we first moved back saying something like "Big things are coming," and big things have indeed come. We've made a lot of new starts, the three of us, but this one has been one of the best, most exciting ones. I feel like we're FINALLY finding our stride, no matter how many jumps, bumps, and bruises are included. We're just happy we're still here to collect them.
Even though this year has been great, we can't wait to see what 2018 has in store. Buttttt, I'm kind of bossy so I have my own list of what 2018 is going to do for me. Are you ready?
What 2018 is going to do for Aslyn:
It's going to be the year that I for real have no fear of saying NO. I hate, no, loathe, letting people down or disappointing them, so this is actually kind of rough for me. I'm going to own that word by the end of 2018 though.
Eat more cake. Seriously. I love cake and I haven't eaten enough of it in 2017. So watch out for my reviews on cake recipes and my steady weight gain. #dontcare
Work on patience. I have a short fuse. Chris will attest to that. Wild Thing would too, but I hate being the crazy lady. I want to be that calm, collected, icy queen when I need to be. Not the "she hasn't showered and she's giving me crazy eyes" lady. SO. If you have ways that have helped you grow your short, short fuse, I NEED HELP! SHARE!
I'm going to date my husband more. This guy works 6 days a week. Dating is hard when you work that much. But I'm going to figure out ways to do it. Maybe it's breakfast dates, maybe it's home dates. We'll see.
So that's what I've got. I know it's not a lengthy list, but it's mine and it's a truckload for me. What about you guys? What are your corny resolutions? Please tell me yours in the comments!
To go out with a bang, we went to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. NERD ALERT. But seriously guys, it's pretty freaking cool. Their new exhibit, Dragons, Unicorns, & Mermaids is here until May, but we couldn't wait any longer. We were being curious (a corny way to tie in their Be Curious slogan)
Well, this isn't the first post I've made, but every class I've ever taken has made me tell everyone about myself, and it was always my favorite part to hear about everyone else. So, here's our little intro for you. I'm Aslyn (see red hair, and yes like the lion in those books) and the babe I married in Chris. Through birds and bees we created Wild Thing ( who shall remained Wild Thing for the sake of the internet.). We own a barber shop, Avenue Barber Shop, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We're basically the adult fiction book that comes after the Young Adult fiction work of when the crust punk meets the rebel cheerleader and they fall in love. Life has thrown us so many curveballs, but together we fought to get to where we are and we picked up some hilarious stories to share along the way. Chris probably won't be posting here often, so I'm just going to give you my top ten life things, and then when you're done reading about me you have to tell me about you. Okay, here we go.
Aslyn's Ten Life Things
I'm a very driven person. I (almost) always know what I want.
Spicy food is everything. Thai, Mexican, Indian, anything with hot peppers.
Wild thing is super head strong and we have a battle of the wills all day, every day. It's my own personal battle to be patient with her and guide her the best I can.
Tattoo's, piercings, punk/hardcore music, motorcycles. I've grown with and love what people refer to as the "alternative lifestyle." As a Lansing hardcore scene native, its where I learned friends are family and creativity goes beyond paper and paintbrush. (Fun fact: I started my photo career taking "show photos" for friends.)
I'm always down for an adventure and we sure have a lot of them. From hiking, to diners, to museums and beyond.
I'm a huuge booknerd. I have worked at libraries in the past (thumbs way up to PBTDL! The other one we'll just call The Library Who Must Not Be Named) so I'll be sharing my current reads no matter how far and in between they are.
Sewing is my therapy. Most of the time. Chris is tall and skinny so I end up taking shirts in that he orders too big or custom making them a lot. Just don't ask me about how much I hate putting pearl snaps on things.
Nothing's perfect. A huge goal I have is to impress upon you that pretty pictures aren't everything. We've faced battles we didn't know how we would ever overcome and I never candy-coat those struggles for anyone. They're vital to us and our lives and so are yours.
I don't do the Facebook. I started seeing that the platform was being used as a way to tear others down and I don't need negative shit in my life. I'm part of IG which I've loved since day one for being overwhelmingly supportive and positive and a great place for mom's to connect.
Winter is my jam. Living in Michigan, you have to either embrace the winter or always be pissed off and wish you lived somewhere else. I've embraced it. Being paler than Casper, I also don't stand as great of a chance of getting burned. So it's when we do a huge chunk of our outdoor activities.
That's more than enough about me. Check out these beautiful photos by Alycia, and tell me about you.
Yes, Wild Thing has fading blue hair. We'll talk about that later though.