Contact Ashleigh: Beautystillremains@gmail.com
I’m a southern girl who fell in love with a military man and finds myself far from home. In middle school I was diagnosed with scoliosis [read my story here]. I lived in pain and embarrassment for years until I had a spinal fusion my senior year of high school. In college, I started this blog to document my journey of living with scoliosis and what it meant for my life. As time went on, I felt like my blog had hit a wall. Scoliosis no longer defined my life, it was just a chapter that had come to a close. After about a two year hiatus, I decided it was time to start writing again when I married a military man. Learning to become a wife coupled with learning to become a military dependent has been challenging, embarrassing and wonderful all at the same time. So like life, my blog has evolved.
I believe in living a healthy life, but I will be the first one to dig in when chocolate is up for grabs. My blog documents my life as I have come to know it now. I am a Navy wife trying my best to live a healthy life.
In June of 2010, my future husband was delivered to my front door. Really. My roommate and I were having a cookout and the hubby tagged along with a friend who was attending. From that day on, we have been inseparable. In 2011, the hubby was commissioned and life has not slowed down since then.
Our dog-kids could not be any more different. Millie is our sweet rescue Norwich Terrier who would rather snuggle on the couch than play fetch.Bacon treats and “outside?” are really the only things that excite her. Boomer, a Brittany, is a wild man who loves balls (he plays with 2 or 3 at one time), his squeaky squirrel and playing with Millie’s tail.
What’s in a name?
When I first started my writing, the name of my blog was inspired by my desire to have a straight back so I could feel beautiful. Now the phrase “beauty still remains” has taken on a new meaning. In 2010, I suffered from back to back running injuries. I gained weight and felt like I had lost a piece of myself. However, this is also the same time frame that I met my husband.
As a Navy wife, I get to undergo long periods of time without my husband (like spending our first two months of marriage apart) and the pain of leaving behind friends and family every time we move to a new station. However, I also get to be a member of an awesome military family and get to travel the country.
I’ve come to find that no matter what season of life you find yourself, beauty still remains.