She brushed my basket of Lara bars, travel conveniences and toiletries across the flashing scanner. "Going somewhere?" she asked. "Yep! I'm going on a mission trip to Thailand with my church!" I exclaimed, forever excited to talk to others about the awesome things God will do in your life if you just let him. "Sounds like fun! What church?" she wondered. "Inspire church in Waikele", I again anxiously shared, I just love that church, "yeah, it's fun" I exclaimed, "but a lot of work. Well, I probably shouldn't call it work..." I debated outloud to the Target cashier on Friday as she pointed her finger to the sky "well, it's work for Him". I smiled and graciously nodded.
It's 12:14am. Tomorrow morning I board a plane headed to Thailand with a stopover in Korea where I will meet up with my sister, Sarah, who will have been traveling over 18 hours, to continue our journey to Chaing Mai (bless her heart! Literally!). But not before I stop by the bank to get brand new hundred dollar bills for a better exchange rate, and drop a package off at the USPS store that I forgot 3 times to mail. A quarter past midnight with about 13 things left on my to-do list. "Finish cleaning, clear iPhone (oh, I should do that now as I type...multi-task!), and of course...schedule blog posts. I've been meaning to for days, clients have long gotten their images and I am just dying to get their glossy onto my blog's screen. But already I hear God talking, telling me what He has already urged: to stop for just one second Ashley to pray today, and that's to let some of it go. The house doesn't have to be perfect in order for me to leave. Every email doesn't have to be answered (okay it does, and they are), the freshly washed towels can stay in the laundry basket even if that DOES mean Napoleon will knock them over and make a cozy bed of it for the next week. And this blog will be a-okay if I don't have posts scheduled for the 10 days I'm gone. Life won't fall apart, business won't come to a screeching halt and you will be able to do what you're called to do, and that's take a break from plugging away in your creative little cozy bubble of non-stop work for 10 days and focus on working for the Lord. That's me, talking to myself.
September 2 thru September 13th I will be wandering Chaing Mai, Thailand with members from Inspire Church, taking photo (and video! Girlfriend got schooled this week!) on behalf of jeSUS! (You gotta say it geeeSUSSsss all gangsta like.) There won't be any scheduled blog posts, because I didn't set-up any, and the call of the dinging emails will not be answered until my return. All the while I'm praying to just pull and Elsa and let. it. go. Being unplugged feels real hard right now, but as my trip taught me last year it's always always for the better.
So if you email, call, text or Facebook message me and don't get a response, don't panic. I will return your messages promptly upon my arrival except for your FB ones because you're crazy if you think I'm dl-ing that new messenger ish. And when I return, expect to see a wholleeee lotta wedding + session + film friday goodness, like this one of Faunah + Zach in Kauai.