Guest Post (and download) – Laura Winslow Photography

Over the next several weeks you will see guest posts popping up here and there from some of our friends in the blogging community. They have generously donated their time to write a post for the Lil Blue Boo blog as Ashley goes through chemotherapy. We are incredibly grateful to these wonderful people, and we are excited to share their posts with you. We gave them a subject to write about: how do you find joy in blogging or crafting? They were welcome to interpret that however they wanted. Enjoy!


To read past guest posts please click here.



Please welcome Laura from Laura Winslow Photography.


Hello sweet Lil Blue Boo readers! I am beyond happy to have been asked to be a guest blogger and to share with you a little about what I love about blogging. I am Laura–a photographer, mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, blogger and lover of new experiences. I love to dream up my next vacation and to let my mind wander about what I will do next.

I first met Ashley at a conference that we were both speaking at (though we had “known” each other online for awhile before), and the real-life Ashley exceeds in amazingness the one that you all know and love online. Seriously. She has a mega-watt smile that is absolutely genuine and filled with happiness and speaks with such ease that you feel you have known her forever. She made me giggle every morning when I saw her stride in, McDonald’s breakfast in hand and ready to chow down. There is just something humorous and honest to me about a California blonde that looks like a model yet is a self-professed lover of McDonald’s and eats it like nobody’s business (I imagine Ashley would confirm this and not be embarrassed in the least :)) She is at the same time a serious businesswoman and fun person to be around and when I found out what she has been going through I just sat in sad disbelief. Ashley is a strong and positive soul, though, and has further inspired a great many with her attitude and by choosing joy.


choose joy free printable art by laura winslow for


This phrase resonates with me in that I have long been a lover of poems, quotations and words that in some way move me, motivate me or inspire me. That is what I love about blogging–it is my own little part of this world where I can share images that inspire me, things that I find interesting and lovely, and words that are powerful. I have a weekly feature called “Memorable Words Monday” where I share a new free printable each week. I do this because I want to share with others things that stir my soul. Things that brighten my day. Things that make me happy. I thought it fitting to offer a free printable to the ever-fab Lil Blue Boo lovelies that is a tribute to sweet Ashley–Choose Joy. Download it, print it out, frame it and place is somewhere where you can see it daily. Think good thoughts of Ashley, lift your own spirits or share it with someone you know will love it, too. Live the message and pass it on. We love you, Ashley! You rock our world! :)

8×10 Choose Joy Laura Winslow for Lil Blue Boo


  1. says

    Thank you Laura for the awesome download! I can’t wait to print it, frame it and hang it somewhere I will see everyday to remind myself that how we meet each day is a choice! Ashley, you are an inspiration! :)

  2. Angie says

    I’ve enjoyed your post…..I love looking (stalking) through your blog. : ) I love how you add so much colors in your pictures. You’ve inspired me to be more creative with my Thanksgiving/Fall decorations. I love the pictures you did for the Thanksgiving HGTV shoot.

    As always…Choose Joy!

  3. says

    Downloaded, ready to print, and frame RIGHT NOW! I love it. I want to frame this for every room in my house so that we are all reminded how important it is to Choose Joy. I love this! Thanks!

  4. says

    Love this post! And the print ….. what a good phrase to live by!

    And OMG, dying about the Mc D’s comments …. love a ‘real’ girl!

  5. Grace says

    One of my most favorite people guest blogging for another one of my favorites is too good to be true! Love this post and adore the printable, Laura.

    Oh, and the reminder of Ashley and her McD’s each morning gave me a laugh…good times. :) Continued thoughts for you, Ashley! xo

  6. Carrie says

    I am so inspired by your story Ashley. I just found your blog through Laura thanks to my Facebook News Feed and I am thrilled. Now I am a committed follower of 2 blogs. Your’s and the Under the Sycamore blog. Reading through your journey has inspired me beyond belief. I have always worried, about everything, despite my Faith and encouragement from family and friends to leave it behind, give it fully to God. Somehow your words hit the sweet spot and I want nothing more then to Choose Joy everyday! Please tell me how I can get my hands on one of those bracelets! I would love to wear a reminder until it really sinks in 😉 Praying for a smooth and steady recovery back to all the things that bring you the most Joy!

  7. Amy E says

    Ashley- I just read your post about your journey. You are beautiful. Prayers & hugs to you & your family!