sabbatical.

I’m just now starting to come back down after a few days away, reading and learning and exploring and writing and soul searching about what is important to me and what that means for Milagro.

I devoured the incredible When Breath Becomes Air. (You must read it. Now.)

I spent two days learning about the power of story from one of my favorite writers, Donald Miller.


And I drove 8 hours to and 8 hours back from Franklin, TN with mostly just my thoughts to keep me company. It was glorious.

I returned to an undeniably insane week of malfunctioning computer systems, puking dogs, and other generally ridiculous encounters. Quick reminders that life is crazy and sometimes it’s all we can do to just get through it.

And this is why I created Milagro. Life is too important to “just get through it”. There has to be a better way. And there is. It just involves a decision: the decision that you have a meaningful voice, that you’re here to do things that matter, and that you won’t let the nonsense of life get in your way.

And then you have to equip yourself with bullshit deflectors. Because it is going to COME AT you. And if you haven’t taken time to prepare your heart to determine what is worth your energy and what isn’t, it will take you out. And you’ll wonder at the end of the day what happened and how you got so distracted from the seemingly simple task of being you and doing good.

Ironically, life is REALLY good at sucking the life out of us.

Milagro is where we find rest. A place to be, with no obligations, no judgments, no distractions. Just you and your heart, remembering who you are and what’s important.

Milagro = miracle. And I know each of us is just a miracle waiting to happen. Not necessarily in huge, earth shattering ways, but in the beautiful way of showing up as our imperfect selves determined to use who we are to make others better.

And if that isn’t world changing, I don’t know what is.

© 2019 by Ashley Smith & Milagro Midwestern Spa Collective