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Over the past several weeks, I’ve been in a creative cave of sorts. There has been lots of journaling and meditating and reflecting on what I really, truly want in life.

During this introspection, one thing that has become alarmingly clear is that I want to write a book.

Yep. It’s gonna happen.

And through even more soul-searching, I’ve realized that this book has already been started. The initial concept was born back in 2013 when I created Cake for Breakfast

This book is going to be for women in their 20’s (and 30’s) who want to discover who they are, what they want, and how to make it happen. It’s going to include stories from my own life, stories from incredible women who’ve completed Cake for Breakfast, and snippets of the workbook to ignite a bigger spark.

So, to celebrate this amazing and momentous occasion, I want to offer you a special invitation to take your own bite of Cake for Breakfast.

Through Friday, June 12th, Cake for Breakfast is available at a special “Pay What You Can” price ($97 value).

(Just hit the “Buy Now” button and enter the price you want to pay!)

Cake for Breakfast is a self-guided course that will help you figure out who you are and what you want, so you can become exactly the women you want to be. 

(Not in your 20’s? That’s totally cool. This is still for you!)

You’ll learn how to:

peach heart  Create a life that makes you feel proud, fulfilled, and excited…every single day

peach heart  Free yourself from negative thoughts + attitudes, leaving more room for the good stuff

peach heart  Remove the guilty pressure you feel to be someone you’re not

peach heart  Recognize the things you do just to make other people happy…and release yourself from those responsibilities

peach heart  Stop feeling like you owe others an explanation for your choices

peach heart  Start giving honest answers to questions about what you want to do with your life

peach heart  Be happier in the here and now as you chase your dreams

What are you gonna get?

peach heart  A 50 page workbook full of exercises, prompts, and soul-sparking questions.

peach heart  Three 60-minute AUDIO sessions where I’ll guide you through exercises and walk you through the workbook

peach heart  52 weeks of journal prompts to inspire, motivate, and keep you on track–delivered straight to your inbox

My hope is that this course will help you begin living on your own terms so that you can finally have the life you’ve always imagined. No more status quo!

Click here to pay what you can for Cake for Breakfast ($97 value).

And if you know a friend who’d love this course as well, feel free to forward this email to them. The more the merrier!

P.S. Once this special sale is over, Cake for Breakfast will be discontinued until further notice (so I can turn it into a real live book!), so be sure to grab your copy now!




On Feeling Expansive

by Ashley on June 1, 2015 · 0 comments

For the past few years, I’ve been super deliberate about building my life around things that feel good.

It’s why I started Your Super Awesome Life back in 2012, why I quit my job in 2013, and why I added business coaching to my services in 2014.

It’s why I began running and trained for that first half-marathon. It’s why I stopped when it wasn’t fun anymore, and why I started again… and then ran 2 marathons.

It’s why I chose to date certain people and it’s why those relationships ended. It’s why I joined a year-long mastermind group and began working with a coach. And it’s why I started writing morning pages (which have totally changed my life, btw).

But lately, I’ve been struggling with this idea of “doing what feels good”.

Some parts of this life that I’ve created? They don’t feel so good anymore.

Some of the things that used to make me feel good have started feeling constricting. They feel forced and like I’m trying to be someone I’m not. Like I’m putting on a show for this invisible audience I’ve created in my head.

So I’m on a new mission.

I want to feel expansive. Light. Free. Inspired. Lit up. Magical.

This is what I know:

It starts by listening to my intuition.
It becomes a little stronger by writing my truth.
And it grows when I trust myself.

It starts by taking a good hard look at all the pieces in front of me and being honest about what’s working and what’s not. It starts by clearing away the clutter and keeping only the threads that are essential.

It’s about painting with all the colors and embracing the mess. It’s about getting dirty, coloring outside the lines, and being okay with imperfection. It’s about knowing there’s no wrong way to do it. That sometimes you’ve just gotta do you.

It’s about  knowing that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination. Knowing that the journey is where you find yourself. Because that’s where you peel back the layers and become the best version of you.

And that, my friend? That’s where the magic happens.



I don’t remember who I heard it from or where I saw it, but a few months ago, I came across a question that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about.

This question changed the way I approach each day. It changed the way I interact with strangers and my best friends. It changed the way I decide what to eat, what to wear, and how to spend my time. And it changed the way I think about the future and what I’m creating here with Your Super Awesome Life.

The question:

What would you do differently if your only goal was to love yourself more?

Really, what would you do?

Stop trying so hard. Try a little harder. Be more intentional. Think less.

Go to bed earlier. Stay up a little later. Go out to dinner alone. Read more books. Drink more green tea. Eat more ice cream.

Stop criticizing yourself. Start recognizing your beauty and grace. Have gentle eyes (and thoughts) when you look in the mirror.

Start a gratitude journal. Pray. Meditate. Take more walks.

End that relationship you know isn’t going to last. Make a new friend. Listen when someone tells you a chapter of their story.

Bake a cake, just because you can. Clean your apartment. Call your grandpa.

Speak your truth to your boss. And your mom. And your best friend.

Go on that yoga retreat. Sign up for belly dancing. Paint with watercolors. Sing in the shower.

Dance naked. Take a nap. Take a week off work and go on an unplanned road trip. Start saving for that European vacation you’ve always dreamed of.

Wear your favorite t-shirt. Cut off your hair. Dye it pink. Get a tattoo. Learn to sew. Learn to play guitar. Learn to say no.

Be quiet. Be still. Move more. Write more.

Do work that matters. Be bold. Be daring.

Make mistakes.

Forgive yourself.

Try again.

Keep going.

Acknowledge your strength. Your depth. Your brilliance.

Acknowledge you.

What would you do differently if your only goal was to love yourself more?



Happy Monday, friends! I’m super excited to share this guest post with you today. If you’re anything like me, you’re dying to learn how to use to Instagram to grow your brand and your business. Right?! Well, you’re in luck. Today Melissa Camilleri, Founder of Compliment, Inc. and the 21-Day Insta-course is gonna share her best tips and secrets with us on how to make money on Instagram. Get excited!

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As long as you haven’t been living under a rock the past couple years, you’ll know that Instagram should be a key component to your online marketing strategy, especially as a service-based business, where the competition often believes Instagram will not work for them. Newsflash: it can and it will. Your people are on Instagram. So it behooves you to show up there, too.

Likely, you already have a presence on Instagram. If you’re anything like I was when I first started using the platform, your growth has been slow going and your reach not quite multiplying in the way you see it happening for other businesses. It’s frustrating to be in this space. In fact, I know that feeling well.

It took me one full year to grow my following on Instagram to 1000. But I was determined and focused. I observed and took action. I put in place some key strategies that took my Instagram (@shopcompliment) from 1000 to 17,000 the following year. These days, I’m adding an average of 1500 new followers per month and get 70% of my website traffic and conversions from Instagram. I’m selling five-figures month after month, and my Instagram strategy is a large part of that.



I have no special photography or tech training under my belt. Just sheer will + an iPhone. There are some key things you can do to make sure your efforts on Instagram are giving you a solid ROI for your time– no matter your business.

Here are four things you can start doing today to give you the foundation to start actually making money on Instagram:

1. Show up consistently.

It is essential that if you have an Instagram account, you are posting at least once a day to maintain a part of the conversation. Posting consistently will keep you top of mind in your customer’s heads. Did you know that studies show that a potential customer has to interact with a brand a minimum of 7 times before ever taking action? The more you post, the quicker this will happen. I do suggest posting no more than 3 times per day, with your posts at least 3-4 hours between posts. Anything more frequent will just clog your followers’ feeds and get annoying.

2. Get social.

Interact with the people who comment on your photos. @Mention them back. Ask them questions. Share your gratitude. And don’t be afraid to leave comments on other people’s pictures, too. Be generous with your likes. Follow back people who are consistently interacting with you. It’s called a social network for a reason! Let people get to know you, and seek ways to get to know your followers.

3. Post with your ideal customer in mind.

What does she like about your brand? What is on her mind at the time of the day you’re posting? What does she talk about with her friends? Where is she when she buys from you? What are her dreams? What are her problems and how does your product solve them? When you write the captions of your photos, keep her in mind. Write directly to her. You’ll find that your engagement will grow authentically with people who are excited about what you’re putting out into the world.

4. Understand that your numbers are less important than engagement.

The number of followers you have is definitely important. Followers act like little votes of confidence and give your brand credibility. And because people do what they see other people do, the more followers you have, the more followers you will get. But, what good is a bunch of followers who don’t ever buy your stuff? (I’ll give you a hint: NO GOOD AT ALL.) Numbers aren’t everything. Engagement is what matters most. You build engagement by building relationships. By putting some key strategies into place (like the ones listed above) you can make sure that you are building trust and turning the followers you do have into raving fans and eventual customers.

FullSizeRenderMelissa Camilleri is the Founder + Creative Director of Compliment— a gift brand she launched in 2011 while she was a full-time high school English and AVID teacher. She credits Instagram for helping her grow her business from a production line on her dining room table to the socially-responsible corporation it is now. At the urging of her business-owner friends who wanted to replicate her marketing success, Melissa dusted off her teaching hat and created the 21-Day Insta-course to help others market their products, services, and brick and mortar shops. Tens of thousands have attended her virtual courses, participated in her workshops, and studied under her guidance. She believes we rise by lifting others. She lives and loves in Northern California.

Say hello to Melissa on Instagram @shopcompliment.

Want more ways to leverage Instagram for your product-based business?

Register now for the 21-Day Insta-course with Melissa Camilleri of @shopcompliment. The course is delivered daily, straight to your inbox, and gives you actionable tasks each day to grow your following of authentic, engaged customers. All for less than $100*.

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You’ll learn:
-How to craft your bio so that people want to buy.
-How to communicate your brand values through images.
-How to engage your following through hashtags, direct messaging, comments, and geotags.
-What and when to post.
– How to find and collaborate with key influencers.
– How to find your ideal customer on Instagram.
– How to present your company in the best, most aesthetic way online.
-How to manage your time on social media. – & much, much more.

You’ll also get:
-21 lessons and action steps that you can implement with the group or go-at-your-own-pace -An audio of each lesson so you can learn on the go.
-Downloadable PDFs to accompany the lessons.
-A directory of course participants so you can connect on Instagram and elsewhere online.
-Access to our private Facebook community where hundreds of other business owners gather to collaborate, share insights, and cheer one another on
-FREE group coaching and collaboration with Melissa during the course.


(*Early bird price of $97 goes up to $127 on May 22, 2015.)

Ready to get started? Join the party here!


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Happy Wednesday, lovely. (I hope you’re wearing pink!)

I’m super pumped to share another Cubicle to $10k interview with you today.

Brittany Hammond is the Creative Director behind Untamed Revolution where she specializes in Brand Creation, Development, Graphic/Web Design & Business Strategy (with a blend of mindset mastery).

In this video, we talk about:

  • How Brittany created a $80k business in college, and why she walked away from it all
  • Exactly how long it took her to make her first $10k
  • The biggest mistakes she made during her first year (and how you can avoid them)
  • Why she created her e-book, 101 Secrets of Untamed Entrepreneurs (get your copy here)
  • The one thing she wishes she knew before starting her business

Click here to watch our chat:

And in case you’ve missed them, be sure to watch previous interviews with Diane PauleyNicole LiloiaSarah MorganSara FrandinaDanielle Dowling and Hannah Braime.

Oh, and if you wanna learn how to make your first $10k doing what you love, get instant access to my free video training series over at Cubicle to $10k.

You know what time it is!

It’s your turn to leave a comment below sharing your biggest take-away from the video. 

P.S. Registration for Cubicle to $10k ends Friday, April 10th, so be sure to join us here!