Hello friend! Thank you so much for visiting my blog. My name is Ashleigh Miller and I am an ENFJ-T, Enneagram type 4, and my love languages are equally words of affirmation and quality time. I grew conservative Mennonite church, and yet found myself a feminist and quite the outsider early; on which may have been partially due to the fact that I am queer. Due to these things and my endless questions about philosophy, ethics, and all sorts of complex human existence and experience ideas the majority of my adult life has been shrouded in disillusionment with the church and the world, yet nothing seems to be able to shake my love of Jesus and how easily I identify with the trinity. So I guess now you could say that I am a Mystic Universalist Gnostic Christian Eclectic Witch. There you have the tip of my very own iceberg, and we’ll get more into all that good stuff later, but right now I just want to say that I am a woman who doesn’t have the answers, and might not even know the questions, but that I’m willing and eager to ask anyway. I have seen how viciously brutal life can be… but I have also seen the stunning beauty that also exists so I fully agree with Glennon Doyle who says “Life is Brutiful. Life’s brutal and beautiful are woven together so tightly that they can’t be separated. Reject the brutal, reject the beauty. So now I embrace both, and I live well and hard and real.”
This blog may be ramblings one day, then a story of my life, and a sermon the next day, then nothing for weeks and so you just never know what you are going to get, but here are five things that I do promise you though. 1. I’m not a writer, and I never really paid attention in English class, so if my grammar/punctuation sucks my most sinserious (made up word, see Facebook page of one Stephen Amell) apologies. I hope you can forgive my faults. 2 and 3. I will always be (2) authentic and as (3) truthful as I can possibly be. 4. I am and will always be learning and growing, so expect that my opinions/feelings might change. 5. I will (almost) always want to hear your thoughts (but keep it constructive and uplifting).
I try to keep Brené Brown in mind everyday of my life and that’s basically a huge part of why I need this blog. “Shame needs three things to grow exponentially in our lives: secrecy, silence, and judgment. Shame cannot survive being spoken, it cannot survive empathy.”