Some Good Luck…and Some Great News!

Anyone who knows me in real life knows that I’m not what you would call “lucky.”

I don’t have a great track record when it comes to weather, I can pretty much shatter a phone screen by looking at it, and I just about never win anything (although that certainly didn’t stop me from trying when Powerball was up to a billion dollars recently).

Ashley ≠ Lucky

It’s not like I’m exactly unlucky, though. Is neutral luck a thing? If it is, that’s definitely what I have. Or had, anyway…until January decided to be my lucky month!

It started a couple of weeks ago, when my yoga studio sent out its newsletter announcing the winners of the Gratitude Challenge. The challenge was to write down ten things you were grateful for every day for 40 days. I wasn’t totally clear on the rules (I don’t think there really were any), so I never knew if repeating things was okay and I tried really hard to write 10 unique things each day to be on the safe side. As a result, I was grateful for a lot of very specific foods, lots of people as individuals (as opposed to being lumped into categories like friends or family), and some pretty weird stuff. Despite a little skepticism at the start, I quickly learned that calling this exercise a “challenge” was highly accurate.

My persistence throughout November and December paid off—and I got lucky—however, and now I’m the proud owner of a fancy new Manduka mat!

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I may not have needed a new mat, but it’s reeaalllly nice!

I thought for sure that winning this would have exhausted whatever luck I had for the foreseeable future, but it turns out it was just the beginning.

(Skip ahead if you don’t want the backstory to lucky situation #2.) A friend of a friend is running the Boston Marathon this year, and she’s raising money for Tufts Medical Center. As a fundraiser, she raffled off a long weekend at her family’s stunning beach house in York, Maine. When she first announced the raffle, one of the weekends you could choose was Mama Reven’s birthday weekend. I asked Lynn (my step mom, in case you’re new here) if she wanted to split a raffle ticket with me and use the house for Mom’s birthday if we won. She agreed, but in the meantime ALL of the tickets sold out! Assuming that I wouldn’t have won anyway, I figured it was for the best (and probably promptly spent my half of the ticket price on something silly).

But since the raffle raised a ton of money in a very short period of time, she decided to do it again…and, since you don’t always get a second chance, I jumped at this one. I still didn’t expect to win, but it felt good helping a fellow runner raise money for a great cause which was a win in and of itself.

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I bet you didn’t see that coming…

On Sunday morning, my phone dinged and I found out that I had, in fact, won the raffle! I was SO EXCITED, and quickly texted Lynn to share the good news. The only bad part was that Mom’s birthday weekend was no longer available. But after some secret discussions and planning, Lynn and I decided that we could use the opportunity for something else:

But, like, seriously…how do people make cakes SO pretty!?

After spending most of the last six months ignoring wedding planning (and deciding I just didn’t want a wedding at all), it seemed like the universe was stepping in to say “Hey dummy, that knot isn’t going to tie itself! Share the giant beach house with your family and Tim’s family and get it done!” So we finally have a date (June 12)! I’m actually getting married!! THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING!!! This is the aforementioned great news, obviously.

Now we just have to hope my luck continues and gives us good weather…


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