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Basic

Just continue drifting along, hoping not to get cancer.

Most popular option. Complimentary side of existential wedgie.

Standard

Let life pass you by while you daydream about doing something you’re passionate about…but never do.

See also: feeling dead inside, premature aging, and snapping at call center representatives on the daily.

Pro

Buy The Middle Finger Project book and SLAY.

Readers of this book have been known to quit their day jobs, do something brave, build fabulous and lucrative businesses, drink wine before 4 pm, and go on to build generally amazing lives—despite wherever they started. Common side effects include highlighter fatigue, excessive chuckling, and severe neck cramps. Content not suitable for defeatists, naysayers or the Swedish (because how much better could your life possibly get?)

“Ash Ambirge is a whole mood,
and trust me, you want to be in it.”

Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of the Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

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Notice: This book does not contain a single guided meditation. Nope, not even one. Isn’t that great?

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For Disobedient Women

What’s Your Little Ball? (Not to Be Confused With: “Your Little Balls.”)

I'LL SHOW YOU!

…is definitely not what I was thinking when I sliced left with the knife. Alas, I applied as much pressure as I could: I wanted a nice, clean line. No mess. No more worrying about this particular…problem. I was determined to put an end to it now.

But, Christ with a fungal groin infection, wallpaper is harder to cut than a human cadaver. I KNOW THAT'S WHERE YOU THOUGHT I WAS GOING WITH THIS. But I've personally never cut into a human cadaver to be able to make an apt comparison—though I have read, with great enthusiasm, two of my favorite books to date called, “Stiff,” by Mary Roach, and “Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and The Making of a Medical Examiner,” by Judy Melinek, and I gotta say: they prooooobably aren't using an X-Acto knife in their work. Did I mention that? That it was an X-Acto knife, not, like, a butcher knife that I was using? Not that it would have made much difference, on my very first attempt at wallpapering. But now I'm determined to get this paper on the wall for a much bigger reason than, “it'll look cute.” Because now?

I'm determined not to let rejection limit me.

Remember the post about ThE CoNtRaCtoRs? The PrOs who come out and say they'll give a quote and then ghost you like a hot potato? The pros who, apparently, do this so much that they've got a solid reputation for ghosting their clients? Yes, them. Well, I've been thinking about them. [creepy voice] I've been thinking about how mad I'm getting, to have reached back out to them and ~still~ not receive a response. And make no mistake: this is rejection. A weird fucking form of rejection, to be sure, but it is. That's what it feels like: I'm not good enough for you to even so much as dignify with a response.

AND SO OF COURSE I HAD A MOMENT. I had a moment, what can I say?! And I looked at that damn wallpaper sitting there so perfectly in its little Anthropologie roll, and I started to think things. Namely:

Shouldn't have eaten those beans last night.

And also:

How hard can it be?

Like, how hard can it really be? One of the things I write about in my new book is that we always think of all the reasons why we aren't qualified to do something—but what about all of the reasons that we are? As I wrote there:

“I had always risen to the occasion—and I had no reason to believe that this would be any different. Turns out, even when your brain takes over and convinces you that you are unqualified and incapable, you are nothing of the sort. You have won a thousand little battles all on your own. And you will win a thousand more.”

Okay, so maybe that's a little dramatic for a conversation about wallpaper. But it's kind of nuts how something so basic can become this COMPLICATED, SCARY THING in your head. We don't have to be talking about wallpaper: we could be talking about standing up to your mother-in-law, or pitching a magazine, or writing your bio, or telling your clients that your rates are going up. All fairly simple, straightforward activities—and all activities we make into this giant MOUNTAIN inside our heads. Like me, with the wallpaper. I don't know where I got the idea that hanging wallpaper was so hard, but I truly believed that it needed to be done by a professional—or else.

Until I got fed up enough to try.

And wouldn't you know! As I sat there last night with my X-Acto knife, I suddenly felt like I could take on the world! (Or at least the whole apartment.) I felt like the smartest freaking human who ever lived. Forget publishing a book: there's nothing like a little basic home improvement to fan the flames of one's confidence.

We overvalue the big goals and undervalue the small steps it takes to get there. But the small steps are where you get momentum. Think of Newton's Cradle: that darling little contraption with metal balls suspended in a frame. You only have to lift one ball in order to put something much larger than it into motion. That impact produces a compression wave—and that one little ball is felt throughout.

So, what's your little ball? (Not to be confused with “your little balls.”)

Find one and start. Pick up your metaphorical X-Acto knife. And prove to yourself that you are not as helpless as you feel.

You're only helpless when you stop helping yourself.

 


 

P.S. I'll be posting a pic of The Wallpaper I did last night over on Insta. HOLLA.

P.P.S. Only a few more hours of the Goodreads giveaway, where they're giving away 15 copies of The Middle Finger Project book!

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Because let's face it: asking for money is hard. And running your own business takes thick skin and all new kinds of smarts. Good thing there's a playlist for that.

MAKE IT POUR >>

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Starving artist who? The Internet has changed the game forever. Now you can create your own chances—and make more money than ever with your art—starting now.

HAHA, CUBICLE WHO? >>

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Go, go, go. If not you, who? The world is relying on you to stand up and create the thing that only you can. Your story, your way, your perspective is unique, and we need you to show up, right now.

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Overwhelm & Defeat

There are going to be days when you'll want to give up. There will be days when you'll start to doubt EVERYTHING—including, most notably, yourself. I got you, babe. I GOT YOU.

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Women & Bravery

Circumstances are not life sentences. It's about learning how to become self-made—and never depend on anyone else again.

PROVE 'EM WRONG >>

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What you SAY is always more important than what you SELL. You can have the best idea in the world, but if we can't package & pitch in a way that turns heads? It falls on deaf ears. And there is no greater tragedy.

GIVE GOOD WORD >>

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In Case There Was Any Confusion, I Am Not Yogurt from Spaceballs. (Though We’re About the Same Height.)

I’m Ash! I’m an author, internet entrepreneur, creative writer, and advocate for women being brave & doing disobedient things with their life and career. My voice has been generously called, “the most memorable on the Internet,” “original in a world with too little of it,” “not safe for work at all,” and also, “really kinda sweary,” which is definitely my favorite description. Fifteen years ago I was a small town girl growing up in a trailer park in rural Pennsylvania when I lost both of my parents and became an orphan. Fourteen years ago, I left for Philadelphia on a mission to discover what it meant to live a good life and do work you’re proud of. Twelve years ago I realized that the rules were made up by a guy named Ted who has a dog named Wedgie—and “normal” was the most disappointing thing that ever happened to me. Eleven years ago I quit my shiny middle-class job in advertising to strike it out as a freelance writer—and landed myself sleeping in my car in a Kmart parking lot. Ten years ago I cracked the code and made my first $103,000 as a creative writer on the internet, from the country of Chile, using nothing more than my voice. Nine years ago I doubled my earnings and traveled to places like Ecuador and Barcelona. Eight years ago, I continued doubling my income—and continued traveling, working from my laptop. And now, a decade later, I run The Middle Finger Project, an irreverent media consultancy co. that helps other women find their voice and use it to build whatever they want so they can travel wherever they want and do whatever they want. With a book coming out with Penguin Random House this FEBRUARY, I’m here to help you do something disobediently brave with your life and career. Enter yo’ email address and I’ll send you my weekly advice column sharing everything I’ve learned on pursuing an unconventional lifestyle and career—and making a shit ton of money doing it.

But no serial killers. Promise I won’t send those.

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