ASH AMBIRGE

Author, CEO & Founder

Learn More >>

Working Yourself to DEATH: A Twisted Badge of Honor Reserved for The People Who Are Really Hurting

In: Hard Stuff, Life,

I remember when I was a little girl, I had a brilliant way of dealing with problems:

Take one slice of American cheese.
Fold it into fours.
Pile two squares onto each cracker.
Get as many crackers onto the plate as you could.

They say that some people “stuff down their pain” with food, but I think it’s the opposite:

You want your pain to be noticed by somebody else.

It’s the only way you can show just how much it really, really sucks. Otherwise, being happy and well-adjusted and “moving on” from whatever’s ailing us means that we weren’t hurt, the way we were. That our experience wasn’t that bad.

And so we invent ways to hurt ourselves to keep us there, locked in the shitstorm, so the external experience matches the internal one. The weight gain / the alcohol / the lack of self-care / the working yourself to the bone signals how much pain you’ve been through, like a twisted badge of honor.

But sometimes, the greatest badge of honor is not a battle scar, but a battle ax.

What you know, now, is a weapon, if you use it right.

take the

25 DAYS TO $100K

Freelancer Challenge now!

Calibrate your freelance business to reach $100K this year just by making one small adjustment every day for twenty-five days. Enter your email to get started!

It's 100% free, just like the tears you wept over Ryan Gosling in The Notebook.

1,515

READS

Please, Don’t Get Hard (Even When Life Is)

So, I’m standing there at this bakery in Costa Rica, trying not to order the things one orders at a bakery, because if I order bakery-like things from this bakery, I might as well give my stomach pooch full on permission to never, ever fucking go away. And then what will become of me? Forget […]

In: Hard Stuff, Life,

READ MORE >>

592

READS

A Quick Piece of (Marketing) Advice for Every Broke, Newbie Entrepreneur Who Doesn’t Have Two Cents to Rub Together (YET…)

So last night, I hosted my bi-weekly Unf*ckwithable Girlfriends Q&A chat—aptly titled “Ash’s Cocktail Hour” (for the record, a gin and tonic made an appearance!), and one of the questions was this: With a limited marketing budget, what’s the one thing you’d do? And my answer was this: I would talk. I would talk about […]

In: Business 101, Hard Stuff, Marketing,

READ MORE >>

How to become an unf*ckwithable freelancer

What does it mean to be unf*ckwithable? View the 10 commandments >>

 

THIS IS A PLACE WHERE YOU'LL ALWAYS BELONG.

Click here to tell me what *you* think + let your ideas be seen naked—and then sign your name on our wall of wonder.