Since I moved to Denver, I've been posting monthly updates about the ups and downs of life out west: check out month 1months 2&3months 4&5 and month 6 here. Most of these photos are from Instagram, @ashleyabroad– find me there for travel inspiration and mountain pics! 

I hate to be such a blogging cliché, but here goes- I can't believe it's been a month since I blogged! I blame my absence on a few factors.

One, it's summer, and the last thing I want to do is be holed up inside on my computer. Two, when I put in effort into other arenas, like working extra hours, exercising more or getting outside, my blog (sadly) suffers.

But anyway I'm back and life lately has been fun. I'm busy almost every night which is exactly how I like it.

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New hair- a bit blonder for summer!

They say people come to Colorado for the winters but stay for the summers. I now TOTALLY get that.

Highs

Savoring every second of Colorado summer.

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A salted caramel peanut butter cup ice cream cone at Denver's most popular ice cream shop, Little Man Ice Cream.

Summer in Colorado is truly glorious. On weeknights I'm usually hiking the foothills of the Rocky Mountains or drinking on rooftops. On weekends I'm either attending music festivals, hiking, camping or white-water rafting. Or enjoying Sunday Funday, obviously.

And as a francophile I love any chance I can get to force friends and coworkers drink wine and eat cheese, so I enjoyed hosting a wine and cheese party back in May.

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Catching 80's and 90's flicks at Red Rocks.

Film on the Rocks is AMAZING. Essentially you just grab a beer and spend the evening watching old-school movies on the big screen in the amphitheatre. Recently I've seen both Jurassic Park and The Princess Bride, one of my all-time favorite childhood movies.

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Lots and Lots of Music.

Per my 2015 goal to make music a bigger part of my life, I've seen ton of shows recently.

So far I've seen HOLYCHILD and Passion Pit, Cage the Elephant and Flume, my absolute favorite DJ.  unnamed-2

Friends at the Flume concert!

But honestly the best show was Luke Bryan at Sports Authority Field. Beforehand  we tailgated with fried chicken and very hoppy IPAs- so I was basically in heaven from the get-go. Once inside, his concert felt like the Fourth of July, full of unchecked patriotism and fireworks.

Sunday dinners with friends.

The thing that bothered me most about long-term travel was the lack of community and long-term friends, so it makes me super happy to have a group of good friends in Denver.

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And thankfully, all my friends love good food as much as I do. Every Sunday we get together for “family dinner”, which be anything from super authentic ramen at a Japanese farmhouse to hole-in-the-wall dim sum. Nom.

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Enjoying the Great Outdoors as much as possible.

While I don't love commuting, I'm super grateful to work in Boulder as after work I get to hike here:

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While I'm still far from my goal of being in good enough shape to hike a 14'er (that's Colorado speak for a 14,000-foot mountain) I'm getting there slowly but surely.

Last weekend I felt super outdoorsy as my coworkers and I went camping and white-water rafting. While I'm still not sold on sleeping in a tent when cozy B&Bs are nearby, I still love the whole friends-around-a-fire experience.

And I absolutely loved adrenaline rush of white-water rafting on the Arkansas river- next I want to try class-4 rapids!

Lows

A very rainy May.

In May it rained almost every day, which apparently is not characteristic of Colorado weather at all. I also got sick in May so I was thrilled for June to come along.

 

Sales slump.

Sales is so full of ups and downs, and the downs are demoralizing. I'm doing much better now, but have decided that if I kill it in July I'm rewarding myself with an ONA bag and a wide-angle lens. Just because.

 

So freaking behind on blogging.

I still love blogging as much as ever but am ridiculously behind. This summer I'm going to try and play catch-up and in the fall will hopefully be able to actually write about my life here.

 

What's Coming Up

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In the coming months I will be taking French classes, attending a bachelorette party in Vail and heading to Telluride for Pretty Lights, where my friends and I are renting a gorgeous nine-bedroom house. I'll also be heading back to Michigan for a few weddings and am planning a big international trip! (I'll share more once I book the tickets.)

Oh, and I'm turning 25 later this month!

 

Most Liked Instagram Photo

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A little #TBT of the Taj Majal.

How are your guys' summers going so far? Also if you're on Snapchat let's be friends! @Ashleyabroad.

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
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