Monday, December 14, 2015

Favorite Things Giveaway

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Go check out this biggest giveaway ever on The Moments We Stand.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Boise Idaho March 5, 2016

Exciting News!! Boise Idaho we are coming back for you. March 5, 2016. I know I promised some friends in Texas to head your way (and I promise you are next on the list) . . . but Boise is it for March. I can't wait!! There are so many things in the works for this event and you are not going to want to miss it.

I have been blessed with so many blessings and I believe in this conference and the impact it has already had on so many families. Thank you for believing in this project and helping me fulfill a mission I never knew I would be on.

This years theme is going to be about forgiveness and the impact it can have on all aspects of our lives. The tools that will be shared will be life changing. I am excited to share my own experiences and hear from the other presenters how life has shown them how to forgive when it felt impossible and to let go of the pain of bitterness and hate.

Seats are limited this time. Please reserve in advance for better planning and preparation on my end.

Look forward to getting to know you better and sharing my heart,
Ashlee Birk

Boise Idaho 
March 5, 2016. 
Boise Center on the Grove

And an ONLINE day March 4th (10am-3pm) A Reason to Stand ONLINE day. 

All proceeds from this event will go to fund A Reason to Stand across the nation. (donations will be used to sponsor financial aid)Powered by Eventbrite

Monday, October 26, 2015

Mothers Who Know

Visit to find out more about Mothers Who Know. Preparing to teach our children about pornography and the destruction it can become in their lives. Karen has taken her story and turned it into a triumph. It is a pleasure to team up with this group to bring healing to those who have, or will watch their children suffer with addiction, but even more to prepare mothers to fight for strength way before they ever feel weak.

Friday, October 23, 2015

A Reason to Stand Ogden

Ogden Eccles Conference Center
Friday 1-8
Sat 9-5

Come see us in Ogden today and tomorrow!!!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Shante' Johnson

Shante tells her story and talks about A Reason to Stand. 
Shante, You are a brave and beautiful woman and we are so thankful for your willingness to share your journey this weekend in Ogden! 
Fresh Living is doing one last ticket giveaway with Shante today!! Announcing their winner tomorrow! Go sign up for your tickets!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

I need you to STAND

Those moments when we don't know where to turn . . . and the world feels like it is caving in on us . . . those are the moments that standing seems impossible. But it is in those moments that we find strength greater than our own . . . to STAND.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Gardner Quads

Fresh Living with the Gardner family Ashley Gardner and her cute family talk about life with quads and their reason to stand. So excited to have her and those babies come share their journey. Ogden, Utah. October 23rd and 24th. Click on the link to watch their full interview talking about A Reason to Stand.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Ogden, Utah

Ogden Eccles Conference Center
October 23rd and 24th
Friday 1-8
Saturday 9-5

Wendy Hullinger

One of our presenters for Utah was gracious to send me this post about part of the story she will share on Friday at A Reason to Stand in Ogden on October 23rd . . .

Read more about Wendy here . . .

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fresh Living

Had a great interview with Fresh Living  today to talk about A Reason to Stand. Go check it out and sign up for their ticket giveaway.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I Will Stand

I have told this story many times, but I hope this tells it in a different way than maybe has been read in my books. I truly appreciate all the love and support I have been given on this journey of healing. I had no idea the impact so many people would have on me for the better through it all. From the bottom of my heart, I thank each of you for all you have done to help me carry on. My life has been blessed by you. I am grateful for a supportive spouse, who despite the fact has not always been there to protect me, is there now. He has carried me through a grieving process I didn't even know I would face. Thanks for listening.

My name is Ashlee . . . and I will stand.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

You can be UNBROKEN

A post from one of our presenters for our Utah conference: Kirk Wilkinson from the Happiness Factor.

If you have ever had a broken arm or leg you know that broken bones heal from the inside. With proper care your arm or leg will become unbroken and return to full function. The same is true when we feel broken. We can become UNBROKEN and return to a life of happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment.

I know what it is like to feel broken and I know what it is like to be UNBROKEN. For me it wasn’t a simple hair-line fracture but an emotional fracture compounded by several events and experiences. When I was eight years old my mother sent my older brother, my younger sister and I to the store to buy a few groceries. We stopped in the park and played for awhile before coming home to find the house empty and my mother gone. No note, no goodbye, nothing! I didn’t see my mother again for more than 40 years. For many years I felt broken, set aside, tossed out, and alone.

Six months later my father remarried to a woman that you all know – she is the one that rides the bicycle in the movie “The Wizard of Oz!” Not literally of course, but for the next 10 years, until I left home the day after I graduated from high school, I was emotionally and verbally abused to the point of questioning whether I was meant to even be on this earth. The brokenness I felt by my mother abandoning me was compounded by the constant emotional battering and abuse.

Years later I married a wonderful woman and began to have a family of my own thinking that perhaps my brokenness was left behind. However, another compound fracture occurred. It happened one summer as I was flying a kite at Huntington Beach, California with my 5-year-old son by my side. It was a perfect ‘father and son’ moment. By accident I fell in to an underwater trench completely submerged. When I surfaced my son was no longer by my side and was no where to be found! I could not find him in the water and he was not on the beach!

With the help of friends, lifeguards, police and others, we searched for my son. As the minutes passed with no sign of my little boy I felt myself breaking. Not the break that happens when something is done to you by someone else, but a break that came through my own neglect. It was difficult to keep my mind from thinking the worst.  After an hour and by the power of God I found my son strolling along the beach a long way from where I had last seen him. For several moments it was glorious to have my son back. I wept on his shoulder as I carried him to the car. The wonderful and grateful feeling of having my son back was short lived as I felt broken as a father, a husband, a caretaker and provider. I had failed and because of my own mistakes my son was put in grave danger. I felt completely broken.

My feeling broken was further compounded when I was betrayed by my own body. At the age of 29 I was diagnosed with cancer only to be afflicted with an other form of cancer seven years later. I felt that I had already been through enough and that cancer might just be the thing to break me completely.

Yet my fractures only compounded more. As I approached my 25th wedding anniversary and was laid off from company I had worked at for 22 years I found myself at the lowest point of my life – I didn’t have the relationship with my wife I thought I should have, I didn’t have the job I thought I should have nor did I make the money that I thought I should. My children were becoming estranged to me and I felt as if I had failed in every aspect of my life. The compounding fractures that I had experienced, and never addressed properly, came crashing down upon me to the point that I felt there wasn’t enough change in me to become who I thought I should be and so why should I try? As I contemplated something drastic a friend helped me see that all of my problems –the intense feeling of being broken – could all be healed from the inside. Just like a broken bone is healed from the inside – I too could be UNBROKEN. For the first time in a long time I listened – he was the one that ‘aligned the break’ and ‘set the bone’ so that I could heal from the inside. In a few short years I was happier than I had every been in my life! Since then I have dedicated my life to helping others heal from the inside out! To help people like you become UNBROKEN!

I am honored to be apart of A Reason to Stand! Please come and hear the many amazing speakers that can help you be happier, healthier and to be UNBROKEN. I will be presenting two sessions: The Happiness Factor: How to be Happy no Matter What! and You Can Be UNBROKEN – the power to heal from within!

Don’t let life break you! Don’t let life become a series of compound fractures! Take the one step that will make all the difference – come share a few hours with us that change your life!

Kirk Wilkinson – The Happiness Factor

Friday, September 18, 2015

Registration is open!

Register now to reserve your seat! (all who preregistered on paypal do not have to fill this out again)

Stand Hats has donated a box of these adorable hats she made to be given away at A Reason to Stand! I am in LOVE!!! So excited she is sharing a discount on her website to anyone who just can't wait until October to win one! And she is even going to donate a portion of the proceeds to sponsor tickets!! 

Ticket Giveaway

Head over to Ashley Gardner's Facebook page this weekend. She is sponsoring a ticket giveaway to A Reason to Stand!! Gardner Quads on Facebook

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Up next...

We will be bringing A Reason To Stand to Utah October 23rd & 24th at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center. What two days?!!! Yes. We are going to be doing a night just for woman on Friday. And our healing conference (men and woman) all day Saturday. 

Friday October 23rd:
A Reason To Stand: For Who I am. This is going to be an amazing evening filled with motivational woman. We are going to hear from many in the beauty industry teaching us how to accentuate the beautiful bodies we have been given. And we are going to hear from many woman who have been given challenges to see their beauty the way the world tells them to, but have found it within themselves. These classes will be appropriate for even younger ladies who might want to join their mothers. An evening of celebrating beauty . . . in all forms. So excited to add this evening to our conference. 

Then The Unspoken Truth: You are Enough all day Saturday. For men and woman! We will be bringing back some of the speakers from our Boise conference, and introducing some new ones to the line up. I will be speaking in both events. 

Please feel free to choose a day, or to join us for the weekend. 

This time around we are going to offer early bird prices for the next month. Get your spot reserved! Can't wait to meet all the amazing people in Utah!!

***Early Bird Prices***
A Reason To Stand: For Who I am
October 23rd

A Reason To Stand
The Unspoken Truth: You are Enough
October 24th

Weekend Early Bird special
$140.00 for both days

                                                             Ticket options

Thursday, January 22, 2015

May 9, 2015

We are pleased to announce our first A Reason To Stand conference to be held in Boise, Idaho on May 9, 2015. It will be held at the Boise Center on the Grove from 8AM to 6PM. We have an amazing line up of speakers, therapists and counselors. We are excited to hear motivational stories and be given new tools to help us all in our journey of healing and hope. Reserve your seat today!
(For a description of some of the classes and line up of presenters, click Here)

May 9, 2015
Boise Center on the Grove
Boise, Idaho

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Unspoken Truth: You are Enough

Over the past year I have been asked to speak at all sorts of different types of conferences and other uplifting gatherings. I have had the privilege to meet people from all walks of life—young and old, male and female, single and married.

In all of these settings I have found one thing to be true—I am not alone! For the first time in my journey I have been surrounded by the love of others in pain. 

So many people are hurting. Everyone I have been blessed to meet has a completely unique story, yet each one has been paved with rocky roads. I have heard thousands of stories of different struggles, and overwhelming fears of how scary the future can seem. Some struggle silently—completely alone. Others are surrounded by support, but have never felt more abandoned in their lives. 

We all have something in our stories that has tried to break us. Each of us know what it is like to hold our hands to heaven and pray for an answer, a way out, or a path back. 

The last few months I have been reaching my hands toward heaven for an answer for every broken soul who has come to me seeking hope. Many nights I have sat on my bed crying tears for complete strangers—I have begged Heavenly Father to help me save just one.

Today I am humbled to be part of a new journey. I have been given the opportunity to put into action the pleadings of my heart.  I am pleased to announce A Reason to Stand. A conference of healing for anyone who has ever felt broken, alone, or not enough. This years theme is going to be The Unspoken Truth: You are enough.

Starting in my own community on May 9th, 2015 at the Boise Center on the Grove, I will be holding a healing conference for men and women from 8am to 6pm.

The day will be an uplifting array of personal stories, motivational speakers, therapists, and counselors. It will be faith based, but no specific religion. We will have an hour and a half break for lunch and light snacks will be served during smaller breaks. We will have keynote speakers, and many break out sessions throughout the day. Each person will even have the opportunity, if they wish, to have some time in small group sessions with some of the most amazing therapists I know. 

My goal is to have everyone who gets to participate in this conference to walk away with tools—to not only be motivated to make changes in their lives—but to understand how. 

I have written so many times on my blog about asking why. At different times in our lives, we all ask why. Why did this have to happen to me? Why have I had to give up the dreams I always thought I would live? Why haven’t I been able to find happiness? Why am I not enough? 

In this conference we are not going to spend much time on why. Many of the speakers are going to share experiences on times in their life when they were humbled to ask why—but will focus on the tools that lifted them higher and showed them how to keep moving forward. 

I am excited to be part of this amazing group preparing for May 9th

Some of the break out classes will be geared to personalized struggles, and others will be less specified, personal self betterment. Each hour of the break out classes will have a few topics to choose from—but there will not be a bad seat in the house. All of these people I am inviting have something amazing to offer and I can’t wait to learn from each of them. 

At the end of the conference I am going to take the last hour and wrap up the day. I am going to tell some of the stories of my past that have pulled me out of the trenches, and share some of my personal experiences on finding myself, seeking hope, reaching for faith, and learning to love again—and how I have learned to love myself, broken and all. 

We are all broken. We have all been victimized by something. The world has given us a million reasons why we aren’t enough. On May 9th, I hope everyone who joins us will walk away remembering all the reasons why they are. Truth is: you are enough. We are not victims . . . we are survivors! 

The Boise Center on the Grove is excited to have us, and they are making an extra special effort to make this a beautiful day.

I have been given so much from this community. The love and support, and rally of hands who have been by my side still continue to amaze me. Thank you for helping my family when we could not stand on our own four years ago, and every day since. It feels good to finally take my turn to contribute something in return.

Thank you to everyone who has been so willing to help me pull this together. I look forward to healing along with you.

The proceeds from this event will be used to fund taking A Reason to Stand to another community this year. Thank you!

Ashlee Birk
The Moments We Stand