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Wednesday Word

September 20, 2017

This Wednesday Word No. 97, spotted on Pinterest, is an on-time reminder that nothing worth having comes easy. In this instance, I’m thinking about fitness, but this word can be applied to any area of your life (e.g., career, finances, relationships, faith, etc.). While my mantra “I’m into fitness … Fit’ness whole pizza in my mouth” governed my eating habits for quite some time, I need to leave my fat kid ways behind and put in work to get back on track health-wise. Operation Snatched for My Sister’s Wedding has officially commenced. Nov. 19 will be here before we know it, and my belly needs to go away so I’m comfortable and cute in my bridesmaid dress. To kick it into high gear, I’ve been taking a boxing class twice a week offered at my job’s gym (Shout out to stellar perks!), and it has not been a cakewalk. The trainer doesn’t take it easy on me and demands I give my all with every burpee, push-up, squat (don’t get me started on the rigors of the jump squat), sprint and plank. I must be a glutton for punishment because most of the time I feel like I’m on the verge of puking, to which the trainer promptly reminds me that there are trash cans strategically positioned around the gym. A.K.A., quit complaining and power through. Thankfully, I haven’t actually barfed during a session … yet. I feel myself getting stronger each week. Half the time, everything hurts — walking, laughing, stretching, taking the stairs, reaching for my purse … every little thing. And you know what? I like it. It means that I’m keeping myself responsible on my quest to better myself. Is there something that you need to focus your efforts on? Let me know in the comments below so I can encourage you on your journey, and vice versa 🙂

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Wednesday Word

August 2, 2017

This Wednesday Word No. 96, spotted on Imgrum, is all about giving yourself a little nudge to get back on your grind. Of course, I’m talking to myself here, but by all means take it and apply it to your own situation. As the saying goes, “Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle.” Burn! The accuracy of that statement is too real. I can’t blame anyone but myself for not making progress on my goals. As of late, I’ve been in a vicious cycle of erratic sleep schedules, distractions aplenty and never having enough time for the things that are important — the things I’ve dreamt about — which basically means I’ve been sidelining my passions. Do better, Ash. No longer will that be the case. I’m reclaiming my time like Auntie Maxine and not looking back. This will be a process, but with a plan, some theme music (*cues Jay Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U”, followed by Chance’s “Finish Line/Drown”) and consistency, I know I’ll get there. Shout out to all those who are on their grind, making their dreams a reality.

Wednesday Word

June 14, 2017

This Wednesday Word No. 95, courtesy of Pinterest, is all about leveraging the power that comes from dancing like no one’s watching to your advantage. Guys, I just left an amazing dance party that started at 6:30 a.m. at Wurstküche in Venice, and I loved every minute of it. To get a taste of just how ridiculous fantastic it was, run fast and watch my Story on Snapchat (ashleyadores) before it disappears tomorrow morning. I’m talking costumes, high-energy music, eccentric dancing, hydrating beverages and all kinds of interesting characters. The best thing was that no one was concerned about looking silly or being judged. The fact that we were dressed in jungle-themed costumes in a restaurant before operating hours with strangers is silly in and of itself. Who does that? LOL. Me and at least 300 wild-and-free people in Los Angeles. There’s a certain sense of power that comes with not giving a care about what others may think of you. As fellow unabashedly silly gal Amy Poehler says, “If you can dance and be free and not be embarrassed, you can rule the world.”

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Wednesday Word

April 12, 2017

I’ve got Coachella on the brain and this Wednesday Word No. 94, spotted on Pinterest, is only helping give me fodder for my daydreams. Taken from the lyrics to “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, these words evoke a sense of whimsy and merriment. “You belong among the wildflowers/You belong somewhere you feel free.” Why, yes. Yes, I do, Tom. In just two days I’ll be with some of my favorite people, frolicking in the desert sun at Coachella. I’ve wanted to go to the three-day music festival for years, and this weekend I’ll finally get to experience it. Hot-hot-heat, unbelievable live performances, good vibes, erratic dancing, flower crowns (ours have LED lights!) and all. But even if you’re not going to Coachella, you can still get in on that feeling of exuberance. We all need a moment, a break from the norm, to re-energize us. What does that look like for you? Maybe it’s feeling the sand in between your toes or dipping them into the crisp ocean. Maybe it’s going on a hike that leaves you alone with your thoughts. Maybe it’s going for a long drive with the stereo cranked up at max volume and the wind making your hair dance to its own rhythm. Maybe it’s camping underneath the stars. Heck, maybe it’s waking up on a Saturday morning and committing to being still. Here’s to being young, wild and free, y’all!

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Wednesday Word

March 22, 2017

This Wednesday Word No. 93, courtesy of The Happy Housie, is a reminder that even the seasons can offer hope. It’s officially springtime, but the weather in Los Angeles is having a bit of an identity crisis, as it rained yesterday and will have an encore throughout today. I’m right there with all you sunshine lovers with my old-school chant of “Rain, rain go away, come again another day.” I mean, I thought we were over this. Apparently, February saw as many rainy days as it did sunny ones (and, therefore, enough rain for the rest of the year, if you ask me), which is unheard of for Southern California. But before I get caught up in this trivial gripe, I must acknowledge that there are some great perks that have come from rainfall. Without the rain, there are no blooming wildflowers and succulent succulents and lush green hills that I have recently been pleasantly surprised by. On a deeper level, this quote speaks to the newness that’s sure to come. No matter how dreadful your present day may look, there’s always the promise of a better, brighter tomorrow. After the storm comes sunshine. It just takes a little darkness for you to fully appreciate the light. I hope your perspective shifts when you consider how long you’ve been in a place you’d rather not be. Change will soon come. Believe that!

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Wednesday Word

March 15, 2017

This Wednesday Word No. 92, courtesy of Quotes Gram, is where my heart is at the moment. I feel very much alive as I write this, but other times I feel like I’m on autopilot, just caught up in my routine without coming up for air or enjoying the scenery. There’s more to life than waking up, getting dressed, walking the dog, navigating through rush-hour traffic, working eight hours, making that return trip home through traffic, eating, sleeping and doing it all over again the next day. The ant in this quote sounds busy for busy’s sake. So caught up in the day-to-day that they miss the authenticity of human engagement. That’s no good. And, admittedly, it’s a trap I’m trying to dig myself out of. I do, however, want to be like the ant described in the Bible in Proverbs 6:6-8. The one who’s busy because she’s beautifully orchestrating her future, her success, her glow up. Not because someone is telling her to, but because she wants it for herself. The scripture says, “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.” Now that’s a bug’s life I can get behind.

Talk to me, friends. Which ant are you most like these days?

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Wednesday Word

March 8, 2017

This Wednesday Word No. 91, on this International Women’s Day, comes from the mind of English novelist and poet Charlotte Brontë. This particular passage comes from perhaps her best known work, “Jane Eyre,” and is all about letting go of wrongs. Last week, the first lady at my church shared a message on silence and solitude and challenged us to spend 30 minutes alone and quiet with God. Admittedly, it was a challenge to keep my mind on Him. And it didn’t help that I chose to practice silence and solitude while driving in morning rush-hour traffic. Several times, my thoughts were interrupted by people acting a plum fool out on the highways and byways, and how they were breaking the rules of the road and how they needed to be taught a lesson. Petty, I know. But LA traffic has a certain way of getting your blood boiling. And then more seriously, what came to mind during that quiet, alone time were some lingering challenges I’m facing. Not sure how to say it without getting into the nitty gritty, but I’m dealing with the aftermath of emotional harm from a certain relative. Honestly, it’s taxing to constantly be on the receiving end of ill will and then be expected to be the bigger person. It’s easier said than done, but I have to move past replaying the hurt and stewing over those events. For my sanity, I can’t spend time keeping score of all the times I’ve been wronged. Life is certainly too short to be holding on to some nonsense. I choose to forgive. Not for anyone else, but for me. Friends, I hope you can do the same. Let’s let go of the drama so we can live our best lives!

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Wednesday Word

March 1, 2017

This Wednesday Word No. 90, spotted on Pinterest, is a reminder that it’s never too late to start anew. It’s month three of 2017. Can you believe it? Happy March, friends! 2017 is just “march”-ing right along. Amirite?! With each passing month, it’s only natural to take inventory of how far you’ve come, where you are and where you’d like to be. Personally, I’ve lagged behind on some goals that I made at the start of the year. My gym membership and Class Pass are still waiting to be activated. Memoir writing has all but ceased. And if I’m being really honest, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually cooked (not warmed up frozen or instant meals, or leftovers from eating out) at home since January. My goodness. I’ve got to do better. I’m talking to you, but I’m mostly talking to myself: Don’t let your shortcomings prevent you from losing the will to get back on track. As businessman and author Harvey Mackay says, “Every morning brings new potential, but if you dwell on the misfortunes of the day before, you tend to overlook tremendous opportunities.” While it’s great to be honest with myself, it’s also important to be a glass half full thinker. On the bright side, I’m alive and healthy, have some writing topic ideas floating around the old noggin and a list of recipes I’ve wanted to try. This new month is full of possibilities. Now it’s time to go chase after them!

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Wednesday Word

February 22, 2017

This Wednesday Word No. 89, courtesy of Redbubble, is where my head is after this past three-day weekend. I’m fresh off my first cruise — we went to the Bahamas — and all I can say is I need more travel in my life. The anticipation, the expectation of a new adventure in a new part of the world is exhilarating. Thursday night, I boarded a red eye for Orlando, Florida, and Friday afternoon set sail on a cruise to Nassau and CocoCay with my pal, Zita. I’d been on many boat rides, but this was different. The crazy part about it was we were literally out in the middle of nowhere. This huge, blue, choppy expanse that could chew you up and spit you out — also known as the Atlantic Ocean. To feel so small in this ginormous ocean was humbling. We really did disappear those four days and three nights. And it was quite magical. The goal of the vacation was to relax, soak up the sun and just escape from the day to day (or in Zita’s case, the snowy weather in Boston) — and we did all of the above. As the quote says, “You don’t need magic to disappear. All you need is a destination.” Stay tuned for my Travel Log about my journey!

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Wednesday Word

February 8, 2017

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This Wednesday Word No. 88, courtesy of Year 27, is a word straight from God. If these last few months have taught me anything, it’s that I can’t place confidence in anyone, except for my Heavenly Father. Look, this isn’t anything that I haven’t already known. Sometimes I just need to cloak myself in the honest truth. It’s easy to fall into the trap of fear and be overcome with feelings of defeat when you read the headlines (by the way, I just learned that “headline stress disorder” is a very real thing) or watch 45 and his cabinet shipwreck this country with their ill-advised actions. It can take a toll. Thankfully, we don’t have to stay in that dark place when we feel down. I can rest easy knowing that God is in control. You can, too. Joshua 1:9 is a command from God himself for us to “be strong and courageous.” We, as believers, have the luxury of choosing to stand tall because we serve a God who cares tremendously for us. He fights our battles and will never leave nor forsake us. He’s always there right alongside us. This also brings to mind Romans 8:31, which says “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Spoiler alert: The answer to this rhetorical question is “nobody.” Not a one. Long story short: Fear not, y’all!

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