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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 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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Wednesday Word

February 1, 2017

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This Wednesday Word No. 87, found here, basically sums up the essence of what I observed these past two weekends. Amid the protests (the Women’s March and those incited because of Trump’s immigration order) — and, yes, contagious chants and witty picket signs — all across America, people of all colors and creeds united around a universal goal. This past weekend I was moved to tears watching footage of green-card holders that were detained at airports across the country being able to come home. The massive crowds erupted with cheers as if it were their own loved one who was released. The swift action to overturn the unjust action, and the lawyers who wasted no time in coming to the aid of the detainees, reminded me that there are people in their designated arenas who won’t back down under the pressure. Rather, they thrive off of it. It’s so hard to remain hopeful during these times (2017 really did come in hot!), yet when I pause and see that I’m not in the minority — a majority of Americans hold the same belief that every human being is worthy of respect — my heart is glad. These words, from Japanese writer Ryunosuke Satoro, speak volumes: Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. We’re stronger together, friends.

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Wednesday Word

January 4, 2017

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This Wednesday Word No. 86, courtesy of Jenny Highsmith, is all about keeping it one hundred, and that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but this — be real not perfect — is a goal that’s at the top of my list for 2017. I’m striving to be more authentic in all aspects of my life, and not succumb to pressures (admittedly, self-imposed pressures, nine times out of 10) to be perfect.

My boyfriend asked me if I was going to do a “Happy New Year” post on this here blog, and I flat out said “nah.” Why not? Because I didn’t want to. It just didn’t feel right. This year (and the months leading up to it) feels a little, what’s the word? Ah, “different.” I want to be more honest with how I’m feeling, instead of putting on airs to make myself look like I have it all figured out. You may have noticed that posting on Ashley Adores was kind of sporadic the past few months of 2016. Why, you may have wondered? Life. That’s all it was. I started a new job with a new schedule and that transition left me drained, mentally and physically. I lost count of how many nights I fell asleep on the couch with all the lights and TV on, and my dog running around begging to be walked. And then the nightmare election happened and I lost hope in humanity. It still doesn’t feel “right.” I’m not sure it ever will (#notmypresident). I wanted to be a voice of light and hope through the vehicle of these Wednesday Words but couldn’t find the right words. Heck, even I didn’t believe the encouraging words that I was drafting. So I decided not to post.

If I learned anything, it’s that I can’t let how I’m feeling stop me from accomplishing the things that I really want out of life. I just have to press on and be truthful about where I am. Honestly, just writing this post has made me feel so much better. You should try it! Need to get something off your chest? Feel free to vent or simply let a sister know what’s on your mind in the comments section below. Happy 2017!

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Wednesday Word

September 28, 2016

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Man, I could really use a vacation. That’s what’s at the heart of this Wednesday Word. With all the chaos going on, I need to get out of Dodge, like yesterday. You know, slow down, relax, clear my mind, experience a change of pace and scenery, appreciate all the things that really matter. Thankfully, I’m heading to Europe (Munich and London, to be exact) for a week real soon. So when I stumbled upon this quote by Ella Maillart, a French-speaking Swiss adventurer, travel writer and photographer, I naturally got all giddy. This Wednesday Word No. 85, found via Brainy Quote, is as good an excuse as any to break away from the routine, as Maillart said, “that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.” There’s something about visiting a new place that excites and reinvigorates a person. I’m so looking forward to exploring Europe with new lenses, and seeing what my creativity and imagination conjures up. It’s great timing, too, as I’ll be starting a new job shortly after I return from my vacation. You know I’m gonna have to report back via one of my Travel Logs here! Auf wiedersehen, y’all!

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