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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

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

June 15, 2016

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Moment of honesty: It’s taken everything in me to remain positive and write an uplifting Wednesday Word in the wake of the horrible terrorist attack/hate crime at Pulse nightclub in Orlando this past weekend. To think that 49 people are dead and more than 50 others are injured at the hands of one evil person is absolutely frightening and heartbreaking. I think of the husbands, wives, fiancés, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, friends, co-workers, you name it, whose lives were unnecessarily ended (and those whose lives will be forever altered by the injuries sustained in the incident), and it’s unbearable. Hard to imagine the pain and anguish their loved ones are experiencing. Hard to come to grips with the fact that such hatred exists in this world. Hard not to go numb hearing about yet another mass shooting in this country. We can sign hundreds of petitions asking lawmakers to reform gun control and ban assault rifles, and yet nothing seems to change. Today, however, I choose to keep believing that change will come. That love will conquer hate, and that love wins every time. This Wednesday Word No. 71, courtesy of Pktfuel.com and spoken by writer and theologian Frederick Buechner, is a reminder of the strange dichotomy of living: We’ll experience some of the happiest days of our lives and some that we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies, but we can’t live in fear. I read somewhere that the Bible references the phrase “do not be afraid” 365 times, which is a reminder from God to live every day being fearless. Perhaps my favorite of those “fear not” verses is found in Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Keeping my eyes fixed on Him, and resting on His promises is what’s restoring peace and hope to me. I hope that it does the same for you. Be well, friends.

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Wednesday Word

September 9, 2015

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I’ve had my share of setbacks. So many times when I missed the mark. There are those days when I think about how I would have imagined myself being “further along” in life, or closer to living out the plans I had outlined for myself. Can you relate? It can really bring you down and make you feel defeated. However, I’m learning to view each misstep as an opportunity to redirect and sharpen my focus for the target. You should, too. You’re being perfected. Each time you fail, there’s a new opportunity to reflect, learn and redirect. Thank God for those teachable moments! And how much sweeter is the victory, when you consider the journey it took you to get to the destination? What may be seen as a failure is the very thing that provides you with momentum to press on toward the mark. May this Wednesday Word No. 31, courtesy of YourTango.com, remind you to use all those past failures to fuel your drive for future success. It may take you five, 10, 25 or even 100 times to get it right, but you will get there in due season. So just focus, and keep aiming.

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