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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 27, 2016

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Nothing like a laugh to make you feel alive and loved. As you know, laughter is the best medicine, and I try my best to laugh as much as possible. Shout out to my friends, family, colleagues, Instagram and Snapchat for making this happen on the regs. Yesterday I had the good fortune of hanging with my bestie in the westie, Yvette, who’s in town for a work somethingorother, and, yes, there were ample amounts of laughter shared. I’m talking hearty guffaws and unwieldy cackles, y’all! We hung out at the Urban Light installation outside of LACMA, which was a first for Vetty. We took in the beauty of the immaculately crafted lampposts and appreciated their intricacies for about two minutes, and the rest of the time we were Snapchatting away (Shameless plug: Follow me on Snapchat; my username is “ashleyadores”), filming a 10-second horror film in which I look terrified trying to flee an unseen lurker and Yvette doing a rather impressive interpretive dance to “Choices” by E-40. It’s silly but it was so crucial. May this Wednesday Word No. 51, courtesy of Quotesgram and spoken by the iconic Audrey Hepburn, remind you that laughter is vital to your health, so go out there and get your daily dose. I just had an epiphany: Laughter is like gummy vitamins. You really only need one good one to do the trick, but surely two or three can’t hurt!

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Wednesday Word

January 13, 2016

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The world lost a legend on Jan. 10. Not only was David Bowie a pop culture icon, but he was a hero and inspiration to many, a champion of individuality and creativity. My favorite iteration of David Bowie is seeing him in all his otherworldly glory in his role as the Goblin King in the timeless classic “Labyrinth” (cues “Magic Dance“). And don’t let “Let’s Dance” come on. That’s my one! Right now I can picture him up in heaven singing “Young Americans” with Luther Vandross on background vocals just like the song was recorded. But more than any movie or song can convey, David Bowie’s presence will be missed by those who truly knew him. I’m screaming “relationship goals” as I think about what a lovely love he had with wife and model Iman. This Wednesday Word No. 49, spoken by his pal Guillermo del Toro and hand lettered via Pictoline, echoes the sentiments of fans and friends alike and speaks to the profound void that this fearless rock star of a man leaves. May this quote also remind you to cherish those you love and let them know just how much they mean to you while they’re still here to hear it. Rest in peace, David Bowie!

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Wednesday Word

December 30, 2015

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It’s a simple yet complex statement: “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.” These words, spoken by writer-feminist-activist Audre Lorde, mean that you’re walking on purpose in your purpose. How dope is that? I mean, what can stand in your way when you have this mindset of courage, determination and resilience? Nothing, obvi! May this Wednesday Word No. 47, courtesy of the super talented Alesia Fisher, inspire you to be intentional about your life’s journey, and to do so with boldness and assuredness. When you have a plan and are walking the path that God has established for you, you have absolutely nothing to fear. Not a thing. I think about all the times I let those temporary, minuscule roadblocks knock me down and throw me off course. But it didn’t have to be that way. I could have chosen to proceed with confidence. Well, “coulda, woulda, shoulda” — I know I’m better off not dwelling on what could have been in the past. Instead, I resolve to focus on what I can do in the present and future. This quote is so profound and timely that I think this will be my mantra as I head into 2016. Will you internalize this phrase and act on this call to action? I sure hope so.

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Wednesday Word

October 28, 2015

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I have a confession to make, friends. I’ve been working on a few things I don’t like about myself, as of late. One of them is the desire to get even when I feel I’ve been wronged. It rears its hideous head at random times, but more often than not it makes a bold appearance on the 405 Freeway. Road rage much? Yes. You cut me off, and you’ve got more of the same coming right back at ya. Tit. For. Tat. Not proud of it — just keeping it one hundo. So when I saw this image, courtesy of LovelyDayFleur‘s Etsy shop, it was right on time. May this Wednesday Word No. 38 remind you to never let the essence of who you are become tainted by the actions of another person or adverse situation. I know, they deserve to get a piece of what they dealt to you. I know, revenge would make you feel better. But what better revenge is there than to show that person that you’re going to keep on shining regardless, and that they’re a non-factor? It reminds me of the concept of killing someone with kindness. Don’t let yourself stoop to an ungodly level because another person decides to be ugly toward you. Not today! Let your sweet fragrance be answer enough.

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Wednesday Word

October 7, 2015

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These profound words come from a great man who is almost synonymous with social justice in some parts of the world: Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa. Today he celebrates his 84th birthday. Tutu rose to prominence during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. And to think, all these years later, issues of inequality, racism, discrimination and injustice are still just as prevalent. In fact, there’s not a day that goes by when I don’t read a news article about some egregious form of oppression that has taken place — usually affecting a person of color. Every week there’s a new hashtag (e.g., #BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, #HisNameIsCayden). This Wednesday Word, courtesy of the Morales/Shakur Center, puts things into perspective by calling a spade a spade. By not standing up for what’s right, you’re essentially on the wrong side of the issue, making the problem worse. The quote goes on to say, “If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” What I’m getting at, is that if we don’t challenge oppression, we’re just as guilty as the oppressor. Just some food for thought, friends!

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Wednesday Word

September 23, 2015

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One thing I’ve come to learn throughout this wild journey called life is that the troubles I face aren’t for me alone — they’re for me to build up others when they’re faced with the same problem or circumstance. When you can share wisdom or provide a little nugget of inspiration with someone struggling with something you previously experienced, it lets you know that your suffering wasn’t in vain. And to be on the receiving end of some great advice or a timely word of encouragement, or even a good bear hug, means everything in that moment. It restores hope. It broadens your perspective and makes you look at things from a different angle. It gives you strength to deal with that issue head on with confidence, knowing that it won’t kill you — it will make you stronger for the next time that things get rough. It reminds me of that Bible verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, which says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” May this Wednesday Word No. 33 remind you to lift your fellow (wo)man up whenever you can; for when you do, you ascend to new heights.

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Wednesday Word

July 8, 2015

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Yesterday was a big day for me! It was my birthday! Hey ho. When another year of life rolls around, I personally tend to reflect. Right about now, I feel extremely blessed and grateful. This past year has been especially challenging for me, but I feel so optimistic for what the future has in store. Things are looking up for your girl. Lots of amazing things are on the way! This Wednesday Word No. 22, courtesy of Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, is here to remind you that each year added to your life is a gift that comes with immense wisdom, lessons learned and answered questions (and prayers). When we — women especially — reach 30, age is the elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge. However, just think about how much insight you’ve gained by simply living life. Thankfully, we only build on what we’ve learned throughout the years. I vow to count with joy all my years as they rack up, Lord willing.

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Wednesday Word

June 10, 2015

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This Wednesday Word No. 18 was masterfully designed by the talented Jen Woodhouse of The House of Wood. This quote comes from two stanzas of Sarah Williams’ poem, “From The Old Astronomer To His Pupil,” (often wrongly attributed to astronomer Galileo Galilei) which apparently is about a conversation a dying astronomer has with his apprentice. From this quote, I take away the thought that you can’t miss the blessing because it doesn’t come pre-packaged neatly with a bow, as well as a reminder to fear not, as in Isaiah 41:10. How can you be afraid when there are countless stars shining, watching over you? Likewise, this line reminds me to not miss the forest for the trees. I hope these words encourage you to operate out of love instead of fear.

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Wednesday Word

May 20, 2015

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Sunday’s message at church really resonated with me. First Lady Myesha Chaney’s message, “The Watchers vs. The Workers,” highlighted Matthew 4:12-17. In this passage, John the Baptist becomes imprisoned, and the moment Jesus gets word, He picks up where the disciple left off and begins preaching: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” This signifies the start of Jesus’ ministry.

Aren’t we Believers glad He answered the call? But we, in our day-to-day, feel comfortable being passive when confronted with a stranger’s obvious need. This quote by actress Lily Tomlin was the perfect summary of that message. Us waiting around for someone else to rise to the occasion does a disservice to the world. The scripture says that others will know we’re His by our love (John 13:35). Let’s show our godly love for humankind by meeting the needs that inconvenience us. May this Wednesday Word make you want to be that person who steps in when no one else will. Because, as another famous quote goes, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”

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