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Wednesday Word

February 14, 2018

This Wednesday Word No. 101, a tweet from California Senator Kamala Harris posted on Feb. 2, has been at the forefront of my mind since it was sent into the universe. It was a poignant reminder that there is an army of well-wishing, encouraging, uplifting, caring sisters behind me. They may not be in the building physically, but I know their thoughts, prayers and hopes are with me.

What a reassuring feeling, especially as I got about my work day, oftentimes the only Black woman in the room. The more I engage and build relationships with my Black colleagues, the more supported I feel. I thank them for their hugs, smiles, laughs and “You’re gonna be OKs.” They mean more to me than they’ll ever know. It’s a beautiful thing to feel that encouragement 365, but it feels especially good during Black History Month. Now that’s a special kind of love.

And by the way, Kamala Harris is Black History herself, and her future is so bright. I stand with her as one of those cheerleaders she mentioned in her tweet. Get ’em, Kam!

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Wednesday Word

January 24, 2018

This Wednesday Word No. 100, spotted on Mess in a Bottle’s Instagram, is low key my mantra during this season, as I embark on my own “Year of Yes.”

First of all, this very feature represents something that I stepped out on back in February 2015. I had long wanted to include words of wisdom and encouragement on this blog on a more regular cadence, and “Wednesday Word” was the vehicle that I created for that purpose, after months of wondering in my mind how people would receive it or if it even made sense for my brand. Well, guess what: I’m all about encouraging and bringing joy to others, so I shouldn’t have even questioned if it was a fit for Ashley Adores. Plus, I make the rules here. LOL. I didn’t need approval from anyone to begin with. And here we are, 100 Wednesday Words in!

You’d be surprised how opportunities to live out your dreams and accomplish your goals come seemingly out of nowhere when your mindset shifts from “I should do X” or “It would be cool if Y happened,” to “I’m actually going to do Z and when I do, it will feel amazing.” God is up to something, for sure. For example, one of my goals for 2018 is to get a better grasp on my finances and knock down my debt. Then lo and behold, my church announced that it is offering a financial literacy course starting next month. Boom! A chance to really cross that item off my list.

What have you prolonged? What dream have you deferred? Sometimes a shift in mindset is all you need to accomplish your goals. So, no more shoulda, woulda, coulda. We’re making moves ’round here. To remix queen of the glow-up, Cardi B: I don’t slack now; I make power moves.© Now that’s a dope T-shirt in the making … You heard it here first!

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Wednesday Word

January 8, 2018

This Wednesday Word No. 99, spotted on Pinterest, is dedicated to those who want to live life without regret. It’s better to make a mistake than it is to sit idly by and wonder what could have been. With the start of a new year comes an influx of hopes and aspirations of ways to improve various areas of your life. And of course, there comes the cynicism of those who feel like the new year is simply a changing date on a calendar. But I personally am harnessing the newness as a real opportunity to start over and go after the things that I’ve pushed aside. I want to be that person who learned a bunch from their failures, instead of that person who looks back over their life in their 80s and wishes they had taken the risk or did the thing they always wanted to do. This year, I’m going to do things that scare me and push me out of my comfort zone. I’m currently listing to Shonda Rimes’ “Year of Yes” (seriously, do yourself a favor and head to Audible right now — well, after you finish reading this post — and get it!) and it’s giving me all kinds of life. And it’s giving me all kinds of ideas about what I could say “yes” to, and I’m excited about what I’ll learn about myself along the way. For starters, I’m taking a series of public speaking courses offered through my job. Like many introverts, I’m terrified of public speaking. “I’m a writer, not a talker,” I tell myself to make sense of this phobia. But who knows what this newfound courage will bring about? I can’t wait to see. I’ll fill you in!

What is it that you’re making a commitment to pursue? Let me know in the comments below.

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Wednesday Word

November 15, 2017

This Wednesday Word No. 98, courtesy of Marc Johns, has been my mantra over the past six weeks. I suddenly didn’t have much feeling or strength in my left foot. I noticed my foot was dragging one night when I was walking my dog. It wasn’t a thing that progressively got worse. It just happened all at once out of the blue. I’ve been in and out of doctors’ offices trying to diagnose my injury. Even a kind young doctor was trying to diagnose me out on the dance floor at my job’s Halloween party last month. It seems like most are perplexed by my condition. The podiatrist confirmed nothing is broken. The chiropractor conducted an awful nerve test on me (basically he stuck me with a needle at various points on my thigh, leg and foot, and zapped me to see how my nerves reacted) and I got my back X-rayed — the results for both came back normal. Most recently, the MRI revealed more about my discs. The chiropractor’s theory that I’m experiencing the numbness and lack of strength in my foot due to a slipped disc in my back, which could have happened months ago, was partially correct. It’s a lateral herniation in my L4/L5 disc. Basically, the disc is triangulated so it’s nearly pinching the nerve. The doctor prescribed me steroids, which were helpful in restoring strength and movement back to three of my toes. Now if we could get the pinky toe and the one next to it back wiggling, that would be fantastic. It’s been super frustrating not knowing what the heck’s going on. But at the same time, I’m hopeful because I know God is up to something. He’s in control. And he’s going to work it out. And though it sucks walking around in a boot, I’ve been heartened by the kindness and concern people have shown me. Everything’s gonna be super duper. I feel it in my bones. Just not all of the ones in my left foot. LOL.

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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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