Monday, August 27, 2012

You Can Trust Me

trust me image by businessgrow 

Recently someone promised me that I could help on a BIG project. It was guaranteed to make everyone involved a lot of money and having me be part of it would not only be fun, it would help me get more work. Then, when it came time for the project to begin, they stopped returning phone calls and emails because they chose to not work with me after all.

I was really hoping to be part of this project. No, I didn't have a contract, but I was excited at the prospect and had a promise from a VERY reliable person (so I thought) that if this project did in fact get started I was the perfect person for the job. Then...nothing...

Needless to is one of those days where I'm feeling like there isn't anyone out there I can trust. I have folks promise me the world and then leave me in the dust when it comes time to honor the promises they have made. I have always tried to do the things I say I will and strive to make everyone happy in my relationships. People know they can rely on me and that if I say something I will do it. I want to collaborate with people on projects and do big things but it gets really frustrating when people keep burning bridges and burning me. I know that in business you are not supposed to take things personally and you are supposed to check your emotions at the door, but the levels of betrayal I've experienced in the past year have made it very difficult to not get emotional. Am I alone? Am I just being too girly?

I'm at a point where I feel like I should just do everything in my power to not have to work with anyone on anything. I feel like I'm back in high school with a group project and know that zero hour will come and everyone will leave the task to me because they know I refuse to take an "F" even though it means I'll be up all night doing the project by myself. I feel like I'm the only person I can trust to get anything done. Everyone is filled with excuses and only cares about themselves, so should I just care about myself too? Should I let others down and quit offering assistance on projects? I don't want to be that person. I don't want to hurt people. I want people to like me, be able to rely on me and expect things to get done when I'm on board. I want people to trust me, but is that the problem?

Friday, August 24, 2012

Guess I Should Stop Working From Home

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ok. It's official. I can NOT be at home and expect to get any work done. I have gotten more accomplished working at coffee houses, in libraries and other Wi-Fi hot spots than I EVER get done at home. It seems when I am home all I do is work on laundry, the dishes, catching up on Facebook gossip, play stupid Facebook games, check my email 1,000 times and basically any task I can come up with to avoid work. Because of this, I think I'm just going to have to make it my mission to rarely be at home during the days from now on!

Do you work from home? Does it work for you? (see what I did there? Play on words! LOL I crack myself up!)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hire Me Today! I Can Write and Take Pics!!

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I just sent this email out to all of my email contacts and I want to make the same offer to all of my readers on my blogs so check it out: 

My name is Ashley Grant and I’m a contract writer and photographer in Tampa Bay. I have been a professional writer and photographer since 2007. I went to the University of South Florida and majored in Mass Communications with a specialization in Magazine Journalism. Go Bulls! Presently I am a freelance writer for several local publications in Tampa including, The New York Times Website, The St. Petersburg Times, tbt, Tampa Bay Weddings and Tampa Bay Metro. I also run a few blogs including The Famous Ashley Grant, Tampa Bay Freebies and We Are Full of Bull.

Recently, I’ve been writing more and more for business blogs in addition to the blogs I run personally and because of this I wanted to reach out to you to see if your business needs a blogger. Maybe you already have a blog for your business but don’t have time to write posts for it or you’ve been thinking about starting a blog but just don’t know what to write. Let me do it for you! For just $25 per post (about 300 words) you can have blog posts written for you that are ready to be posted. 

If you are interested in hiring me I’m offering an introductory price of $30 for two posts. This discount rate will give you a chance to see if we can work well together and if you like the style I can write in for your business. I’m ready, willing and able to start blogging for your business today! 

To take advantage of the $30 discount rate for two blog posts email me today!! 

If you don’t need a blogger but know someone who might, please forward this email on! Thanks!

All the best,
Ashley Grant

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Best Birthday Gift I Got Today

its mah birthday 

Today the best gift I received was from my husband and it wasn't a product you can buy at a store, it wasn't flowers you can pick, it was the reminder that I should be grateful for everything I already have. You see, he did get me a few DVDs I've been talking about FOREVER for my birthday and he has taken me out to eat a few extra nights, but the reason this reminder to be grateful for everything I already have was so significant is because I've been taking it all for granted lately.

The truth is, since we wed six years ago things have not exactly been a breeze. We've struggled financially, we've had ups and downs with my career and his, but through it all we've stayed together and stayed in love. It's easy to forget just how lucky I am when I'm seeing things go wrong. However, as much as I say I need to remember to be grateful daily and have an attitude of gratitude I spend more time complaining about what I don't have then being excited about the things I do.

This morning I woke up, I sat up in a nice bed complete with covers that kept me warm throughout the night and a fan that blocks the outside noises allowing me to have a good night's sleep, I then put my two feet on the floor and stood up on two legs and was able to walk into the closet and get ready to begin my day. After picking out clothes from a big selection of things to wear I got dressed, put on perfume, put on deodorant, even put on makeup and then went into the kitchen to prepare snacks to bring with myself for the day. Lastly, I went downstairs got in my car and drove my husband to work.

Family, friends, health, food, clothes, a bed, a place to stay, a car and so many other things I don't really think about that when I stop and think about them I realize how truly thankful I am to have. The next time I get caught up in stuff I want I hope someone is there to remind me again about the things I have, because that is the most awesome gift!!

28 Things I’ve Learned in 28 Years

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This is an update to previous post from last year ;)
I was going to wait until I turned 30 to post something like this, but everyone who knows me knows I’m impatient and that when I set my mind to something I just want to do it and not wait! So, here are 28 things I’ve learned in 28 years:

1. There is good and bad in the world. Being with like minded individuals can either lead to progress or destruction. Make sure you are in the productive group.

2. Not everyone is out to get you even when it feels like the world is against you.

3. Everyone is dealing with problems and your issue may not be as bad as theirs. The nicest home can be filled with the most troubles.

4. You can’t trust everyone you meet, but keep close the people that you can.

5. You can forgive everyone that hurts you, but you should never forget. With that said, it should be noted that revenge is not always sweet. Sometimes it’s actually really bitter.

6. What’s right is not always popular; what’s popular is not always right. (all sources I found said this quote is by Albert Einstein)

7. Being the cool kid may not be all its cracked up to be. Recently I went to dinner with two amazing women who opened my eyes to the world of being the cool kid. The amount of upkeep to always be trendy, have the perfect clothes, perfect hair and coolest gadgets just sounds exhausting. I’d rather get that extra hour of sleep than have every hair in place thank you!

8. A smile burns more calories than a frown and it looks better too. A bonus: smiling while unhappy somehow makes it hurt less.

9. Some people are innately evil and should be avoided like the plague. There really are some people who will beg, borrow and steal their way to the top and don’t care who they have to step on to get their. As soon as you realize who they are, pluck them out of your life!

10. Always look out for number 1, but don’t step in number 2 either. (movie line from Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield)

11. When you stop looking for mister right you find him. I didn’t see my husband Jeremy coming but am so glad his path crossed mine.  

12. Speaking before thinking has massive consequences but when the heart kicks in, the head shuts down.

13. I didn’t need to take as many math classes as I did. My calculator really can solve all my math problems. P.S. love the tip calculator on my phone!

14. Someone will always be bigger, better, stronger, smarter than me. All I should really focus on is being the best I can be and following my dreams.

15. I didn’t gain weight overnight and can’t expect to lose it overnight.

16. Living a healthy lifestyle is imperative and eating crap makes me feel like crap. Note to self-must find ways to get cheaper healthier food :)

17. The best job in the world is one that you love, can make money at and are actually qualified to do. When it stops being fun its time to change it.

18. Money is not the only key to happiness but it sure feels better to cry in a car with air conditioning than one without…especially in the Florida heat. Nonetheless, I’d rather be broke and happy than rich and miserable.

19. Dogs are better than cats for some people and I prefer dogs. No hate mail please-its my preference and what I learned about me!

20. Sharing is caring except when it comes to my toothbrush. Mom also always said never share my drinks, my makeup or my hairbrush.

21. Karma is a bitch sometimes but she can be sweet too. Do unto others as you want done to you.

22. One red sock can ruin an entire load of white clothes but pink is one of my favorite colors.

23. If at first you don’t succeed destroy all evidence you tried. Never give up, never surrender.

24. Being an adult is fun but responsibility blows sometimes!

25. I should have stopped wishing I was older and enjoyed every minute of the present. Too often I look forward to stuff in the future and neglect the wonderful moments of now.

26. Wine is fine but liquor is quicker; either way hangovers suck!

27. Everything happens for a reason and we may never know what that reason is. Some things in life have to be accepted and this is one of them.

28. You don't always have to know how something works to believe in it...For example, I don't know how electricity works but I use it and I do know this- A man can cook with electricity and electricity can also cook the man (lesson learned from Bob Proctor)

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Happy #Birthday to All of These Folks!

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A bigger list of celebrities and "famous" or "once famous" folks I share a birthday with via  The Province
This is the current list of their ages as of 8/14/2012 as well ;)

Broadway lyricist Lee Adams ("Bye Bye Birdie") is 88.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russell Baker is 87.

Singer-pianist Buddy Greco is 86.

Baseball Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver is 82.

Singer Dash Crofts of Seals and Crofts is 74.

Singer David Crosby is 71.

Country singer Connie Smith is 71.

Actor-comedian Steve Martin is 67.

Actor Antonio Fargas ("Starsky and Hutch") is 66.

Bassist Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone is 66.

Actress Susan St. James is 66.

Actor David Schramm is 66.

Romance novelist Danielle Steel is 65.

Cartoonist Gary Larson ("The Far Side") is 62.

Keyboardist Terry Adams of NRBQ is 62.

Actor Carl Lumbly ("Alias") is 61.

Film composer James Horner ("Titanic") is 59.

Actress Jackee Harry ("Sister, Sister," "227") is 56.

Sharon Bryant of the R&B group Atlantic Starr is 56.

Actress Marcia Gay Harden is 53.

Basketball Hall of Fame point guard Earvin "Magic" Johnson is 53.

Singer Sarah Brightman is 52.

Actress Susan Olsen ("The Brady Bunch") is 51.

Actress-turned-fashion/interior designer Cristi Conaway is 48.

Rock musician Keith Howland (Chicago) is 48.

Actress Halle Berry is 46.

Eddie Wolfgramm of The Jets is 46.

Actress Catherine Bell ("JAG") is 44.

Guitarist Kevin Cadogan (Third Eye Blind) is 42.

Actor Scott Michael Campbell is 41.

Actress Lalanya Masters is 40.

Canadian model Jay Manuel is 40.

Actor Christopher Gorham ("Ugly Betty") is 38.

Canadian actor Steve Braun is 36.

Actress Mila Kunis ("That '70s Show") is 29.

TV personality Spencer Pratt ("The Hills") is 29.

NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is 25.

Canadian country singer Jaydee Bixby is 22.

Also born on this date:

In 1851, gambler/gunfighter Doc Holliday. He died Nov. 8, 1887.

In 1863, poet Ernest Thayer ("Casey at the Bat"). He died Aug. 21, 1940.

In 1916, NFL owner Wellington Mara. He died Oct. 25, 2005.

In 1954, MLB pitcher Mark "The Bird" Fidrych. He died April 13, 2009.
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Repost: Celebrites I Share My Birthday With!!

I was wondering what celebrities I share my birthday with so I looked it up! The one I'm most excited about that I share my birthday with has become my favorite actress lately! Mila Kunis!

Happy Birthday to all you awesome Leos!!!

John Henry "Doc" Holliday (1851)
David Crosby (1941)
Steve Martin (1945)
Danielle Steel (1947)
Stanley McChrystal (1954)
Magic Johnson (1959)
Halle Berry (1966)
Mila Kunis (1983)

Also found out I share a birthday with Spencer Pratt from The Hills...but he is an alien not a that doesn't count!

Friday, August 10, 2012

My New Project: Tampa Bay Bikini Babes

undertow bikini babes 
 This photo was taken by The Famous Ashley Grant for Metromix at the Undertow on 8.13.11

You may or may not have seen me posting about this on my personal Facebook page, but I've started a new project. I created a website called Tampa Bay Bikini Babes.  Why? Well, it's simple really, I like taking pictures, girls in bikinis are almost always hot to look at and I thought it would be fun to share some eye candy with the world. I don't plan on taking all of the images that will be posted on this site, but I think it will be a fun project to work on. So, if you like barely dressed hot chicks feel free to check out the site and bookmark it! "Like" Tampa Bay Bikini Babes on Facebook HERE!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My First Time: Trying Nutella Crescent Rolls

nutella crescent rolls 
As much as I've talked about Nutella, I've only had it once and it was on a crepe on the MOSI Chocolate Festival. After the festival I bought a jar and then it sat in my pantry...and it sat and it's about to frikkin' expire so it was time to make something with it and I found Nutella stuffed crescent rolls HERE!

These things were so delicious OMG! It was like a foodgasm in your mouth. You MUST try these if you like Nutella even a little bit.  They are like chocolate stuffed doughnuts.

  • So simple too. All you need is one can of crescent rolls*, 1/2 cup sugar*, 1 tsp of cinnamon* and a small thing of Nutella.
  • Preheat the oven according to the crescent roll instructions. 
  • Mix the cinnamon and sugar while you are preheating the oven
  • Coat the crescent rolls in the cinnamon and sugar mix
  • Place a spoonful of Nutella onto each roll and roll them up and place them in an ungreased baking sheet
  • Bake according to the crescent roll instructions.
  • Let them sit about five minutes and then plate and enjoy while warm.

* I subbed reduced fat crescent rolls and organic sugar
* I only used 1/2 a tsp of cinnamon because too much gives me indigestion LOL

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I Actually Want Experiences Not Things

world map 

I want to travel the world, eat all kinds of amazing foods and enjoy wild adventures all over the world more than I want things. I want to eat at restaurants and try delicious foods, go zip lining, go camping, go snorkeling, enjoy awesome views and so much more. Things don't matter to me as much as experiences do.

Monday, August 6, 2012

I'm Going to Europe in May 2013!!!

map of Europe 

ok...I am about to put everything I have learned into practice...

They said set a goal- I WILL be debt free and go to Europe

They said put a time limit on it- I WILL be debt free and go to Europe by May 2013

They said make a plan to have said goal happen- I WILL work my rear end off and make enough money to be debt free and go to Europe by May 2013

Now...LET'S DO THIS!!! YES!!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

I Want to be COMFORTABLE With Money

I want money to be a good subject in my life. I want to be comfortable with all aspects of money. I want to be able to talk about it without cringing, I want to have enough of it to be debt free and feel empowered and I want to be able to manage it to be and feel secure in life.

I Want Adventure ASAP!

I want to live for the moment and have a life filled with adventure. I want every day to be new and exciting. I want to take pictures of my adventures and then share them with the world via my blogs. I want to be an internet sensation that gets millions of page views monthly and makes plenty of money off of the sharing of my adventures!!!
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