Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

 Nablopomo January 2014 

#NaBloPoMo January 2014 Prompt for Friday, January 31, 2014
Did you feel a lot of pressure with January's NaBloPoMo?

Nope! For me, these prompts are a release for me. If I miss one on any given day, I'll either write on it later or just let it go. These prompts don't make me feel any pressure at all. Sometimes the prompts are uncomfortable or I don't like them so I'll do a different post for the day, but I don't stress about them at all. I'm grateful for them and look forward to them. In fact, sometimes I'll get so into them I'll sit and write several of them in one sitting and then schedule them to post on the specific day they were supposed to go live. Other times I get sad when I run out of posts so I'll just write additional ones for me. It's like therapy for me...I just put out what I feel and am honest and open. I love blogging prompts in general. They make me think and then I write what I think. It's great!



Things I Want- But How?

Okay, here's The Famous Ashley Grant's deep thoughts that have bubbled up all month and resulted in this post on this last day of the first month of this new year...

I know I want to be able to help people- truly help people. I want to enjoy my life with my husband. I want to be a traveling writer and photographer. NOTE- I did NOT say a travel writer or a travel photographer. I've learned that I don't want to be a travel writer or travel photographer because I want to actually be able to enjoy the things I see and experience. There IS a difference. Traveling while writing and taking pictures is VERY different from traveling to a place with the sole intention of taking pictures of the place and writing about the place. Sure, I want to do some of that, but my main focus is the writing and taking pictures while traveling...

I also know that I have to make a certain amount of money each month to survive. My struggle as of late has been to combine all my wants into a career that will fulfill each of my wants while also satisfying that bottom line number that I have to meet.

I have felt so lost lately and so frustrated and I'm just not sure what my next step is.

How can I write and take pictures while traveling and make enough money to survive but also help people along the way?

I want to be able to give money to someone in need, buy a cup of coffee for a stranger any time the mood strikes, pay someone's rent one month that really deserves a break, give a gift card for a mani-pedi to a mom that never takes care of herself, give a massage certificate to a hard worker I know stands on their feet all day...I have a heart filled with the desire to give, but a financial situation causing me to worry more about my own needs than those of others.

I know exactly how much money I need to be making to pay all of my bills on time every month, get myself out of debt and start saving for retirement, but every time I have a moment to myself...my mind wanders to how much I want to give to others. How do I get it all? How do I find a way to give when I keep needing to receive?

I continue to seek my answer...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

 Nablopomo January 2014 

#NaBloPoMo January 2014 Prompt for Thursday, January 30, 2014
If you could persuade people to do one thing right now, what would it be?

Give me money. LOL! Is that wrong? Perhaps..but persuading people to give me money would mean I then have money and then boom- Happy Ashley indeed!

I figured I would just lay it out there and give a 100% honest answer. Once I get to a number I'm satisfied with, I suspect I'll quit trying to get people to give me money, but now...in this moment when I'm still struggling financially- that's what I want to persuade folks to do- give me money :)




Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

 Nablopomo January 2014 

#NaBloPoMo January 2014 Prompt for Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Are you good at influencing other people?

I am not sure. My husband tells me I make him want to be a better man. My mom tells me I can make her smile on a bad day. So, I would like to think I influence some people in a good way... If anyone else is influenced by me- in a good or bad way- I have no idea.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

 Nablopomo January 2014 

#NaBloPoMo January 2014 Prompt for Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Which of your responsibilities stress you out the most?

Bills. Isn't that everyone's most stressful responsibility?  Paying bills... It's what causes many of my other responsibilities and thus...it's my most stressful. Nothing more to report here...that's it!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

 Nablopomo January 2014 

#NaBloPoMo January 2014 Prompt for Monday, January 27, 2014
What puts more pressure on you: time constraints or achieving perfection?

Time constraints. I'm not as much of a perfectionist as I used to be. I've accepted that you sometimes just have to do your best and then just let it go...but the time it takes to accomplish certain tasks is what drives me mad. I'm trying to learn how to streamline and not take as long to complete my tasks, but their are some things that simply can not be rushed and I must be patient and carry on. Sadly, patience has never been one of my strong suits...

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

 Nablopomo January 2014 


#NaBloPoMo January 2014 Prompt for Friday, January 24, 2014
Does pressure ever make you want to rebel and do the exact opposite of what is being asked of you?

The only rebellion I've ever had the urge to commit would be to pack up my car and just drive until I run out of money and then figure out a way to keep running on the road. Saner thoughts always prevail though because I know running from your problems doesn't fix them, it actually just makes them worse.

Today Was a Good Day 1/24/14


I just finished a project and while sitting here I had a few things flash through my mind and wanted to share them.

All it takes is a nice gesture to make your day- I chose to get Subway for lunch. I wasn't in the mood to cook or prepare anything and figured Subway would be a healthy enough option. The guy making my sandwich was nice and told me I looked very pretty today. I've never met this man. He just blurted out something sweet and it made me smile. In fact, it made my day! It made me want to compliment someone else and make their day too :)

I really enjoy my job- I've not had as much work lately as I would like, but the work I do have- I thoroughly enjoy! I love writing and taking pictures so, so, so, sooooo much. I'm so freakin' grateful for the fact I get to do these things for a living.

I need to do more work- I need to do every single thing that has been assigned to me right away, even if is no where near my deadline. Then, I need to do more work...even things not assigned to me. I need to write more eBooks and blog posts and take more pictures. I've said this before, but I realized today just how crucial this is for my happiness! I'm happiest when I'm working on projects. Who knows? I might write an eBook that makes me my first million! ;)











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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

 Nablopomo January 2014 

#NaBloPoMo January 2014 Prompt for Thursday, January 23, 2014
Do you think it's possible to control your temper when facing enormous pressure?

I think it depends on the person. Some people can snap if they stub their toe, others can stay cool as a cucumber even when someone is screaming in their face. Personally, I feel like it would take a lot of discipline to stay calm under enormous pressure. As I said in another recent prompt I wouldn't lose my temper, I would just cry... I do wish I had the discipline not to cry though.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

 Nablopomo January 2014 


#NaBloPoMo January 2014 Prompt for Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Do you have a bad temper? How often do you lose your temper?

I don't have a bad temper and when I do have a temper I rarely "lose it". I am an emotional person though and when things are bothering me I am more likely to crawl under the covers or hide in a corner and cry than I am to get angry and loud and yell. I hate confrontation and I hate being mean so I typically internalize everything and just let it out in sobs and tears. I feel like since I don't want to hurt anyone I'll just take the pain and let it out in my own way. Often times this backfires because when I have the right to be angry and loud, I'll still just internalize the pain. I'm working on this, but it's hard when I'm afraid to have an impact on anyone in a negative manner. I know this is bad. Keeping the peace can often lead to a bigger war later, but I'm a work in progress. I can't just flip a switch over night. I fear that if I did, I might become the exact opposite of what I am now and have a bad temper that I lose too often...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

 Nablopomo January 2014 


#NaBloPoMo January 2014 Prompt for Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Do you feel pressure to be perfect? How much of it is tied to what you see online?

I don't feel pressure to be perfect in accordance with what society expects of me, but I do feel pressure to be the perfect version of myself I have in my head. I feel like I'm supposed to be a certain size in clothes and number on the scale and be making a hell of a lot more money than I currently do. However, I don't feel like it has anything to do with what I see online. It's more about the pressure of what I feel like I need for me to be the best I can be.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Some of My Favorite Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes


Before it gets too late in the day, I wanted to share some of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes. Here they are:

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.”

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for.”

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve.”

“the time is always right to do the right thing”

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”

“Courage faces fear and thereby masters it”

“If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation.”

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Monday, January 20, 2014

 Nablopomo January 2014 


#NaBloPoMo January 2014 Prompt for Monday, January 20, 2014
Do you still feel pressure of conform? If no, what age did it stop?

I stopped feeling the pressure to conform when I got married. So, I guess age 21 was when I stopped feeling that pressure. Before I got married I thought I was supposed to get a house by a certain age, get a steady job and climb the corporate ladder, own a particular wardrobe, carry specific handbags, etc... When I got married I realized that STUFF doesn't matter to me. Experiences are what matters to me. I want to visit Europe, drive cross country to California, be a traveling writer & photographer, etc... I no longer worry about name brands and expensive stuff like I used to.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Favorite New Year Facebook Posts



Happy New Year friends and readers! I've seen some pretty encouraging posts for the day and I just had to share some of them with you. Here are some of my favorite New Year's facebook posts. Enjoy!

"May you live your life expecting each day to be better than the last, may you achieve all you set your heart on, and may you realize that you are the only one who can prevent it from happening!"
- Chuck Palm

"I hope this New Year will be a better, more productive, empowering, enlightening, successful, goal fulfilling, potential realizing, destiny awakening, revolutionizing one for every person!"
-Lara Kontakos

"I woke up to rain...God is washing away the old and bringing in the NEW!!! This is going to be a GREAT year....With a New Year comes new beginning out with the old. I wish everyone a prosperous, progressive and wonderful 2014!!!"
- Doc Rose

"May this year be YOUR year! Don't wait for the magic to happen, make it yourself! Start today!"
- Laura Kulikowski

"January, the door into the New Year. The time is now to turn our focus inward and to prepare for the journey that is the year to come. Let us hope that this year will bring with it peace, joy, fun & laughter. A Year full of friends and full of blessings...Here's wishing everyone a prosperous and happy New Year 2014!"
- Debbie Gonzalez

"good morning fbks....well a happy, happy new year to you!! i hope you had a good and safe night and that you are ready to face the new year making it better than last year!! remember if you want to see change this year, you need to start with self. smile a little more, hug a little more and tell people that you love them a little more....smile at strangers and help those in need if you are able to....you will reap the benefits of your deeds!! here is your inspiration for the day!!

'In life you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with.' - Brian Tracy”

- Peter Caruana

"HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR! This will be a year of joy, health and goodwill. I pray happiness for you and those around you"

- Tricia Redner Garner

And of course...mine...
"May your 2014 be filled with an abundance of love, happiness, finances, adventure and more!"
- The Famous Ashley Grant 

Photo by Lisa Hertzner


 
 
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