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Well, hello there. It’s been a while! I feel a bit foolish… but at the same time, I feel an overwhelming sense of peace. The last time I was here, I was on the fast track to my 12 month planned Adventure to Bliss. Clearly I’ve epic-ally failed at the blogging goals. Three times a week, I believe it was? Yeah, no. I’ll be totally honest and share that my intense reading goals, and my French studies have fallen short… Read more »

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After working for most of October, November and December on my plans for my 2016 Adventure to Bliss, I was (and still am) so excited about all the good things that are resulting from it. If you read my challenge for the year, you know that it’s a major undertaking – the list of things to do is intense, yes – but, mostly exciting. As it’s getting closer to the end of January – I’d like to share my 2016… Read more »

52 Week Blog Challenge -- Week Three Strengths and Weaknesses

Welcome back to week three of the 52 Week Blog Challenge! Today we are going to take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of yours truly. Do you ever feel like weaknesses are simpler to come up with when your assessing yourself? Or do you ever look at a weakness and then find ways to twist it into a strength? Or vice versa? I do too 😉 So, on that note, I’m going to start with two weaknesses, move… Read more »

The Happiness Project Book Cover Courtesy of Open Table

Gretchin Rubin can just go ahead and be permentently on my list of “inspirational writers.” On the recommendation of a fellow-blogger, I just recently (FINALLY) finished her (arguably) most popular work, “The Happiness Project.” Wow. I’ll be honest, I have tried reading this book many times. In fact, according to Amazon, I’ve had the book since January of 2012. And I literally just finished it this past weekend. So what was different this time? I honestly think it was just… Read more »

Thankful Heart Courtesy of Hugs & Lattes, The Blogging Elite Link Up

Happy Thanksgiving world! Today, I’m sharing what I’m thankful for in this month’s Blogging Elite link up, #Thankful Heart. There are SO many things to be thankful for. In fact, there are so many things I certainly can’t list them all here to the granularity at which they sometimes exist. For example, I’m thankful for my other half’s smile, without it, I might feel lost or unhappy at times. I’m also thankful for my other half’s humor, his help around… Read more »

Ashlee as a Flapper on Hallow's Eve

Life Update Oh, hello there! Long time, no write! Disappearance If you were wondering about my disappearance for the last few weeks – don’t worry. Life found a way to take over and pull me into it – so much so, that I found myself drifting away from blogging. Maybe even, burnt out at the sheer thought of writing. Time and separation do funny things to a person though. Because here I am, typing away with a smile on my… Read more »

Yes, that’s right. The last thing I crossed off my bucket list was tandem skydiving. Here’s what happened… Before, Before… It all started with my birthday. Actually, it started about five weeks prior to my birthday. I was on a run with my other half and we started talking about making plans for my birthday. He asked me what I wanted – and I said, well instead of something, I instead wanted an experience of some sort. In my head,… Read more »

Funny Dinosaur Courtesy of Pinterest

Humor! What a joke! But really, I enjoy laughing. Anyone from grade school through high school could tell you times of me literally rolling on the floor in laughter. Picture the old man laughing in Mary Poppins. I grew out of that…and hardly find myself falling on the floor in laughter anymore. Although I do laugh pretty hard at times – to the point of happy tears streaming down my face (such a good feeling). Humor has also turned into… Read more »

Michigan State University Seal Courtesy of Google Images

I started in a class of, I believe, 18 kids at St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan. It was here that I met, Olivia. A dear friend who I still keep in touch with. We were inseparable for several years. It was here that I also recited The Children’s Hour by memory, was an active member of the Siena Heights University choir and where I learned to love going to the library and artwork. In fourth grade, I moved onto… Read more »

Family Birthday Celebration 5

Birthdays have never been crazy important in my opinion. Sure maybe a nice dinner and a dessert of sorts – a family get together…but never anything crazy. Today, I’m going to go ahead and share some of my favorite birthday memories. 1. One year…no idea which one, as I was so young. We traveled to my Aunts house for my birthday. She always seemed to be able to bake the most delicious bread. For this special occasion, she baked my… Read more »

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The Definition… Before I dive into what I’m grateful for, I want to start with the definition of gratitude. Gratitude is “a feeling of appreciation or thanks.” – Merriam Webster Dictionary A feeling of appreciation or thanks to a neighbor, a friend, family member or even to a stranger. It’s that feeling of calmness and reminder that you’re (I’m) okay because…well you at least have something to be grateful for.   What I’m Grateful For… I could likely go on… Read more »

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted to have said… “To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…. Read more »