I am obsessed!

Good morning and happy Tuesday! I know it’s been about two weeks since I’ve last logged on, but life has had me so busy I can’t even keep track of the days anymore. I was also away sick, so thank you for all the get well wishes. While I was sick though I had the opportunity to catch up on my reading! Yay! *insert an applause here* We are going to discuss two of my most current reads and what I enjoyed about them. As always don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on other social media websites that you can find on my website.

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So lately, since I finished the Netflix Original, Thirteen Reasons Why, I’ve become obsessed with books of the same nature. As I watched the season finale, I was already on Amazon searching through the similar titles tab that they offer at the bottom as recommendations. I ordered a couple of them and eagerly waited for the two day shipping process to begin. When they arrived at my local Amazon Locker, little did I know that I would become obsessed.

I read The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith in less than 24 hours. It has been by far one of the best books I’ve read this year so far. Smith gives readers an inside look into the mind of a young woman and how her rape affected her throughout high school. Although, the book discusses a very controversial topic, I honestly believe that The Way I Used To Be is a must read. Not to mention that Josh is just a dream when it comes to trying to be the hero of the story. Following The Way I Used To Be, I read Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow. Girl in Pieces is again an another amazing book that all young adults should read. Following the story of a high school senior and her struggle with what she deals with in every day life, Glasgow does an amazing job in getting into the gritty details of how difficult it is to break a chained cycle.

I am currently reading, but forgot my book at my boyfriend’s house (cries in disappointment) is All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I was lucky enough to have this one recommended to be and am currently in love with the character Theodore Finch. He is one of my absolute favorites. The story is told in two perspectives and it’s interesting to see how the story maneuvers through each gender’s perspective. I guess being sick has its perks. I mean it’s not everyday I get to wake up and know I’m going to be reading because I’m stuck on bed rest.

Little update before I end the post. I will most likely be going to school over the summer, which is a huge step for me seeing I’ve been a little intimidated to step back onto campus after everything that had occurred Fall semester. I am going to continue to strive to overcome my biggest fears though and I’ll probably be blogging more frequently due to more free time that I’ll be having seeing I’ll be out of work for the summer. Let’s hope for the best and as always thank you for the constant support.

Sending Positive Vibes,

Ash.

How to get the most out of your summer break…you know it’s just around the corner!

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Good morning, guys, and happy Tuesday! I hope you all had an amazing weekend and used your time wisely or you were at Coachella living your life to the fullest! If you hadn’t already noticed; SPRING IS IN THE AIR, which means that summer is just around the corner. Now last year, I received a lot of emails asking how I’ve spent my summer over the past couple of years. So without further ado, I give you the top 5 things to do over a summer break.

  1. FIND A SUMMER JOB.
    • I’ve always been that person to work over my summers. I love the extra income and being able to pay things for myself. I had a lot of friends in high school who just chose to spend their summers by the pool, and I just never found sitting around satisfying. Being a young adult, it’s relatively easy to find a summer job. Great places to work after school and over the summer are your local YMCA or Boys and Girls Club. Retail is another great place to work because their opportunities for promotions are relatively higher.
  2. TRAVEL.
    • The invention of the automobile and airplane are to me the best things man has ever offered. Bless the souls of those who contributed to their creation. Traveling is probably what I suggest the least to do though only because it can be expensive. I’ve only recently started to dip my toes into traveling and I’ve made it a goal to travel somewhere foreign at least once a year  (this year my eyes are set on Costa Rica).
  3. SUMMER INTERNSHIPS.
    • Summer internships are amazing and there are so many that are just waiting to be scooped up by someone who is passionate about their work. I know a lot of them aren’t paid, but the connections you make and the people you meet make it worth the lack of income. Websites such as InternMatch and Internship Programs are both great resources in finding an internship that meets your interest and is also in your area.
  4. VOLUNTEERING IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
    • As most of you know I am huge on giving back to my community. If it weren’t for the community I would not have gotten as far as I have today. Donating you time makes a huge impact in the world. You can always get information at your local community center. You can also go to your local hospitals, retirement homes, YMCA, and Boys and Girl club.
  5. TAKE A SUMMER COURSE.
    • What’s been drilled into our heads since kindergarten? School is the key to success, so why not take a summer course? Find that class you’ve always wanted to take, but never had time to fit in your schedule. Always make that summer class enjoyable because they tend to be a bit overwhelming due to the fact that you’re there for four days out of the week. I highly recommend not taking a class you feel you struggle in. I guarantee you that you’ll set yourself up for success by taking an art class or that creative writing course instead of taking a math or reading class. On top of that you’ll boost your esteem by receiving a strong mark.

There you have it! Five things to do this summer break! I know this post is short, but this week is filled with excitement and loss. I have to attend the funeral for our close family friend and I am in the process of beginning my own daycare. Wish me luck! I’ll need all the good luck I can get.

Thanks as always,

Ash.

Why I Reread…


Good evening everyone! I hope you guys are all having a wonderful Friday Eve and preparing to enjoy your weekends! Tonight we’re going to talk about one of my favorite things to do and why I do it. Now I know my blog post from a few days ago was very heavy, so I wanted to counter the heaviness with a very light and enjoyable topic. If you’ve been a consistent follower welcome back and if you’re new welcome to From Ashley to Ash. Now without further ado let’s get to answering the question of the night; Why do I reread? 

Hopefully we all know what to reread something is, and we all do it at least once a day. Rereading to me though means something completely differently. Rereading is an art. Rereading is a necessity. When you become self defined as a bookworm you learn that reading is so much more than just collecting books in a bookshelf. It’s about analyzing characters, discovering the irony, and enjoying the overall storyline. When you are beginning a book for the very first time, regardless of if the book is from your favorite author or a book that was recommended to you, you are eager to read the book as fast as you can. You want to eat the story up and overwhelm your entire person with emotion. Rereading is different. 

When you reread the book, after you’ve read a few others and notice the title in your bookshelf, you return to a place of eagerness. You remember the characters how you saw them, the betrayals in your own order, the happiness with a warming feeling, and the sadness with a blue view. Rereading a book a second time has always proven to create a better understanding. Rereading let’s you relive everything you lived the first time and experience it with even more once you begin to notice the things you hadn’t before. You’re so aware of what has happened that when you come across an interesting dialogue or description you read as if you’re reading again for the first time. Rereading to me is like the next phone upgrade. You enjoyed the previous one but are excited for what’s to come with what you have plus more in the next one. 

Reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies. I began reading at a young age and I looked to books for comfort all throughout my youth into my adulthood. I remember one year I was so alone (we had recently moved and I didn’t feel confident enough to make friends) that I read the entire fiction section at my school library. I used to find rereading useless and a waste of time, but then I reread Tuck Everlasting and realized what I was missing most of my life. Rereading was like that last bite of a chocolate chip cookie. It’s amazing and I recommend it to everyone. Find a book that’s collecting dust on your shelf and get lost in the story you once knew. 

Comment the books you want to reread below and maybe I’ll find a couple to read with you! I’m so excited to be interacting with you all and to know that I’m blogging more again. Thank you again to all who read! You guys really are my biggest support system! 

Yours Truly,

Ash.

Life’s a blurb…

Good evening, everyone! It’s been one of those weeks where my mind is working at 150 miles per hour and I just can’t help but feel the urge to write. Lucky for me though I have such an amazing bunch of followers who love my lovely little stories of how I got involved with writing or even blogging in the first place. (And bear with me, I’m doing this entire blog off of my phone.) 

So once upon a time, a very long time ago, I decided that my passion was writing. I loved the idea of telling stories and learning where others came from. When I met someone the first thing I wanted to know was who they were, what they loved, what they feared, and what made them…them. I remember this one time on the public bus on my way home with my mom (I grew up in what they call the “ghetto” of Hollywood and went to school in the Hollywood Hills), I had come across this young woman who had these magnificent tattoos. I was so mesmerized at these drawings that I had to ask her how she drew them on and all she could do was laugh. She later explained that the drawings were tattoos and that her tattoos told a story about her past. She said I wouldn’t understand now, but if I ever ran into her again once I got older she would tell me her story. I swear to you though that the moment my mother stopped her gossip with the usual women on the bus and realized who I was talking to, she ran me off that bus and told me to never talk to strangers again. That was the start of something great for me though. Now here I am sixteen years later.

Now that you have a little bit of background where my fascination with the art of story telling came from, I have a dilemma that I’ve been battling for years now. I know I want to write. I know I want people to hear my opinions and stories, but I’m not quite sure what median to go through. I know I have my blog and I will forever cherish the memories that I have with From Ashley to Ash, but let’s face it…blogging is not going to pay my bills. Yes, I am still currently working on two writing clips to submit to Her Campus. Yes, I am still an aspiring novelist in the generation that read books from a screen. Yes, I still have newspaper clippings from when I was on the student newspaper. I’m just not sure where I want to go with my life now. I was obsessed for the longest with becoming a feature writer for Alternative Press, but now my passion has grown from music to something bigger. What’s this “bigger”? I’m not quite sure yet. I have been inspired by Youtubers and social media activists though. People such as Anna Russett and Iskra Laurence are only two of so many that I receive inspiration from. I’ve looked into companies such as Fullscreen and websites such as Her Campus to realize that these are things I want to be involved in. I love music and I love the passion that artists have, the stories they tell, and everything it represents, but do I want to write others stories or write my own? 

I still don’t have the answer to my question and I’m sure you guys are all wondering why this crazy little blogger even decided to blog about any of this at all? It’s because I’m trying to show that even though I may seem 100% put together and that I’ve figured out my life, that I don’t. That I am vulnerable to change and opinion and the general world we live in. My goals in life change as this world changes and I love it. I love how everyday I wake up saying, “You know what. I’m going to try this today”. I love how uncharted my goals are in life and that even though I may not be where my life plan was four years ago, I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished thus far. 

I hope you all enjoyed my little word vomit episode and I hope you all tune in for the next blog, which will actually be in my health section. It’s about my skin care routine and what I typically like to do when I’m struggling with PMS and cystic acne. So yeah! If you made it this far, you got a little sneak peak. 

X’s and O’s, 

Ash. 

What I would have liked to have known before I entered the blogosphere…

So lately I’ve been receiving a lot of emails asking me how I started blogging or what advice I would give to up and coming bloggers, and that gave me an idea. Besides deciding to blog about it, I decided that I would blog about what I would have liked to known before I started blogging in general. Believe me. No one ever warns you about the ups and downs to this blogging world.

As a lot of you know I started my blogging journey on Blogspot, which is a blogging website ran by Google and a lot of my following followed me onto WordPress. Blogspot is a great beginning space because of the fact that it’s simple to use. It’s got a basic set up and you really don’t need to know much about anything when it comes to setting up a website. All you have to know to do is write. I moved over to WordPress about a year after I started blogging on Blogspot because I did want more options when it came to how my actual site looked. I love WordPress and am planning to buy my own domain through the website as well.

Enough of the brief background on my blogging history, this post is about what I would have liked to have known before I decided to become an almost constant blogger (I’ve had my hiccups here and there like everyone else).

Here are 5 things I would have liked to have known;

  1. Coming up with blog ideas is probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I mean with the pressure of social media and the world in general you fear disappointing others.
  2. DO NOT LET THE HATERS TAKE A TOLL ON YOU. There is always going to be someone who disagrees with your opinion. The point to having the blog is to embrace what makes you different in the world.
  3. Try not to be one dimensional. The biggest thing people tend to assume is that a blog has to be just about one thing. Your blog is YOURS. Be creative. Write what you want to write about.
  4. Go back and look at old blog posts. Embrace the changes you’ve made and how much your writing has developed.
  5. Most important is to have fun. Do not do it for the reads or for the following. Do it to get your ideas out there. Blogging is supposed to be a median of expression and it shouldn’t be stressful or upsetting.

I am so sorry for cutting this blog short, but I am so excited to announce that I am starting a project and I am so excited about. I am currently in the process of looking for a kind artist to help me make the logo and then I will be off to the printers to make all sorts of things to get the ball rolling. Again thank you for all the support and stay tuned. Remember to always keep posted through Instagram at @ashh_astronautt!

Sooooooooo…like…can we talk apps? #3

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Good morning, and Happy Belated Valentine’s Day! I am so sorry I’ve been gone so long, but I have been caught up with work and attempting to find a second job that I have not been able to log on as of recent. Currently I am blogging at work as we speak. LOL. Needless to say my kids are in the middle of a film and I have some time on my laptop, which is always nice. This morning I chose to do a “Sooooooooo…like…can we talk apps?” because I have become obsessed with the Kindle app, but not just the average you buy a book and then read it. I’ve become obsessed with the Kindle Unlimited offered by Amazon. Amazon is one of the biggest online shopping stops in the world and as the company continues to grow so does the opportunity for us to take advantage everything they have to offer.

The way Kindle Unlimited works is you pay for a monthly subscription (Amazon even gives you a free 1 month trial) that allows you access to hundreds of thousands of titles. It’s as simple as looking through genres, selecting titles, reading the books or series, and then returning it when you’re down. It’s a Netflix for books. Now I know reading from a screen is always exhausting, I honestly prefer to read physical books but when it comes to convenience and the opportunity to for a good deals, I can’t help but jump on the opportunity. Now, I am currently on the free trial and with what I’ve experienced I’ve decided that I will be willing to pay the monthly subscription of $9.99 to continue reading especially when I don’t have the time to pick up a book at Barnes and Nobles or Target.

Now I know that my last “Sooooooooo…like…can we talk apps?” was similar to the Kindle app, but believe me when I say that I use all sorts of medians to read. Reading was my first hobby and is a continuing hobby that I feel has slowly become unpopular in recent years. It astonishes me how unaware people are of their nearby libraries and local bookstores. Everything has become something to do online and I want to provide plenty of resources to those who have joined the modern world. I hope you enjoy the Kindle Unlimited opportunity as I do. Comment, email, or find me on social media to send me amazing book recommendations!

Keep Reading,

Ash.

Wake up! It’s Inauguration Day!

So today is the day that America welcomes their 45th president of the United States. I have been receiving tones of questions about my opinion of it all, and personally I choose not to vote. I refuse to participate in any sort of political situation, but focus more of my attention on social issues that mean a lot to me. Although I did not participate on the election a lot of my life runs on his policies.

The biggest effect that will take part in the coming of the new president is his appointed educations chair woman. Her policies on public, private, and charter education have created a panic throughout the entire school system. I’ve received countless emails from my superintendent discussing budget cuts and meetings. I have friends who work in the private school system who have discusses tuition raises to current and future students when it comes time to accepting vouchers. The fact that she is an advocate for reducing special education funding and attempting to capitalize more on education than we already have makes me wonder if she is destroying what used to be the best school system in the world.

This is not the only way the new president and cabinet will affect me though. He will be affecting me at home with an immigrant mother. My mother being a huge support to me since day one, who offered her time in the community while being a homemaker, the woman who dedicated her life skills to being a CNA here in the United States, was legitimately scared of losing everything she had worked for here in our “great” nation. She spoke countless time with a brother in El Salvador in a panic wondering if she would have to return, but my father assured her that she was a citizen and that no one could take that away from her. He told her that regardless of her broken English, Hispanic features, and status that she was rightfully an American the day she stepped off the plane from El Salvador.

I can only imagine what the next four years have in store for us. I can only wonder what these new policies will do to my future, to my children’s future, and to the future of the “great melting pot”. I do not have strong feelings towards the whole political situation as a whole, but the next four years will impact an entire situations and generations to come.

Sincerely,

Ash.