Sometimes we fail

Thoughts on failure and why it's important to learn from our mistakes because we all fail, but that doesn't have to be the end of the story.

There’s a scene from Batman Begins that keeps playing in my mind. A young Bruce Wayne falls into a well, is attacked by bats, and is eventually rescued by his father. When young Bruce is back home, his father says, “And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” It’s […]

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4 Books to finish off your summer reading

The BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge is wrapping up with 4 fabulous books that are perfect for finishing off your summer reading.

The BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge is wrapping up with 4 fabulous books that are perfect for finishing off your summer reading. Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang  From the Amazon: A fresh new voice emerges with the arrival of Sour Heart, establishing Jenny Zhang as a frank and subversive interpreter of the immigrant experience in America. Her stories cut […]

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Life Lately: Hello August

From Jeni's Ice Creams to books I'm reading, here's a look at life lately.

Life lately… Eating: Brambleberry Sorbet and Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet from Jeni’s Ice Creams. I’ve heard amazing things about Jeni’s, but this past weekend was the first time I got to go there. It is worth the hype and a must stop if you are in Columbus. Making: Two-Cheese Squash Casserole and this “ice cream”. The banana […]

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Mid-week read: The Guineveres

The BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing. Read next: Sarah Domet's The Guineveres, a haunting tale that unfolds like a lazy summer day.

The BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing, and today’s book review is a surprise pop up blog tour. Sarah Domet’s The Guineveres is a haunting tale that unfolds like a lazy summer day. From the Amazon: To four girls who have nothing, their friendship is everything: they are each other’s confidants, teachers, and family. The girls […]

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What I’m packing for pageant weekend

From Target dresses to sparkly evening gowns, see some of the things I am packing for pageant weekend.

It’s hard to believe that nearly a year ago I was crowned Ms. Captivating 2017. Last year I shared a little bit about my pageant journey: ♥ Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Competing in Pageants ♥ Get Ready With Me: Pageant Packing ♥ Behind the Scenes of Pageant Weekend Tomorrow starts pageant weekend, […]

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This one’s for the dreamers

This one's for the dreamers... I believer we are all dreamers. The beauty of life is that all of the good things and all of the bad have led to who you are in this moment.

“Goodbye, Ashley,” my dad whispers as he closes the door to my new L.A. apartment. He’s off to catch his early morning flight back home to Michigan, and as the door click shuts, I realize that I am a two thousand miles from everyone I know, doing the one thing I thought I’d never do […]

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What’s inside my last three Ipsy Glam Bags?

See what's inside my last three Ipsy Glam Bags! From cute makeup bags to fabulous skincare and makeup samples, this subscription is worth the price.

The last few months have been super busy, which means I haven’t posted about all the fun things in my Ipsy Glam Bags. If you aren’t familiar with this beauty subscription, here are the details: ♥ The Subscription: Ipsy ♥ The Cost: $10 a month ♥ The Products: Samples and full size makeup and beauty products ♥ Ships to: US and Canada Inside […]

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The Growing Season

It's uncomfortable to do new things. It's scary to realize that you are not in control. A pretty quote taped to your fridge probably isn't going to help.

“Lean into it, privates!” The drill sergeant looked practically vertical as he stomped up the hill that loomed before us like a small mountain. It was nearly midnight. We had been marching for hours while wearing heavy rucksacks and shuffling as quietly as we could for 15 kilometers. My arms were numb, and my weapon […]

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