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    ashley is a wanderer. a believer. a daydream hustler. her heart eats beats. she lives sometimes in her mind but always in her dreams. she wants to see and feel and explore everything this great wide world has to offer. she’s an aspiring writer, an accomplished cupcake baker and a crafting wizard. she has a soft spot for kerouac and is in a budding love affair with bukowski. she is always adventuring and hopes you'll join in on the fun!

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Well, I guess it’s now or never.

The other day I realized something: I’ve registered over 10 different blogs in my name over the course of the past few years. Ten. That’s more than two per year, if you do the math. Ten sites retired early to the already massive blogger graveyard in the sky.

After close consideration (and a frantic search to find and delete all of the potentially incriminating sites), I came to the conclusion that if I spent half as much time seriously writing as I have posting incoherent ramblings online, then I’d be at least halfway to a book by now.  Seriously.  Why is it that we’re so willing to post our life stories online, in whatever raw state might flow free from our consciousness, but we refuse to take the time to seriously consider our thoughts and what value they might hold if bound together?

For me personally, I’ve found one of my main struggles is knowing that my words and thoughts are valuable; yes, I can plaster them across the inter-webs at no cost to me or anyone else, but the minute I put any real time or effort into them, well that’s starting to cost something. It’s valuable time and energy and it’s also me making a very bold statement: these are my thoughts and I think it’s worth your time to read them.

I can’t really tell you how I got to this place, I guess, but I’m here. I’m ready to make that declaration and hope I can continue to believe it. I’m a writer. I’m a writer and I’m writing a book. A real, live, breathing book. It’s not going to be pretty, it’s probably going to kick the living crap out of me, but I’m going to do it. I’m going to follow-through with this in a way I was never able to with all of those blogs because my thoughts are worth it. I’m worth it.

So world, I hope you’ll take this journey with me.  I can’t promise you anything exciting or overly humorous, or really anything out of the ordinary. What I can promise you is that I’ll be honest and open and share with you any wisdom that I somehow manage to accrue over the course of the next year. I promise that if you stick with me, and give me a chance, it’ll be worth your time.

-A

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