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The Journey so far!

Ashventurous is on a mission: to tell the story of an amazing adventure, no matter how big or small, every day.

I started on a life changing journey with an extremely short paragraph about college and how I was finding my faith there. Then, there was my awe-inspiring (not really) message about love. I was going through a hard time in my life, and writing really helped me to get through it.

Flash forward to January 2014 where I was bored and decided to watch an old kid’s show called “Under the Umbrella Tree.” I hadn’t seen it since I was very young, but it really got me thinking about how technology has changed over the years.

May 2014 and onward was a time of decisions and opportunity. After a summer of festivals and football games (where I took photos that were published to an online social networking media site), I moved out of my apartment that I had been in for almost two years, I introduced my family to the wonderful world of blogging, ate some chili, had “Thanksgiving” with family and friends, and left for training.

Finally, the long awaited day had arrived and I was home in March of 2015. July brought about many good memories with my family as we had our own little “big” adventure in Tennessee, I had my first “solo” adventure when I left for more training in Virginia to work with active duty Sailors there.

So many adventures, and this isn’t all of them. Feel free to browse around, I love feedback! I am so excited to share this journey with you!

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Ashley

Final year struggles, and the final finals dread…

If you’ve ever heard the term “Senioritis,” then you know exactly where I’m at right now. The feeling of being so close to finishing my work and yet feeling as if it will never end and doing what needs done becomes writing a random blog post at nearly 11pm on a Thursday night when you have an assignment due the next day.

I know I should be asleep, or working on my photos, or finishing this lousy 5-page essay that I should be able to crank out in a couple hours…but I’m here. Suffering silently through my headache with my laptop screen brightness turned down, the lights off, and my fan on.

My last post was about procrastination, obviously I am still fighting that beast. I probably always will. Will these last two semesters kick my butt? I hope not, I am on the path to finally finishing my degree, I see that tape at the finish line and all I need to do is run through it!

Any help, tips, advice…? All welcome in the comments…

Ashley

University of Struggles

Imagine the panic I felt as I pulled into the University parking lot at 9:10 am. My class was going to start at 9:30, and I still needed the library printer for the paper I was to turn in this morning. I felt overjoyed as I ran to the bus stop just as the bus I needed pulled up. I hopped on board, and off we went towards the library.

At 9:18 I was briskly walking through the library doors, luckily, I had sent my paper from my laptop to the printer over the WiFi network. I swiped my ID, printed my paper, and ran back out of the library. I crossed the street, ran into the building my class was in, up the stairs, and into my class room at 9:29.

I know what you are thinking, “Why didn’t you leave sooner?” Well let me tell you.

I am a procrastinator.

Procrastination has always been a problem for me. Countless hours of staring at a blank screen suffering major writer’s block until 2 hours before the deadline has ruined my ability to complete work early. I have tried different methods of meditation, writing the wrong deadline in my planner (for two days early), and even tried to convince myself that I was going to fail my class if I didn’t finish it early.

It seems that the only time I ever get housework done is when I have homework. I get laundry and dishes going, papers organized, and the vacuum ran. It was to the point where I stayed late on campus to avoid going home. I knew I would find ways to distract myself there. I have been “kicked out” of the library at 3 am because that’s when they close and they start towing cars at 3:30.

I decided it was time to seek advice from other people and see how they deal with the Procrastination Beast. A friend introduced me to Lifehack.org and their blog post 11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination.

While “get a grip and just do it,” may not seem like the best advice out of context, it really was something I needed to hear. All of the tips are easy to do if you find a way to make yourself do them.

Starting now, I am going to do my best to avoid procrastinating. Especially when it comes to things like my education, health, safety, and writing!

How do you slay the Procrastination Beast? Leave your advice in the comments!!!

On again, Off again, On again…

As many readers wonder, yes I am hoping to start writing regular posts. I know my status as a blogger is as the title suggests. I want to write, I want to be a good writer. I want to travel, and I want to put all these years of being in college to good use. I’m also terrified that my wants and my dreams are taking me in another direction all together.

Those that know me personally won’t find this shift in dreams as much of a surprise, but, to the average Joe looking from the outside-in, it is a big change. As I continue on my Navy Reserve journey I am falling more and more in love with what I do. That being said, I want to stay in my home state for as long as possible. It’s funny how I have gone from wanting nothing more than to leave, to wanting only to stay… I feel that there has been a calling placed on my life. I don’t know what it is, but I feel as if God is leading me a certain direction. Our youth group at church is slowly growing! It makes my heart so happy to see kids who truly want to learn more about God and His wonderful love!!!

So stay tuned, this adventure blog may stay in my own little corner of the world, but it’s going to be great!

Ashley