The Long Awaited Day Has Arrived!!!

Ok, so it may not have been that long and many of you probably haven’t been holding your breath, but I’M BACK!

What now?

Over the next few posts I’ll be recounting some of the adventures that I haven’t been able to share with you due to lack of internet access. Maybe a preview of some of the next adventures I have planned will make an appearance? You never know what I’m going to do next, and I like it that way.

Boot Camp was hard both mentally and physically, it helped open my eyes to a different part of me that I didn’t know existed. Now that I’m at a place where I can act on this new outlook, I want more than ever to live life to the absolute fullest.

I won’t let anyone else tell me that my adventures aren’t good enough for a blog, or that no one is going to care enough to read about them. Whether it’s true or not, my life is going to be interesting. As long as I get to enjoy the experience and learn from it, that’s really all that matters.

If there’s a particular question you have for me, or a suggestion as to what my next adventure could be, leave it in the comments!

I’m so glad to be back! Thanks for staying with me!

Anchor’s Aweigh!

Here We Go!

The time has come my lovelies, for me to set out on this journey. I’m so honored and blessed to have the support system that I do, and thanks to this hotel’s business center I can send one final update on this countdown.

I sit here and realize how little time has actually passed since this journey began and how big of a change it has made in my life. I know that I’ll only be gone for a few months at first, but there is going to be so much different about me when I return. I will be stronger, both mentally and physically, and hopefully my walk with God will be even closer than ever before!

I’ve got my pack and my bible, 4:30 am will get here before I know it!

Don’t worry though, this adventure isn’t ending. It’s merely starting a string of many more adventures to come!

Hooyah!

Ashley

6 More Days, and a Week’s Worth of Adventure!

Surprise!!!

Two weeks ago, my mom had planned a “family and friends Thanksgiving dinner” for me since I will be at boot camp this year. Where I thought maybe two or three other family members and a handful of my friends were coming to enjoy some turkey and mashed potatoes, turned into a going away party for me with a lot of family and friends, friends’ families, friends that are more like family, and a sound booth, neighbors, and way more food than I thought I would see before heading out (minus a turkey).

In order for all this to be possible, my mother had spent weeks messaging people on Social Media, making plans, ordering food, and almost the whole day before baking cupcakes. She got my boyfriend to come get me and keep me away from her house until after everyone arrived. He had to put up with my “my mom is going to be upset if we are late for Thanksgiving dinner” rants and yelling for him to hurry up moments to make this day special. Shout out to him for loving me anyway!

Yes, I’m gullible and had no idea of the scale that this day was going to be and I admit that when I walked into the back yard I cried. There were so many people there to help send me off on this awesome journey.

Thanksgiving (yes, real Thanksgiving) and Christmas in One Day!?!

Last weekend, my mom had an actual Thanksgiving dinner. This time, just for family (and yes, with turkey!!!). The next day was my grandpa’s birthday, so my brother and sister and I went to get him a gift. After we presented it to him, my mom brought in a gift for me. Each of them had got me a card for Christmas and put their own personal notes in them. I admit again, I cried. This journey has been very emotional, but now that the time is coming closer I am more ready than ever before.

I have 6 days left, then I’m off. I can’t thank you all enough for your support and to help me get ready.

Even writing about my journey and chronicling my experiences for you have been a huge help for me mentally. I will look back on these blogs and remember how far I’ve come and why I will continue to improve.

So, to all my faithful followers, THANK YOU!

Ashley

Another Day, Another Adventure

Moving Out – Moving Up

Hello my lovely followers! Today was another milestone for me. I officially moved out of my apartment. My belongings are stored safely away and for the next couple weeks I will be living out of two suitcases at my parents’ houses. Every day I am inching closer and closer to my weight goal and to the time I am required to meet to run a mile and a half. I’ll be done with my part-time jobs next Friday and then all of my free-time (I know, “what’s free-time?”) will be spent exercising and with my family.

Finally, after two years of working almost every day and only occasionally having time off, I am getting a week of doing nothing but what I want! Now if that isn’t an adventure, I don’t know what is!

My Family

I couldn’t be where I am today without them. Through laughing and crying, living and learning, and yes sometimes even arguing, my family has helped shape me in to the person I have proudly become. I love this path God has placed me on, I am so thankful to be in the family I am in, and though we have our differences, I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world.

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Derek, Tyler, Alyssa, Ashley
Caleb n Jacob
                  Caleb and Jacob

Who Likes Chili???

I love this type of weather, it’s just cold enough that hot food is the only thing I want to eat (like chili). If you’ve never had chili before let me start off by apologizing because you are missing out, my friends. Next, you are all probably wondering what has prompted this seemingly random rant on this particular dish.

Today is the Annual Chili Cook-off at my church! 

I am extremely excited because chili is one of my favorite meals and I get to taste multiple different dishes tonight. In the next month I am going to try to have every possible experience that I can. If that means doing something as seemingly uninteresting as going to a local cook-off, then by-golly I’m going to do it.

I also encourage you wonderful people reading this to find out if there are any cook-offs in your area. Any local bands playing? School plays? They may not seem important, especially if you don’t have any connection to them (siblings/children performing, etc.), but if you are just sitting at home doing nothing it is an experience you won’t get to have again.

Live Life to the Fullest!

Do anything and everything that you can, once you realize that you are going to be unable to partake in a tradition you have always looked forward too, you try to make up for the loss by doing other things.

This year my family and I are celebrating Thanksgiving before Halloween. YUP! Sounds a little strange, right?

I’m going to be at bootcamp during Thanksgiving and Christmas, so to make up for me not being here we are celebrating Thanksgiving in October and Christmas in November. It’s not about the day, it’s about the reason why we celebrate in the first place.

I’m just so thankful that all these opportunities are being laid out before me, and that my family supports me on the adventure of my life!

So go out and find your own adventure, even if you just grab a bowl of chili for the first time, at least you are doing something new.

Let me know what adventures you find yourself on, I want to share your adventure with you!!!

Ashley