T-38 Days and Counting!!!

Hello all my wonderful followers! Today is a momentous landmark for me. It is the start of my final push toward becoming a United States Sailor.

Back Home Again…

That’s right, I’m moving out of my apartment and going back home to my mom’s. Now most people wouldn’t want to admit that, but I am so blessed and truly thankful to my mom for offering to let me bring my many boxes of stuff to her house to save me some money before I leave.

I’m still working, but because of my mom’s generosity, I no longer have to work 3rd shift and that is a major blessing in itself!

“I Work Out”

Leave it to LMFAO to describe this last month for me. I’ll be doing all kinds of exercises at home and at the local YMCA as often as I can between now and November. Push-ups, curl-ups, and a 1 & 1/2 mile run are on the Physical Fitness tests that I will need to pass when I get to Boot Camp. Depending on my height and weight determines the minimum scores I am allowed in order to pass. If I don’t pass, I get pushed back until I do, or (after so many attempts) I fail out and get sent home and have to do a walk of shame. THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN!

To make sure of it, I’m following the chart provided here and timing myself to make sure I can pass before I even leave Indiana. For those of you who want to know how you stand, here are the female and male standards listed for every eligible age group.

30-day Exit Meeting

In a little more than a week, I will be sitting down with my recruiter to discuss what comes next. What do I need to tell my family? What should I have them bring when they come to my graduation from Boot Camp? Different little questions that may pop into my (or my family’s) head. I can’t believe it’s already so close. Any other future or current sailors out there?

Helpful tips, tricks, or comments are appreciated 😉

Nerves, Fears, Excitement, and Tears…

Am I nervous? Absolutely. Am I scared? Not so much now as I was a few months ago. Am I excited? You better believe it!!!!!!!

I know I’m not the only one who has shed a few tears worrying about what the future has in store for me, but something a pastor once said during a Sunday service has stuck with me and I try to live by it. He said “worrying is like a rocking chair, it keeps you busy, but you don’t get anywhere. So, why worry?”

I know I have God in my corner, and I’m not going down without a fight. I will make it, I will be a sailor.

Thank you everyone, for all of your love and encouragement! It truly means a lot!

Please leave comments, questions, or concerns in the section below! I’d love to hear from you!!!


Posting fail

Well my lovely followers, I said maybe later that night about a week ago and still hadn’t updated you on the experience from the BSU vs. ISU Football game. Ball State lost 27-20 but I got some really good pictures for it being the first time I’ve ever tried to shoot photos at a non-high school football game.

You can check these photos out at the Muncie Free Press Facebook page by clicking here.

Thank you all again for your support! Only 59 days left until I leave and then it will be a few weeks (around 16 or so) before I post again.

Stay amazing 🙂


Festival Fun in Muncie, IN

Festival goers line-up to purchase food, crafts, and other items from vendors at the 38th Annual Old Washington Street Festival.
Festival goers line-up to purchase food, crafts, and other items from vendors at the 38th Annual Old Washington Street Festival.

Today I got the opportunity to attend the 38th annual Old Washington Street Festival.

Old Washington Street is a historic neighborhood in Muncie. The East Central Neighborhood association has hosted the event since 1967 to fund community activities and to help restore some of the old houses. I spoke with Liz McDonald, a volunteer from the association who was giving tours of the Emily Kimbrough house. “It’s very cool what they are doing here,” she said, “they are starting restorations on this house soon.”

Liz McDonald takes me around the Emily Kimbrough house.
Liz McDonald takes me around the Emily Kimbrough house.

From houses, to mums, to silk, to live music, and more, I was definitely happy to be a part of this piece of Muncie’s history. There were old pictures on booths, and friendly faces everywhere!

Tim Nealeigh (Arrogant Frenchman Productions) shows me his lacemaking and weaving.
Tim Nealeigh (Arrogant Frenchman Productions) shows me his lacemaking and weaving.
Little Aria and her father Adam smell the mums at R&A Greenhouse and Garden's booth at the festival.
Little Aria and her father Adam smell the mums at R&A Greenhouse and Garden’s booth at the festival.


Even after meeting some wonderful people at the festival, my adventure for today only continued to get better. That, however, is another post for another time. Maybe later today, so check back here in a little while!

Opportunity Knocking

Where do I go from here?

As many of you know, I’ve been battling with some decisions. One of which is whether or not I keep my apartment when I leave for basic training. After talking the decision over with my recruiter, I am finally able to say what I think is my best option. However, moving out in just a few months is proving to be harder than expected.

In order to keep this apartment long enough to move out of it, I have had to work two part-time jobs. The work itself isn’t bad, but I only have one day off every week (and it is dedicated to Delayed Enlistment Program meetings and seeing friends and family).  As I slowly start putting things in boxes, I reminisce on moving into Ball State for my Freshman year.  I struggled through the rest of that year, and most of my Sophomore year, but now I am on the track to something I know I can do. Photography.

I’ve been taking pictures since I was old enough to hold a camera. The last few weeks, I have been able take Senior Photos for someone, and be the photographer for a very good friend’s wedding.

Is this real?

Absolutely, yes! I started the Facebook page Photographs by Ashley  as a sort of spring board for a freelance photography business. There aren’t many “likes,” but to me, it’s a great stepping stone to a career I can only hope to learn more about in the Navy and through a new opportunity that has come my way.

I received a call today from the Muncie Free Press about an email they had sent out last summer for photographers and content writers. This weekend is my chance to get some real hands-on experience working in the field of Photojournalism!

What does that mean for my current journey?

Well it means that I’m going to have a lot more to write to you about, my wonderful followers! Since I don’t leave until November, it gives me time to get some experience under my belt. Also, since I’m a reservist, I’ll still be able to work with the paper (if I get the position) when I return from my 16-weeks of training.

I am so thankful to God and all my friends and family for the support and the love you have all shown. I can’t wait to let you all know where the rest of my journey is going to go!

Journey Onward!

A Few Changes

First off, I changed the name of the blog because I wanted it to more reflect me. Second, I plan on writing a lot more to let you all go with me on the journey I have decided to embark on.

Now What?

If you’ve been following me, then you know that I joined the US Navy Reserves. I will be leaving in November for Boot Camp at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois.

After what I’m sure will be one of the hardest 8-weeks in my life, I hope to graduate and be a full-fledged member of the Reserves. After that I will be going to Meridian, Missouri for A-school to better learn my job that I will have with the Navy.

Since I only have about 4 months left until I leave, I have a lot of decisions to make and a lot of work to do to get myself ready both physically and mentally.

This new set of posts is going to chronicle my journey from a Delayed Enlistment Program “Future Sailor” to a US Navy Reserves “Sailor.”

Thank you all for the support and the love you have sent me, I greatly appreciate it!