Let's do this.

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I have started numerous blogs in my lifetime, (please do not search for them, my youthful self thanks you in advance) and every single time I struggle with what to post first. As if the first post is monumental - or defines the site as a whole. Forever. 

As you can imagine, that is both daunting and exciting. I want it to be perfect, but I also can't wait to get it over with. 

I've been sitting with this post for a while now. I actually started a new blog earlier THIS MONTH and gave up on the host site quickly, deciding to move here, to my new home. With that site I chose to just do a post as if I had been blogging there forever. Nothing introductory or special. It wasn't bad, but I wasn't overly happy with it either. And blogging, as with all my writing, is something I want to feel proud of. I want to look at the post and get excited for all of you to read it. I want to feel like a piece of me is on a screen that you read. 

I want every post I make to be a tiny piece of my heart that you get to keep. 

So, with that said, I decided to make the first post here a little glimpse into my heart - what makes me, me. 

I am fiercely bold in my daily life. I speak too loud and too often, unless I'm holding my feelings in my mouth like a grenade ready to explode. I quote pop culture references like they are candy to my teeth. I read like words are air to my lungs. And, as you can see, I love visual references to non-visual thoughts. I dream when I'm awake, and explore when I am asleep. I want to make a difference, and I want to matter. I love capturing a moment. I adore the thought of catching a sly smile, or a hidden laugh, on camera. Most of all, I love stories. Told in any way, any form - I love stories and how they shape who we are as humans. 

I hope one day my story can help shape someone else's, but in the meantime, I can't wait for you to help shape mine. 

- ash


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