30 People, Day 8: My Ballet Heroine

Shout-Out to my ballet heroine — the older Ashley, under whom I became known to the whole dance studio as “Little Ashley.” I didn’t mind the nickname, though, because you were the role model I looked up to. Thank you for being so kind, as a high school junior, to a ten-year-old little girl who…

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30 People, Day 7: Miss Elizabeth

Shout-Out to my ballet teacher, “Miss Elizabeth.” Outside of family, you were one of the earliest and longest-term influences in my young life. From once-a-week lessons starting at age 3, to being invited to join the competition team at age 9, to countless hours spent at the studio until age 19 — you were absolutely…

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30 People, Day 6: My Grandparents

Shout-Out to my grandparents: Pop and Gram, PawPaw and MawMaw. You are an integral part of my childhood, family identity, memories, and my life still today. Here are some of the memories that make me smile and things I appreciate: Countless hours of babysitting, time together, and listening to a young me chatter stories about…

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30 People, Day 5: Granny

Shout-Out to Granny, the great-grandparent I got to know the longest. I loved your hairdresser chair, your cuckoo clock, your fancy couch, and your stories of growing up during the Great Depression. But I think what I’m most grateful for from you is your gift of cooking. The love of cooking skipped a couple of…

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30 People, Day 4: Aunt Lara

Shout-Out to my Aunt Lara, my role model as an aunt. Thanks for all the memories that make me smile. You used your eyeliner to paint my face like a kitty. You played Barbies with me and always seemed to actually have fun doing it. You sent me mail all the time – pictures that…

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30 People, Day 3: Mama

Shout-Out to Mama – you had a huge role in shaping who I am today. One thing specifically comes to mind, one important aspect of how you raised me up that still has great impact in my daily life. Thank you for teaching me to memorize Scripture. It wasn’t always my favorite thing as a…

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30 People, Day 2: Daddy

Shout-Out to Daddy, the man who set the standard for me. Every little girl’s hero is her daddy… or at least, in an ideal world, he should be. And I was definitely a Daddy’s girl! Thank you for setting the bar high and showing me that a good man is humble, respectful, kind, and hardworking….

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Write31Days: Day 1, Here’s the Topic!

Friends, it’s October, which means it’s time for the annual Write31Days ! Bloggers all over the world will be taking part in this challenge to write a blog post EVERY day this month on ONE overarching topic. A few weeks ago, I posted a poll on the Be Still Waiting Heart Facebook page, asking what…

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The Top 3 Symptoms of PCOS

Hey girlfriends, you  might have heard that September is PCOS Awareness Month. It’s also the awareness month for gynecological cancer and a few other issues that affect women. Since PCOS is the one affects me personally, I’m here to offer a few thoughts on the topic. I realize it’s the last day of the month,…

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10 Years Since 21

Today’s my 31st birthday. YIKES. Really, I haven’t thought much about it or had many feelings about it…. until, like, yesterday. { Note to self: Thirty-one is too old to still be using “like” as a sentence-filler. Stop it. } Suddenly, in my mind, 31 sounded OLD. Thirty was kind of a bridge, like I…

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