Work Until You’re Happy

At 24 years old you would think that I would be striving to live that carefree life, right?

Think again.

I have always had big goals and dreams when it comes to my life.  I had my life planned out by 16 and needless to say. . .I’m definitely not where I planned on being at this age.  As I say that, I say it joyfully.  I have taken a path that has led to me an amazing state and near some amazing people.  I have ventured out of my comfort zone and away from family (whom I miss more than I ever thought possible).  I have become an Ashley that I could have never imagined.

Growing up, I wanted to be a writer.  Simply a writer.  I wanted to have best selling novels.  I wanted to have a gorgeous beach home where I could walk down the road to the nearest locally owned coffee shop and write.  I just wanted my pen and paper and a nice cup of coffee, but that’s not what God had in store for me.

I am certain that I have gone against His will a few times over the last few years, but I haven’t left His presence. I am also certain that if it were not for Him, I would not be taking the next big leap of faith when it comes to my career.  While I cannot share this leap with y’all yet. . .just know that I am beyond excited about what is to come.  I have discussed this venture with my family, friends and some amazing mentors (both women and Latinos who have given me the extra push I needed for this all).  It will definitely be a challenge, but I know that “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.

As for being a writer, I’m still working on it.  I haven’t given up that dream, but it will all be in perfect timing.

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