Faith, Funny, and Fulfilling Dreams

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Welcome back to the new site! You'll want to look around at some of the new pages, but stay tuned because there's actually way more work to be done. As I mentioned earlier, this site is now a blog and a WEBSITE, too. I'm going to be updating a lot of the pages and creating some new ones I've always wanted for a website. I can't wait to share them with you all.

I thought I'd go over what I chose to be my main focus of the blog or my niche. Now whoever goes to the blog, it says right at the top "Faith - Funny - Fulfilling Dreams". I go into depth about all of those on my new homepage, and they have always been the main focus of my blog. But my blog has gotten a little all over the place, and I want to really focus on those three things.

Those are why Sparkles by Ashlee was created.

It doesn't mean that I can NEVER post about anything outside of those things. I'll still write about a hockey game I went to, and I'll still do "Let's Catch Up" posts. This just means I want to focus more on the three topics I decided are going to be my focus. I want Sparkles by Ashlee to be known for those as not just a blog, but a brand. And it starts on the blog.

So this is going to be my new direction! I'm super excited about it. That survey I sent out was also a huge help in deciding on this. Thank you all for filling it out, I could still use responses, so if you haven't done it yet, please do! Your most favored posts to read were under these three categories: Faith, My Life & Mission, and Random. Obviously I am going to be keeping my faith posts, and I will definitely still be blogging about my journey, because it's just getting started. I wasn't sure what you guys thought of the random posts, you know, the ones where I blab about random stuff or what's new in my life. I'm still trying to limit those, because let's face it, those are BORING. I'm still going to keep them because they were funny and held memories, so instead I'm going to be calling them "Let's Catch Up: Post Title". Because that's what they are - time for us to chat.

I have a lot of book news to announce, and a lot of my new pages are going to be based around my books. Book news such as: totally finishing my current book, beginning a new one and the details about it, entering a contest, and so much more. God is good, and He has a plan. Above all, I'm thankful He allows me to write and that I get to do it as much as I can. It never gets old to me. Obviously that's a lie, we all have days we'd love to shoot our books and writer's block, but um, MOST days... I still come back to it, and I always will.

I also have always dreamed about Sparkles by Ashlee being more than a blog, I want it to be a brand known for its faith, funny, and fulfilling dreams. I don't know what I want to do with it yet, but I want it to be a brand for my writing and my faith. God will give me opportunities when He sees them fit, and I'll listen to Him. In the meantime, I'm excited to grow my brand. It's going to be so cool to come back and look at all this in years later.

I think that about wraps up what I want to say. As always, thank you all so much for being apart of this. I know I say it a lot, but I really do mean it. It means so much that you all tune in and listen to what I have to say. I hope that you get closer to God and are more inspired to pursue your dreams with God's help. This life is short, and I don't know how long I'll have (I always think I have like a day because I'm a huge drama queen about things, especially disease, and my mom is like, "Ashlee, you think you have every disease known to man," so yeah). But I choose to trust God anyway, and despite the mess I am of sin and such, I want to share the hope Jesus offers us. None of us deserve it, but we got it anyway because of God's amazing love. That's something to be shared.