Talking About Dreams and Waiting

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We all have dreams, and a lot of us are not good at patience. That's me! Lately I've been wanting to do so much with my blog. I want to start making money through it. I want to get paid to write about products/events I love. I want to make my blog a big thing because people can get book deals that way. The list goes on.

photos I found from over the summer - nice and bright, a reminder that through the hard times come amazing things with God

Making money through your blog as an adult is hard. Making money through your blog as a kid has to be even harder. There's taxes and legal work I know nothing about, I still need to figure out ways to make this blog profitable which can be done through e-courses (that are lots of money), and then there's that big what if people would even take me seriously. Nobody's ever said this to me, but I know sometimes people think kids change their minds about hobbies.

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And they do. I do. But this is not one of them. I've loved to write since I was eight years old. I've had a blog for over a year, and despite not getting a whole lot of success, I've kept at it. I'm always thinking about writing during basketball, school, running, and just about my whole life. I'm always dreaming up new ideas for books and new ideas to better my blog.

this might be cheesy, but I like it anyway: the trails sometimes get dark, but eventually you'll reach the openings with sunlight raining in - God is with you along the whole trail though

this might be cheesy, but I like it anyway: the trails sometimes get dark, but eventually you'll reach the openings with sunlight raining in - God is with you along the whole trail though

I am 100% serious about this blog. Maybe some think a kid can't be, but you just got proved wrong then because I am. It's easy for kids to get bored of something and give up when they're not getting instant success, but not me. I could have done that a lot of times with this blog, but I haven't because I know God has a plan. I'm not giving up.

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To me, your passions are something you can't stop thinking and dreaming about. It's that activity you return to again and again, and writing is that activity for me.

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I have three big dreams that I am actively pursuing every day of my life.
1) To publish a book - I edit my current one a little each day, and I type five hundred words of this new one each day.
2) To grow this blog hugely - I want to get a lot of readers. Who doesn't? The main reason for that goes with dream three, but it's also because I want a community, and I want to make money via blogging. I do, and it's not wrong to want that. Blogging is a job for a lot of people. Some people earn 10,000+ dollars a month doing so. It also opens up so many doors - it's a great thing to add to a resume, and you want to know what else makes me ecstatic about it? You can get opportunities such as
- participating in special events
- going to events FOR FREE to promote them
- interviews and publicity
- a book deal and more.

perking up at that book deal - what'd you say?!

perking up at that book deal - what'd you say?!

I want a book deal. I want to get my writing out there because my third dream is to be a light for God. I know I can do that with His help. Part of why I want to make money is because it will help me save for things coming up like a car and ways to improve my blog.

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It's a huge dream I have, and I love to pursue my dreams. I hate the feeling of not working at my dreams. Making money blogging is something I really want to do, but let me be honest: I have no clue how.

yep, walking away now

yep, walking away now

I get that you need to email brands and what not, but in terms of actually doing that? So that's why there are e-courses. There is a class I want really bad, but since I am a kid, it's a lot of money for me. I know it'd be oh so worth it, but I don't really have the money to buy it.

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(Some might also argue I don't have time, but that's not true - I make time. I schedule my blog posts on the weekend. I plan ahead. I know how to work around time.)

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Making money blogging is gonna be a hard dream for me to reach right now. Some might say I should just wait until I'm older, but that's not going to happen. I may not have until I'm older, and think of the things God could do RIGHT NOW.

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But that is where I have to trust Him. I want to make money blogging. I want to grow my blog. I want a book deal. And I want it all right now. That's where patience comes in. I'm not good at that, especially when it comes to my dreams. I think I need to be working at it right now, but sometimes we just have to let God work. And sometimes that takes a long time.

"God is never in a hurry, but God is never late."

I am going to keep doing research on making money blogging. I am going to save for some resources that I know could really help me, but until then, this is what I have. I have the ability to write, this blog as it is now, my family, God is still always with me, and I have life as it is right now. I'm going to make the most of that, and I know God will help me in my dreams. He has good plans for me, He has good plans for you. Appreciate what He has you doing right now, and pursue your relationship with Him. In the end, that's truly all that matters.

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Luke 12:31 NIV

These Random Little Dreams | Link Up

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I'm finally doing a link up everyone! I'm so excited about this one! As you all probably know by now, I like to dream, and I'm not afraid to say that. I believe everyone needs to have dreams that align with God's will and then also to be passionate about them. Anyway, welcome to this fun little link up! Want to participate? Here's how it's going to work!

- List any random dreams you have swirling around in your mind that people probably don't know about. They may be in the future or just something you'd think about doing for fun. What I mean is, don't say you have a dream to start a blog when people are reading your blog! However, something like turning your blog into a business would work if it's something random you'd like to do one day, realistic or not!

- They don't have to be something you're dying to work towards right now. They don't even have to be something you're sure you'll do, but they can be. The point is random dreams.

- You might be confused on that, so basically it comes down to this: what are something you've thought of that would be cool to do? What's something one day you'd like to accomplish? Tell us.

- I'm going to list three dreams I have. You can do three, or you can do thirteen. It's up to you. I would ask that you please do at least three, though.

- Last but not least, don't be afraid to share these dreams! They're yours, not somebody else's. And they have no right to judge. Also, remember to keep God at the center, even if it's not necessarily a dream that includes preaching. It could just be a job you want. Still keep Him at the center. He loves you and wants to be a part of your goals, and if it's His will, no one will get in the way of them! So pray to Him every day about your goals, and seek His guidance. I promise, when you do this, He will help you on your journey of fulfilling dreams.

I haven't really told anyone about these three dreams, so here we go!

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1. Consultations

One thing I would love to do is meet up with people and do consultations. I would offer three different types: for the blogger and designer, for the writer, and for the dreamer. They're all pretty self explanatory. I would even travel to meet up with someone, but I'm not sure how that would work finances and all. The client would probably have to pay for that stuff like a bride does for a wedding photographer, but then that would get expensive, and who knows if anyone would actually wanna pay that much. I guess I'd have to be on top of literally everything, ha!

2. Editing Business

I like to be the first to make things up, but this is not the case when it comes to businesses. It stresses me out because of all the legal work and such, and if I have this brand new idea what paperwork do I need to fill out blah blah blah... But it's not happening anytime soon. Anyway, I would like to have an editing business. Not as a professional editor that works with a publisher, but like someone you go to for proof reads before sending your book off to a publisher. I would consult with you and basically be like a teacher before you actually take your work somewhere. I'm seriously thinking about doing that for a job one day, but that'll probably change. In second grade, I decided I wanted to be a pet groomer. I love dogs and all, but there's no way I'd do that now.

3. A Beautiful Life

I really like life. Sometimes I get mad over dumb things. Sometimes I worry about things that are pointless. And sometimes life itself seems like it has no point until Jesus comes, but I've learned that's not true. I want to take what I've learned in my faith and life journey and turn it into something. There's this really cool website called Society6 where you can design things, and it goes on different items like phone cases, bags, mugs, pillows, etc. I think it would be so cool to take a really picturesque photo I've taken and then put a quote over it. Despite having to get verified and stuff, this is probably the most practical dream on here and something that could actually happen. We'll see. Right now I want my attention on my blog.

So there you go! I want to see what your dreams are! Join the link up below!

✧sparkles, ashlee✧

Let's Catch Up

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While you hold your cup of dishwater * ahem, coffee * I'll stick to my sundae while we do this little virtual drink dishwater around the table and talk about life type of deal. Because this is what I like to do, at twelve in the morning, when my grandma is begging me to go to sleep.

Excuse my horrible lack of writing.  Seriously, why have I done such a horrible job? I love blogging. I just edited a super pretty picture when it hit me.

Okay, grab your cups of dishwater, I'll be in the minority again, and we'll all talk about life. I'll start the conversation here, and then you keep it going in the comments. Ready?

A lot of kids in my school ask me questions like "Is your book published yet?" etc. etc. I really like how kids actually remember that I'm trying to publish a book and they ask, but alas... No. It's not published yet. I think there's some confusion between finishing a book and actually getting it published. Just because I am done with it does not mean it's going to go get shipped off and prettied up. As much as I wish that would happen * because revising sucks * it's not going to. I have to make it pretty myself, so it actually can get shipped off. Writing term for that: revising.

I am almost done revising, though. Then comes editing. Editing should not take me long. And after editing comes more revising + read throughs, which I call perfecting. Then, when all of this is done, I have to do some homework by writing out summaries, query letters, etc. Then I have to make a list of agencies I'd like to beg to buy my book. Then I wait for rejections. Millions of them. Our mailbox will break. I'm trying to be super negative here and prepare myself for the worst. Maybe then it won't happen, or maybe our mailbox will seriously explode off its post.

Let's transition to blogging now. I've been lacking horribly to keep my posts close together. Again, I know there are no when I have to blog rules, but I'd definitely love to blog more. It's hard though, because I want my content to be meaningful - and that requires some effort. You have to revise content just like a book. You also have to edit the images just right, and blah blah blah. It's worth it to me, though.

I'm excited for some new summer blogging activities I have planned. They are still a surprise, but I might start giving hints through my newsletters. I will be blogging more, promise! This is not an end, but simply a beginning.
with love, ashlee*

Writing, Motivation, + More

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Welcome back! Now it's time for the OFFICIAL 2nd post of this blog.

I thought I'd give you all a writing update for starters. I am working on a novel* currently, it's a little over halfway done just meeting the halfway mark. Okay. I need to get my butt in gear, but I do have a pretty good start.

*Don't ask me how many words a novel is. It's probably not a novel. I'm aiming for around 40k words, so what is the word requirement for a "novel?"

If I were honest with you, I haven't been doing a lot of typing AT ALL this summer. I have been too busy** with the following:

  • working out stuff for a website,

  • designing other stuff, like a blog my friend and I do,

  • and my mom needed a design too,

  • and then there was vacation,

  • and other stuff where I seriously was busy.

**Busy might not be the right word. It's more like I'd rather do anything than type. I did not just say that.

So... Unfortunately no news today that I got an agent. YET. Hey, it'll be the holidays celebration all over again just when I finish my book. Because, I've never done that. I start something, then delete it. But I feel confident in this storyline. I've day dreamed too much about it becoming the next big book or a movie. A girl can dream right?

Enough with my head in the clouds. I really should* type.
*Should but not gonna. That's my problem.

I need to lighten the mood here. I mean who wants to read a blog where all I talk about is how horrible I'm doing with my typing?

A few posts that I'm hoping to put on the blog this week:

-my faith: more details on why I do what I do
-my writing routine: how I plot, write, draft, & more
-having a purpose: a post where I talk about a point of view I have on something
-and also a fun summer link-up. (:

So stay tuned! The best posts of this blog are yet to come. Today I mainly just wanted to share a writing update. If you're on Facebook, please like my page here and maybe share my blog too so we can get some new attention and followers. (: Thank you soooo much for stopping by today!