Feel Good Blogging

Feel Good Blogging

Hey guys,

So last October, I participated in a blogging challenge with other bloggers, where basically, you post 7 days in a row on certain topics. This challenge called ‘Feel Good Blogging’ was created by Alex Beadon, definitely one of my role models.

It was a great experience for me, however, at the end of the 7 days, I stopped blogging and as you know, re-started up just a month ago.

But without this challenge, I probably wouldn’t be writing this now. I wouldn’t have started blogging again.

Everyone participating in the challenge wrote about the same things, answered the same questions, etc. And then they would read each others posts and comment on them. I received tons of comments on my posts, my very first posts, which was very encouraging.

I just thought I’d share this with you because Alex Beadon is starting this 7-day Feel Good Blogging challenge again. Today is the fist day. I highly encourage that you take part in it if you’d like to give your blog more exposure and if you’d like to have a clearer picture of what your blog is about. I’d redo the challenge as well if it weren’t for the fact that I’ll be in Massachusetts for the last half of it. Comment below if you join and I’ll be sure to read your posts. Here’s the link if you’re interested: Feel Good Blogging Challenge
Ashlyn Taylour

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It’s Alright to Cry | A Song

It’s Alright to Cry | A Song

You said goodbye just the other day
You left me all alone
You said you would never leave me by myself
But I guess you were wrong

Chorus
It’s alright to cry sometimes
It’s alright to say what you feel
It’s alright to think about the past
It’s alright to cry

Said you would be just fine
But you knew it all along
I could see it in those troubled eyes
That something was wrong

Chorus

It has been a year now and I am moving on
But you will always be in my heart
Death is such a terrible thing
But it will not tear us apart

Chorus (x2)

So my sister, neighbor and I wrote this song quite a while back. I’d have to say I was 10 or 11 at the time so about 6 years ago. I have no idea what rhythm we had for it back then but ever since I found it recently, I’ve been trying to come up with something that works. I have something down for the chorus,  just not the verses yet. It’s not much but I just thought I’d share!
Ashlyn Taylour

Magic Bars that will make your Skin Glow Brighter than the Sun

Magic Bars that will make your Skin Glow Brighter than the Sun

Recently, I’ve been using a skin-care product called black soap. And surprisingly, it’s been clearing up the scars on my face really well! I’ve also had at least three people tell me that my skin is glowing since I started using it. And it supposedly will clear up acne but it takes some time. So far it hasn’t made mine worse, so that’s a good sign!

Now what exactly is this black soap? It’s what a lot of Africans use and it’s made of all natural ingredients. It’s rough and it temporarily makes your skin all black, at least till you rinse it off.

The specific kind I bought is as a bar of soap, however they also have them in powder form and bottle form. I recommend if you ever buy this black soap, that you do so from Shea Terra Organics because a lot of sellers cheat. They just die normal soap, black and call it black soap when in actually it’s not. 

Also, only use it a few times a week at first because it is very drying. However you can increase usage with time.

I’ve also heard that using it in combination with Rose Hip oil works really well, but I haven’t tried that yet. Sometime soon I will.

So if you’re looking for a product without all those nasty chemicals that will clear up your skin, black soap might just be the product for you.

A Riddle about Bubbling Champagne and Guys who Pee

A Riddle about Bubbling Champagne and Guys who Pee

The other day my friend gave me a riddle. I tried and tried and I just couldn’t figure it out. Once I figured out the answer, I couldn’t believe I missed it. Let’s see if you can get it. No searching the web and cheating. God is watching you! O_O

I make Polar bears white, and I will make you cry.
I make guys have to pee and girls comb their hair.
I make celebrities look stupid and normal people look like celebrities.
I turn pancakes brown and make your champagne bubble.
If you squeeze me, I’ll pop. If you look at me, you’ll pop.
Can you answer this riddle?
Ashlyn Taylour

Lurking in the Shadows | A Poem

Lurking in the Shadows | A Poem

A Shadow of a Person

Sometimes I wonder
If you’ll ever see me
It’s as if I’m invisible to you
And the reality is that we’ll never be.

Together that is
If you haven’t noticed
I’m kinda obsessed with you and your face
But this obsession is starting to feel misplaced

So what will it take
To open your brown eyes
So that they will see me and not look past
As if I’m a ghost just lurking in the shadows

I decided to try my hand at poetry because why not? Scale of 1 to 10, what do you think?
Ashlyn Taylour

Mistaking a Smile for a Frown

Mistaking a Smile for a Frown

Yesterday, at my work, there was a new employee. Well, not so new, but since I had been in Florida, I’d never seen him before. Old guy, gray hair, no smile. He was managing the place where I check-in for the day. So I went up to him, gave him my name to write down and after him asking me to spell it multiple times I went to leave.

Just before I left he said to me “You don’t like me, do you?”

I just laughed and said “Nah, I’ve just never seen you here before.” I asked him his name how long he’d been working there and that was that.

Well later in the day, while I was working, as he walked by me, he just stopped for about five seconds and stared at me. I stared back, not really knowing what to do in such an awkward situation. Soon enough, he said “I can tell you don’t like me. What did I do to make you not like me?”

I just laughed it off again, didn’t really answer his question and then he walked off.

All this got me thinking about first impressions and what impression I leave on people I first meet. Whether it’s a good impression or not. And I came to the conclusion that, most of the times, it’s not as good as it could be.

You see, I’m a rather reserved person when it comes to strangers. Therefore a first interaction with them may, and probably often leaves them with the impression that 1. I don’t like them or 2. that I’m an unhappy person. This is due to the fact that I don’t express that much emotion to strangers, I talk less, and am closed off.

And in reality, I understand that man who thinks I don’t like him. I understand because if I met myself, I wouldn’t know what myself was feeling so I’d just assume the worst like humans tend to do.

And the thing is, I don’t want to be this person that is perceived as hating everyone. In fact, a few years ago, my mom said to me, that I need to smile more. She said that multiple people have talked about me with her and asked why I always seemed so sad.

Spoiler alert. I wasn’t sad. I just didn’t express my emotions much. And I still don’t. I do more than I did before, but still not as much as a normal person. I tend to express myself through words rather than facial expressions.

And if I’m being completely honest, I want to change that. So tomorrow, when I go to work and see that man, I’ll smile at him. I’ll make him think “wow, is that girl bipolar or what?” Because I can. Because ultimately, I’m in charge of me.
Ashlyn Taylour

A Stalemate

A Stalemate

We’ve all had those days when we don’t feel like trying. When we don’t feel like doing anything. On those days, it’s so easy to just sit around and do nothing. To just sit there and think “I really should be doing this and that.” But you stay seated.

I’ve found that oftentimes that’s how our relationship with God is. It just… sits there. We just want to sit there and not try. So we don’t. We don’t read the Bible, we rarely pray, we skip church a few times, and we don’t live life the way He’d want us to.

I’m currently in this situation. I’ve been in it for over a month. Some days, I sit there and think about how I should be spending time in the Word more and I tell myself I’ll do it soon. But the thing is, I never do it. I stay seated. I occasionally pray, but not as much as I should, not even as much as I used to.

Throughout this time, I’ve learned that it’s a lot easier to let emotions such as anger and worry consume me when I’m not focused on God.

I’ve been wanting to reverse this habit, or rather, non-habit and I still do. Perhaps it’s the idea of summer and the ‘I don’t have to do anything’ mindset that prevents me from reconnecting with God. I’ve went on spurts where I do a devotion for a few days, but then I somehow stop again.

When I promised on here to post every day of June, I stuck to it, I’m still sticking to it. So today, on June 23rd, 2015, I’m promising to read God’s Word every day of July and for the rest of June. Starting today.
Ashlyn Taylour