Sunday, June 24, 2012




I'm soooo excited! I really don't think my exclamations points do enough! I am now the Quality Assurance Assistant for Oak Tree Counseling Services! I am beyond....well, excited! Guess what the determining factor was? The Lord of the Rings! How perfect is that? My new boss called up and said, "I was looking at your blog and saw your favorite book was The Lord of the Rings. That's my favorite book!"

Now comes the learning and the processing of a ton of new information, but I am very willing and ready to do this. For those of you who are curious, I'll explain what Oak Tree is about. 

Oak Tree is focused on mental health and rehabilitation. They are focused on family and the individual receiving care. They are also focused on the community and involvement. Basically, it's about providing service that goes beyond all bounds of the imagination, extending to all aspects of life, so that we can change lives.

I am very excited about this. For a very long time, my goal has been to help people. I think, as writers, we can all agree that we hope our books inspire and change others lives. Right now, I'm slowly making progress toward that goal, and in the meantime, not just me, but an entire company of sixty people, get to help people on a daily basis feel comforted, acknowledged and a little more carefree.

Isn't that great?

Also, a wonderful new blogger friend gave me the fabulous blog award!

Isn't it wonderful?

Suzanne Furness  has a wonderful blog (it's purple, and purple is her favorite color!). She writes children's stories, and her two current projects are called Arrosay a YA fantasy and Birthstone Unicorns (they sounds so wonderful!). Make sure you check out Suzanne's blog! She has a bit of everything (including some fabulous pieces of writing!).

Here are the rules: 1. Post the rules on your blog.2. Name five of your most fabulous moments, either in real life or in the blogosphere.3. Name five things you love.4. Name five things you hate.5. Pass the ribbon on to five other bloggers. (Leave them a comment to notify them of their win.)


Becoming a Gates Millennium Scholar 

Going to Ireland!

Graduating with my B.A. in English Writing

Going to Machu Picchu!

My first career!
Five Things I Love: 

My books!

The Lord of the Rings


My Daddy 

My Aladdin

Five Things I Hate: 

Stand-by :/ 

60-hour work weeks!

Not working on my book

Smelly things

Not being able to sleep! :(


Susan Francino


Rachel Schieffelbein

Check out these amazing blogs! I hope to be around the blog sphere more like I was earlier in the year! I do miss keeping up with all my wonderful followers and finding amazing new people to connect with! 


  1. Congrats, Ashley! And good luck on the new job!

  2. Congrats on the job Ashley I look forward to hearing how it is going. Sounds like we both love our fantasy worlds, elves feature heavily in my unicorn series.

    1. That sounds awesome, Suzanne! I love Elves! Thank you so much for the award! I love it!

  3. Aww congrats on your job and on the award!

  4. Congrats on your job Ashley I wish you all the best.


  5. Congrats Ashley! This is great news.

  6. congratulations!!! good luck with your new endeavor!

    and sweet award!

  7. Congrats!! I guess it proves that blogging does have practical benefits in the real world. :D I wouldn't even think to tell employers about my blog. Sounds like it will be a wonderful and fulfilling job, too.

    1. Thanks, Nick! I actually was thinking about going into social media at first, so I decided to gear my resume toward that, then it became a good way to demonstrate my writing skills!

  8. Yay for you!! Congratulations - so now you don't have to work two jobs, right? :) The facility sounds amazing. For me, knowing the work you do makes a difference for people, somewhere, is important. I'm glad you found a job you can do that!

    And thanks for the award! I love this award! I'm super-happy you think my blog is fabulous!

    1. lol, exactly! :) No problem! Very happy to spotlight your wonderful blog!

  9. Aw, thanks Ashley! Congratulations. I worked for several years in social work. Learning how to do a family assessment and a psychological profile has helped me build realistic characters. Training to write while getting paid to help people...not too shabby!

    1. I'm so glad you said this, Elizabeth! I never thought about how it would help me build my characters! Thank you!

  10. Congratulations on all these wonderful happenings in your life. What a time to savor. I agree with the other Elizabeth that your job will help you develop and understand your fictional characters. Good luck in all these ventures.

  11. Well done on the new job! I also have a BA in English and have been to Ireland. Did you happen to get to Dirty Nelly's? Kiss the Blarney Stone?