Hello lovely people! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Ashley. If you followed my former blog, The Hungry College Girl, you probably noticed that I was M.I.A for quite some time. I posted a lot on my Instagram, but I was having a tough time getting creative content to post on the blog. It was hard to bounce back into writing and posting when I had so much to juggle, between work, school and moving preparations. Needless to say, I made it my goal nearly every month to post something on the blog, but I failed. My ideology around food and life in general also changed from when I started to post on the Hungry College Girl. I find myself now focusing not only on food, but life in general- including fitness, positivity, and all around-well being.
For quite some time, I was considering changing up my blog in some way. I had some hesitations before changing my Instagram handle from The Hungry College Girl to Ashley's Plate; it was like relinquishing a tiny piece of my identity. I absolutely loved my page, and I owe so much of my dedication to my lifestyle change to that blog. I didn't realize how much of an impact it had on so many people until I read old comments and cards written from girls in my sorority, friends, random followers and even family members. I often referenced pictures of my food to coworkers and friends who were looking for some inspiration. But at the beginning of this summer, I decided to switch it up because I needed a new beginning. I needed a name that would grow with me once I graduated college. As I look to my future with only 2 semesters of graduate school left, I'm also looking to my own personal future. I want this blog to be a part of it, since it has traveled with me for so long now.
There are a few new beginnings starting for me. One is my new and improved blog-- so welcome! I customized the pages to be simple, but reminiscent of my own style. Can you guess what colors saturate my wardrobe? (Pink and black!) Another new beginning starts with my departure from Target. As I continued to work for this company, I realized that my job was only temporary there. I felt like I was staying in my comfort zone because it paid decently well, and I could get any day off that I requested. Plus, the work wasn't challenging. Even though the work was easy, I did not feel appreciated nor was I using any skills at my job. I would wake up and dread driving into work and often times I would have to force myself out of my car in the mornings. Even though I met so many great people at that job, it wasn't for me. I watched a lot of coworkers get sucked into the simplicity of the work and not strive to do something better for themselves. I noticed this pattern at both of the Targets I worked at. At the end of the summer I took a shot in the dark and applied for a few paraprofessional jobs at the suggestion of a few classmates.
I was completely shocked that I received a handful of callbacks the next day and had a few interviews set up by the end of that week. For once, I felt like I was worthy to do something more for myself and my qualifications were more than enough for the position. I gratefully accepted one of the jobs at a middle school, and here I am. The schedule is perfect, my coworkers are supporting and encouraging, and I feel valued. Plus, I don't ever have to wear red and khaki ever again. Well....I do wear a cuter pair of khakis now. I spend more time on myself and I make sure that I'm at the gym 4-5 times a week, give myself facials, do my eyebrows, and get gel manicures. I've become so much more focused on list making and meal prepping as well. I have time on the weekends for dinners with friends and trips to Maine. I'm feeling great.
In just a few short weeks, I've been learning more than ever- about kids, myself, and my classes. I've put much more emphasis on my grad school work. I took classes this summer and I feel much more motivated to keep my grades up; this year I will pursue an extra certification and acceptance into the History honors society (last year I didn't have enough credits -_-). I'm savoring my last few months in academia, because a PhD is the next step and let's be real...who the F can afford that. Don't get me wrong, I could change my mind and apply for a few programs..don't put it past me. For now, my goal is to have my own classroom next year.
"So, what do you expect from this blog?"
My short term goals have culminated into this blog. I intend to post twice a week, dependent on my graduate school work load. I will touch upon meal prepping at the beginning of the week and share ideas, inspirations, and recipes. Later in the week, my posts will recap my feelings, stress levels, and anything else worth noting. SO! Thanks for reading (if you got this far) and I shall leave you with a few questions and thoughts to either ask yourself..or to ask me!
What changes are you making in your life?
What type of posts would you like to see from Ashley's Plate?
Enjoy the weekend, friends!