New Beginnings

There’s something about New Years Eve that always makes me emotional. I take a look at all that has happened in one year and I am absolutely speechless. The amount of growth that one individual can go through is astonishing. There have been so many positives in my life; they make the negatives seem so minuscule. 

Although the difference between one year and another is only a second, the change represents something much greater. For those who made it to see the next year, the celebration is not only a tradition but also a personal, spiritual and emotional restoration. 

I see the new year as a chance to start over, to look at what I have done in the past and how I can create a better outcome for myself in the future. For a moment, I almost struggle with the thought that I am being pushed out of such a great year and I can do nothing about it. Then, I come to grips and reassure myself that the next year will be even better. 

I believe this annual celebration of change is essential and motivates us to be our best selves. So, instead of the cliche saying “new year, new me” I say “New year, even better me.”



Ashley Renee


How Music Makes Me Feel

Daily Prompt: Describe what it feels like to hear a beautiful piece of music or see a stunning piece of art. 

If you’ve ever listened to the beginning of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity” or John Mayer’s “Edge of Desire” or if you’ve heard the soft melody of Emily King’s “Georgia” or Lianne La Havas’ “Lost & Found,” then I’m assuming you know what true love is.

Every so often, I’ll stumble upon a musical creation that not only makes me listen but also makes me feel. Music allows me to live in the moment. The cadence tells my emotions how to feel and I am immersed in that feeling. My stresses are lessened and I feel like I can finally breathe.

Music keeps me alive. Music is what lets me know that God exists. Music is everything.