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Bad timing; good intentions.


It struck me that this email may appear to be insensitive or ill-timed given all of the travesties that our country and our world have been facing as of late. I thought about whether the timing was right to send an email full of "fluffy" news, asking for donations, pushing my books, talking about a "cat president," American Ninja Warrior, and so forth. After questioning whether or not it was okay to send, I decided that it was: we could all use a little good news now and then. Sometimes, we need a little "fluff."  I have struggled lately with feeling helpless: there are so many bad things are going on all around us and in some cases happening to us. I feel so deeply and hurt so much for this broken world, but yet I don't know how to help, or how to fix it. I don't know what actions to take, or what is appropriate to do or say.  I only know what is in my own heart; I only know how I feel. But how *I* feel is NOT what's important.

What's important is how our individual actions make others feel. Let's try to love more, and hate less. Let's THINK about how other people feel. Step outside of our little self-absorbed boxes and take a good, hard, long look at the reality that surrounds us: a reality that so many of us are privileged (yes, privileged!) to be able to willfully ignore.

So many people in our society cannot turn off that reality. Ignoring -- and ignorance -- are not the answer. I don't have the answers and I will never pretend that I do, but I can say this: something has to change. That's apparent. Until we can develop and express empathy towards our brothers and sisters in this country and across the world, nothing will ever change or progress.

So I ask that you love someone today, that you do good where you are, how you can, with what you have. Do good in your little corner of the world and spread joy and love as best you can. My words may offend some, but I hope that they won't. I hope that my intentions come through pure and clear, and that my words may uplift or cause you all to take pause and consider your thoughts, words, and actions moving forward.

Let's try in our own way, however we can, to heal this broken world together.

Love and light,
Ashley

PS: I know I'm asking for a lot: "buy my books!" "donate to Dolly's presidential campaign" and so on -- but if those things don't speak to your heart, maybe these things will:

Some special people I know are going through hard times. Please read about my friend Frank's battle with "Timmy the Tumor" and Hope & Steve's difficult but love-filled journey. Contribute if you feel called to do so.

Thank you for your consideration. Read on for more.

Dolly for President - FIX AMERICA
#DollyForPresident #FixAmerica
My hubby Mike competed on Season 8 of American Ninja Warrior on Esquire and NBC. He was on the Philadelphia Qualifiers episode and did a great job!

Like his FB page, here. Follow on Twitter, here. And view his press, here!
I am featured in current issues of IN South Fayette Magazine & Inspiring Lives Magazine.

Links on my website, or check out the print version! And be sure to subscribe to Inspiring Lives!
WearWoof's shop cat Dolly wants to #FixAmerica! Vote #DollyForPresident! Learn more here! 

And check out her political ad, below! (It's the best one you'll see all election season!)

Chronically Positive is a real, raw, and honest collection of the most popular, inspiring, touching, and thought-provoking Arthritis Ashley blog posts, as well as additional short stories and essays by the author, Ashley Boynes-Shuck.

It will leave you in awe of what it takes to live a life of chronic illness, and will hopefully motivate you to take your own health more seriously -- and to never take it for granted.

Order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or abshuck.com.

To Exist is a post-apocalyptic suspense novel with a bit of romance, adventure, and self-reflection thrown in for good measure.

When heroine Shelby Weiss finds out that she's the last woman left of childbearing age, her fear rivals that of when she got another frightening label: that of a breast cancer patient.

But will her illness be what saves her life? Or will the men who are hunting her claim her as their own?

Only time will tell. For now, she has to fight simply To Exist.

Order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or abshuck.com.

Sick Idiot is funny. But how? And why? Illness is no laughing matter!

... Nonetheless, Sick Idiot aims to prescribe a dose of good humor in this hilarious collection of short stories and anecdotes that are simultaneously: shockingly-true, often-humorous, and occasionally-heartbreaking.

Sickness is difficult -- but, after all, laughter IS the best medicine. (Or so they say.)

Sick Idiot is a self-deprecating and honest look at the ups and downs of an imperfect but beautiful life with illness. It will have you smiling, crying, giggling, and feeling inspired -- plus a portion of proceeds from this unique health memoir goes to charity!

Order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or abshuck.com.

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