“Turn the Music UP, Turn the Noise down” -Writing Sessions America, 2017. | This has been WSA’s motto all year. I love it. What does it mean? Well I think it’s safe to assume, “Turn The Music Up” simply means to turn the volume up as far as sound goes; but also to turn up your passions, turn up your light, your energy, drive and purpose! I believe you have to define what music is for yourself… And whatever it isn’t, turn that mess off.
Music is the life we live & see around us in an art form. It’s one of the greatest ways we can communicate & connect with people all over the world without EVER having to meet each other. That’s powerful. Music is an outlet for me. Writing allows me to be vulnerable. It’s one of the places I shine as a creative. There are no limits — there’s a freedom there. Writing allows me to say what I want to someone without having to say it to their face. Lol! Seriously, I can tell someone how much they mean to me by just translating my feelings into lyrics. Instead of me ranting & raving on the internet, music is my platform to vent, artistically. Music is my safe place. Instead of me blowing up at someone, or nagging the same person all of the time, I’m learning that I can blow off some steam, just by writing down my thoughts. I find the best songs are written from a real place. Now although there are no limits, I do think it’s important to be mindful of what I share and how the message is delivered. Just because I wrote it down in the heat of the moment, doesn’t always mean it’s ready for the world to hear, or that it’s great either lol. It’s a process — and I want to respect it.
Dance is the same as writing in some ways. The same way I go thru something & tell the story through song, is the same way a dancer can hear a song & then narrate it using their body movement. I think it’s incredible to be able to communicate with others & hold so many people’s attention without EVER having to say a word! 🙂 Not only that, but dance allows me to become whatever I want to be in that moment – like acting. I’m allowed to portray a character. She may not be the same bubbly girl, who’s known for keeping a smile on her face all of the time. She gets mad, too! Lol I have so many thoughts, feelings, desires & passions that want to come out. Song & dance allow me to do just that. That is why music is my outlet.
Turn The Noise Down…
We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” I’m grasping that concept more & more every day. As I get older and began paying more attention to what’s going on in the world, I find myself getting easily agitated. Lol Not everything I see & hear is good for me. I don’t enjoy watching the news. I stopped watching select reality & talk shows and began tuning in to podcasts… and sometimes those even get me heated! Lol. I know I can’t always avoid the negative; I do believe it’s vital that I protect my energy, though. Overall, I just want good things to flow in my life. So I make a conscious effort to listen to motivational audio every day, read books, study the Word, train my voice, write, hang around positive people, study my crafts, and be open to learning from others. I want those same good things to beam off of me. I want to be valuable to my loved ones & valuable in my career field.
There are so many things we desire to do in life, and sometimes it seems as if there are just as many roadblocks trying to stop us! Challenges are good, because they keep us growing. Now unfortunately, sometimes we are the problem, because we stand in our own way. I heard someone say today, “My life is mine.” I heard someone else say, “You are responsible for your own happiness.” Those hit home for me. I take that to mean: No excuses. If you want to do something, you need to get up & find a way to do it. If you don’t like something, you should change it. If it’s something you can’t change, then that means you have no control over it, you should quit worrying about it, and adjust. (Easier said than done, right? lol) Life is always throwing something at us and we just gotta learn from it. If not, life will just keep repeating itself – and we don’t want that. So when something gets in your way, remind yourself that it’s just — noise. Turn it down. Then turn up everything else. Cuz if you’re not gonna give it your all, then why do it? Why do something just because? Why be mediocre? Why live a life full of what ifs? Stop talking about what you wanna do and do it! Finish what you start! Whether that’s writing a song, releasing an album, recording a video, finishing a book, going back to school, relocating, going to church, cleaning your room, leaving that ex alone lol whatever! Turn down the excuses! Turn down the noise and Do. Your. Work. Turn the music UP. Keep working until you see results & celebrate your progress along the way! You have everything you need in you to succeed. Pull it out! …Fearful? So what, do it scared. 🙂
I love you guys so much. Thank you for tuning in. I pray you have a happy, safe & successful New Year! Subscribe HERE for everything AshleYYY and I’ll talk to you soon 🙂 *If you are interested in learning more about WSA, please visit www.writingsessions.net — Highlights from the music conference are on the way, too!
ERIN MAKES IT TO ATLANTA!
You could say we were late bloomers for a lot of things in life lol. We both got our drivers license in our late 2o’s; however she got hers maybe a couple years after I did. This was the first time I had been in the car with her as a new driver. Haha! I was such a passenger seat driver. Sorry, but not sorry…I couldn’t help it.
After about 1.5 hours we made it to Amicalola Falls Lodge in Dawsonville, GA! Each day I took a photo of the view from our room. Each view was very different from the last, yet equally breathtaking.
January 10th, 2017 – Officially 30 years young & still looking like teens! Clearly we both couldn’t sleep. As usual, I reached for a snack. lol
After we filled up on carbs for breakfast, we headed out to the hiking trail. You will see below why it took us forever to get to the top…. Photo-ops, selfie stick complications, sing-a-longs & filming music videos were to blame.
I’m so happy we decided to spend our b-day together and try something new. I felt like we accomplished something great. It was definitely a memorable experience. Nothing but smiles & sore muscles.
The next day my body didn’t want anymore exercise, and I was dreading doing anymore walking. However, Erin was really set on seeing this waterfall! lol I knew I had to go and finish our trip together. Thankfully there were two options to get to the waterfall: Walk down 400+ steps or drive… Needless to say which one we did. lol I’m so glad I went or I would have missed out on one of Georgia’s beautiful landmarks.
We had a phenomenal time. Praise God for nature, new experiences, reflection, growth & true friendship!
GOOD MORNING WORLD!
I’m proud to announce that I am the official choreographer for the upcoming stage play, “FAT GIRL DIARIES,” right here in Atlanta! This is my first time EVER working on a play, so I’m thrilled to be able to experience something new. Over the past 10 years I’ve been able to shine as a dancer, a performer, and a choreographer on stage. Now I have an opportunity to create movement for actors & dancers in a different capacity than what I’m used to. Awesome. Thank You to the creator of Fat Girl Diaries, Miss Learical Jonez, for presenting me with the opportunity to showcase my talents on a new stage. I am very happy to be a part of this and would for you all to share this experience with me!
Would you leave your husband if he cheated, even if you had a child together? What would you do if your boyfriend of 3 years called you his friend…in front of his friends? How about your husband constantly criticizing you because you don’t look like the women on TV?
Join the women of LJEG as they act out their diaries on stage! Starring Xavier Lewis of Americas Got Talent, Big Ray of V103, Grande Beauty, Tanisha Banks & many more!!!
Learical Jonez Presents: FAT GIRL DIARIES “The Experience”
Saturday, November 5th, 2016 | 4PM & 8PM
595 North Event Center | 595 North Avenue Atlanta, GA 30318
General Admission $22.50 | VIP $47.50
Get your physical tickets from me, any cast member, or purchase them online at: www.freshtix.com/events/fatgirldiaries
For more info. or sponsorship opportunities, please email [email protected] !
Thanks team – Be GREAT today!
Good evening world!
I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend… It feels good to be back to my regular schedule. This past weekend was very busy. My team and I took our 2nd road trip to Myrtle Beach, SC for another performance opportunity. Myrtle Beach is such a beautiful place. It was Bike Week so there were many visitors in town and festivities along the boardwalk and on the beach. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I actually started getting sick of fast food/restaurant food! Lol Idk what was going on, but I kept cramping lol TMI? Eh. I think it was just a matter of waiting too long to eat and then not having a home cooked meal in a few days was starting to get to me. So no more wings & burgers for me for a while. Lol
Before I hit the road I celebrated my little cousin graduating from High School! We ate good! (Still thinking about food. smh) It was a beautiful evening with family & friends. I was so happy to be there. Congrats Tierra! Love you much
Now with this being the last day of May, it is only right that I bring you Five Fun Facts! Let’s go
I hate the fact that when I listen to certain radio stations, I only hear the same 10 songs in rotation. It sucks even more that majority of them have the same lyrical content, so it leads me to believe that that’s the only thing men write about. Lol However, I know that’s not the case. It’s just frustrating because there is SO much music in the world and we continuously hear the same nonsense on a daily basis. Ooops, maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to judge… I don’t want to ever bash another artist. I’m an artist and songwriter myself, so I know what goes into writing a song. I just miss hearing the uplifting songs about women from a male narrative. It just makes me think, if people write SO much about the same thing, is that really what they’re doing? Is that what they believe in? What kind of women are they attracting? … Or maybe I’m being overly critical.
As for me, I enjoy writing things that I experience. BUT I also love writing about things I can’t say out loud or that I have yet to experience; so it’s a rush for me & very liberating to be able to get those emotions out and into my music. I’m just letting out my frustrations, guys… listening to my thoughts … Thinking about what I want others to take from MY music moving forward and how it will affect listeners. Hmmm…
4. As mentioned earlier, I took a second trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I was a contestant in a Hip Hop & RnB Showcase and guess who won???? That’s right; me! Praise God. I’m looking forward to traveling more. It’s a blessing to be able to visit new places & connect with new people…oh and see cheaper gas prices! Haha. These experiences are reminding me of the importance of saving money, planning ahead, and finding coupons! Lol. I’m also learning a lot about my team. Taking any kind of trip is a great way to bond and just really get to know people outside of work, and I love that. I also discovered that I love creating Trip Itineraries & such to share with others! Lol I get creative.
Thanks for tuning in. Until next time, I love ya’ll & God Bless!
Hey World! I know how much info. I’ve been throwing at you guys lately, so I wanted to do a breakdown of my Fresh Cuts Journey for ya!
*BOSSIP is an online gossip & entertainment magazine with a focus on African-American & Black celebs, pop culture, & entertainment. They began season 2 of their Fresh Cuts contest back in March, in hopes of finding the next R&B Star! Check out my timeline below 🙂 *
I found out about the auditions the day before and thought I was gonna miss it due to a scheduling conflict; but it turned out they had auditions at 3 different times/locations. I showed up to Emory University, filled out my paperwork, and waited my turn to sing. All of the applicants had to perform in the middle of the University Center – Ah! (Needless to say, I got a pass to the next round. Lol)
I have to give it to ya’ll. All of you that voted & took the time out to watch my audition video helped me get to the next round. I got over 3,000 views in just a week! THANK YA’LL.
I found out on a Monday morning that I was officially a Fresh Cuts Finalist! That was an exciting week. Schedules had to be changed around, shopping needed to be done lol, and I had to prepare for my interview and final performance.
Call time was at noon because each finalist had to get hair and makeup done for the big night! This was a huge deal for me. I had the chance to get styled by Professional Hair (Nikk Nelson) & Makeup artists (Mimi J + Shantell Simms), meet lots of people, perform in front of a new audience, and get instant feedback from people in the entertainment industry. (Oh, and EVERYTHING was filmed lol.) My people came out to support me, including some first timers who had never seen me live before 🙂 I couldn’t have been happier. Thank Ya’ll!
You’ll find out today on Bossip’s site 🙂 Stay tuned!
Until then, check out my ‘Road to the Fresh Cuts Talent Showcase’ below!
Thanks for tuning in! Much Love…
More details HERE.
Hey World! HAPPY FRIDAY, I guess lol…Usually I’m excited when the weekend gets here, but I almost feel like it came too soon. You ever have those periods where you are just frustrated and/or drained for whatever reason and you just need some time for yourself? That’s how I felt some time ago, so I took off work for one week. I figure why be somewhere with an attitude when you can take some time off to recharge and come back happier?! I wanna be at peace mentally/physically, especially when I have to interact with people on a daily basis. I think we all can agree that we want to do our jobs well and sometimes that requires knowing when you need a break. So this past week I found myself writing, reflecting, & resting. I went on an audition + took two challenging dance classes! Still a few more days left to enjoy, so I can’t complain. Praise God to be able to take time off. Now that I’ve recharged, I plan on letting my light shine bright again! 🙂 lol
As promised in the title, I have a new video to share with you all. As ya’ll know, dance is a huge part of my artistry & I enjoy throwing cover songs into my performances. Below is live footage from the Broken Chains Rebirth Celebration at the Atrium Event Center (January 16th, 2016). This is such a fun piece to perform, for many reasons lol. Here is a taste of “Hiccup,” “Find Me,” and the full choreography for Yo Gotti’s “Down In The DM.” Check it out below & send me your REQUESTS! Thanks for tuning in 🙂 #TeamAshleYYY
So I was all gung ho about doing an FFF! post for the end of the month today, and then realized I was actually supposed to do it last Friday, because ‘Fun Fact Friday’ is always on a FRIDAY! aH! Smh AshleYYY. Any who, I’m still giving you 5 fun facts. Lol Enjoy.
1. I want to cut my hair off. I know, I know, I’ve been saying this for a couple of months now. Sue me. I’m speaking it into existence, guys. Lol. Seriously though, I’ve made up my mind. I am going to get it cut!!
See, I find myself in the bathroom reaching for scissors when I’m upset (don’t try that @ home), “dusting” my ends for the heck of it, and snipping off aNnOyInG straight pieces of hair that refuse to curl. I just want to be in control again. It’s going on 8 months now, and I’ve been as patient as I can be. I just want to sit in the chair, and go piece by piece to see what I’m left with. Lol seriously.
3. I am appalled, saddened, yet also not surprised by all of the unnecessary commotion & ignorance over Beyoncé’s “Formation” song/video & performance. Buuut, I refuse to go into my rant on this post. Lol.
On a brighter note, I was inspired to create some movement to the new anthem. 🙂 Check it out & SEND ME YOUR REQUESTS!
4. I’ve come to the realization that tortillas chips & salsa is my favorite go-to snack when I’m home and don’t feel like cooking. Lol (…guacamole mixed with salsa and chips if it’s a good day.)
5. I fell in the shower for the first time. I was just waiting for it to happen. After all the times I hopped in without bothering to put the mat down, sliding just a little bit without losing my balance, it was bout time. I brought the shower curtain & rod down with me! Lol! No worries tho ppl, I landed sitting. I think. I kinda caught myself on the tub lol so no injuries or anything. Final Thoughts: “I know I’ll be putting that mat down now.”
Haha! Thanks for tuning in 🙂 Have a great week! xoxo
So ya’ll know how much I can’t stand listening to the radio sometimes, right? Well here is one show that just keeps me coming back —> The Shake Up Morning Show!!! Hosts Alex the Great & Yours Truly, MJ always give it to you straight, play your requests, discuss current issues/hot topics, and keep me laughing inside! lol Tonight they are celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary and I’m honored to be a part of the festivities as a guest performer. Also performing live will be Victor Jackson & Southern Playas, with music by DJ Jay Marz! Can’t wait 🙂
CONGRATULATIONS to you guys @TheShakeUpAM on being the fastest growing mobile show in the COUNTRY! Thank ya’ll for having me as a guest on your show last year & as a performer tonight!
Looking for something fun to do tonight? Then meet us at the spot! • The Shake Up 1 Year Anniversary Party • Cephora Lounge • 3649 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30341 • FREE entry all night • Doors 8pm • Ages 21+ • Be sure to download the app! theshakeupam.com
See ya’ll tonight!
PS… Check out my interview on The Shake Up Morning Show HERE! 🙂