Why do you blog and how has it affected your life? When I first started this blog as "As Told By Ash-Bash" my sophomore year of college, it started as just a creative outlet per suggestion of my good friend Claire. I used it as a space to share thoughts, interests, and experiences. Over time, it developed into more of an online reserve of things that I stumbled across that uplifted me. Things I wanted to share with others. Spread the love, right? I'd like to think it is still a reserve of uplifting thoughts, but I also want to use this blog as is a way to preserve memories. Now that T & A are soon to become T & A & R, I've been thinking a lot about leaving a legacy for Reese. Not that I've got some tremendous, powerful legacy to leave haha, but I do want her to be able to look back on memories and old pictures of her growing up. I want her to be reminded of the love we've always had for her.
What is your biggest fear? I think my most consistent fear has always been not adding up to my own potential. Cutting myself short. Not doing what the Lord wants me to do. I'd like to think I've made progress on this fear, accepting the beauty of where I am in life while trying a little each day to be and do a little better, but sometimes you just sit and wonder if you're doing all you can to be the best you can.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Yes, this is just a practice run for your next job interview. Funny thing is...last time I was asked this question, I actually was in middle of a job interview to be a 6th grade teacher at Brookside Elementary School. I said something along the lines of continuing to learn how to be a better teacher in the classroom and at home with my family. I was offered that job and accepted without hesitation. You want me? You really want me?! I couldn't wait to begin the journey as a teacher and pursue my passion for teaching! Long story short...I met with the principal who offered me the job and told her that I was so grateful for the opportunity she gave me as a first-year teacher, but I couldn't accept the job. I was due in December and wanted to be home with my baby. I struggled with that decision for the first five months of my pregnancy...and there's honestly still a twinge of sadness. What's that you say? Why did I choose to stay home then? Because I know the pain of being away from my baby girl would be far worse than the pain of not teaching. Plus...I know it's where Heavenly Father wanted me personally, Ashton Barrett, to be. Is it different for everyone? YES! Will I eventually be back in that classroom when all my little ones are in school? You better believe it! But for now, my five year plan is to enjoy teaching my baby-girl, Reese, and who knows...maybe another little nugget will be thrown into the mix!
What is your most awkward/embarrassing moment? That one time I ran to class at a new high school and knocked a girl in a full leg brace completely over making her bawl her eyes out in pain. Yeah...kudos to the new kid. Or that one time I snot-rocketed milk all over my teeny-bopper crush at EFY. Totes embarrassing. Don't forget when I
If you could meet anyone, real or fictional, who would you choose? Real: Ellen DeGeneres. "Most comedy is based on getting a laugh at somebody else's expense. And I find that that's just a form of bullying in a major way. So I want to be an example that you can be funny and be kind, and make people laugh without hurting somebody else's feelings."
Fictional: Albus Dumbledore. "It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be."
What is something you wonder about a lot? The future. When I'll start teaching. What Reese will be like. How many kids we'll have. If I'll live up to my potential. What's on the menu for dinner. Where we'll be in five years. Do I want to make dinner. Will I die if I try to run a marathon. Etc, etc...
Where do you find your greatest inspiration? Here, here and definitely here. (Click "here" to follow links)
Tell us about a favorite memory from growing up. Where to begin! The first two that came to mind were falling asleep on the couches as my dad played the piano on Sundays and when my mom came with me to Williamsburg on my 4th grade field trip. I loved Sundays for so many reasons, but one reason in particular was because it was when my dad would just sit back and play the piano as much as he wanted. I loved listening to him sing animatedly and get into the body language of playing the piano. He would always pull my leg to come sing for him while he played the piano, and I would always put up a fight at first, but secretly I loved to sing with him. When my mom came to Colonial Williamsburg (one of her favorite places on earth!) with me for my 4th grade field trip, I remember it was such a blast! I LOVED that time with my mom-just me and my mom. I got her all to myself that day! We went into all the fun stores and did all the random colonial activities they have set up on the streets.
There's a little bit about me! Yours Truly XO