What has Ashly Hopping?

Fun Fads…

Scrunchies! Alas, God makes all things new! They are back, my friends, get yours out again! The satin and silk are especially kind to the hair.

Electric Tea Kettles! After years of stove-top boiling, this gift allows me to steep tea at the exact temperature required. Loose leaf recommendations?

Reading…

Love and other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford was an enlightening book about a life of hardship, suffering, togetherness, and paving a new way. Set in Washington, it follows the journey of a boy from China to Seattle, WA and allows us a glimpse into the horrifying reality many Asian immigrants navigated. Disclosure: I recommend this read but for friends with trauma history please be aware there are some triggering developments in the plot since a portion of the setting is in a brothel.

Up next:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Quirky Thoughts…

In THE WEEK magazine’s Jan. 24th issue there was an article titled Learning to Accept your Decline. It explored the idea of career peaking, talent decline, and the importance of reinvention. I find it hilarious to ponder that Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, was the referenced example of failure to reinvent. Why? He just couldn’t evolve?

Prayer Requests…

School and the ability to obtain my degree within 2020.

Time management is a struggle for me right now. I feel I must let something go but am praying for wisdom.

Physical health because I fell and hurt my wrist.

Writing…

My Current novel mapping is complete! Thanks to a free app called WAVEMAKER, I happily organized my 72,000 word manuscript and mapped out the remainder! My 2020 goal to finish the rough draft is on target.