10 April 2013

five things

10 April 2013
i'm sure you've seen this trend going around the interwebs, but i just got tagged by the sweet lindsay, and i thought it might use it as a way to tell you a bit more about myself; more of the kind of things that i don't share too often. hope it doesn't get weird up in here.


i was bitten by a doberman when i was five. i had emergency surgery because it really messed up my face and neck. i had three more surgeries from the ages of eight to thirteen after that. the last one was right before i started high school and for the first few weeks of class, i was still bruised and had to wear a nose guard. everyone thought i got a nose job and i was mortified. i have scars on my neck and face, but i'm really lucky i had such an amazing surgeon; most people don't notice them anymore, including myself. oh, and i'm not afraid of dogs. just dobermans, but who isn't?

i will cry at almost every movie. i'm a total sap.

i care too much about what other people think about me. growing up, i was never all that popular; at times, i was downright unpopular. when i was really little, like five years old, i was bullied physically by a mean girl named lindsay. and then again at - wait for this - christian summer camp, by another lindsay. i never fought back and i couldn't understand why they didn't like me. thankfully, the bullying stopped there, but i still struggled on and off with fitting in. i overcompensated for a while in college and became kind of a jerk. i was careless with people's hearts and i will always regret it. flash-forward to today: i try my best to be honest and kind, but i still worry that people, especially other girls don't like me.

i miss performing. you might already know that i've performed in dance shows, musicals, and plays most of my life. i'm not the strongest singer or dancer, but i love the stage. i miss the rush of opening night, the lights, the costumes. so much fun.

i write. creatively, that is. not quite as much as i used to or as much as i'd like to, but i write fiction, poetry, songs. sometimes it's just a line or two that pops into my head. i started a novel when i was in college, but the chapters were deleted in the great pc crash of 2005 and i never rewrote them. it's probably just as well; i'm sure it was drivel. i would like to write a book, though, at some point.

and now i'm tagging emily, julie + lauren, rhiannon, and jill!

32 comments:

Alison Dulaney said...

So great to learn more about you Ashley! Love to see you write a book one day!

xo
Alison

Alyssa said...

I loved reading this, Ashley! That's so scary you were bitten by a dog...my cousin was when we were little too, and I remember it being horrifying. I'm so glad the doctors took such good care of you!

Viviana Carmona said...

Love these posts going around. I would be forever petrified of dobermans! Thanks for sharing :)

Rachel said...

That dog story is so scary! I hope that the owner paid for all your surgeries and I'm glad you're ok. I have had lots of mean girl experiences as well and when a girl doesn't like me for no reason it bothers me too! It just means we are nice women and actually care! :)

Shari Press said...

Loved learning more about you. That's so frightening about the doberman, but so thankful you're OK. As for the bullying experience, that's just terrible. Kids are so awful. I don't know how anyone could not like you. You are the sweetest. :)

jillian said...

so interesting! i love learning new things about friends :) i really do hope that you start to write again! it might be very therapeutic and rewarding. thanks so much for sharing all of these things -- i'll be sure to post my five next week. xoxo

Joelle Duff said...

I think you should definitely start writing your book again! I would love to read it :) And I had no idea that you were bitten by a dog! So glad you were able to get over it, though I would be terrified of dobermans if I were you too! xoxo

Lindsay Kauffman said...

Oh no! Bad rap for Lindsays! I promise I would never ever do that to anyone! I'm sorry to hear about your dog bite too! That sounds painful! I miss performing as well :) SO good to hear more about you dear! Would love to read some of your writing! xoxo, Lindsay

The Now said...

I'm so sorry about the doberman!! That is awful but you look beautiful! OK I am the exact same way. I wish I could just turn off the part in my brain that makes me care SO much about what others think. I am always always doubting that certain people like me. It's awful. And I'm really sorry you were bullied. I want to find those Lindsay's and beat them up! haha! xoox

Madara Lieciniece said...

Thanks for opening up to us! Very brave! hehe I am a sap too! :D
I just stumbled accross your blog and I really like what I have seen so far.
You have such a great and unique blog, I have really enjoyed reading your posts! Anyways, maybe, you might consider following each other?
I will wait for your answer on my blog! :)
Have a lovely day!

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Jenna Secrist said...

i love this insight into your life! i, too, was attacked by dogs (2) when i was 7. they got my leg though, so the scars don't affect me that much. i'm so sorry you had to go through that--you are so strong!

i'm happy i found your blog! xx

diane {a spot of whimsy} said...

well if it makes you feel at all better, you weren't a jerk to me in college ;)

Johanna Grange said...

I can't imagine anyone not thinking you're adorable and warm. But I know what you mean...I am very much the same way but as I get older...confidence comes a little easier. Love this post!

Annie said...

So genuinely enjoyed reading these five tidbits about you.. I want to know moree. Also crazzy story about the doberman, and, the fact that you don't resent all canines as a result? mad props to you. Internet frienddd.

Alexa Evans said...

Oh my gosh! How scary about that dog bite! Can't believe all you went through with that and I totally cry at every movie too. I get all teary at the lamest things I swear.

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks, catherine! and thanks for stopping by :)

ashley nicole catherine said...

it's definitely scary in retrospect, but thankfully i was too young to really remember it! i think that just means we're in touch with our emotions, which is totally a good thing, right?? haha ;)

ashley nicole catherine said...

thank you, miss annie dear :)

ashley nicole catherine said...

you're so sweet, johanna! thank you! xx

ashley nicole catherine said...

haha well GOOD! :)

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much, jenna! and thanks for stopping by. can't wait to check out your blog!

ashley nicole catherine said...

hi madara, thanks so much for stopping by ANC! can't wait to check out yours!

ashley nicole catherine said...

hahah i love you! you're so sweet. i think really we're just too hard on ourselves. obviously you are awesome and adorable and everyone should love you endofstory. xx

ashley nicole catherine said...

they should be forced to change their names ;) thanks, doll!! xx

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much for the encouragement, joelle! i really do want to start up again, but i need a different story to work on. maybe that's a good place to start brainstorming :) xx

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks, lady! can't wait to read yours! xx

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much, shari! you're so sweet :) xx

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much, alison!! xx

ashley nicole catherine said...

thank you, alyssa! :) xx

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks, sweet girl! xx :)

Taylor O'Shaughnessy said...

oh I love this! you are gorgeous and I have been reading your blog for a long, long time as you know and have never ever noticed a single scar at all. I cry at every movie too. seriously. comedies somehow will even find a way to make me cry? I care way too much too. I think the last few years I've gotten better, but I think it's just something in our nature? I don't know if it's possible to ever not care? I fear it would be make me less kind in some way? I don't know. Love this though :)

Giedre Krulikas said...

Love finding out more about bloggers! (plus I'm just a huge list/quirky details sort of person, haha)
xox
giedre
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