1.07.2012

I'm Back

Today, I was working at Lucky Dog... when it happened.

I felt the urge to write again.

So... for the first time in nearly 2 weeks... I sat down, and turned on my computer. Then, I started typing.

Then... I stopped.

What in the mother-crap-face should I write about??

As I sat here, staring blankly at the screen, I realized that I didn't quite know what to say.

So, I'd type a few words... then delete those few words. Then, I'd do it again. I continued this useless process for what felt like an eternity. In reality, it was more like 20 minutes.

In my return to my blog, I guess I wanted to write something worth reading. Something compelling. Or inspiring. Or at the very least... decent.

At the moment, I had none of that.

So... I got up, walked away from the computer, and decided to do something else.

But, for some reason... I kept looking back at my computer... just longing for some sense of normal. I kept thinking: I should write something. Anything.

Even though it's only been a couple of weeks since my last post... to me, it feels like months have passed. I guess the recent chaos in my life helped skew my concept of time... with each day seeming about 2-months-long.

So, today... as I felt the urge to write again, I was suddenly worried that maybe I had nothing left to write... worth sharing.

I stopped and asked myself, "What did I write about before? And why did anyone read it?"

Well... I wrote about animal rescue. I wrote about shelter dogs. I wrote about action, change, and justice. I wrote about wishes, dreams, and reality. I wrote about life, love, and hope.

That's what I wrote about.

In doing so... I wrote with honesty. My words were genuine. I shared tears, and smiles, and laughs. I was candid, heartfelt, and real. I was... me.

And that's why they read it.

With that realization, I thought: Maybe I don't have to write something amazing. Maybe I should just... write. Maybe that's enough.

And so... here I am. I'm back.

I took a break... because I needed a break. Do I still need a break? Well, yeah.

But... while there are plenty of things I could (and should) take a break from... there's one thing I just can't do. 

I can't take a break from being me.

I am a writer, who is also a dog rescuer. I am... Lucky Dog Rescue Blog.

And Lucky Dog Rescue Blog... is back.

47 comments:

  1. This is amazing and I love what you do! :) Welcome back :)

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  2. welcome back~~nice to see u again on FB

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  3. Woo hoo! I miss reading what you write

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  4. Welcome Back - how are the grandparents?

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  5. Welcome Back, Ashley! You have been missed!!!

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  6. Glad you are back, we missed you! You're blogs are so heartfelt and sometimes so heartbreaking but always so YOU! <3

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  7. Welcome back, Ashley...you've been missed (even if it has only been two weeks).

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  8. Welcome back Ashley! We missed you!

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  9. Ashley,

    I was just thinking about you yesterday wondering how the dogs were doing, you were doing, and your grandparents? Hope everything is going well.

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  10. Welcome back, ASHLEY!!! I've missed your blogs so much....

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  11. We love and missed you, so glad you're back.

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  12. Yayyyyy! I was so dissapointed when I saw you were leaving for a while! Glad you're back :)

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  13. Everyone goes through spells where you have to step away from things to clear your head. Normal for all of us...but keep up the good work with helping the animals. It is an ongoing, never ending process, but all worth it in the end...especially when we see that tail wag!!! Definitely worth all of the hard work!

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  14. Welcome back and how come a lot of these Dogs are Pit Bulls (and it is the most misunderstood dog in the World). We have one and it is the MOST affectate dog I have ever had. Loves other dogs and children. It is just sooooo sweet. Had it since puppy and now is 4 years old. I LOVE THIS DOG. I WISH I COULD RESCUE MORE..............

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  15. So happy to see your blog pop up on my email!! Welcome back Ashley.........you have been missed terribly by so many of uf. Praying your grandparents are better.

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  16. We all need a break, especially from the most serious aspects of the lives we've created for ourselves. Happy you are ready to once again take up the Banner for our precious ones!

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  17. i love your story about rudy i'm very happy that he finally got the home that he deserved. they are the #1 misunderstood breed. My husband and i have 9 dogs 2 of them are pits which we saved. also 2 pugs 1 american bulldog and 4 colorado bulldogs. we love each and everyone of them. they are our children so i know how you felt about Rudy. Keep up the good work. I really liked your blog.

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  18. Welcome back, Ashley. The girls and I have missed you. I hope all is well with you, your family and the Lucky dogs.

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  19. Welcome back Ashley, always remember what you do and write are important...it matters and always will. God Bless you for what you do, there is a special place in heaven for you my dear!

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  20. Love it! And welcome back!

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  21. We appreciate you! From the bottom of my heart thank you for advocating and rescuing pits. They are amazing, intelligent, graceful, loyal, sweet babies. I am the proud mommy of two and wouldn't ever give them up for anyrhing. I treat them as my children and they will watch over our human baby on the way!

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  22. welcome back Ashley. you were missed!

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  23. Welcome back my friend. Isn't it crazy the way blogging can steal your heart? Somehow I always feel a little lost with no outlet for my thoughts. Glad you're back.

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  24. I am glad you are back. As a fledgling writer, I have had the same feeling that you were having....but mostly, I just write for me and if someone else reads it and enjoys it or learns something from it, or if it makes them THINK, then it is all to the good!

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  25. Glad to hear you are writiing again....it's good for the soul!

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  26. missed you... :)

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  27. You were missed. You wrote a wonderful post about your grandparents, but haven't mentioned them since. I hope they are both recovering together.

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  28. yey! Glad your're back! I missed your writing and ... well I missed you! You are the inspiration and kind soul I need to keep going and doing what I like! Happy new year and good luck with 2012! :)

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  29. You were missed and today you returning...completely made my day!!!! Thank you!

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  30. Welcome back we missed you.

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  31. You were totally missed, blog, rescuer, yourself, Ashley. It does seem like a year, in fact it was last year you wrote last. The day, or week is not complete unless we hear from you. Please keep up with your thoughts and sharing them with us. You are truly amazing and the best for our dear pitties. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts

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  32. Glad you are back, I hope your grandparents are home!

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  33. Welcome Back!! So happy to see you here!!

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  34. YAY! A fellow foster and I were just talking about how we were wishing you start blogging again! So happy your back!! WOOHOO

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  35. I am SO happy you are back!!! I was devastated when you stopped! You help inspire me to keep volunteering with my nearby shelter. So even when you feel like you have nothing to write about, think about how many people you are influencing with just your words. :) And we all like to hear about the day to day. Nothing exciting!

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  36. Happy to see that you are feeling more like yourself. How are your grandparents?

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  37. We missed reading you

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  38. Welcome back, God bless you for whet you do.

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  39. We sure missed you! Glad you are back :)

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  40. So glad your back Ashley, How are your Grandparents?

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  41. Welcome back its strange today I was out on the treadmill and out of nowhere I thought of you and relised I hadnt seen your blog and missed it even though it bring me to tears alot I missed it and you Im glad your back and I am so gratefull for what you do..<3

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  42. LOve you Ashley I feel closer to u than some of my closest family.

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  43. It is the best time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you few interesting things or suggestions.

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