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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Hey all my little birdies! (you know I'm going to start every single blog post with that line, right?) As I am sure, you guys have probably heard of Ashley and her Shine project. It's pretty awesome. What she has been able to accomplish has inspired me as well as so many other people. How can someone be that nice, that sweet, that giving and that beautiful?

So when she contacted me and asked to share her Shine project on my little blog, I was so honored and thrilled! Really? Me? Of course! And I must say, I will be ordering one of her awesome necklaces. They are pretty and so my style, and even better, a portion of the proceeds go to help inner city kids pay for school. That's pretty cool. I could go on and on, but I will just let Ashley tell you about herself and her project in her own words.


Just so we're a little more aquainted, my name is Ashley,
and I want to inspire the WORLD.


Raise your hand if you've ever had a dream,
and you didn't reach it.

Don't be shy, no one can actually see you raising your hand at your computer,
unless your in your work cubicle or something.
Then this might be awkward.

Why do all of us have a goal that has been left unfulfilled?

Why do we sell ourselves short of our potential?

This is why I created The Shine Project.
To give daily motivation,
and weekly challenges,
that push us out of our comfort zone to stop making excuses


Now, think about the last time you went out of your way,
to help someone.

The Shine Project is also a source of motivation to push us
to give light to those around us who are in need.

Think of what the world would be like,
if everyone did one thoughtful thing for someone else every day.

I want The Shine Project to change the world.


Come join The Shine Project team.

Motivate yourself, feel good about what you can accomplish,
and lift the burdens of those around you.

I have created SHINE necklaces so we all can have a daily reminder of our purpose.
$1 for each necklace sold goes into The Shine Project Scholarship Fund,
which will be rewarded to an inner city highschool student to help them pay for college.


This week's Shine Challenge is to evaluate your "circle of influence".

Are you up for it?

I just revealed the new direction of The Shine Project, which will allow YOU to
be a SHINE group service leader in your community. To unite us, I
created SHINE tshirts that are also up on my blog!

Come join me at
And go ahead,
let the world see you SHINE.


Does that not sound like the coolest thing? If I were you, I would go check her out now. And if you are in the San Diego area, she is doing a SHINE group service project on June 11th. Many more details about that over on her blog.

So go SHINE! I know I'm going to!

(this is me shining, incase you were wondering)

23 comments on "SHINE!"
  1. Well, your kindness always SHINES through so I'm not surprised that you allowed her to come onto your Blog. That is a great idea. Bloggers are so pretty inside and out (yourself included), I never knew of so many gorgeous people before I started blogging!

  2. I love this idea! Can't wait to try and help the cause! :) Thanks for allowing her to post on your blog this is great! :)

  3. LMAO! My favorite thing about this post is the pic of you at the end and the comment "me shining in case you're wondering." hahahaha LOVE IT, LOVE YOU!

    Already follow Ashley, I think she's doing an amazing thing! If you want to order me a necklace and ship it directly to Texas Raven, who am I to stop you!?

  4. Wow, what a AWESOME thing she is doing. You know, its funny, before this post, just now actually, I was thinking how I never really cared much (too much) about the WORLD as in awhole. If that makes any sense, but since I am now a grownup, well have been since eh (18 is it?) , and out of the life experiences and hardaches that were thrown my way, I want to be able to do something HUGE and change this world or help better it. More so, for pregnant woman and babies, I feel like that is MY area to SHINE in! :) Because what I have went through and will continue to live with the rest of my life, I want to spread awareness out to others and tell my story. So its something like this, I want to get it going all over tho, I just havent yet put my finger on what yet or what kind of project!

    Anyways, I will def now follow her blog, AND I am def purchasing a few, I already want to give to a few of my friends! :) Ive always been generous and so kind, must keep it going! THANKS for sharing Raven!!

    ps. love your "Shine" picture!

  5. Girl you've got your shine on!! HAHAHA love it!

    I think I need some shine...that necklace is so freakin cute! But maybe I would rather just skip and leap down to Cali to help her!

    But seriously, how awesome is she? Pretty cool. I am not that creative to come up with things like that on my own!

  6. wow, what an amazing post. its funny how i was just thinking about what I can get involved with and how to help others. I started looking into volunteering and things like March of Dimes, etc.

    Thank you so much for letting her post on your blog. Ill def be following her now.

    p.s love the last picture :)

    [sweet life of a southern wife]

  7. I saw this once before and thought it looked like fun! Very cute idea and the necklaces are adorable.

  8. It sounds marvelous! Heading over there now!

  9. I love seeing people do their part to help others!

  10. I love the picture of you at the end ... so pretty! And I'm definitely going to check out her blog. Such a cool idea!

  11. I adore Ashley! and I happen to be the proud owner of a shine necklace AND a sweet little note from Ashley!


  12. hahaha i love your shining comment and pic :] i love ashley and wear my necklace all the time!

  13. Gorgeous necklaces and such a great cause! I will definitely check that out. Very neat!

    Also- love your shining picture, Raven! :)

  14. Freaking awesome!

    But I have to say, I totally spit water out of my nose at the last line of this post. "This is me shining"


    Dude. You are the FUNNIEST person. For reals.

  15. this is great!!! thx for sharing and letting us know what we can do to be apart of it.

  16. awesome post! ashley's awesome!

    cute blog friend! :)

  17. As alwasy your are shining! What a great idea! I love making a difference and I really LOVE those necklaces!

  18. I love her blog I am so going to shine!!!!

  19. Love you shining away!! Ash is totally inspiring!!

  20. The SHINE project is an amazing thing...and Ashley is very inspirational and lovely inside and out!!

    p.s. Raven shining=AWESOME & BEAUTIFUL!


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