Monday, July 11, 2011

Featuring The Shine Project

Ashley LeMieux
I'm pleased to introduce you to Ashley of the Shine Project. She's an astonishing young woman, as you're about to see. Here is her introduction.

I'm an optimistic writer who knows we all have endless potential to SHINE in our lives. Let's see how many lives we can change, and how much good we can accomplish together.You'll enjoy my sassy, ridiculous, and motivating stories along the way. Go ahead, let the world see you SHINE.

The Shine Project: Weekly Challenge

Ashley and  Community Volunteers
 Below is my Interview with Ashley

K:How did you get the inspiration to start the Shine project and blog. Did they go hand in hand? 
A:The Shine Project started from a blog that a created to make a difference in people's lives. I wanted motivation to reach my own goal of having my first book published this year, while pushing others to go after what they wanted! I realized that it's not enough to be successful if you're not helping other people do the same. The Shine Project is all about shining your light to those who need it.
K:What is your background of experience and what does your life look like now? 
A:I just graduated from ASU with an English degree. My husband and I live in Phoenix, and I am self employed as of this month! I'm currently planning a HUGE event that will be revealed July 1st and 4th, and it is taking up most of my time. I plan service project around the country so people can make a difference in their communities.
K: Do you have a  mission statement for the Shine Project?
A: Not an official one! But The Shine Project is all about reaching your goals, while motivating those around you to do the same. My signature statement is, "Go ahead, let the world see you SHINE!"

K: I see you sell jewelry on your site, tell me about it. 
A:I created SHINE necklaces so we can all have a daily reminder of our goals. $1 from each necklace sold goes into The Shine Project Scholarship Fund that I created to help inner city school students afford college.
K:Tell me about some of the accomplishments you have achieved with your  site?
A: I am absolutely thrilled with the amount of emails that I get telling me how much a particular post helped them overcome a trial. That's the whole reason I started my blog, and it's been exciting to see it make a difference all over the world. I also have a goal to raise $20,000 for the scholarship fund by January 2012. 
NBC local news in Phoenix is helping me spread the word by doing a segment on The Shine Project and the event that I am planning.
K:What else would you like to tell our readers? 
A:You're beautiful, fantastic, and have so much potential. Don't ever let anyone tell you differently. SHINE on! And come say hello!

You won't believe how inexpensive the jewelery is. The funds from the sale of her jewelery go 100% towards scholarships for young students in need.

I encourage you to support Ashley's causes. Purchase a piece of her jewelery! You'll be glad you did.

Thank you Ashley!!

On another note, Jo, of Bees and Fleur de Lis is the winner a The Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!  Be sure to visit her wonderful site!


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Ana Degenaar said...

What an amazing post. I love it.

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Ashley is an amazing woman!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Karena, I came to leave a LONG MESSAGE and Google crashed on me...I hope this takes, Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

O.K., I LOVE THIS POST. This is how any one of us makes a difference, but starting out and getting OTHERS MOTIVATED and doing the task ourselves. This is what we teachers do; we get kids to think of a worthwhile case and put their heart, soul and minds to work. This young woman is going places! THANK YOU FOR COMING TO VISIT ME!!! Anita

Simply LKJ said...

Great post, and what an amazing young lady.

Jen said...

Love posts like this!!

under spanish moss said...

Wonderful post. We love what Ashley is doing with the Shine project! Angela and Renee

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Thanks for introducing us to the lovely Ashley and the Shine Project. *awesome*

Kirsty said...

Very sweet project. We could all use a little more Shine :)

Jg. for FatScribe said...

ms. karena -- you receive an attaboy! (er, attagirl!!) love this post. so classic you. fully of charm and taste and graciousness. ;)

sealaura said...

what a great idea! her pieces are so cute, I will def check them out. nice interview!

Silver Strands said...

She is such an inspiration - and her jewelry is great too!

shopgirl said...

That's brilliant what she's doing. That's the main reason why I blog is to inspire and be inspired!

Just lovely!

Dovecote Decor said...

Ashley is a wonderful person, so thank you for the introduction. If we spent more time on that band wagon life would be heaven!!

Cindy Swanson said...

Hi Karena! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog...just wanted to let you know I'm your newest follower!

You have a lovely, classy, positive blog.


Cindy @ Notes in the Key of Life

Kimia Kline said...

she sounds like a wonderful person.

Acquired Objects said...

Ashley sounds like a wonderful person!

BTW: Karena you WON one of my petite pillows if you'll email me your address I'll get it sent off to you!

Heather J said...

what an amazing project and woman!

Anonymous said...

Wow, she is an inspiration to us all... not to mention she is gorgeous! xo

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I love this post and want to read more about her, so thank you for sharing!

xo Mary Jo

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Karena, you were one of the winners of my giveaway. I need your email address to give the etsy shop owner.


Classic Style Blog said...

This was sooo fun to read, Im going to start à similar åroject i n Sweden this goingto be great..thanks for sharing this, the team is doing à super super job .. All My love for them..Marie

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

The Shine Project is such a great idea! Way to go Ashley!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Amazing. This jewelry is gorgeous!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. :)

paris parfait said...

Great to see a project that encourages creativity.

Cashon&Co said...

First of all, could she be any prettier? and I LOVE her challenges. I think the Meet your Neighbor is especially good, they live feet away yet we hardly know them, unless one of us makes the effort, and having neighbors that you are close to is such a blessing that SHOULD NEVER be taken for granted!
And the compliment a day is great too. I remember when I read Dr. Laura's book (no rolling of the eyes, please! The messenger may be brass, but i like the message :)hah) "The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands" one of her 'instructions for a happy marriage" is to give your husband 5 compliments a day. It can range from anything like "Those pants look good on you" or "you are so good with the kids' or "i appreciate your working so hard to take care of us" and let me tell you, when i did this (and sometimes I had to think hard for 5 compliments when I was mad at him! hahah) our marriage was beautiful and smooth, and he even commented that before i read that book he HATED Dr. Laura, but he said that he REALLy noticed a difference in me and us as I was reading it and applying it (*and I never told him what it said or what I was instructed to do, he just saw the results) and it taught me the power of a compliment. The more you say something nice to someone, over time, your actions follow your words. :)
great post. wow. my fingers are tired now. :O)
ps. was that TMI? If it was, I still think it is good advice to try. I apply the compliment a day 5 times to anyone, if I can, everyday. :)

Beth said...

Nice meeting you Karena. Your work and enthusiasm for style "shine" through your blog : )

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