Ashley Rankin

Freelance Writer and Editor

Location icon United States of America

something imperfect serves as the foundation for something greater

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It's Here! 365 Tiny Love Challenges

Tiny Buddha
Tiny Buddha's 365 Tiny Love Challenges

"Ashley recently contributed an insightful story for the upcoming book Tiny Buddha's 365 Tiny Love Challenges. I'm sure readers will appreciate her perspective and advice!" - Lori Deschene Love Challenges will feature a year of simple daily activities to help you give and receive more love. My specific contribution deals with self-acceptance and self-love.

Personal Development Blog: 365 Days of Light

365 Days Of Light

The scars make you strong. Don't be embarrassed... the scars make you strong. I recently saw the movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. At the beginning of the movie there was a powerful scene. The apes were hunting in the wild and their leader, Cesar, told his son Blue Eyes not to move while he attacked a wild beast.

Converge Magazine - Personal Anecdotes

I'm no failure

The sound of the question resonated back with a quiet indifference at my seemingly deep reflection. This question was important. And how I answered it was equally important. My response, for better or worse, would determine whether or not I would become a part of the medical school class of 2015.

Consumed by stuff

Our world revolves around consumption. The average person, according to the marketing firm Yankelovich, sees as many as 5,000 ads a day. They're messages about the things we should like, about the products that will make us feel good and happy. That if we buy a certain brand of jeans, we will attain a certain brand of life.

Remembering black history: Hystercine Rankin

I've long admired the mythical legend of the phoenix: a firebird bursting in flames of ethereal light, able to rise above even its own ashes. The depiction of the phoenix ranges across cultures, but its symbolism remains virtually the same: one of immortality, resurrection, and rebirth.

How to deal with difficult people

If you allow people to make more withdrawals than deposits in your life, you will be out of balance and in the negative. Know when to close the account. ( Christie Williams) If relationships are like bank accounts, I shared a workspace with someone who was far more proficient at making withdrawals than deposits.

Sad-Faced Valentines: What I learned after a fake relationship

Let's face it: Valentine's Day is overrated. For all those who have been dumped, crushed, and heartbroken or are just miserable in this season of over-affectionate romance, take heart! You're not alone. This post is part of Converge Magazine's cynical celebration of heartbreak.

Paul C. Brunson - Everyday Inspiration

Paul C. Brunson
How To Believe In Your Dreams In Spite of No Evidence - Paul C. Brunson

The following post is written by Ashley Rankin. Ashley is a recent Biotechnology graduate and has contributed to studies in cancer research. She co-authors the blog 365 Days of Light with her brother, Jeremy. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook. In the Far East they have something called the Chinese Bamboo Tree.

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How To Combat Inspiration Overload - Paul C. Brunson

Hello, my name is Ashley and I'm addicted to inspiration. Early morning before I'm well awake, my iPhone starts buzzing with email subscriptions from the likes of Deepak Chopra and Oprah on "Perfect Health" and "Living Your Best Life Now." Good friends start texting daily mantras.

Paul C. Brunson
Find Where You're Celebrated, Not Tolerated - Paul C. Brunson

With each day comes the promise and excitement for change and growth. So often, we allow our inabilities to render us inactive, or allow them to prevent us from taking positive action and making healthy changes. Sometimes it's not always about knowing what to do in order to be successful.

Ask Miss A - Journalism in Denver

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Interview: Flower Power Florist In Denver's Washington Park

Flowers in shades of flaming oranges and yellows line the walls, as though someone captured the glow of a beautiful fall sunset and encased it on stems. The brightness and bloom of this contemporary Denver flower shop is undeniably infectious.

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Press Release: Denver's CultureHau​s Announces Banner 2013 Fundraiser: Art Of The Street

It's here again! The time has arrived for another sure-to-please social event from CultureHaus , a social and educational support group of the Denver Art Museum . Every year, CultureHaus sponsors several social events, to include an annual fundraiser. Coined as Banners, each of these fundraisers embraces an artistic theme.

Grant Writing

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I serve as a brand ambassador for Influenster, dishing the scoop on the latest beauty and health products with unbiased reviews, to help people make better buying decisions.

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