Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Guest Post: The Black Sheep Shadow by Ashley Terrell

The Black Sheep Shadow
by Ashley Terrell
Non Fiction / Self-Help / Memoir
Date Published: April 19, 2016

Book Description:
The city lights blind your amazement. The sound of the traffic challenges you to be alive. Families ask bystanders to make magic and capture the moment with photographs. Newly engaged couples seal their union by kissing under shooting stars while loving by crossing their hearts.

But if your heart was under arrest, wouldn't you want to embrace something to feel like others?

Go insider the world of one courageous sheep as she discovers that her heart was under attack by darkness. As she travels on a spiritual journey to understanding her purpose, overcoming the undertones of low confidence, self-acceptance, and the importance of inspiration, she rose against the odds with forgiveness and strengthening her faith.

You Are Me Poem

Your past does not define your future.

In the dark, we do not have shadows.
In the light, we do.
Even me.
Even you.
Even sheep.

It is time out for hiding the scars and pain.
It is time out for disguising when we need help.
It is time to stand up and embrace yourself.
Regardless of violence.
Regardless of opinions.
Regardless of loneliness.
Regardless of beauty.

You are who you are.
Your future is what you want it to be.
You have a shadow. You have an identity.
Even black sheep have shadows.

God’s sheep are only black because society locks us in a room with the light off.
What’s going to make you determined
to turn the light on?

 Here is my story.

The Inspiration Behind The Black Sheep Shadow
By Ashley Terrell, Author of The Black Sheep Shadow

            The ideal meaning of inspiration can have many definitions. Whether it is a pin for Pinterest or a post for Instagram, we try to relate it to our lives. But does it relate to our reality or our persuasive potential?
            As the media crowd airwaves with the potent details of current events, correctional surgery and fashion sales, the potential of who “we could” be is being unsympathetically sold to millions. Many assume no one bright originates from dark places as the “2’s” and “3’s” are primped by hair and makeup to soak in the glam of [potentially] being the season’s newest star. Meanwhile, women [living in reality] are battling with depression, life’s decisions and insecurities - silently.           
            I wanted my writing to be purposeful. I wanted to break barriers. I wanted to influence awareness, prevention and testimony. I wanted to impact the younger generation and empower older generations.  I wanted to write material readers of all ages were able to gain strength, explore their courage, empower their inner soldier and share their testimony. We endure many battles regarding our full dynamic. Consequently, our willingness to reach happiness is paused.  I envisioned readers using The Black Sheep Shadow to cultivate a platform to heighten awareness, support, encourage and motivate.
            My inspiration behind The Black Sheep Shadow stemmed from determination to endure trenches, valleys and storms to define my purpose. Every stumble and road block made me stronger. My strength inspired me to express my [compressed] emotions. Infused with ambition and my outspoken nature, I was inspired to write my story in light of overcoming and wanting to bring awareness to millions of people that have been silenced by life’s negativity.
The hardships and pain infused in The Black Sheep Shadow were a humble sacrifice to aspire others to conquer their uncertainties and claim their happiness.    To feel alive everyday, you must be able to feel as it is a part of the process. Wouldn’t get be great to know you can feel everything without your heart under arrest?         

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About the author:
 Ashley Terrell is the founder of Stella Bistro Foods and Black Sheep Inc. Terrell is the host and co-director of Cooking with Stella (2016).  She resides on the East Coast where she enjoys blissful sunsets and sounds of ocean waves.

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