|Way back in 1995|
Here's more from Ashlyn:
|I just love this picture|
ACM: I am very grateful to have several of those memories, to the point it is hard to choose just one. There is a video of me at age 3 or 4, jumping on a small trampoline in the backyard. My dad asks me what I want to be when I grow up, and I respond that I want to be a pilot, a doctor, an astronaut, and a mommy. My parents always encouraged me to dream big, and that I could achieve anything I wanted. Of course, as of now, I am none of those things, but not because I ever felt I couldn't.
MC: No matter how many times I finish a marathon, it still seems a bit implausible. What advice would you give to someone tackling a difficult and seemingly insurmountable goal?
ACM: I always overwhelm myself when I look at the big picture, but if I break things down into smaller segments, or look at pieces of the picture, it doesn't seem so bad. Lists, and boxes I can check off, are my friends.
MC: What is a cause that you feel passionately about? (Feel free to promote a particular organization or organizations.)
ACM: I currently work at CALM (Child Abuse Listening & Mediation) a counseling center for children and families in crisis in Santa Barbara, CA. As a native Santa Barbaran, I feel passionate about protecting my community, and providing my neighbors with the tools to prevent and heal child abuse.