Finding My Own Voice

It’s hard for all of us to make genuine friends. None of us really knows what another person goes through, or has gone through. Nobody really knows another’s story. For a disabled person, I truly believe making a true friend can be even harder. I’ve always wondered what a person’s first thoughts are when they meet me. Are they hanging out, and doing stuff for me, because they truly want to do it, or because they just want to do a “good deed for the disabled girl.” OK, maybe some harsh, overdramatic thoughts, but I’d be lying if I said they weren’t mine. Basically, I want to share my story, and to spread disability awareness. To speak out about issues that matter, and to make the world a more accessible, accepting place, because I have to live in it too. To show you that I’m just a person with the same desires, dreams, and mistakes as anyone else. I wasn’t lying to you all when I said I was struggling. I’m struggling to find my voice, and to know God’s purpose for me, but if there’s one thing I am, it’s a fighter, and I don’t know about my fellow blogger, Ebony, but as long as my story helps one person to understand disability, and more importantly, to see Jesus, I don’t want to stop telling it.

In Christ’s Love,

Ashley N. Moulin

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Different Voices

I was watching a video yesterday where a guy was talking about his interview with a boy who has autism. Throughout this guy’s interview, he was saying that all the young boy wanted to talk about was shapes, so the person who was interviewing finally gave in, asked the boy’s mother to step out, and based the whole interview on something the boy was comfortable with: shapes. Whether we are disabled or not, we all have different voices, and different ways in which we feel comfortable communicating. For me, I have the voice to speak, but being an introvert, I’ve always felt I can better express my feelings through my writing. My mom said when I was in preschool my teachers kept telling her I needed a communication device to help me express myself, because I wouldn’t speak one word to them, but my mom refused. Mom said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, because she speaks just fine at home.” A couple of years later, I got a male teacher. He said, “Ashley speaks just fine, and she doesn’t need anything to help her.” (Yes, I’ve always been a flirt, but don’t hold it against me. Ha!) I know some people who have cerebral palsy like me, and they have communication devices, or some who don’t have the means to talk at all, but can still understand you. I hate when sometimes people ask my mom, or the person who’s with me questions instead of me. I can talk too. It just takes courage and patience with people no matter who they are. Never assume either.

In Christ’s Love,
Ashley N. Moulin

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Defining Success

Hey guys, it’s Eb. I hope everyone is having a great day! 

Just when you think you’ve got the game of life figured out. you don’t.  That’s what I’m learning these last few months unexpected things happen that are out of my control. As much as I try my best  some things just are meant to happen and others not so much. It’s hard not to beat myself up about things I can’t change.  Fortunately everyone can relate to this.  

What qualifies as success and how do you define it? Some might say having a lot of money, cars and the size of your house.  For a long time that was my definition too. I know it’s shallow, but that was my thinking at the time.  I’m learning that success isn’t monetary. It’s about who i am as a person and my character.  Circumstances are different for everyone:  what’s success to you? Until next time….Like Friends On Wheels (Cerebral Palsy)

Xo, 

     Eb💕

      

Just Because We’re Disabled Doesn’t Mean We’re Inspirations

Hey guys! Ash and Eb here! It’s been a while since we’ve done joint blog entry. But here we are. Imagine the situation where you had a broken leg and someone comes up to you says  “You’re such an  inspiration just because you had a broken leg. What’s even more crazy about the situation is that this person doesn’t know anything about you. How can you be an inspiration when they don’t even know your name? This is kind of we feel when people approach us and don’t know anything about us. It’s like giving an Olympic gymnist a gold medal when you know she hasn’t done the training. There’s more to a person than their disability and there’s more to be inspired by. Although we appreciate the admiration we are just people. One the of the reasons we started our blog was to encourage others to go after their dreams disability or not because anything is possible. We think there’s nothing wrong with inspiring and encouraging people, but if you don’t know us outside of our disability that’s a bit of a problem.  We shouldn’t be inspiration just because of a disability. Be inspired by what we accomplish inspite of it. Until  next time…like our page Friends On Wheels (Cerebral Palsy)

Xo, 

Ash & Eb💕

New Adventure 

Hey guys! As many of you know I’ve tried my hand in so many different things. Now I’m adding entrepreneur to my resume.  I have become a Younique presenter selling cosemetics, which benefits women who been a victim of sexual assault. It also meant to empower and uplift women, encouraging them to become leaders in their community. It not just about make up. It’s about spreading confidence and making a difference in others lives. I hope you guys will follow me on my next journey….taking risk is half the battle. For more information Like  Ashley and I’s joint blog page Friends On Wheels (Cerebral Palsy) on Facebook. Until next time…

Eb🌸