The Shine Project: Meet Ashley (And Our 2nd Giveaway)

Have you ever come across somebody that you knew you could be best friends with just by the few small tid bits you knew about them? I recently had this had happen to me.
Meet Ashley, the creator of The Shine Project.

I stumbled across her blog a few weeks ago and was instantly intrigued and captivated by her passion to change the world.
Oh, and she happens to be the cutest thing on the planet.
Every week she challenges her readers with a new way to make a difference in somebody else’s life, how to become a better you, and how to SHINE desperately needed light into this world.
My favorite challenge thus far?

I recently contacted Ashley and asked if she would so kindly introduce herself to my lovely readers.
I know you will love her as much as I do…
I encourage you to visit her blog,
Join the SHINE movement,
Take her up on the weekly challenges..
And get ready to help change the world.
Without further ado, here's Ashley.

Just so we're a little more aquainted, my name is Ashley,
and I want to inspire the WORLD.
Raise your hand if you've ever had a dream,
and you didn't reach it.
Don't be shy, no one can actually see you raising your hand at your computer,
unless your in your work cubicle or something.
Then this might be awkward.
Why do all of us have a goal that has been left unfulfilled?
Why do we sell ourselves short of our potential?
This is why I created The Shine Project.
To give daily motivation,
and weekly challenges,
that push us out of our comfort zone to stop making excuses
Now, think about the last time you went out of your way,
to help someone.
The Shine Project is also a source of motivation to push us to give light to those around us who are in need.
Think of what the world would be like,
if everyone did one thoughtful thing for someone else every day.
I want The Shine Project to change the world.
Come join The Shine Project team.
Motivate yourself, feel good about what you can accomplish,
and lift the burdens of those around you.
I have created SHINE necklaces so we all can have a daily reminder of our purpose.
$1 for each necklace sold goes into The Shine Project Scholarship Fund,
which will be rewarded to an inner city highschool student to help them pay for college.
This week's Shine Challenge is to clean out your closet and donate the clothes you haven't worn in awhile to either a charity or an individual in need.
Are you up for it?
I will be revealing a big project I've been working on this month,
that will spread The Shine Project to more people.
Come join me at
And go ahead,
let the world see you SHINE.


Don't you love it?
Here is where the giveaway comes into play.
See those necklaces she mentioned up there?
One of you lucky readers is going to win one.
You'll look hot-and the proceeds to go a good cause.
What could go wrong?


1. Leave a comment telling me one good thing that happened to you today.
A compliment from a stranger, your car worked, or you simply woke up for the day?
 I just want to hear something that made you smile.


-Become a follower of Living in Yellow
-Tell others about this giveaway & how to SHINE by posting an entry on your Blog.
-Become a follower of The Shine Project

....Please leave me an additional comment for each item you did.

Winner will be selected & announced on Sunday, April 10th



  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE (a million times LOVE) this!! I'm doing it, and featuring her button on my blog. And you're right Erin, I am inspired and she's completely adorable!

  2. My boss gave me a compliment today on a job well done!
    Thanks, Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

  3. I follow you via GFC.
    Thanks, Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

  4. What made me smile today: Today I went barefoot for the day, got lots of strange looks, but was able to accomplish my goal in sharing with someone that today I was a small part to raise awareness for those children without shoes. The lady @ Meijer smiled and gave me a hug. That right there brightened up by day and I just so think her day was made a little brighter too. :)

  5. Something that made me smile today... One of my students actually said "Thank you," to me today for teaching him. In my years of teaching, I'm not sure anyone's ever just come out and said thanks like that. He's 9. :)

    Jess... jessstrassnerbooks.blogspot.com and JessStrassner on Twitter.

  6. Oh, p.s.... I'm a new Living in Yellow follower :)

    Jess... jessstrassnerbooks.blogspot.com and JessStrassner on Twitter.

  7. I'm not entering the giveaway because I already have one, so I want to let someone else get it. I love Ashley though. Thanks for sharing about her...I hope that she continues to change the world with her passion and determination!!

  8. And I follow Ashley's blog and the Shine Project on Twitter... and I just cleaned out my closet to donate to the Kidney Foundation. :)

    Jess... jessstrassnerbooks.blogspot.com and JessStrassner on Twitter.

    THANK YOU! :)

  9. already a follower of LIY!

  10. put the Shine Project button on my sidebar!

  11. became a follower of the Shine Project!

  12. something that made me smile--my daughter's sweet kiss on the cheek.

  13. LOVE it! this seriously made me smile reading it. Tonight my niece told me my brother is her boyfriend. uh... :)

  14. i'm now a follower of the shine project (and so excited to keep up with it!!)

  15. I am already an avid reader/follower of your blog! ((You make me laugh everytime I read your blog)) :)

  16. I am also now following The Shine Project. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for introducing me to Ashley and her amazing project!!

  17. There are a few things that made me smile today:
    -sleeping in because it's spring break
    -waking up and immediately having a great conversation with a friend who I haven't seen since high school
    -going barefoot all day and being able to raise awareness for all those people in our world who go without shoes every day
    -getting hugs from my kids at work
    -and now ending my day by being introduced to Ashley and her amazing project.. and reminded to SHINE daily!!

  18. Ooh, E, I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing this! Let's see... I got to have dinner with a friend I hadn't seen in YEARS today, so that was awesome!

  19. I am now a follower of The Shine Project :)

  20. I already follow your blog of course!

  21. Seeing the BRIGHT smile of my 3 year old little boy (I have recently been blessed to become his legal guardian...my children are grown!). So he totally puts the SHINE in my days. I LOVE the SHINE project!

  22. It was so windy and rainy this morning (you know...sideways pouring rain bc it was so windy) and it stopped just in time to walk my daughter to the bus stop and then started again right after I made it home...made me happy! Thanks for the giveaway! I've been following Ashley's blog for a while now so if I don't win this giveaway...I will be buying a Shine necklace finally!

  23. I've already been following your blog...love it!

  24. Hey Erin,
    I'm Alli Hawkins :) I am pretty sure we went to Elementary school together (middies, anyone?!) I found your blog through my cousin, Ashley. Anyway, that's how I got here...

    Love the necklace and the shine blog! beautiful and inspiring.

    Today at work (I'm currently working in Lima, Peru) I met a guy who is walking all the way through Central and South America, collecting people's prayers and passing them on to other people he meets. An active prayer chain. Way cool and way inspiring.

  25. Also... check out my blog: stephhage.blogspot.com :)

  26. And now I am following the Shine Project

    Thanks for spreading the Shine :)

  27. I'm a new follower of your blog and love it! :)

  28. Just tweeted and this tweet lead me to you! :) http://twitter.com/#!/TheShineProject/status/55434898999218176

  29. I'm already a follower of The Shine Project.

  30. Good thing that happened to me today? A lovely blogger referred me to a new client for graphic design business and I felt so blessed, yay! :)

  31. I got to enjoy lunch with my special someone yesterday! It truly is the small things in life that make it so great!

    I also follow the Shine Project, clearly I follow your blog and I wrote about it on my blog! Check it out!

  32. I'm already following you Miss Erin, and I'm now following AShley's blog too.

  33. I'm already a big time follower of living in yellow!

  34. A great thing that happened to me yesterday was that my 2-year old gave me a big ol' smacker on the lips and said "night night mommy lub you"

  35. And I already follow the shine project:)

  36. Love B&W pictures!! very cool this post! I'm following!

    Look my blog and if you like it, follow me!




  37. What a great giveaway. I love The Shine Project, so inspiring.
    What made me smile this morning was this seeing my 6 yo daughter laying in bed and hugging my 2 month baby boy.

  38. I love her blog. I jumped on the bed with my 3 year old and had a tickle fight. <3


I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)