Ashley Dolar

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Ashley Dolar is an experienced freelance writer, blogger, and certified language arts teacher. She is married to her high school sweetheart who is now a member of the Army Reserve. They have a four-year-old daughter. Ashley likes to read, write, and get to the gym on a semi-regular basis. Her family has lived six states in ten years, and she currently lives in the northern Virginia suburbs near Washington, D.C. You can connect with Ashley on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-dolar
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When My Grandchildren Ask About the Pandemic

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When my grandma was alive, she told me three stories nearly every time I saw her: the one where she drove across the country with a girlfriend, the one where she joined the nurse...
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Unemployed? Here are 5 Resume Tips to Get You Started

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I'm a resume writer. That means I get to talk to people, learn their stories, and figure out the best way to present that information in a marketing document, more commonly called a resume.  I’ll...
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Guilt-Free Screen Time : YouTube Read Alouds to the Rescue

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How many books can one mom read aloud to her children?  Five? Ten? Seven hundred and thirty-eight? COVID-19 is helping me find out. Before social distancing and days devoid of storytime, we probably read two books...
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My Anxiety is Giving Me a Hard Time

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My anxiety is giving me a hard time.   It doesn’t show, even to me, because my coping mechanism of choice is avoidance. I push my fear of the unknown deep down into a tiny pocket....
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A Mom’s Timeline for a Successful Date Night

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Date night takes on a whole new meaning with kids on the scene. Gone are the days of impromptu happy hours and last-minute dinner decisions. Now, date night needs to be planned weeks in advance,...
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Teaching Our Girls That Their Voices Matter

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My daughter was born in 2016. The rhetoric of that year was particularly polarizing, outlandish, and oftentimes, outright sexist. I remember it as a hard time to be a new mom, trying to navigate...
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Moving Out of Our Old House and into Our New Lives

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Moving is never easy. Since I’ve done it six times in ten years, I sort of go on auto-pilot: arrange for movers, declutter closets, call all utility companies on both sides, etc. But my...