A long overdue update

It has been about 9 months since I last posted! I feel bad that I never officially stated that I was taking a break, so here is my long overdue update post and an announcement.

Where to begin! I moved back to the U.S a few weeks ago, after living in Mexico for several years. That in and of itself was a big change, and I’m happy to be back in California. I definitely feel like this is the beginning of a new season in my life. I would say a new “chapter” – but I think that it’s much more than that..it’s a new “part” (as in Parts in a book.) I’m officially in Part 3 of my life, which I believe is going to be the best part!

Part 1 was my many years as a worldly unbeliever. Part 2 began when I came to Christ (in 2000) and there was a long season of healing, restoration and, as Colossians 2:7 says, being firmly rooted and built up in Him. Picture a plant growing underground, that was Part 2 of my life. And Part 3 is going to be a season of fruit and abundance – the “above the ground” season, so to speak.

That is not to say that everything is wonderful or perfect right now. I have some challenges that I’m going through, but I know that God is faithful and I’m very happy for this new season and all the new things that are going on. I’m super excited about finding a good home church, joining a Christian community and making new friends. : )

I’m also doing more freelance and “personal assistant” work, through my little company, Great and Mighty Things. In addition to that, I’m still trying to finish up a couple creative projects I’ve been working on for a while, including a mini-documentary about the popular music industry, that I’ve mentioned before.

An Announcement

Now for the announcement. Since I have a lot on my plate right now, and my focus has been on other creative projects, I’m going to officially take an indefinite break from Ashes to Beauty.

Better to try to do a couple things well, than a number of things not so well.

However, I AM definitely continuing on with my other site, Faith + Testimony, and if you liked this site, I invite you to join me over there!

For the first year or so, Faith + Testimony was only for personal testimonies. However, I recently decided to expand it to include other encouraging, inspiring posts that are not testimonies, so now it’s not as limited. (Plus, now it fits more with the site name, since it’s Faith AND Testimony.)

If you are a blogger or a writer and you would like to contribute a post, please either register and submit it on the site, or you can your story.

So I’m not quitting blogging. Basically, the posts about faith that I would’ve posted here are going to be posted there, now. And as I said, it’s a place for others to contribute their testimonies, stories or encouraging and edifying posts.

Faith + Testimony

This break from Ashes to Beauty may not be permanent….as I said, it’s an indefinite break. But for now, thank you to all who read this blog, and I truly hope to see you over at Faith + Testimony!

Much love and blessings,



  1. Johan

    Hi Lily, good luck on your new site. Do you know if there’s a forum the DA posters went to after DA got shut down? Kind regards,

    • Lily

      Hey Johan! Thanks so much for reading and commenting, it’s good to hear from you! It’s crazy about DA, huh? The shut down happened so suddenly. I don’t know if there’s a new offshoot forum that everyone went to. The only discussion forum that I think a lot of DAers were also members of is US Message Board. (http://www.usmessageboard.com/ ) So, maybe a lot of them went over there? I haven’t checked it out recently. I hope you’re doing well! Blessings!

  2. Susana Coldren

    Lily, this is good! Like you said, can not have too many things in your plate! You are a good writer and will have time to write amazing testimonies and things if you concentrate in the new site. Blessings!

    • Lily

      Thank you! I appreciate the encouragement! Yes, it’s better to focus on fewer things. Thanks for the kind words! Hugs!

  3. Shana

    Hey Lily, it has been a long time. You came to mind recently and I thought I would stop by and say hello. I see that you’re on a hiatus from Ashes to Beauty, so I’ll head over to Faith and Testimony. Anyway, I hope you’re well and you’re still in my prayers. ~Shana

    • Lily

      Hey Shana! It’s so good to hear from you. 🙂 Yes, It has been a very long time. As you probably noticed, I haven’t posted on Faith + Testimony either. I really want to be able to focus on a few creative projects, but I also have to pay the bills… So that’s why I haven’t had enough time / focus to blog and do the creative projects that I’m passionate about. I did start a new project called Live Mercifully. I have a new YouTube channel for that…there’s not much there now but you should check it out and subscribe if you want to. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF3gAlr_3V6GWnnOwTh4bnA/videos I feel like I’m supposed to put myself in front of the camera, so I am planning to do that for this channel, even though it’s kind of a scary thing, ha ha.

      How about you, are you still blogging? Thanks so much for visiting and thank you so very much for your prayers! I truly appreciate it. Please pray that I would be able to get the funding to focus on this work for God, full-time.

      • Shana

        Like yourself, I’m on a journey. lol My course is slowly becoming clearer. I was not blogging for a while until last month. It’s as though God said enough is enough and I listened. No more excuses. No more delays. Just go. Since then, so many doors have been opening for how to grow my blog in the way that I always dreamed–as a ministry. Working on new site now, taking a course called Pinfinite Growth, and seeing a clear vision that I know is coming from God. It’s all sooo exciting!

        So, when you say that you are busy and working hard, I get that. I will definitely pray for your YouTube channel and of course I’ll check it out. I’ll let you know when my new blog site is live for your to check it out. I would love your feedback. If it’s funding you need, then it’s funding that I shall pray for!

  4. Shana

    Hey Lily! My new blog is up and going! I would love for you to check it out and let me know what you think. Please and thank you! 😀 http://theonesourceblog.com/

    • Lily

      Shana, it looks amazing!!! Wow, I am very impressed. You did a beautiful job, both on the look of the site and the content. You’re a great writer and your enthusiasm is contagious! 🙂 I will be joining the mailing list and I pray tons of blessings upon you and your new blog. Thank you for telling me about it. Have a blessed day and I’ll talk to you later! Your sis in Christ – lily

      • Shana

        Awwwwwww….. You’re the sweetest! Thank you for your feedback. Means the most. God has taught me so much since we last spoke. I’m on a roll. hehe I see that you subscribed. Great! So now, I can test out new email content on ya. 😉 Have a great day as well, hun. ~Shana

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