A FEW THINGS TO KNOW

Podcast style?

I have Boomer tendencies.

I have regularly maintained a checkbook since the seventh grade, continually listened to the same radio stations since purchasing my car back in high school, and I am notorious for responding to friends' texts by calling. While my parents are the real Boomers, I mention these antiquated behaviors because I honestly prefer introducing myself the old-fashioned way. However, until we can make that happen and learn more about one another over a caffeinated beverage (not a fan of coffee, but tea is delightful), I suppose a few paragraphs shall suffice. 

9.15.2018 - Texas Football v. USC

I was raised in beer.

After being adopted from China when I was six months old, I spent the rest of my adolescence brewing in Shiner, Texas. [Insert every Shinerite's prepared speech here: "Yes, that's right...just like the beer! Shiner Bock is indeed brewed in our little town!"] Growing up, my small community had proud Czech and German heritage, a friendly population of 2069, and a single stoplight. All resulted in a safe, special, and supportive childhood.

7.17.2019 - Mount Sanqing, Jinagxi, China

I live in a candy store.

Sort of. Perhaps that is the metaphor that best sums up the lens through which I view life. Like the kid in the candy store, I like a lot of options. I have creative passions for design, writing, and art. I love sports, musical theory, and theatrical performance. I am interested in neuroscience, astronomy, and zoology. What finally pushed me into communications rather than medicine was the fact that an Advertising degree could become my ideal cross-section within my Venn diagram of many interests. Specifically, within the creative advertising industry, I could make meaningful pieces of communication about a variety of interesting topics, brands, organizations, and causes.

9.9.2017 - World Adoption Day

I am a human being, not a human doing.

 

While this candy store lens encourages childlike curiosity and an insatiable desire to never stop learning, I realized that when left unchecked, it can lead to persistent indecisiveness and rose-colored glasses. The belief that "I can have and/or do it all" is a dangerous, prideful motivator that has led me, and I am sure many others, to fall into a non-sustainable state of constant busyness and emotionless work. I had to learn that the most loving thing you can do for yourself and for others is to simply receive life and not achieve it. That is when I have discovered my most creative self and experienced my most authentic identity.

12.12.2019 - Texas Creative Portfolio II Critique

THE MAIN THING TO KNOW

Empower big ideas to grow and create meaningful relationships with others. This is what creativity at its best does. And what I believe are the two most important and brave opportunities I can pursue as a creative...and as a human.

Say Hello

Call me at 361.401.1232
E-mail me at ashleystluka@yahoo.com
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