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Ashley Massis
Originally from Binghamton, New York, Ashley Massis is small town girl who moved to the Big Apple and took a chance. After finding heartbreak in love and in her career, she picked up everything she knew and never looked back. Her blog, Small Town Girl and the Big City is her experiences, wisdom, and anecdotes about being a twentysomething and of what she’s learned so far.

She worked in fashion for 6 years and as the New York City Editor of the online “Where Charity Meets Style” Magazine, Ask Miss A and eventually her own site, NYSocialStatus. She is a regular writer for Elite Daily and, and has been featured on other sites including Guest of a Guest and the New York City Food Truck Association.

After moving from New York City, she currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she founded Queen City Social and is writing her first book.

And yes, she always finds time to drink wine.

Entries by Ashley Massis

November: National Diabetes Awareness Month

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 10:48 AM

When I was a child, my grandmother was diagnosed with diabetes. Already having a fear of needles, I apprehensively watched her prick her finger to check her blood sugar. I remember squeamishly watching her in the distance as she monitored the glucose levels and took the prick in stride. As...

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No Matter What Happens, It's Going to Be Okay

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 1:48 PM

After exchanging a few emails on an early Monday morning with a good friend of mine, we chatted about our beliefs growing up and how society has changed. She was chatting about relationships and drama (as most females do). We started to talk deeper about the beliefs we've been taught,...

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What Small Business Owners Need to Know About an IT Security Breach

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:15 PM

Our lives are on the Internet. From paying your bills online to managing your email,
to sharing your Facebook status, our lives revolve around the web. If you are the
owner of a business or a freelancer like I am, a lot of your work and...

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5 Everyday Pieces to Inspire Your Halloween Costume

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 6:00 PM

The month of October is the kick-off before the holidays. Stores are already filled with holiday decorations, and the smell of Halloween candy three aisles down is looming in the air. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I love to go all-out. A lot of my friends love Halloween as...

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The Top Ten Halloween Costumes for 2014

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 3:25 PM

Gone are the days for those to be dressed as a simple witch, ghost, or vampire. With online shopping sites such as Pinterest, Etsy, or Halloween Costume stores, I can't help but feel that the ante has been upped from Halloween pasts. A good Halloween costume is relevant and humorous....

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Domestic Violence: The View From Two Generations After

(10) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 12:20 PM

With all of the recent media highlighting the NFL and Ray Rice over his assault on his then fiancé Janay Palmer (now Janay Rice), the last thing I wanted to do was write an article about it. Domestic violence isn't a new plight, but has been a consistent issue throughout...

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Why Your Last Love Is More Important Than Your First Love

(8) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 11:27 AM

The human heart is a magnificent thing.

One minute you can feel absolutely lost, breathless and like your heart is about to split in two over heartbreak. You don't know how you're going to move on, or even make it through the day.

But somehow, someway, you make it through...

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Anti-Heroes Fall Too

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 12:41 PM

At the beginning of March, I had been accepted to write as a Relationship Columnist as the "anti-hero" of relationships. The writers had liked my cynical, New Yorker standpoint that become apparent through my weekly "Advice in the AM" column. Starting out writing this blog, I had moved to the...

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10 Lessons My Grandmother Taught Me

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:00 PM

The best thing about moving far away is being able to live in a different city, a different atmosphere and a different culture. The worst thing about moving far away is not being able to be there for those when you need to be. When I first received the news...

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Road Trips, Road Blocks and Putting on Pants Again

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:07 PM

When going through something traumatic or draining, one tends to develop a sort of "road block" in their life. A "road block" often leads to a mental block, and you become shut down emotionally.

During the month of September last year, the unexpected card of a breakup sent me...

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