No Matter Where You Are In life, Don’t Ever Stop Dreaming

As a little girl, Ashley Rouillard never lost sight of her dreams. With hard work, determination and a little luck for good measure, her dreams are coming true. I grew up in Manchester, NH, one of three children raised by a single mom. Times were tough. We didn’t have a lot of money or material possessions.

What we did have was a lot of love.

When I was 15, Mom met a wonderful guy named Jerry. They soon married and life began to take a turn for the better. Jerry quickly became a great role model for us kids. He not only helped us with our schoolwork, but he showed us how to be happy!

With Jerry’s encouragement, I became the first member of my family to go to college. I attended Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH, and graduated with a major in Art Education.

As a student, things fell into place for me and my dreams were now within reach. I attribute it to the power of positive thinking and realized that when we’re happy, our dreams come true! It has a ripple effect.

Stories from DreamBankAfter I graduated, I had the chance to study in Italy (the best place to experience art and the renaissance!), California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and now Madison, Wis.

Since moving to Madison in 2012, I’ve continued to fulfill my dreams of sharing art and connecting with people. In January, I hosted “Dream Boards” at American Family Insurance’s DreamBank in Madison, which encouraged people to use visualization as a tool in achieving their dreams. I’ve also become a preschool teacher using art to help children every day.

So what do I dream about today? I dream of being an artist and illustrating children’s books. I dream of helping children through art. I dream of having a healthy life and one day raising a family.

Lastly, I dream of traveling to Peru to volunteer at Sembrando Semillas con Yoga where children are taught yoga, art, sustainable farming, and how to lead a balanced and harmonious life.

I’m living proof you should never stop dreaming. Your dreams are out there. All you have to do is reach for them.

Editor’s note: This is part of a Dream Protectors blog feature called Stories From DreamBank, which showcases real-life dreams from visitors to the American Family Insurance DreamBank in Madison, Wis. Visit DreamBank on the Square or online at

by Ashley Rouillard on Tue, Apr 16 2013 9:14 am
Posted by Ashley Rouillard on Tue, Apr 16 2013 9:14 amAshley Rouillard is an artist and preschool teacher.

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Richard Doiron said on Apr 19, 2013
Ashley, thank God for dreamers! You are an absolute inspiration and your positive attitude gives you a radiant glow.

If you can dream it, you can make it happen. Go with your dreams and others will find their way by the light that surrounds you and is impossible to miss.

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