AE | The Weekend Lens

Returned home yesterday afternoon after almost a week on the Oregon coast for the Your Story Retreat.

It's a magical time for reflection, for sharing stories, for laughter, for walking on the beach, for embracing, for writing, for painting, for taking photos, for creating deep friendships and for finding yourself again.

Thanks Liz for inviting me to be a part of the adventure. Thanks Julie for taking the photo that so best captures my right now. Thanks to all the women who shared their stories and laughter and hearts.

23 thoughts

  1. Ilona

    2012-06-25 06:10:17 -0400

    love love love those photos Ali! So good that you (all) had a great time together!!!

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  2. Rina

    2012-06-25 06:26:38 -0400

    so beautiful and personal - thanks for sharing and continuing to inspire.

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  3. Maureen

    2012-06-25 07:17:11 -0400

    Sounds like it was just what your soul needed. :)

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  4. Marie

    2012-06-25 07:35:28 -0400

    It seems that this WE was wonderful! I wish I could do this one day (really need this right now to be honest!). Thanks a lot for sharing your memories.

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  5. kelly libby

    2012-06-25 07:38:57 -0400

    great pic of you laughing.

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  6. Lisa W.

    2012-06-25 07:49:03 -0400

    Wonderful...just so magical:)

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  7. Cat

    2012-06-25 09:09:16 -0400

    That section of map is from the area where I live! South East Saskatchewan, right near the Manitoba border.

    You're blog is always very inspiring. I love your style :)

    Glad you had a good time in Oregon!

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  8. denise sanner

    2012-06-25 09:34:49 -0400

    i love that you were able to be a part of this experience. i love the picture of you laughing. i love the note "open your <3 to being deeply loved" and hope that comes true. i love the way you keep making me want to visit the oregon coast. i love the sparkle of happiness...

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  9. Carol E Brooker

    2012-06-25 09:47:31 -0400

    Great photos, love your work, thanks for all your creativity.

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  10. Jenny

    2012-06-25 09:56:54 -0400

    Your right now is grin inspiring. Here's to dreaming big and new adventures.

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  11. mindy

    2012-06-25 11:11:36 -0400

    looks like pure magic!

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  12. Kelly

    2012-06-25 12:09:59 -0400

    I just want to hug you!

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  13. kelsey

    2012-06-25 16:04:36 -0400

    Love the last photo! GO, Ali, GO!

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  14. dawn

    2012-06-25 17:22:27 -0400

    So very HAPPY for YOU!!! Love these photos/words, sounds magical and perfect for you right now. Thanks for sharing this with us and LOVE LOVE THE ART!!

    Enjoy being home again and with the kids!!

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  15. Debie Grace

    2012-06-25 19:17:16 -0400

    I love reflection time in the beach. :)

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  16. Paula

    2012-06-25 20:14:16 -0400

    So glad you had this wonderful time, God granted it to someone like you who can truly relish and cherish and share what's most important in life :)

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  17. Mallory

    2012-06-25 21:34:51 -0400

    Sounds like an amazing experience! Wish I could do something like that. :)

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  18. Erin Reive

    2012-06-25 23:13:35 -0400

    Ha! That last picture of you is so very perfect. It was such a lovely treat to spend time with you this weekend. I just love the person that you are.

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  19. kelly barton

    2012-06-25 23:59:10 -0400

    so happy to be there with you again this year! loved every minute.
    hope you settle back in gently with a tich of zest, for realz.

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  20. Brooke

    2012-06-26 01:00:47 -0400

    You were very missed. I was feeling flat and uninspired this past week, thinking my new approach to life was fading and then I realized that I was just missing your posts. No pressure.
    = )

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  21. annie

    2012-06-26 22:11:57 -0400

    so happy to have shared this experience with you again this year. and. thanks for the hugs.

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  22. Ruth

    2012-06-27 08:34:16 -0400

    Haven't checked your blog for a while. Just wanted to say that you look really nice with long hair, it really suits you. I love the abstract work as well.

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  23. Sandra

    2012-07-01 08:59:07 -0400

    love the photos.

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