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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.

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  1. Ilona says…
    06/25/2012

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

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  2. Rina says…
    06/25/2012

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

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  3. Maureen says…
    06/25/2012

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

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  4. Marie says…
    06/25/2012

    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 says…
    06/25/2012

    great pic of you laughing.

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  6. Lisa W. says…
    06/25/2012

    Wonderful...just so magical:)

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  7. Cat says…
    06/25/2012

    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 says…
    06/25/2012

    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 says…
    06/25/2012

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

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  10. Jenny says…
    06/25/2012

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

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  11. mindy says…
    06/25/2012

    looks like pure magic!

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  12. Kelly says…
    06/25/2012

    I just want to hug you!
    :)

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  13. kelsey says…
    06/25/2012

    Love the last photo! GO, Ali, GO!

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  14. dawn says…
    06/25/2012

    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 says…
    06/25/2012

    I love reflection time in the beach. :)

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  16. Paula says…
    06/25/2012

    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 says…
    06/25/2012

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

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  18. Erin Reive says…
    06/25/2012

    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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    1. Ali says…
      06/26/2012

      Right back at you - so excited for you to begin the next phase of your life :)

  19. kelly barton says…
    06/25/2012

    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 says…
    06/26/2012

    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 says…
    06/26/2012

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

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  22. Ruth says…
    06/27/2012

    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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    1. Ali says…
      06/27/2012

      Thanks Ruth!

  23. Sandra says…
    07/01/2012

    love the photos.
    :)

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