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AE | The Weekend Lens

One of the biggest things I've learned over the past year is a very deep understanding of the importance of friends.

This past weekend featured an adventure to Portland to get together with some of those good friends (many of which were attending or speaking at Chris Guilbeau's World Domination Summit).

There was lots of talking (and more talking), eating, getting together with other friends, and then we went paddle-boarding on Sunday morning in the Willamette River.

It was a refueling emotionally and creatively and physically (loved going paddle-boarding for the first time).

To top it off I got to reconnect with an old friend I haven't seen in years.

And I felt so darn happy all weekend long.

Here's to finding the fun parts of yourself again.

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  1. Beverly says…
    07/09/2012

    What an awesome, awesome weekend for you, Ali. Isn't it wonderful to have the opportunity to be with other women and enjoy a special time and especially important for a busy mom! Laughter, talks, sharing...all precious!

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  2. Jane says…
    07/09/2012

    now you being happy actually makes me happy today!

    :)

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  3. Wendy says…
    07/09/2012

    So glad you got to go be with friends! There is nothing better then that! You look so stinkin' cute in all these pictures:) Love the stripe dress! Super cute!!

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  4. laura g. says…
    07/09/2012

    so glad you had a wonderful weekend!!

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  5. Dori says…
    07/09/2012

    WOW! Gorgeous, awesome photos! SO happy to see YOU happy! And love love love your 'do in the stripe-y dress shot at the bottom. You have the prettiest hair! {{{sigh}}}

    Keep smiling, sweet girl! :-)

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  6. Paula says…
    07/09/2012

    Sounds fantastic!

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  7. Marit says…
    07/09/2012

    Beside of all i just want to say: you look gorgeous! Its wonderful to see you smile after a lot of reflectively and melancholic posts and photos. Makes me a happy, too.
    Marit

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    1. Ali says…
      07/09/2012

      Yes, it's been a really hard year.

  8. Viv Halliwell says…
    07/09/2012

    Friends are the best !

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  9. Toni From says…
    07/09/2012

    I love the photo of you on the dock. You can see the absolute joy on your face, so glad that you are in a great place. Many blessings to the entire Edwards clan!

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  10. Michelle L says…
    07/09/2012

    You look lovely and rested and happy! So glad to hear you had a great weekend.

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  11. Nadine W says…
    07/09/2012

    You're beautiful!
    Friends are a wonderful thing & it looks like you had a fabulous weekend.

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  12. Jill says…
    07/09/2012

    Love it! Thanks for the reminder to get out and have fun with friends. On my list this week to plan some fun stuff!

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  13. Jessica says…
    07/09/2012

    So very happy for you! You look great!

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  14. rossana says…
    07/09/2012

    you seem younger!!!! thi is the right way!!

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  15. Seeing Each Day says…
    07/09/2012

    I'm so pleased you had a rejunivating and most importantly, happy time this weekend.

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  16. Lisa says…
    07/09/2012

    Yay, Ali!

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  17. pam says…
    07/09/2012

    Wonderful!

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  18. molly says…
    07/09/2012

    Hear hear!

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  19. Rachel says…
    07/09/2012

    Loved reading this and feeling your happiness exude from this post :). You look amazing! And so happy. Love that dress...

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  20. Christine says…
    07/09/2012

    So great that you got to go paddle boarding. I love Portland, especially Voodoo doughnuts.

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  21. Cathy Z. says…
    07/09/2012

    Has anyone told you how dang hot you are lately? Well if not, let me remind you. xo.

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  22. Leanne in CA says…
    07/09/2012

    Love it! Great to hear you had such a fabulous weekend and really enjoyed yourself. Sounds like your summer (with the kids at the beach and your parents) is going wonderfully! Continue to have fun!

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  23. Anne-Marie says…
    07/09/2012

    You know when you forget that there is a fun part of yourself, that it is time to go and find it! So glad you had that opportunity!

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    1. Ali says…
      07/09/2012

      That's exactly what i've been doing - it's awesome.

  24. Darla says…
    07/09/2012

    Awesome Ali - enjoy your life!!!

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  25. tara pollard pakosta says…
    07/09/2012

    EXTREMELY happy for YOu Ali!
    you deserve to be happy!
    glad you are able to have great friends
    and see them and do new things!
    tara

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