Filbert (aka hazelnut) orchard outside Albany, Oregon.

Today I'm working away from home at a little coffee shop.

I'm writing and I'm watching and I'm listening. Writing about life and business and family and adventure. Watching people come in and out, placing their orders and going on their way. Listening to the murmur of hushed conversations and to familiar songs as they come on the radio that plays quietly on speakers overhead.

Recently I've been meeting new people. A new relationship lends itself to the introduction of new people and places and sounds and sights and smells and stories. I'm shaking hands and welcoming hugs and explaining what I do and who I am and why I'm wherever it is that I am and listening and smiling. Lots and lots of smiling - the kind that makes your face tired.

Recently I've been embracing a place I never imagined I'd be.

Recently I've been connecting with old friends. A new relationship sometimes also has roots in the past, as is the case for me right now and I'm gathering together with people I haven't seen in years. People who I'm genuinely so very happy to see and reminisce with and catch up on life. Amazingly enough I'm getting the chance to answer the "what if" question and so far it's been magical and tender and filled with fun.

Recently I've been hugging my kids extra tight. I'm amazed at how they are growing, amazed at their resilience, amazed at how completely blessed I am to get to share my life with them.

Recently I've been listening to this and it will probably be a song that always reminds me of this summer:

Recently I've been embracing it all, taking it all in, and moving forward one breath, one step at a time.

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65 thoughts

  1. Michelle L

    2012-08-31 09:00:25 -0400

    I know I don't know you personally but I've been following you forever, since Simon was tiny and you were at CK. I want to say that I am so happy to hear that you've had a wonderful summer and that life is turning around and bringing wonderful new things for you. Hope it continues for a very long time!

  2. Sue P

    2012-08-31 09:00:38 -0400

    3 cheers to Ali, her family and friends and allof her wonderful ön-Line"family too . YOu all are amazing!

  3. Sue TR (Your Story 2011-12)

    2012-08-31 09:04:40 -0400

    That's awesome Ali!

  4. Carol

    2012-08-31 09:38:05 -0400

    Good Music, thanks for sharing- you are "on your way", you go girl and enjoy the journey!

  5. Earlene Bost

    2012-08-31 10:30:39 -0400

    Sorry for the intrusion, but I was looking for the 'Everyday Ecclectic' Blog hop.

  6. Mel

    2012-08-31 12:26:30 -0400

    Your words fill me with so much hope! And I think I've mentioned this on your blog before, but I love The Head and the Heart. I'm looking forward to hearing some new stuff from them!

  7. Nancy Gill

    2012-08-31 12:28:04 -0400

    Amazing post that reminds me to stay in the moment and be present.

  8. Iara

    2012-08-31 12:29:49 -0400

    it is so nice and wonderful to read that your life is moving forward to a beautiful new direction. I feel so happy for you!

  9. Jerri

    2012-08-31 12:33:11 -0400

    You.Are.Awesome. The way you put feeling into you words is amazing. Thank you for sharing your life journey with us.

  10. Earlene Bost

    2012-08-31 12:55:09 -0400

    Thanks for the directions.BTW,Loved reading your post.

  11. rhonda nickol

    2012-08-31 15:05:32 -0400

    Happy you are reconnecting with old friends and so glad your life is in a much better place, may you, Anna and Simon continue to thrive!

  12. Amy Mc

    2012-08-31 21:04:16 -0400

    Dear Ali:
    Since Simon was a wee boy, I have been reading your blog and following your story... Your pregnancy and birth of Anna, correlated with the birth of one of my are one cool chic who I admire from afar (I know if you lived in Green Bay, WI we would be besties!!) I love to hear the joy in your writing and I'm sorry that you are experiencing all that you are experiencing - God bless you!

  13. Ruth G

    2012-08-31 22:57:56 -0400

    You share with and inspire so many! I wish you every happiness!

  14. Krista Nash

    2012-09-01 02:37:28 -0400

    I always find you to be completely inspiring. Even when you opened the door to your heartbreak. Thank you for showing the real you. And by the way, that is a totally bitchen song! I hate to use that word, but can't think of a better one.

  15. dawn

    2012-09-01 05:20:18 -0400

    GO ALI GO!!!

  16. Ann6

    2012-09-01 06:56:13 -0400

    by reading your newsletter I understood something was difficult in your life, however your beautiful soul will continue shinning in new places or familiar place because you shine wherever you are. Ann

  17. Bev Mascara

    2012-09-01 09:14:27 -0400

    Words are soooooo important..Thank you

  18. Carol E Brooker

    2012-09-01 16:56:19 -0400

    Thanks for sharing some of your life. Be Happy

  19. tiffany h.

    2012-09-02 21:09:23 -0400

    what a great post--your happiness shines through. thank you for sharing your journey with us. i continue to wish you and your children all the best.

  20. Diane

    2012-09-02 23:08:51 -0400

    Love is better the second time around...I speak from experience. Hoping the same for you.

  21. Izzy

    2012-09-02 23:42:57 -0400

    Wow, a "what if". My heart swelled. So very happy for you.

  22. Kimberly Wiener

    2012-09-03 14:48:45 -0400

    Amazing to embrace the "what if" in life.

    And to take that deep breath and take the step forward.

  23. Diana C. aka the Lonely Scrapbooker

    2012-09-07 19:19:55 -0400

    I haven't visited your blog in a while, I came here from Stephanie's link to your post "I want to remember" and just clicked through.
    This post reminds me of your authenticity and your graciousness. Something I always admired about you, and still do. You live your life with everyone looking on, and you do it so honestly and in a way that teaches us all to be better people in every single thing that we say, think and do.
    Brava ragazza.

  24. kdan

    2012-09-09 15:32:26 -0400

    Thanks for your inspiration and strength. God bless you for leaping out there and moving forward. I love this quote,it goes something like this, you never know how strong you are until strong is the only choice. Life is BEAUTIFUL!

  25. shelleymay

    2012-09-09 17:18:09 -0400

    gorgeous and brave post. you inspire me, as always. thank you.

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