Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

August 30, 2012


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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  • 1.
    Ali TS said…

    You write so beautifully. So glad you’re finding happy times. And that you are treasuring the moments with your children. My eldest will be 18 this year and I’m so conscious of the racing of time and the changes to come. All the best to you.

  • 2.
    Cathy L. said…


  • 3.
    Ally said…

    Just wanted to say that you have handled all these major life changes in such an inspiring way.
    My daughter was recently diagnosed with AU and you have been such a help and guiding light to me.
    We recently had a crazy summer ourselves, picked up and moved from NC to UT in order to be in a place with better services for her, so I totally relate to a summer of change.
    Here’s to loving life, making new friends, and letting go of expectations! Thanks again for your honesty this summer. I know that you are a private person, but it’s been helpful to see your perspective.


  • 4.
    Erin Reive said…

    I am so happy to hear that this summer has turned out to be so lovely for you. It makes me happy to hear your words. xo

  • 5.
    Doris said…

    Love hearing the happy in you. xo

  • 6.
    Lynne Gillis said…

    It makes my heart full to know that you are so happy, and that you have someone special in your life that makes your heart full as well. :-)

  • 7.
    Debbie S. said…

    Love that photo!

  • 8.
    Rebekah said…

    Ali! This all sounds wonderful. I don’t drop by to post often, but you have been so inspiring to me through all your change and embracing. You GO girl!

  • 9.

    Ali – I know you didn’t always write in words exactly what was going on with you one year ago. But it was evident in your tone (words + pictures) that things were not good. You have gracefully took all your readers through a journey of pain and heartbreak. Again you didn’t really say it – but I think we could feel it. And this summer it has been evident that you clearly made a turn in your journey. While I haven’t been through what you have gone through – I have had my world turn upside down a few times. And there is a journey and a path to healing it just takes time. In hindsight I know that those bumps along the way helped shape the person I am today. Into a better person (i hope). And after being sad for a long time…well sometimes you don’t notice that the sadness starts to fad, and happiness creeps back in. And there is healing. And just one day you notice that feeling that you once forgot. Happiness. A new start. A fresh perspective. Life is good. Sorry I didn’t mean to make this so long. But so happy for you. Good things are happening. Thanks for taking us along on your journey. I know I have been cheering for you all this time.

  • 10.
    Amy P. said…

    Lovely post. Thanks for sharing and so happy for you!

  • 11.
    KIT said…

    i love reading happiness…

  • 12.
    christen said…

    beautiful! thanks for sharing.

  • 13.
    Maureen said…

    So glad that recently…it’s been good, contentment kinda good.

  • 14.
    Michelle Adams said…

    be happy, ali… :)

  • 15.
    sara said…

    ok… did I miss something ? what has happened ali ?? what has changed ?

  • 16.
    CINDY WELCH said…

    While divorce is usually never what your really want it to be, it does open new doors, new paths, new opportunities. I am so happy your finding your way

  • 17.
    Phaedra said…

    I agree with a post by KIT above. I love reading happiness. So deserved. Wonderful!

  • 18.
    Jennifer Kolakowski said…

    So happy for you Ali. So very, very happy.
    Jen K.

  • 19.
    Stacy said…

    I’m so happy for you, Ali!!

  • 20.
    slmnontec said…

    You have inspired me to write about “recently” in my own life. My father is suffering from bone cancer and my beloved little dog is 16 years and 10 months old. Change is coming. I’m scared. I’m trying so hard to “live in the moment”. Thanks for being honest and real.

  • 21.
    Nicky from Okotoks said…

    Just breathe it all in and enjoy. So happy for you. Hug those kids extra tight, they grow up way too fast.

  • 22.
    Laura said…

    So happy you are in a good place with yourself, the kids, and your new someone.

  • 23.
    Paula said…

    Feeling your happiness, and it’s contagious. Wishing you a lifetime of these feelings!

  • 24.
    Kris said…

    I love how “real” you write — both good and bad. Its refreshing. I love your blog.

  • 25.
    Jackie Bremer said…

    Michelle, post #9, couldn’t have expressed my feelings better. The tough times our the growing times – whether it is kids, spouse, parents or friends. You have written well but also with respect for all involved. Praying that you find peace and healing. By the way, the creative lift for today was especially meaningful for me!

  • 26.
    Janet K said…

    So very happy for you!

    Also, I just love your writing. No matter what you are writing about, it just draws me in.

  • 27.
    Catherine C R said…

    Congratulations! That is the best word I can think of. SO incredibly happy for you & I appreciate your willingness to be open and share your story with us. Enjoy the final weekend of summer.

  • 28.
    Suzann N. said…

    I love your blog! I so appreciate you always sharing your life with us and reminding us to enjoy it.

    Thank you for writing this blog – I look forward to your posts. You always make me SMILE!!

  • 29.
    Helen said…

    So good to read this, Ali, and totally with you on the feeling blessed because of your children. I look at mine sometimes and I could literally burst with joy.

  • 30.
    Katie said…

    Love this. Love you.

  • 31.
    Briel said…

    Thank you. You are such an inspiration in so many ways. I love reading your writing, seeing you laugh and smile in your photos and I love how you inspire so gracefully. You and your family deserve every bit of happiness. I do believe that you might be reaping what you have sown.

  • 32.
    Kathy said…

    I couldn’t be more happier for you Ali and I know having gone through divorce and a very difficult marriage that when I say I know how you were feeling, I really know how you were feeling. I’m been on my own raising 2 small children (now 6 and 8) for the past 5 years 100% of the time and it is hard. It is also rewarding when you know your kids really “get it” about values and life. If you have a moment read this little post of mine that happened yesterday. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  • 33.
    susan garner said…

    Sounds like someone is in love !

  • 34.
    annette said…

    so happy for you Ali. I was so sad for you with what happened, having gone through it myself many years ago. I knew that there would be light at the end for you. Wishing you peace and joy as you move forwrd in your new life. Hurray for you!!!!!

  • 35.
    Karen said…

    Love and appreciate the transparently real you’ve shared with your writing. You make me want to go out, grab life, savor it. To borrow from my kidlet, that’s ‘rockin’ awesome’ that you are! :>

  • 36.
    Alida said…

    I veel very blessed to have discovered your blog a few years ago, and to journey a little with you. You are so very brave and graceful. I haven’t had a simiar experience, but also had some very challenging times. In my experience “ordinary ” life and happiness is so much sweeter when you’ve been through a tough period. Enjoy all of it! Love seeing more of Oregon:)

  • 37.
    Dori said…

    …grinning from ear to ear…

  • 38.
    Cindy said…

    Your honesty and grasp of reality is SO refreshing and I know that even though it may be hard to put on paper, much less share with everyone, that one day you’ll look back and be so thankful that you documented your REAL life. Why bother scrapping if you’re only going to say how wonderful everything is. I don’t know anyone who has a “storybook” life. I am so glad to see that you are enjoying life again. Thank you for sharing your reality!

  • 39.
    Raquel said…

    You live life with grace, and that comes through in your writing and your work. I’m delighted that you are feeling joy in life again. It’s hard to deal with the curveballs life throws us sometimes, but you’ve dealt with it with so much dignity and courage. More joy to you and yours!

  • 40.
    ARC said…

    I love that song :) And I think it’s the mark of a true friend if you can reconnect after months or years and just pick up where you left off. It’s rare, but it exists!

  • 41.
    Michelle L said…

    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!

  • 42.
    Sue P said…

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

  • 43.

    That’s awesome Ali!

  • 44.
    Carol said…

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

  • 45.
    Earlene Bost said…

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

  • 46.
    Mel said…

    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!

  • 47.
    Nancy Gill said…

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

  • 48.
    Iara said…

    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!

  • 49.
    Jerri said…

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

  • 50.
    Earlene Bost said…

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

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