My twenties have seemed like one long string of transitions, and I’m finding myself embarking on another one. But the journey now isn’t really about finding where I am, or even who I am, but becoming who I already am.
If you were to be an alchemist of your own being, what core elements would make up your essence? Does that stand in contrast to what makes up the reality of your day to day life? Naming the things in our lives that bring us joy, that call us deeper into who we are helps clarify and more easily identify the things, habits, or distractions that get in the way of our essentials.
I have a love/hate relationship with getting lost. In theory, I like it. After I’m done being lost, I like crafting my episodes of lostness into humorous and/or eloquent tales to share with others. Even leading up to moments of feeling lost, I am reveling in the adventure of it all. I want to be … Continue reading Allie’s (Somewhat) Complete Guide to Getting Lost
’ve been increasingly aware that my time of read alouds and recess duty, teaching the nines trick of multiplication and having Danny Tanner level heart to hearts is quickly coming to a close. I’ve been reflecting on all the ways this job (which has never been “just a job”) has shaped and changed me. While I’m still in the thick of it, and certainly more reflections will come, I wanted to share some things I've learned that have spilled over into my life, some truths I’ve come to carry inside me from my time inside the classroom.
Patron Saint, kindred spirit, fellow brave soul looking for Big Magic, Liz Gilbert, I like you a whole lot.
For me, being near the ocean necessitates contemplation. Whether I find myself on a stormy shoreline, heart giddy at the sheer power of the crashing waves, hair whipping in the wind, or under the shade of a palm tree, watching as soft sand gives way to cyan water fading into cobalt that melts into endless … Continue reading The Poetry of Being Held by the Ocean
For the last two months I have tried to reach out to someone every week, to meet with them one on one, to sit and listen, to get curious and watch closely to the other wealth of possibilities that opened up as a result.
I want to live out loud on this blog, to invite you in on this journey. I hope not in an Instagram-worthy, glossy edit of my whirlwind adventures, but rather an honest reckoning with all of the beautiful and confusing and uncomfortable and unforgettable moments along the way.
Yesterday I shared with you, dear reader, my plans to travel for the second half of 2016. I’ve never been one to make ten year or even five year plans. Any attempts to decide what my life is going to be like has fallen short of what the adventure has been thus far. I’m more … Continue reading Allie’s Quarter Life Crisis/Adventure (Part 2)
What if there’s actually a lot more freedom than I thought there was? This is a question I keep encountering. A hopeful, scary, possibility full question. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes there is Black and White, Right and Wrong, Wise and Unwise, but a lot of times there’s just Choice. This was a new thought … Continue reading The Heartwrenching Freedom of Choice