Be YOU on Your Journey
“Listening closely to her heart and living a life true to HER is an essential foundation for any woman’s positive sense of self.” –Alison Carrey
I’m Alison, but most people know me as Ali.
I’m a retired teacher (Grades 5-8), mother, wife, and cat lover (I have four). Despite carrying 30-40 extra pounds and being diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer early in 2020, I’m a positive person who believes we choose our own lives. We choose how to live the one journey we have on Earth.
If you’d like to know a little bit more about me, I…
- am retired from a rewarding, but stressful, career
- am in my second (and last) marriage
- have a 19 year-old daughter, two adult step-children, and a granddaughter
- live in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada (it gets tongue-sticking-to-the-metal-fence cold here!)
- love to talk and write about what I believe (I will write a book one day)
- love homemade healthy food, getting fresh air, meaningful conversations, holding hands with my husband, and curling up with a good book (almost always about health/wellness or personal development)
- am a wannabe artist
What I Deeply Believe
As women, we should never lose ourselves as a result of being in a career or job, a family, a relationship or having children. Listen to the voice inside and be who you are.
The number one regret people have on their deathbed is:
“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
-Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying
I refuse to live a life that isn’t one I really want. I don’t want to be one of those people who wished she had listened more carefully to her inner voice or who wished she had followed her heart. Although it took over 40 years, I started to listen more carefully to what I was telling myself. I started to pay attention to my inner voice.
Today, I focus on building a healthy and joyful life I love.
Whether you’re 30 years old and want to figure out how to be the real you, and not be afraid or ashamed of who you are, or you’re 60 years old, and you just woke up to the fact that you’ve lived your whole life for others…
It is never too late to reclaim the amazing, creative, strong woman inside you.
Too many women stay in jobs, cities, relationships or situations because they think it’s what they should do, because of family or peer pressure, or because they’re afraid to make a change. Even though that little voice inside is telling us (whispering or shouting) that something isn’t right, we ignore our gut feelings and squash that voice out of worry, doubt, fear, lack of confidence, etc.
One of the consequences of not living a life true to ourselves is not taking care of ourselves, which can include living with stress, declining health (it may be hidden; you don’t even know it) and weight gain. That’s me. Many women struggle for years, or their whole life, with their health and their weight. What a waste of time and energy!
Our busy, distracted lives, which are often filled with overwhelm, can lead us to losing ourselves, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Women put themselves, their needs, wants and dreams on the side burner, usually for others. Over the years, we stop hearing that inner voice and lose sight of who we really are. Therefore, we become unable to recognize the importance of our inner wisdom.
At this stage of my life, I have two missions:
- To become the healthiest and most fulfilled version of me I can be.
- To share my journey (with its ups and downs) and support and encourage other women as they design and navigate their own journey to health and a fulfilling, joyful life.
Part of my health journey includes eating whole, plant foods, as much as possible. I’ve learned a lot about plant-based eating over the years and have discovered just how good it makes you feel.
I became so interested in eating healthy plant foods and wanted to learn even more, so I took a course through an organization I highly respect.
I am finally listening to my own voice and and following my heart. It feels amazing.
My journey will take time and dedication, but…I’m worth it.
And so are you.
Be YOU on Your Journey,
Updated July 2, 2021