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 middle school teacher, 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 approaching the end of 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 am working on my first book)
  • 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 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

Women should never lose themselves as a result of a relationship or children.
Photo by Veronica Elkins

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 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 them (whispering or shouting) that something is not right, we ignore our gut feelings and squash that voice.

One of the consequences of not living a life true to ourselves is not taking care of ourselves, which can include weight gain. That’s me. Many women struggle for years, or their whole life, with 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. We seem unable to recognize the importance of our inner wisdom. 

What makes me feel alive, and what gets me out of bed every day is my mission in life. I want to help you listen to your inner voice and support you in taking the steps needed to follow your heart to a life that is meaningful, fulfilling, and true to you.

It is through my mission that I can also live a life that I truly want: to live in a healthy body, to run my own business and to write a  book. I am finally listening to my own voice and and following my heart.

My journey will take time and dedication, but…I’m worth it.

And so are you.

Be YOU on Your Journey,


Updated March 24, 2021

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