winter wonderland

I am thrilled that the wintry weather has arrived! I woke up to some flurries and a light coating of snow in my courtyard and it instantly put me in a good mood.
I grew up in Colorado and this weather to me represents those happy childhood years. My family’s birthdays and, of course, the holidays, arrive with the snow and there is nothing like bundling up in a cozy sweater and boots and watching the weather swirl outside with a happy, festive spirit in the air (and perhaps some hot Ovaltine in hand). As I enter the winter and holiday season this year with a heavy heart and minus one, it helps me to focus on those warm memories of growing up and my family traditions I love so much (cheese fondue on Christmas Eve, our birthday dinners 3 months in a row, and my mom’s sugar cookies).

Other than that, not much else to report or ramble about :). I have been trying to focus on being kinder to myself and remembering that no matter how amazing my family and friends have been to me during this time, that at the end of the day, I will not feel better unless I accept myself and the reality I am living. I just never thought this is where I’d be on the cusp of my 29th birthday, haha. But, I have to remember, does anyone really think they’re going to end up where ever they are, good, bad or otherwise? Life is always full of surprises.
I received an email forward the other day, with like 44 things about life, and it was pretty cute and contained a lot of truths many of us tend to forget. One of my favorite quotes in the email was:
“Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.”
That helps me keep things in perspective when the heavy disappointment about things rolls in. From all of the divorced people I have spoken with, regardless of everyone’s own unique situation, one thing we all share in common is that feeling of complete failure, and that can be a hard pill to swallow, especially when you look around and other people appear to be experiencing nothing but successes. Yet, no matter how it may seem, there is not a single person on this Earth who has been handed life on a silver platter. Each of us all face our own personal obstacles and forge our own unique path through life. So, it’s a waste of time to envy others, think life isn’t fair, or to hold on to regrets.
Another really good quote was:
“If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.”
How true is that? I mean, I know I may not be thrilled with how things are all of the time, but no matter what, this is my life’s journey. And I’m very happy to be on it!
With that, I hope everyone out there is being kind to themselves, and going into the last quarter of the year appreciating life and everything it has to offer!


  1. Wow Alison you are amazing with words…got a little teary in a few areas there for sure. I am glad that you are entering your fave season finally! It has been a long time coming! Definitely grab hold of your journey and enjoy the ride it provides. Soon enough you will begin a new one and all the lessons you learn will become valuable tools! Keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep depending on those you know you can trust! We love you.

  2. Oh Shauna, now you make me teary 🙂 I love you!! Thanks for being an amazing friend!!!!

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