Starting Over?

I’ve never been much of a writer, but I decided to go ahead and give it a try. Encouraged by my sister, I asked her, “Ani, what should I write about?”, “ANYTHING!” she wittily stated. Not quite sure how I’m going to organize my blog, or how often I will update it, but I wanted to start now. Although 2016 hasn’t started yet, I am going to challenge myself and immerse myself in new situations. Why wait for the new year? Why not start now?

A little over a month ago, my life completely changed when my boyfriend of 10 years, Eric, tragically and unexpectedly passed away. Losing my best friend and other half, I have never felt more alone, scared, and unsure of what lies ahead. Eric, being one of my biggest support systems, next to my family, once told me that, “The hardest part of new beginnings is that they follow painful endings.” Words cannot describe how painful the ending of Eric’s life is to me, but I am positively looking at the future, excited for what it has in store.

Making goals for myself is something I always strived to do. I’m hoping that in writing this blog I will be able to share some of my goals with all of you. Will you help keep me accountable? I want to share with you what I’ve been working on the past month–some goals which I have accomplished already.

  1. On Saturday, I will move into my new home. I have been living with my parents since the end of October, but I am ready to get back to my grind in the city. I found a place in a new location with new people. I am excited to immerse myself in a new situation and hope to learn a lot from it. My new roommates seem pretty awesome (a Craigslist find)!
  2. I planned a quick vacation for myself, and will be heading to Naples, Florida on Sunday. One of my college roommates lives there with her husband, and she graciously invited me to spend a few days with them. I am looking forward to the sun, sand, and beach!
  3. I have been dabbling in new relaxation/mediation techniques. Shutting down my mind is hard for me. I am a perpetual thinker. I have been trying to meditate daily using guided meditation via the websites headspace.com and calm.com. I also started reading Relaxation Revolution by Herbert Benson, MD and William Proctor, JD. These men have thoroughly investigated how the mind can heal the body and soul. I hope to apply their scientifically proven techniques to my daily life. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

I would love to get some feedback from all of you, as this is my first time doing this. I will include all of you in my upcoming goals, adventures, and anything else I feel like blah blahing about. Here’s to new beginnings!

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14 comments

  1. Marianna · December 4, 2015

    Hey Girl. It’s Mar. I think that you should add your hippie food recipes and your workouts to this blog along with your other goals. Super excited to read about your adeventures in 2016!

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    • Kim · December 4, 2015

      Ali! I am so happy you started a blog! You inspire me 🙂 I also agree with Mar, keep us posted on any yummy recipes and fun workouts you always seem to be doing. Have fun in Naples!

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  2. Dawn · December 4, 2015

    I enjoyed reading about your plans…writing has always been a carthadic way to sort things out for me. Hopefully, you’ll find the same. Eric sounds like he was wise beyond his years-there’s never enough time w/a person of his caliber-but he was right-to new beginnings. 💗

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  3. Kathleen · December 4, 2015

    It’s Not the Strongest of the Species that Survive, nor the Most Intelligent, but the One Most Responsive to Change – Charles Darwin

    Namaste – Aunt K

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  4. Anna DiVietro · December 4, 2015

    You should be very proud of yourself Ali. I admire your determination to move forward with your life , perhaps learning in the hardest way possible, how little time there ever is to waste. Sounds to me like you’ll seize the day, everyday. Wishing you all the very best!

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  5. Carmen · December 4, 2015

    Ali, well done!! Aunque estemos lejos, estamos para apoyarte. Love always!!

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  6. Cata · December 4, 2015

    Chica – You are a brave soul. I want to read about all your thoughts and ideas and feelings AND AND AND your amazing DIY’s. Sending love your way.

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  7. This Book is a Movie · December 4, 2015

    Ali,

    Writing is wonderful. So lovely to share! I hope your trip in Florida is rejuvenating, and feeling the sun and soft wind can remind you that the world loves you.

    Moving is good. New space is curious. I remember moving to Portland, where everything was different and everything reminded me only of new things. Is Holmes with you still? I bet he is attached at the hip.

    Have you ever tried a Bikram yoga class? It’s so intense, and mind-clearing.. If you haven’t, and you’re willing to deal with the heat, let me know! We can go together. It’s such a great class to help clear the mind for 90 minutes.

    I’m so glad you are bloggin’, and look forward to future updates. 🙂

    -Anne

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  8. This Book is a Movie · December 4, 2015

    Ali,
    space is curious. I remember moving to Portland, where everything was different and everything reminded me only of new things. Is Holmes with you still? I bet he is attached at the hip.

    Have you ever tried a Bikram yoga class? It’s so intense, and mind-clearing.. If you haven’t, and you’re willing to deal with the heat, let me know! We can go together. It’s such a great class to help clear the mind for 90 minutes.

    I’m so glad you are bloggin’, and look forward to future updates. 🙂

    -Anne

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  9. Aunt Susan · December 4, 2015

    Not much of a writer, either! But enjoy reading from those I care about! Your plans sound just right. Thanks!

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  10. Beck Anstee · December 4, 2015

    Ali – keep writing! I’m putting this in my feed. Just write what’s on your mind, if people don’t like it, they can get their own dang blog.

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  11. Jonny K · December 4, 2015

    I have blogs scattered all over the Internet, it really does help

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  12. kelseygreene · December 15, 2015

    Ali,
    Rachel and I are thrilled to have you as a roommate. Although we have not spent much time together yet, it is evident that you are a truly remarkable, kind, strong individual.

    Using Craigslist as well, I came to this apartment seeking new beginnings and have been continuously pleased with the encouragement, hope and support I have been able to find.

    I also try to write a blog, but admit I’m inconsistent… maybe we can help hold each other accountable with our writing! Heres a post from when I first moved here: http://kelseygreene.com/2015/05/10/turning-a-new-leaf-in-the-windy-city/

    I look forward to getting to know you more and creating fun memories together!

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  13. Vicky · December 15, 2015

    This is the Center in Madison that I was telling you about. They are doing some really cool stuff with meditation!
    http://www.investigatinghealthyminds.org/

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