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January 23, 2020

On the blank slate of a new year, we often follow the ritual of setting resolutions and making goals about how things are going to be different. We feel permission to dream big, to start fresh with habits, actions, and ambitions to improve our lives.

And yet, statistics reveal that over three-fourths of us fail to stick to those resolutions past February. Which means as I’m writing this, in mid-January, I’m already slipping on my goals I had written down in my journal as I envisioned for 2020 Allie.

As an idealist, it’s second nature to create plans and visions for how my life could look. I’m great at making strategies for how to set myself up for success. I love the giddy anticipation for wha...

January 9, 2020

Last year, my New Year’s Resolution was to be more financially savvy. Actually, I went on a year-long quest to lean into things I tend to avoid. Hard, intimidating things like money, conflict, cooking in the kitchen. You know—adulting.

As my marketing business was starting to grow, I knew I needed to understand how to track and grow my revenue, how to navigate through a P&L spreadsheet, and how to better track my expenses throughout the month.

But ever since I was young, money felt like a scary thing. Crossing my fingers and hoping I had enough was my preferred way to handle things.

“I just don’t like thinking about money.”

“I’m not a finances kind-of person.”

“I’m no good at that stuff.”

That’s w...

December 30, 2019

There’s something special about the rituals surrounding a new beginning. 

Greeting a new morning with meditation, journaling, and a fresh cup of coffee. 

Going to Target to shop for new school supplies—the freshly sharpened pencils and brand new notebooks feeling full of possibility. 

Picking out the perfect playlist to listen to at the beginning of a road trip.

The habit to pause in the midst of transition helps me usher in a new start, inspiring me as I adventure into new territories.  

One of my favorite rituals for transition happens in the liminal space between Christmas and New Years. The last week of the year can be filled with extended family gatherings and leftover Christmas cookies...

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