Write What You Know

Allison Nazarian Inspiration, Life Lessons

That’s the go-to advice when the question is “What do I write about?” And like many things that are cliched or over-used, it is actually true: Writing what you know is the basis for beautiful, brilliant, true life stories. So today, in the middle of a week in which I’ve faced some hard facts (mostly about myself), made some tough …

People Like You

Allison Nazarian Life Lessons, Real Life, The Life of Allison

Some of you know I was involved in an unfortunate event this weekend. I wrote about it here if you care to read more. Since the post and the subsequent update, a few more emails have gone back and forth. Clearly, the apology or even acknowledgment I was looking for isn’t exactly on its way. Instead, comments about how rude …

When Rules Suck

Allison Nazarian Real Life, The Life of Allison

I promised myself I would write today, but I didn’t expect to be writing about this. In the grand scheme of things, what I am about to tell you about is certainly no big deal and I will likely have forgotten about it (I hope) in a few days’ time. But right now I am sobbing uncontrollably and very, very …

Creative?! Me?! Yuck! (Really?)

Allison Nazarian Real Life, The Life of Allison

A client I’ve worked with on several projects over the years is a marketing and management consultant. What that means for him and his clients isn’t relevant to this post; what it means for me is that he works with physicians and medical practices needing marketing campaigns and plans — and I write the words for all of the actual …

The Midnight Train Goin’ Anywhere

Allison Nazarian Life Lessons, No More B.S., There, I Said It

At some point, I stopped being a believer. I once believed, then I didn’t. And I haven’t for a long, long time. Believed. In myself. In you, too. In anything for that matter. Belief is kind of like a stew with three equal parts trust, faith and something I’ll liken to gumption. Belief is about trusting in the unknown and …

The Perfection Of The Broken

Allison Nazarian Inspiration, Life Lessons

(Note: I wrote this while sitting on the bleachers at my daughter’s basketball game. My butt hurt, as did my back. Those bleachers are not comfortable for a middle-schooler, let alone for a 39-year-old mother of two, even one with ample butt padding. I rarely write by hand, with actual pen to paper, so it felt different, and I felt …