How These Things Happen

Allison Nazarian Inspiration, Real Life

1: Life happens, flows, ebbs, progresses. Seems fine. Or, seems like what you think fine is supposed to feel like. 2: Stuff arises. You ignore. Stuff never goes away. You tell yourself it must be related to you. You need to change. Be better. Act better. Do better. 3: You push yourself to change. You remind yourself of where you …

Empty

Allison Nazarian Inspiration, Real Life

This morning we were gathered around my sister’s table, everyone eating breakfast and/or engaged in his or her separate Apple product yet still managing to have some sort of human conversation. We discussed turkey and shopping, gluten and diapers, cream cheese and lasagna. (Somehow it all seemed related at the time.) And as we started to discuss furniture and decor …

A Regular Day At The Mall

Allison Nazarian Inspiration, Life Lessons

Today I went to a mall that seemed straight out of 1979, from Dairy Queen to the $3 photo booth to the haggard-looking Santa plopping one kid after another on his lap. I aimlessly walked around for two hours with my kids, my sister and her husband. I had no agenda, no schedule, nowhere to be and no expectations of …

Not Your Typical Unconditional Love Story

Allison Nazarian Real Life, The Life of Allison

I have a dog. Her name is Ebony. That was the name she came with. We call her Ebby. She is mostly Lab and blacker than whatever you think the most black thing is. She is approximately 4-years-old. I say approximately because we were not her first owners. We were not really even her second owners, come to think of …

The Story In You

Allison Nazarian Inspiration, Share Your Story

I was about 12 or 13 when I figured out that not every grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor. That not every grandmother remembers the very day Hitler’s troops invaded her Polish city. That not every grandmother became a darling of the speaking circuit, freely sharing the details of her harrowing and ultimately life-affirming story with people in churches, schools and …