Free

Allison Nazarian Freedom, One Word, There, I Said It

I am totally free. Utterly and completely. And you know what? You are, too. Make money however you choose. Complain about the current way you make money, knowing full well you can change that way. You can complain. Period. You can decide to stop listening to others complain. Name your kids whatever you choose. You can drive to work. You …

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Allison Nazarian Inspiration, Living Life, There, I Said It

Just do it. There comes a time in every stage of each of our journeys at which there is nothing left to do but act. You’re read about it. You’ve written about it. You’ve told all your Facebook friends and your twitter followers and your mailing list people and your real friends and your significant others and whomever else, including …

How Are You Really?

Allison Nazarian Freedom, Real Mess, There, I Said It

Today, what if, when someone asked “How are you,?” you actually gave a real answer? What if, instead of chirping a happy answer like “Great!” or “Awesome, how about you?” you were a little more honest than that? “I’m having trouble paying my bills.” “My kids are on my last nerve.” “My relationship is feeling a little boring.” “I’m still …

Look At Me, Look At Me!

Allison Nazarian There, I Said It, Truth

When you are having a bad day/time/thing, do you try to ride it through or do you try to do something to change it? Do you acknowledge it and then allow yourself to feel it and stay in it or do you do what you can to turn things around? Do you turn to the Facebooks of the world and …

Choosy Moms Don’t Choose BK

Allison Nazarian Health, The Life of Allison, There, I Said It

Last night, I had three kids (my 2 + Kid 2’s BFF) and few dinner options. I am usually super-organized ahead of time as far as dinner, snacks and the like. Last night, I wasn’t. Kid 2 also informed me that we needed to go to the library for an emergency book she forgot all about until the last minute. …

Some Things I Love About You Right Now

Allison Nazarian Living Life, Love, There, I Said It

I love how you feel fear and doubt and uncertainty, yet you forge ahead anyway. I love how you’ve gone hours before realizing you have something green and leafy wedged in-between your two front teeth. I love when you realize that “should” and “supposed to” aren’t in charge of your life. At least not anymore. I love how you hit …

Grumplicious

Allison Nazarian Real Life, There, I Said It

This morning I woke up grumpy. Not cheery. Not bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Not ready to face the day. Not chipper. No butterflies and birdies circling my head.  Grumpy. Grumbling about my mediocre (at best) night’s sleep, stressed about my deadlines today, pissy about how I ate over the weekend, at the ready to snap at the first person who might …

How To Make Yourself Miserable

Allison Nazarian Life Lessons, There, I Said It

When it comes to being miserable, there are, of course, many ways to skin a cat. Many roads lead to the place called Miserable: Pretend. You smile when you want to cry. You want to make sure everyone knows how happy you are, even when you aren’t.  Everything’s great, everything’s perfect. So grateful! So blessed! So wonderful! Pretend loves the …