This is 45

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

Here I am, equidistant from 15 and 75. Equal parts wonder and “meh.” At 45, I’m now parentless. At 45, I miss my mom more than ever. At 45, I’m preparing for one of my birdies to leave the nest, the other in just two years. At 45, I am loved and supported beyond what I ever expected. At 45, …

Bookends

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

My son, my first child, was born at the end of 1997. Four months later, nearly to the day, my mom died. That same son, now 18, graduated from high school last Saturday. Two days later, my dad died. Bookends: “occur or be positioned at the end or on either side of something” On that Saturday of graduation, I called …

Taking A New Path

Allison Nazarian Health, Living Life, Real Life

Lately I have been going out of my way to go out of my way. Going straight when I usually turn right. Saying “yes” to something I may have said “no” to the past eight times in a row. Eating meat for breakfast (that’s a whole other story…). Deciding to laugh instead of be annoyed when my daughter’s plans change …

Your Miracle

Allison Nazarian Inspiration, Life Lessons, Real Life

Your miracle. It’s coming. Even when you don’t see it or a hint of its light. It’s on its way. And there isn’t much you have to do to make sure it finds its way to you. That’s part of the miracle, like it knows. It’s hard to remember, when things seem shitty or off-course or very un-miracle-like. And maybe …

Safe

Allison Nazarian Life Lessons, One Word, Real Life

Per Wikipedia, safety is the state of being “safe,” the condition of being protected against physical, social, spiritual, financial, political, emotional, occupational, psychological, educational or other types or consequences of failure, damage, error, accidents, harm or any other event which could be considered non-desirable. Those are a lot of potentially non-safe things. No wonder people are so stressed and worried …

Radical Rest

Allison Nazarian Healing, Health, Real Life

Most of us do not rest enough. Most of us need more rest. And by “rest,” I mean more than your standard 8-hours-of-sleep. I mean rest. Quiet. Stoppage. Retreating within. Unfortunately, our days, our reputations, our self-worth is in many ways based upon how much we can do and get done, how well we plow through our to-dos, how consistently …

How Alone Is Alone?

Allison Nazarian Life Lessons, Real Life

Last night, I met a friend for dinner. She told me she thought about cancelling beforehand because she’d been such a recluse lately, but decided not to because she thought I’d be upset if she did. (I would have understood.) Recluse. Alone. Solitary. We talked about our tendencies to be more alone than not. We work alone. We enjoy our …