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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Story On Salon.com

I was asked to write a 2,000 word essay on my story.  I've written blogs here and there about how I started on my journey and all of the steps I took to get here.  Today, Salon.com published my story that I wrote about the past three years of my life and it ended up on the front page of their website.  Needless to say, I am thrilled and a bit wary at the same time.

I don't mind writing personal things here and there about myself (which I do) on this blog, but I couldn't believe the amount of support as well as criticism I received for it.  Everyone has an opinion and not everyone can do, is willing to do, or even wants to do what I have done and continue to do.  There is a lot of talk about the money I made at my job in the corporate world.  The fact is, my first job after college (and many jobs after that) was minimum wage and I never in my wildest dreams thought I could make six figures.  At one point, I told my boss that I thought I was making too much money.  I am certainly not in that situation today, but it's the choice I made and yes, I am extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to be in that circumstance.

In any case, it's a summary of quitting my job and quitting alcohol to gain a life.

A sincere thank you to all that have followed me, and continue to follow me on this journey and for all of the help I've had along the way from the kindness of strangers.  I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

To read the full article, click HERE

6 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Just keep in mind that opinions are like holes, people have them and they usually stink. Congratulations on your essay being published. Those who criticise lack the courage you possess.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing some of the more personal sides of yourself besides the artistic. Life is vast with its ups and downs and gifts that it presents.Some people sit and take it all in from the comfort of their own home and some like you are more tactile and need to get out there and see,smell,taste,hear and feel it. I am sure those times with just you and nature aren't done.
You have accomplished many things in the past 3 years.I personally am thankful for you and your art being in the world!

joe said...

Hi Alison - When you find yourself in the SF bay area let us know. My wife and I have a story that involves life changes and airstream i think you should here. We published a book called Carve Your Own Road a couple years ago about it. Great work and congratulations on defining this life for yourself!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing.

Roy in Seattle

Alison said...

Thank you so much everyone!

I was surprised to see all of the negative comments on the salon site when the story was only meant to inspire.

I appreciate your comments here!

xo, Alison

Anonymous said...

Art has it critics and you can't take someones reaction or response personal.Its just their experience of the story reflected back with all their unprocessed story inside themselves coming out and relating.Hit a cord as they say! Sometimes is beautiful and in tuned and sometimes not so much.

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