“WHEN WE DENY THE STORY, IT DEFINES US. WHEN WE OWN THE STORY, WE CAN WRITE A BRAVE NEW ENDING.”~ Brene Brown
Howdy, I am Alison!
What is my story?
I am a Colorado Girl transplanted to France in 2013 and then to Madagascar in 2018. With my childhood spent frolicking in the Rocky Mountains, my first love is nature, physical geography, and sleeping under the stars, but I need people. I’ll try just about anything once. I enjoy most things I try.
My grandmothers and all the strong women in my family have been my inspiration for years; they also taught me my great loves of baking, cooking, traveling, and doing yoga. All this given that one of them never made it off the ground in an airplane, and the other didn’t bake. I am grateful that as a young woman, my mom imparted in me the gift of unabashed joyful confidence and kindness.
To me, life is about making love, practicing compassion, making connections, pursuing excellence, leaving the world better than when I arrived.
I adore architecture and botanical gardens, beautiful food, tasty food, anything handmade with love. I love to move my body, to laugh, to sleep, to read, to yoga, to run, and to try new things.
As someone who’s always loved a job well-done, I’ve been drawn to positions of leadership since childhood. From community organizing to management, I am passionate about speaking up for what is right and guiding individuals to do and be their best.
As a pacifist married to a retired soldier [conundrum]. I am a cowgirl and a city-slicker [conundrum]. An American and an Expat. An immigrant and possible an emigrant. I am a stranger in a strange land and get called that every day here, and yet I feel at home. The Malagasy word is Vazaha — sometimes it’s a compliment, sometimes it’s a statement of fact, and sometimes it’s not so nice. I am reminded each day that I am both a foreigner and that I am welcome.
I am a logophile, a bibliophile, a cafephile, and an advocate of becoming our best selves and leading from within.
“For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others. And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.”
Over the last decade, I’ve struggled, and I’ve grown through many diverse experiences from working as the Executive Director of a community-led NGO to moving overseas (twice), working through a divorce, and multiple miscarriages into the beauty of motherhood.
As a woman, as a mother, as a friend, and as a SoMo Leader, I’ve transformed my life. I’ve done this by working through my fears, to find my courage.
I wouldn’t trade my life for any other, and I am living proof that pretty much everything is figure-out-able. That said, what I wouldn’t give to know what I know now, ten or more years ago.
My commitment to the world is to train and coach SoMo Leaders who can champion what is right, who can uncover what our world needs, and be the agents of change that we need.
In this, if I can help you or your organization in one session or twenty, I am here. Reach out. I’ll listen.
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