Why I’ve decided 2015 is my year….

Alison has been through some massive and difficult life changes over the last two years. But now she is ready. Read on to find out why 2015 is her year and how she is making the world a better place…

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When Amica offered me the opportunity to put pen to paper (or in my case tapping out on the keyboard!) I jumped at the chance.  Amica has grown to be a place of support, insight but most importantly friendship. 

And that’s when I started to freak out. So many women I have the honour of calling friends and work colleagues have found their niche, some even having contributed to Amica. I love watching and reading about their journeys through their blogs, articles and great advice from women who come from all walks of life.

Yep I froze…what was it that I had to offer? I’m not particularly funny or dare I say talented and as I recently reflected with a close friend am still waiting to find the one thing I’m really good at!

Recently divorced, no children (two furbabies if this counts), a workaholic and almost 32 years had me thinking I probably wasn’t an expert on much. But then things changed…

After spending the good part of two years going through a pretty messy separation (yep there may be some of you reading and hearing this for the first time) and cutting myself off from the outside world, I decided enough was enough. I was unhappy, exhausted but sadly had become an angry person who internalised everything. I’d sleep away the weekends and spent 12-14 hours a day at work (yep pretty sad aren’t I).

On some of my darkest days I’d screen calls from family and loved ones, hideaway from the world and hope that my nightmare would go away…that’s when I realised it wasn’t.

When I finally stopped blaming and realised only I could start to rebuild my life,my mindset started to shift. I’ll be honest it didn’t happen overnight. There have been lots of tears, good days and lonely days but what I’ve learnt all on my own is:

  1. I am stronger than I think…yep my world fell apart in 2013.   hurt by someone I trusted the most and had my heart broken into a gazillion pieces. Only with time and hindsight have I been able to reflect on things and see people for their true worth. No one can or will do this to me again. I deserve better.
  2. Don’t compare my life to others…we are all on a different journey and life continues to test us all in different ways at different times.
  3. My dreams of 5 years ago aren’t the same anymore…but guess what?! I am creating new ones…ones that nurture my heart and mind. Dreams that go beyond buying the latest sass and bide outfit or Mimco bag (for the record I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with this!).  Dreams that contribute to making the world a better place.
  4. Family will stand by me no matter what…whether it was 2am phone calls to my brothers or Dad driving to see me in the middle of the night, my family have never let me down. I hope they know how much I love them.
  5. We are only given what we are ready for…my journey in 2015 has only just begun! This is my favourite!
  6. One of the most courageous decisions you will ever make is to finally let go of whatever is hurting your heart and soul…this has been the hardest one of all.
  7. Listen to my heart…it never lies.

And this is where number 7 has led my so far in 2015… learning Italian (my dream holiday is to spend 6 months in Italy), started dance lessons, started yoga, finally got a new job (woo hoo!), volunteering and travelling to Ethiopia (yep you heard correct Ethiopia) in May.

Now I won’t lie – I am a little scared and Mum has been really good at sharing her concerns with me as well! But part of my healing process I have decided,is giving back to the world. I have had an amazingly privileged upbringing not wanting for anything but somehow felt there was something bigger for me but most importantly bigger than me…how grateful I am to be given this experience. 

So if the first few weeks of 2015 are anything to go by I am off to a roaring start! You can read more about the journey I am embarking on through the Business Chicks Immersion and Leadership Program here .

100 Hungry Hearts - how Alison is giving back.

100 Hungry Hearts – how Alison is giving back.

 

I have committed to raising $10 000 for The Hunger Project Australia. If you are able to contribute I’d be so grateful for your financial support. The money I raise will go to do amazing things and give those less fortunate than you and I a real opportunity.

And finally my mantra for 2015…to make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich beautiful or perfect. You just have to care.

 

Is 2015 a new beginning for you? What are your dreams for this year? Please let us know by leaving a comment!

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39 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing Al! I cannot wait to see where your journey takes you. What a courageous woman! Wishing you only the best – the world is a better place for having you in it!

    • Thanks Bones. Women like u make it easy to become inspired and dream big – will never forget Raize the roof ball. Miss our CAM days xx

      • Thanks Bones. Women like urself have inspired me and to dream big – will never forget Raize the roof ball. Miss our CAM days xx

  2. Good on you, Al. If only more people had ‘Dreams that contribute to making the world a better place.’ All the best for 2015 and safe travels.

    • Thanks lovely. Ur travel stories have inspired me to make this year my year for travel. I reckon you should write ur own guide to Europe…just save me the first copy ok 🙂 xx

      • Thanks lovely. Ur travel stories have inspired me to make this year my year for travel. I reckon you should write ur own guide to Europe…just save me the first copy ok xx

  3. Good on you Al – great article! Good luck with the new adventure! Happy to practise Italian with you whenever you want! 🙂

    • Thanks Ingrid. I will definitely take you up on the offer of practice! I started a couple of years ago but forgotten most of it. It’s the food I’m dreaming about the moment hehehe xx

      • Thanks Ingrid. I will definitely take you up on the offer of practice! I started a couple of years ago but forgotten most of it. It’s the food I’m dreaming about the moment hehehe xx

  4. Al, you have a wonderful positive attitude, it’s very inspiring! I’m so glad 2015 is off to such a great start and I’m sure it will just get better and better 🙂

    And yep, fur children count!

    • Thanks Abs. Hope your fur babies are doing well and adjusting to a human baby lol. Best wishes for 2015 xx

      • Thanks Abs. Hope your fur babies are doing well and adjusting to a human baby lol. Best wishes for 2015 xx

  5. You are such an amazing woman and an inspiration to all who are fortunate enough to have you in their lives. We are the lucky ones. May 2015 bring you what you have been searching for love you xox

  6. Al – you’ve always been a beautiful, strong and caring person. What’s so wonderful about reading these words is that I can see you’re starting to believe it xo

    • I cracked reading your message Steph – thank you. I know we don’t get to see each other much but ur words of wisdom at times when I needed them have helped me more than you know – thank u. Xx

  7. Al, you are amazing and one of the most considerate and caring people I’ve ever met. Life is really crap sometimes but good on you for seeing the positive future. Who knows where you’ll be this time next year xo

  8. Your smile & laughter is so infectious, I love seeing how positive you can make doing burpees.
    For the record, burpees will never ever leave you (they’re loyal mofos) 😉

    • Bloddy burpees! I’m never going to get away from them! You make me want to train harder and be a better healthier me – so grateful Bernie paired me up with you. Your words of wisdom and support in those early days last year meant so much to me. Love ya and those Stoopid burpees lol xx

  9. Al….you are inspiring and you deserve the best! Our little chats in the little time that I have known you are memorable. You know some of hard times but now I hear your through your story. Follow your dreams and may you have success all the way through! Take care and stay in touch….much love, Indrani

  10. Waz and I love you A. Your new life awaits. You have always been special to us. Sounds like you are on your way. xxoo

  11. Alison, we are so thrilled to have you on board the Business Chicks Immersion program this year, it is perfect for you and the path you are on! Look forward to getting to know you more and this journey unfolds x

    • Thanks Millie. I am so grateful for this opportunity, I know it’s exactly where I need to be. Looking forward to sharing this amazing journey with 19 other women!

  12. Al you have done an amazing job of rising above adversity! So many exciting opportunities ahead for you – I know you’re gonna shine girl! Looking forward to catching up.

  13. Al you have done an amazing job of rising above adversity! So many exciting opportunities ahead for you – I know you’re gonna shine girl! Looking forward to catching up.

    • Thanks Sal. I was a little unsure sharing the article to be honest but glad I did. Hope you are well and can’t wait to catch up – it’s been
      too long!

    • Nachos! Thanks for always lending an ear (even if it’s been over too many tequila shots lol). This is our year my friend 🙂

  14. Dearest Ally, I think you are expecting people to be surprised. Well I am not. I have know you for nearly thirty years and recognise a strength and passion in you that is re-emerging. What you have lived through has left you bruised and saddened but it has not decreased the wonderful woman you are. I think it has made you stronger and made you look beyond your family and comfort zone. You are just about to embark on a venture that few of your friends would be brave enough to even contemplate. You are spreading your wings and taking a huge jump into life. You are sensible and so will take care of yourself and your mum will a
    Ways worry about you and your brothers because she cares so much about you. You also have one of the best dads in the world. The brothers are not too shabby either. Take the strength that oozes from your family and take life for a spin. We are very proud of you and soooo happy that the fog has lifted. Embrace life blossom and give it a good shake. Lots of hugs and love Robyn

    • I don’t have the words to do your message justice Mrs G. Love you guys so much and so grateful that after all these years and living half way around the world from each other I still think of you as family and Kat like the sister I never had. Thank you always for your support xx

  15. Al, this spoke to my heart so much. Although no one’s situation is ever the same, reading this reminded me of my own self realisation that I needed to make changes in my life about 12 months ago. 2014 was my year and I am sending all of my love and positive thoughts to you for 2015 to be yours. Spread your sparkle throughout the world, you have so much to give and I just know you will find love and success in whatever you choose to do.xx

    • Thank you lovely. I miss u heaps and know you’ve been in your own journey the last 18 months. So happy to see you happy. Loved watching your European adventures I’m glad things have worked out for you. Funny how they always do in their own time xx

  16. Hey A,

    Being a slack brother I just read ur blog! I’ve always known what you’re capable of, so this is no surprise to me 😉 But I am proud of how you’ve grown and I know that not only is 2015 going to be your year but so is 2016 and beyond! Much love

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