So I’m Making a Blog…

Hi guys!

I’m Alison. You can call me Ali, Alison Joann, Alijoann, or just plain Alison.

I guess I thought it would be fitting to make my first post a little bit of a biography and an explanation of what I currently expect my blog to be about. So read on if you’re curious about me or my ambitions :).

I am originally from a small town near Yosemite, CA – I’ll just say it’s in Tuolumne County if you’re somewhat familiar with the area. It’s a very unique area that most people don’t know exists in CA – a sort of Alpine-y, Southern feeling, small town area thats rather unaffected by time. To me it still feels like the 2000s a lot of the time when you look around here. It definitely isn’t really for me, I’ve always felt deep down like I have more of an urban/coastal soul. But there’s certain beautiful things about the countryside, and I will say that I have a deep appreciation for nature and plants and agriculture, and growing up where I did is a large reason for this.

From my last trip to Yosemite, January 2019.

I grew up with family in the Bay Area and loved going to the city as a child. Basically anywhere on the coast has always been my favorite place. I grew up frequenting Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio, Pescadero, San Francisco – I always looked at the Bay as a second home as a child.

I went to college at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – lovingly referred to as Cal Poly. I truly enjoyed my time in college, and I feel like it’s really shaped me into the person I am today. If you knew me in high school/elementary school you’d probably be shocked if you met me now. Something about SLO is very magical and I truly believe the energy of the city and the people helped me grow into myself and my confidence tremendously.

I always dreamed of living by the ocean growing up, and for half of college I was living in Morro Bay, CA with an ocean view, with my future fiancĂ©. This really made me feel like I can actually do anything I desire, as long as I truly want it and work my hardest towards achieving it. I graduated early, in 3 1/2 years with a B.S. in Agricultural Science. This was one of the largest challenges in my life as I went to college as a first generation student, virtually completely on my own – and I’m so proud of myself for not only graduating a prestigious, amazing college but graduating early from a college where that’s a rarity.

Graduation, December 2018, with my fiancé Ryan on the right (back when we were still only dating, time flies!). I was so happy, so full of joy and excitement and so so so proud.

Right now, as I write this I have been graduated from college for a little over a year now. I have had my first big girl job, working for a landscaping company in the Bay Area and living in Santa Cruz. It turned out not to be the best fit for me for many reasons, so I had to make the difficult decision to quit and move in with my father for the last 6 months. I’ve had some amazing moments traveling during this time with my family (such as my first trip to Maui), but overall it has been very difficult. I come from a very complicated, dysfunctional and damaged family, and to be completely honest I don’t have a good functioning relationship with anybody in my family currently. It’s been very difficult for me to be around them and has brought up a lot of issues that I’m dealing with – and I can at least be thankful through this resurfaced trauma that I have been able to begin healing and putting it behind me. Like I said, its a very complicated situation that I might explain one day on here, but now isn’t the right time. But I will say this to anyone else in a similar situation as me: you are no less worthy because you don’t have a relationship with your family. It’s okay to take space for yourself to heal and be your own person if you need to. Don’t let anyone else, or society pressure you into maintaining unhealthy relationships.

Well, that got a little heavy there. Can’t help it sometimes! I think that’s enough talking about me here, I’ll save that for future posts.

My plan for this blog is to focus on my passions, hobbies, lifestyle – basically I want to share some of my life with anyone who’s interested! I’m planning on talking about fashion, beauty, mental health (mainly anxiety/depression, which I am inclined to suffer from), nature/plants/food, and hopefully I will have some apartment decor to show off soon!

I have been writing and re-writing this first introduction blog post for a few weeks now, trying to make my maiden voyage into blogging perfect. So thank you from the bottom of my heart if you read this far, I guess I managed to accomplish my goal if you’re still reading :).