My Story

"Before" -- April 2009
I'm an unlikely Dairy Queen.
I was born and raised in western New Jersey in a lovely town called Tewksbury, an area I used to consider rural before moving to Vermont. My family still lives there.


About fifteen minutes after graduating Bryn Mawr College with a BA in English, I started a job at an advertising agency in New York City. If I'd had the guts, I would have tried to make a living as a writer...but alas, no guts. For the next ten years, I toiled at various desk jobs with the lofty ambition of climbing the corporate ladder. Although I was determined to achieve it, my goal in life was vague at best — “be successful!” To me, this meant working very hard at demanding jobs and relationships until THE GREAT REWARD was revealed. Although I was not certain of the shape THE GREAT REWARD would take, I was confident it was eminent! Surely, the hard work would pay off and surely everyone would be impressed.  I dismissed that little voice in my head that kept asking “are we there yet?” and forged onward!


Meanwhile, my personal life was a disaster. I was 30 years old and completely adrift. The relationship I'd built my 20's around had collapsed. I needed a place to live, so I moved back home into my parents' basement. I was working 14 hours a day. I was tired all the time. For all my outward "success," I was a wreck on the inside.


"After" -- July 2010
Then one day, a series of random events at work led me to Vermont to handle some business matters. The cool air, mountain views, and quirky people lured me in. I began to wish I could stay here. And then all of a sudden I realized...I could! There was nothing stopping me except some vague notion of what I thought I "should" be doing with my life. I promptly called my boss and quit my corporate job.


When I finally let go and started relaxing and enjoying my life, some amazing things happened. I travelled a lot, by myself, and met many inspiring people who were living life on their own terms. I got the courage to start writing again. I began to feel comfortable in my own skin. And I fell in love.


Today I live on a dairy farm just outside of Burlington, Vermont, with my loving, wonderful, hunky dairy farmer and my beloved terrier, Moe. While I don't claim to have found all the answers in life, I've sure learned a lot about what not to do. I'm still working hard, but I've redirected my efforts. I am working on balance. I am working on living in the moment.


Thank you for reading my blog!


-Alison

"This is the path we take in cultivating joy: learning not to armor our basic goodness, learning to appreciate what we have." -Pema Chodron



So, what is this blog about?
I blog about all sorts of things, but most of what I have to say can be divided into a few themes...

Food: I love to cook, but I am not a fancy cook. I try to eat healthy, but I love butter. The ultimate satisfaction in life for me is fulfilling my Little House on the Prairie dream of cooking food I've grown in my own back yard

Gardening: I am obsessed with growing things...flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs. And once I grow them, I want to cook them (see above)

Farming: Before I knew better, my ideas about farming were mostly shaped by nursery rhymes and the hippy who sold beets at the Union Square Green Market. I've learned there's a lot more to it, and I'm still learning every day.

Tending the menagerie: Caring for cows, chickens, bees, and other creatures

Making things: I love crafty endeavors, like sewing and salvaging. If there's yarn or glitter involved, I'm all in.

Living Simply: I have a talent for over-complicating things. But I'm trying my best to live simply, and in the moment.
"Those who cannot tell what they desire of expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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