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Hi, I’m Alison.

Shaken, not stirred.

Welcome Friend. I’m Alison – A self-proclaimed vivacious virtuoso of wellness and soul-sculpting.

Step inside, where we belly laugh in the face of adversity, twirl on the dance floor of personal growth, and salute our sisters in arms as we navigate this maze of “self-improvement.”

Or as I like to call it, “me make-over.”

I divide my time between Northern California and my spellbinding hideaway in Edinburgh, Scotland.

I locked down my badass husband (AW) in January of 2022, and we travel back and forth with my equally badass Dutch Shepherd.  Oh, and AW despises social media, so I write and post about him, constantly on the “gram.”

In the US, I am surrounded by acreage of delicious nature. Angus the Yellow Labrador, 6 Angora goats, dozens of chickens, and Blaze, the cat.


I am an old soul and clearly born in the wrong century.

A self-proclaimed extrovert who loves to be alone.

I see through rose-colored glasses, though I wear classic Ray-Ban’s.

I also cannot overcome my insatiable desire for french fries slathered in nacho cheese, though a side of ranch will do.

Last, I anxiously await the start of a new day. 

But that wasn’t always the case.  In fact, the “old me looking for a new me” is how this site was created.

Head on over to the article if you’d like some verbal vomit; it’s quite juicy!

So welcome, my new friend!

Explore away – on these pages, you will find curated finds and personal musings.

Whether you are a Cozy Contessa, Blanket Baroness, Wilderness Whisperer, or Sunlight Seeker, I’ve got you covered!

Travel Addict? SAME. I am a Restless Roamer, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am so glad you are here.

Pursuing happiness is an act of self-care.  Honoring your well-being and nurturing your spirit is self-love.

I remain committed to providing you with ego-boosting escapades and inspiration. I’m also here to spark joy and encourage you to create a balanced and bountiful life, shaken, not stirred.

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