Welcome

DON'T BE LIKE THE REST OF THEM, DARLING.

Hi, my name is Alyssa!

I'm a mommy, graphic designer, and coffeehouse owner. Born and raised Alaskan, lifelong zen seeker, and decade old vegetarian. 

Recovering perfectionist, self-love/care enthusiast. Talking genuine feeling, and sharing healing. 

ZEN

Working on this space

VEGANISM

my experiences in eating clean, local places in AK with vegan options

BOOK CLUB

books that change my world, currently reading

OUR ADVENTURES

Things we love, places we go, sights we see

May 5, 2018

Before I jump into telling you to just *treat yo self* and love yourself and be confident and in love with you like it's the easiest thing on earth - let me be the first to admit:

I know it's not that easy. I've allowed insecure people to convince me to question my worth for most of my life. I've allowed bonafide crazy people to make me question my sanity. I've allowed stereotypes and common misconceptions to define me in my worst, and I've believed every hateful, harsh, untrue word about myself. I have spent the past decade (at least) wondering if I am attractive and kind and interesting and worthy, and have allowed toxic people to verify that I am, in fact, not. 

 I've spent the pa...

April 25, 2018

 Want to hear a really cool story about how my family made it to Alaska? 

My grandpa, Steve, fresh out of high school, left his pregnant girl in Washington to find a job in the great state in 1971. He hitchhiked (before that was a scary murderer thing to do), crossed the Canadian border in a truckbed full of weapons (before that was something that was patrolled at borders *apparently*), and got a job on the railroad as soon as he found Anchorage (before it was cool). My grandpa, filled with young ambition and the motivation to provide for his growing family, started in a low position, and by 1974 became a conductor of the Alaska Railroad.

If you rode an Alaskan train between then an...

April 9, 2018

Okay, let's just be real: first quarter is over and most of us don't even remember what our 2018 resolutions were. Right now, we're focussed on our beach bods and not much else, and that counts because we're eating better.

I think I have a crumpled up list somewhere at the bottom of my diaper/computer/toy bag that details the new me and the 365 fresh starts for the year. In it - no more sugar, or gossiping, or watching TV instead of reading, or driving when I can walk, and all the other stuff I've broken more than once. 

However; I took one of my broadest resolutions SUPER seriously and I'm proud to say that I've held onto it religiously despite my boyfriend's eye rolls at salads and...

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