There you are! Welcome.
I’ve been waiting to tell you how much you are loved. My name is Allison. I’m a writer, artist, and heart encourager living in grace and hoping you will come to rest living there too. Though I may not yet know your name, I know you love people, work hard and find joy in serving others. Sometimes though, you lose sight of your own needs for caring for others and stumble over finding ways to authentically express yourself. You are passionate, creative and love the Lord. Eager to please others, you sometimes lose site of who you really are in favor of the things others tell you, you need to be.
Here you will find a place to show up just as you are and know Christ really has done it all for us. My job is to help you find peace in the chaos, simplicity in the overwhelm and joy in the everyday art of serving others.
I’m looking forward to meeting you!
Welcome to the one place in the digital world where you will find me sipping a cup of coffee, usually one that needs reheating, clicking away in my WordPress haven, and scribbling on a cheap spiral-bound notebook, all under the auspice of becoming a professional. Professional is a term I define loosely and on different occasions, with various meanings.
I am a writer who struggles to make art, and an artist who struggles to write. If you totally get that, you have arrived at a safe place for both of us.
I’m a wife and mother of 5 precious children, 2 girls and 3 boys, ages 22, 19, 14, 12 and 9. I live with my family just outside of Winston-Salem, NC, my home state and an hour and a half north of Charlotte, home of the Carolina Panthers, my favorite football team; and the reason you will not be able to reach me on the phone on Sunday afternoons during football season. You could however stop by with a snack and drink to share if you are prepared for some crazy times and are willing to cheer for my team. I’d love the company and Panthers fans often become the best of friends.
On Becoming A Writer
After publishing my first newspaper article at the tender age of eight, I fell into anonymity and decided to to follow my lessor passions. You know, chasing boys, covering up my real talents for my imagined ones and convincing myself I was not cut out to be either, an artist or a writer. I dabbled in poetry briefly in high school, having several pieces published. But again, chalked it up to hormones and went off to college to do something else entirely.
Today I write to help women find their identities in Christ so they can live courageously. I write to help women simplify their lives so they are able to live freely in their best rather than staying swamped in the overwhelm. I write to help women navigate crazy change in their lives so they are able to fully be who they were created to be — Free to live loved and free to give their best to those God has placed in their lives.
I would love to meet you here whenever you need a break, a listening ear, or just a whisper of truth, reminding you how precious and dearly loved you already are!
Love Notes of Grace in a law wearied World
As I struggled to know what to write about and where to put what I wanted to write about, I decided in 2016 to consolidate all of my writing in this one site. The overarching theme is that Grace has the final say in everything we do because of and through Jesus Christ. I also realized that I was tired, very tired of constantly seeking to do more, be more, accomplish more. Over time I also realized that some of my expectations of myself had come to me through the voices of others and I simply internalized them as my own.
Maybe this is true for you as well. Love Notes of Grace became my way of reminding myself and I hope you too that the Law’s job of “do this”, “don’t do that” is to show us our unbelievable need for a Savior. The law will not save us – No matter how hard we keep trying and keep working at it. Thankfully, it is at just that place of brokenness and despondency in our own sufficiency that Grace steps in to give us everything we are not able to do for ourselves. Grace fulfills the Law for us. All of it. Forever.
Hope for the Idealist Soul
I’ve created this place as a safe haven for the Idealist Soul. I write for the dreamer who longs to be more of a doer and the people-person who seeks a balance between serving others and finding a place for her own soul to rest. Here you will find help in discovering your unique voice filtered through your true identity in Christ. I’ll also help you simplify your overly busy & hope-filled life so you can better see what makes you come fully alive and who you are best meant to serve.
As modern Christian women, we listen to a huge number of voices telling us who we are. Some positive and others downright toxic. I’d like to help you weed out the toxic and focus on the you God created you to be. Please join me as we dive deeply into…
- Identity in Christ
- Graceful Living
- Seasons of Live
- Connecting the Dreaming with the Doing
- On Serving Others
You can contact me here. Please do. I will be sure to get back with you as soon as possible. I would love to hear from you.
Other Places I have Written (moving here)
After blogging since 2009, I realized (this blog is filled with realizations!) that I have a limited amount of time and energy. Most of my big blogging themes and dreams and domain names have fallen by the wayside. Yes, I have to admit it, I am a total domain name junky. It’s the dreaming part. But there is only one me. So with the help of other mentors, I decided in 2016 to consolidate all of my blog efforts into one place that I might have a chance of keeping up with — one me, one blog.
One of the longest running sites was Southern Girl at Heart (dot) com and it contained my collection of gluten free and real foods friendly Southern family recipes. I will be moving this here and shutting it down.
Coming Soon – As an educational therapist and dyslexia specialist, I will also be moving my Heart for Learning Studio stuff here as well.
Looking for Classic Southern Recipes remade to be Gluten-Free and Real Foods Friendly?
I wrote on a blog for 5 years called Southern Girl at Heart (dot) com. This is where I collected my Southern Family-Favorite recipes and redesigned them to be gluten-free and real foods friendly. On February 8, 2016 I decided to close that blog and focus on this one. Over the next several months, I will be transferring the best from that blog and posting the recipes under the Wellness SubCategory — Southern Girl at Heart. You can read about my decision HERE in the post MOVING SOUTHERN GIRL AT HEART.
To get you started, you can find a collection of my 31 Days of Gluten Free Recipes originally posted in October of 2014.