alison
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alison
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1 Day 17 Hours Ago

taken from the top of el castillo at chichén itzá in 2005, about a month before it was closed to climbing due to a poor woman falling to her death. just looking at this photo today gives me the chills, so unbelievably steep 😬

alison
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4 Days 17 Hours Ago

7 years ago, i went to turks and caicos with one of my best girlfriends. i had just gone through a divorce, and my drinking was out of control. instead of bonding with my friend on the beach, i spent the better part of two weeks bellied up to the hotel bar during the day and going out with strange men to get wasted at the local bars at night. i honestly don’t remember much of that trip. and my behavior caused a huge rift in our friendship . fast forward half a decade...this picture was taken on a two-week trip to italy with that same friend and our other girlfriend when i was a little over 4 years sober. i was a different person. i was able to be present and sober and fun and responsible and helpful and not completely self-absorbed (all things a good friend should have been doing all along, but i just wasn’t capable when i was in active addiction). this trip was a complete juxtaposition from the turks and caicos trip . for me, THIS is the gift of recovery. to be able to be present and show up for my life and those who are so dear to me. thank god i have such amazing friends that stuck around, because god knows i was not a treat circa 2011 🙃

alison
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6 Days 15 Hours Ago

morocco has the largest concentration of cats that i’ve ever seen, and though they live on the streets (so they may look dirty), it is a community effort to care for these animals. i spent a lot of time talking to locals while i was petting these cats (and picking them up and carrying them around 😹), and every single one gushed about how they love taking care of the cats because they are good luck and beautiful creatures. it made my heart happy😻 #internationalcatday

alison
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8 Days 12 Hours Ago

it’s monday - here’s a cambodian cow 😎 #cambovian . one of my absolute favorite things about traveling is staying in tiny villages with the local people, and kok dong village was no exception! it sits in the countryside beyond siem reap, and is a different world: dirt paths, no mailboxes, tons of cows and chickens in the front yard. if you’re in the area, don’t miss the chance to grab a local village dinner at the “beer garden” - no clue what i ate, but it was great! 😂

alison
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11 Days 17 Hours Ago

🙏 SIX YEARS SOBER 🙏 . to celebrate and to reflect, i wrote something called “six truths at six years sober” ☝🏼 link in bio . six years ago today, i was released from the hospital after being treated for delirium tremens and an alcoholic seizure. august 3, 2012 marks the day i chose to live instead of continuing to drink myself to death. and i haven’t looked back since. if you are struggling today, please know that what seems impossible, when broken into manageable bits, is actually within your reach. and there are so many people who are willing to help, i promise you that. i am beyond grateful for my people - y’all know who you are - thank you💜

alison
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14 Days 15 Hours Ago

each of the four intricately beautiful gates in jaipur city palace depict the four seasons and are dedicated to four hindu gods. pictured is the lotus gate, which represents summer and is dedicated to lord shiva-parvati. i could stare at the detail all day 🤩

alison
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16 Days 15 Hours Ago

most beautiful sunrise i’ve ever seen - proof that there’s something wayyyyy bigger than me taking care of everything. definitely needed to remind myself of that this morning 🌅

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20 Days 15 Hours Ago

i highly recommend visiting the UNESCO world heritage site of aït benhaddou if you should get the chance - the earthen clay architecture truly transports you back in time . there are only 4 families still living within the walls of the ancient city today, so if you go later in the day, you can virtually have the place to yourself! mind the wind gusts at the top, though - i almost went flying into the oasis below! 🤣

alison
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22 Days 17 Hours Ago

#psa: sobriety is a good look 💁🏻‍♀️🙌🏼

alison
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25 Days 16 Hours Ago

have you ever visited a working coffee plantation? ☕️ it’s a long drive from the popular beaches through narrow winding mountain roads - but getting this place literally all to myself (except for pedro the pup!) was worth it! . happy friday, instafam! ps: how cute is pedro’s 👅???

alison
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28 Days 16 Hours Ago

sometimes (a lot of times), travel looks like this, at least for me. it isn’t always travel-mag-gorgeous or “instagrammable” - yet, here i am instagramming it. because i see the beauty in it. it is real. so many people live in places like this. and more than anything, i crave experiences which allow for that human-to-human transmission line with the local people. sharing a smile, a laugh, a photo, an animal (to pet!), or if i’m really fortunate, a meal, with locals i meet on the road is priceless. and in my experience, that doesn’t usually happen in the “most beautiful” places . this shot was taken in one of delhi’s largest slums in support of the salaam baalak trust city walk program, an indian non-profit which provides support for street and working children in inner-city delhi. @gadventures @planeterracares @salaambaalaktrust

alison
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2018-07-12 14:30:55

it’s just another manic monday except it’s thursday . anyone else having one of those weeks? 🤯 . my go-to when i get stressed is anger. i don’t cry or get sad or turn inward or shut down. i rage and erupt and spew and it ain’t pretty. and i work on it. but sometimes my humanness wins out. and i am in it lately . but the good news is that wanting to drink is not even an option for me today. and that’s a small miracle because six years ago, if i was feeling like this, i’d probably be getting arrested for climbing on this guy behind me’s face or passing out in his mouth. so. life is pretty sweet still, even when it’s mean (or when i’m mean) 👹

alison
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2018-07-10 03:21:43

tuesday viewsday 🤩 and what a view it is from the top of one of the minarets at the jama masjid - definitely worth the claustrophobic climb and locals taking your picture every five minutes like you’re beyoncé! 💁🏻‍♀️

alison
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2018-07-08 05:45:16

those sahara sunsets work wonders on my waistline 🤣 . in all seriousness, though, this place is unreal! took my breath away over and over again . and yes, being a sober woman traveling the world really does make me feel this tall and powerful 💥

alison
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2018-07-04 08:49:06

here’s to not drinking a fifth on the fourth! #merica🇺🇸 #soberliving

alison
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2018-07-02 03:02:57

i give myself no other option than to live with JOY (even when i don’t feel like it) #noexcuses🚫 . hope everyone has a great start to the week 😎

alison
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2018-06-28 06:55:20

wat rong khun looks as if it was dropped right from the heavens - my jaw dropped when i saw pictures of this place, so i had to hop on a bus to experience it in person ✨ . also, the white temple is home to the only golden toilet i’ve ever seen 💁🏻‍♀️😂

alison
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2018-06-26 03:59:19

watching the sun starting to set over the dramatic landscape of the amalfi coast ✨ . when i was in the throes of my addiction, do you think i gave a fig about sunrises and sunsets? i didn’t understand what the big deal was and thought they were a snooze - they happen every day, people! . i couldn’t appreciate these everyday miracles because i couldn’t just sit and be present. not for anything. i was either completely oblivious to or uninterested in the world happening around me. all i cared about was the where and when and how regarding my next drink. i’m not quite sure how i lived that way for so many years, but i can tell you with zero hesitation that i don’t miss any part of it . sober sunsets beat boozy sunsets EVERY. DAMN. DAY. 🌅