Charm and Grit is a lifestyle, a concept, a representation of my personal creed. It’s about living each day exceptionally well, embracing this moment and enjoying the journey you are on. It is about having the tenacity to achieve success and accomplish your dreams, while enjoying the process. I believe in having a positive impact on everyone with whom you come in contact.  I believe in making commitments to yourself to achieve success and working hard to achieve your goals. I encourage you to work past any perceived or real limitations, to overcome challenges, ignore the doubt, refuse the “can’t” and any desire to quit. Work hard, but play hard as well.  I wake up with a smile on my face and a fierceness in my eyes. I can be blunt, I might give some tough love, but only because I want you to thrive. I take your success as personally as I do my own. If you commit to me and yourself, I will do everything in my power to help you. I won’t listen to excuses, I consider “can’t” to be a horrible word and I don’t give sympathy without a damn good cause. BUT I will support you, believe in you, encourage you and have your back.

I believe in living life on your terms, in accordance with how you want to feel, in line with what you value and in the consistent pursuit of a life well lived.

Charm and Grit is here to help you live a life you love with information on wellness, positive psychology, self-development and authentic living. I am here to inspire, motivate and help you on your journey. I’ll talk to you about empowerment, independence, living against the stream and creating your own destiny. We’ll look at the power of positive thinking and how you create your reality. We’ll talk about having adventures and being open to possibilities. We’ll take a look at what it means to embrace your fears, to have confidence in your own abilities and how you can conquer your own perceptions of limitation. We’ll also take a look at gratitude and the joy of helping others. We will talk about mindfulness, meditation and living with less in order to live more fully. I will share with you my thoughts on conscious and intentional living. All of this to help you lead a more fulfilling life.

I will give you more than just information and inspiration. I am going to empower you to create your best life and live as you most authentic self by providing actionable steps for you to follow. I will teach you about habits and lifestyle design. I will help you develop the skills to succeed. I will show you how to create structure so you can enjoy freedom. Together, we will create a lifestyle based on your values and desires, on your dreams and ambitions. It is my joy, my honour, to help you live each day extraordinarily well so you may live a life you love!

I don’t claim to have all of the answers. I own my mistakes and learn from them. I take pride in being a student of life and am always learning, growing and developing. The only bad mistakes are the ones you refuse to learn from. The only bad failure is the one you refuse to risk.

Awhile back, my dog died. She was the first love I had ever lost. Her death was sudden and unexpected. It made me realize a very important fact of life: You Never Know! So don’t wait for tomorrow, don’t save the sexy lingerie for a special occasion, don’t put off your dreams, because you never know when your time is up. Don’t discredit the power of the universe either, don’t short change your own abilities and don’t make assumptions because you never know just how things are going to turn out.

A Little About Me Personally

The Basics: My name is Ali and I live in the Vancouver area with my Hubby and our Fur Baby.

Some Random Facts: I have a degree in English Literature and Psychology; I am obsessed with books and reading. I have over 2 bookshelves and hate the idea of e-readers; I used to figure skate semi-competitively;  Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh) is my hero; I have one tattoo (so far); I once weighed 50lbs more than I do now; I am a natural physique athlete and an NPAA Elite Pro Fitness Model; I am a military brat but consider myself blessed we didn’t move around more than we did.

Likes: Reading sprawled out on a blanket on the grass; a really good glass of wine; cupcakes and cookies and everything sweet; a kick-ass workout; Sunny days spent outdoors; puppies and penguins and piglets and, well, animals in general; coffee on Sunday mornings and a cozy cup of tea at night; stimulating conversation; lazy days at home with the fam-jam; creative pursuits; spa day indulgences; camping and s’mores; pretty stationary and office supplies; home decor; exploring small towns; new adventures; long car rides with the windows down and music up; dancing; unicorns; quotes, I am quote obsessed.

Dislikes: Spiders; negative, grumpy people; cooked spinach; when my protein powder gets clumped at the bottom of my shaker cup; average

My WHY: I want to inspire and empower other women to live the lives they want, to go after their dreams, and to live a life of fulfillment. I want to accomplish this by living as an example, providing information, inspiration and support. I want to make a positive difference in the lives of others and the animals of the world.

My Not-So-Secret Dream Career: I am a creative soul and one day, I will spend much of my time writing books, taking beautiful photographs, painting stunning images and following wherever my curiosity leads me. One day soon.

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