TLS #46: embracing the unexpected with ali edwards (


Happy Thursday to you!

Today on The Lively Show, I’m talking with Ali Edwards of Ali is a leader in the scrapbooking world, and has reframed what it means to scrapbook, through the lens of telling your life story intentionally.

But our conversation extends far beyond scrapbooking – we cover a gamut of topics centered around what it means to live with the unexpected changes and challenges that come our way throughout our lives.

From Autism to divorce, Ali shares about the peace that comes with “living in the grey” and embracing the fact that life may have a different (even better) plan for us than what we’ve imagined.

This episode is perfect for anyone who struggles (or knows someone who struggles) with all-or-nothing thinking, or who is dealing with an unexpected change in their lives.











  • How Ali has shifted the focus of traditional scrapbooking to what she calls intentional scrapbooking.
  • What having a child with Autism has taught Ali and how it has prepared her for other aspects of her life.
  • How Ali handles the immediate black and white reactions of her ego in order to embrace the gray and the imperfections in life.
  • The mantra that came to Ali early in her divorce that helped her move through it without “stuffing” and with grace.
  • What Ali would tell someone who is grappling with an unexpected or grief creating situation in their life.
  • How Ali intentionally shared her divorce with her readers.
  • The books that have influenced Ali the most, particularly during her divorce.
  • The word that Ali is focused on this year, and why she isn’t liking it so much anymore.
  • What Ali would tell someone just starting out on this journey.




Ali’s scrapbooking products

Life With Intention Online

Diane Ackerman quote

Ali’s Getting Real post

How Ali posted about the divorce

Broken Open

The Gifts of Imperfection 

Daring Greatly 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The Alchemist

One Little Word 






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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Lara Cousins in South Africa

    This is my first Lively Show I have listened to, and I have been following Ali since way back in about 2007. This podcast was just so timeous for me. Thank you Ali for always being so true. Thank you Jess for the podcast. I am off to check the archives now.

    1. That’s great to hear, Lara! I’m so glad you enjoyed this episode and I hope you enjoy the other ones you listen to in the future. : )

  2. Dani Alencar

    I’m so glad to hear Ali’s interview and to get to know her a little more. I am now focused on expanding my small business in the scrapbooking industry and I’m a huge fan of Ali (who isn’t, right?). I always feel she’s so perfect and I’ve been learning a lot about the business just buy watching her “week in the life” and projects, how she is organized and calm. It was super cool to learn about her struggles and also realized we have some things in common such as the need of being in charge and also all her awareness of herself. I tend ot observe my reactions and thoughts a lot, too. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the episode and getting to know Ali better, Dani. : ) That’s great!

  3. Sunray Pena

    I’ve been a fan of Ali’s for years and now I love her even more. My son’s name is Grey and since the day he was born, I knew “living in the gray” will be one of my biggest life lessons. What a great lesson though. And how lucky am I to have his name to always remind me of it. Great show Jess. I’m so glad she came on the show!

  4. jennie lopez

    Such a fan of your podcast, and Ali. So happy to see this episode.

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