Ali Wren

whole-hearted living, healthy-minded eating

Healthy Buckeyes

My hometown is in Michigan and my husband is from Ohio, and we both grew up eating buckeyes over the holidays. My grandma always makes them, and his mom always makes them. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, these healthy buckeyes were the dessert I brought with me as we traveled in December. They are […]

Easy Chicken Taco Soup

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. Whether you’re looking for a tasty new soup to try, are on Whole30, or eat gluten-free, grain-free, and/or dairy-free, this soup is for you! I love creating simple and delicious recipes, and this soup is so easy. I was in the […]

Grain Free Vegan Snickerdoodles

Would you believe it if I told you that I never had a snickerdoodle cookie until I was a teenager? I guess my family stuck to baking mainly chocolate chip cookies (which are still my favorite, by the way). I’ve always been a big fan of real cinnamon (not the fake artificial flavoring that is […]

A Manifesto For Authentic Friendship E-Book

In a digital age of loose ties and online friends and followers, flesh-and-blood friendships are worth fighting for now more than ever. How do we find them? How do we maintain them? How do we fight for them? I have exciting news! My newest e-book A Manifesto For Authentic Friendship is available on Amazon, and […]

Enneagram Final Thoughts

The goal of understanding our number is to develop self-knowledge and learn how to recognize and relax our grip on the reflexive, self-defeating behaviors of our personalities. As we do, we can live more authentically and relate to others in wiser, more loving ways.   —Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile, The Road Back to You […]

The Enneagram and Friendship

The Enneagram is changing my life, and how I view myself and my relationships. I am a type One with strong Nine and Two wings, which (in a nutshell) means that I am a Perfectionist, Peacemaker, and Helper. The perfectionist in me has high expectations for myself and my friendships, and is easily disappointed when […]

Type Nine with Karen Luke

My Aunt Karen joined my online Road Back to You book club in August, and has been learning all about the Enneagram! And she’s been able to get my Uncle Jeff (her husband) and my cousins (her children) excited about it. Aunt Karen is often the one behind the camera at family gatherings–taking the time to notice […]

Type Nine with Faith Raider

Faith Raider lives in Augusta, Georgia with her husband and six kiddos. She is a reader, a writer, a creative coach and (occasionally) a photographer. You can connect with her most days on Instagram and you might bump into her once in awhile on Facebook. She just wrote a book (which is due to be […]

Type Nine with Leslie Houck

Leslie Houck is an average Type Nine, learning how to be a healthy and happy Nine. She is married to an average Three, striving for his healthiest Three self. She loves many things like art, music, yoga, the Alabama Crimson Tide (Roll Tide!) and the outdoors, especially the beach. In typical Nine fashion, she works […]

Type Eight with Anne Wilson

Anne Wilson is a writer who shares about faith, culture, ministry, marriage, and parenthood. She is a wife and mom to two littles, living in Indianapolis. By day, she works as the content director for her church. Connect with Anne on her blog:, Instagram: @annemwilson, and Twitter: @annemwilson. How long have you known about […]