Ali Wren

whole-hearted living, healthy-minded eating

Esther Be

A couple weekends ago, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Esther Be Gathering at The Madame Walker Theater in downtown Indianapolis. Esther Be was created by my friend Stacy to gather women to lead their generations out of exile through the release of shame, guilt and fear! I shared my story […]

Friendship for High Schoolers

A couple weeks ago I spoke about friendship to a youth group of high school girls. I shared about how friendship, at its best, is a gift from God. Here is an outline of what I shared: The story of Ruth and Naomi, and how God used Ruth to rescue Naomi. They were both different […]

Dear 19 Year Old Self

Dear 19-year-old self, I remember your thin, bony frame. Trying to cover it up with baggy clothes. The way you watched other women, longing to attain their carefree joy. The ache in your soul, wishing you could let down your guard, too afraid to let people in. Slipping away when it was time to eat. […]

2016 Reflection

My word for 2016 was SEEK. I tried to seek patience, faithfulness, gratitude, hope, joy, and beauty instead of seeking worry, doubt, fear, and negativity. There were also a lot of prayers I was seeking–for myself, my family, and my friends. I’ve been reflecting on the year in my prayer journal, and even though 2016 […]

Simple Style

If you asked me to sum up what I love and how I hope to inspire others with my life, I would tell you that I want to live a life of authenticity, beauty, and simplicity. I want to encourage others to live as they are–to be confident in who they were made to be, […]

A Manifesto

Over the last 31 days, I’ve shared about authentic friendship–including my own stories, and insights from friends in all stages of life. After hearing from countless women about their desires for authentic friendship, and what it means to them, I’ve come up with a working definition of authentic friendship: a deep-rooted friendship in which we can […]

A Benediction for Authentic Friendship

A Benediction for Authentic Friendship May we have Wisdom to know when to be quiet and listen. Courage to be vulnerable and share our story. Understanding when we feel hurt. Eyes to see ways we can be a better friend. Bravery to share honestly and openly. The capacity to love selflessly and forgive unconditionally. Words to […]

The Heavy Lift

Our marriage mentors and friends Joe and Kerri once told us how important it is to recruit a home team in our marriage–a group of friends to lean on, turn to, and learn from. Although Adam and I have some amazing friendships (individually and as a couple), we are still seeking more couple friendships to […]

Open Hands

Last weekend, Adam and I went to a state park in Indiana to see the beautiful fall colors. Autumn is our favorite time of year, and we were so excited to see shades of red, orange and yellow! Instead, we saw barren trees that had no leaves at all. We’ve had a rather summer-like autumn, […]

Comparison In Authentic Friendship

I guest posted on The Tiny Twig‘s blog (aimed at helping young women “adult” with more passion and less fuss) a few months ago about how Comparison Suffocates Authentic Friendship. Here is a recap: When comparison gets in the way of authentic friendship: It feels hard to celebrate our friends’ successes. Comparison invites destructive thoughts like, […]