Hi! I’m Alli.
Traveller, designer, cat mom, coffee aficionado.
I am a travel and lifestyle blogger who designs digital products that can help you lead a more organized life. I created Onwards & Upwards to help you experience the world and your place within it. My own goal is to become the best version of myself that I can be, and I hope to inspire others to follow the same journey through my blog posts and planning products. Each of the digital downloads I’ve designed has been tried and tested, and I actively use my own products to help me stay organized in my own life.
How it all began…
I started my first blog, Expat Alli, to document my adventures while working as a flight attendant in the Middle East. My goal was to inspire others to travel and to share what I had learned as a frequent traveller and expat. When I moved overseas again, this time to the small island nation of Fiji, I focused on my travel blog full-time and had the pleasure of collaborating with travel brands in the South Pacific, including Greyhound Australia, YHA Australia, Ecotrax Fiji, and Queensland Rail.
I moved back to Canada at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and spent a couple of years wondering what to do with my travel blog. I had initially planned to continue it with a focus on the West Coast as I finally settled back into a normal life. But the pandemic forced me into a nomadic lifestyle again and I lost my passion for traveling. I wanted to finally be able to stay in one place, to grow roots, to enjoy the non-adventures of everyday life.
When I was finally able to settle back home in Vancouver I realized I missed working on my website. But I was no longer an expat, and I no longer wanted to focus primarily on creating travel-related content. So I decided to create an entirely new blog where I could keep posting about travel when I wanted to, while also expanding my content to include new interests and allowing room for more growth.
Onwards + Upwards
I chose this name because it reflects where I am in my own life. Dedicated to self-improvement, but still a work-in-progress. I like where my life has taken me, and I like the person I have become, but I also know I can still do more and be better. We all can. And we live in an amazing age where we can share our journeys with one another.
This is my journey. I hope it can inspire you to enjoy your own.