Mini Motivation

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. ~Ernest Hemingway


Who am I?

I'm a writer, teacher, runner, thinker, creator, lover. Born in Montana, from Kentucky. Welcome to my mindspace. Dust off the cobwebs and stay awhile.


Get in touch!

Thoughts? Questions? Concerns? Compliments? I would love to collaborate with you! Send whatever it is on your mind my way: alyssa@juststalling.com

The Soul of a Runner

When I was in second grade, everyone knew Alyssa Grenfell was the fastest runner in Montana City Elementary School. I could outrun every single boy… even Jake, who was the...

Arthur, My Friend

  The corrupting disease of passing time had finally caught up with Old Man Jack. An unsettling, lethargic BEEP. BEEP. echoed across the silent room as Jack breathed in and...

The Pain is not the Problem

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us....

Resolve to be Resolved

January has rolled around and is now rolling past, and New Year’s resolutions are on everyone’s minds. This could be it. This could be that transformative, game changing year. Resolutions...

Bathroom with a View

Slowly wandering down the pier in New York City, Jackson and I searched for a bathroom. “Rhode Island. We could live there and commute in?” Our conversation about making New...

The Secret Life of Things

There is a picture of my dad working construction on the Provo Canyon Road when he was first married to my mom. My dad is smiling and his left elbow...


It reaches out like One long, slate-colored finger, Pointing straight forward. It bends to the side. The trees obscure my view, and, I wonder what’s there. All are the same....