Jean Trebek & Alison Martin

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insidewink co-founders and editors, Jean Trebek & Alison Martin, look to the future of the freedom of 2021.

PLUS they highlight what’s coming up for insidewink and share some amazing articles you might have missed… Take a peek!

2021. Boy, that sounds good!

It’s so open for new beginnings and fresh starts, “free” from the dire moments of 2020.

So many people are talking about freedom lately…with the vaccine coming and Co-vid having confined us, the idea of being “free” feels so incredible. On top of that, the new year, the “starting from scratch”, affords us the freedom to recreate ourselves by focusing on the outcome and not the roadblocks (a lesson learned this past year).

Besides the big, important issues that we all are facing socially, freedom can also be so personal. Since the world changed, we were shown a different freedom. We were finished trying to achieve sooo much as we hunkered down… sometimes we didn’t even wear pants to Zoom meetings!

We began the road to freeing ourselves from our own beliefs. Taking these steps to freedom involves forgiveness. Forgiveness is essential to freedom because it affords us the opportunity to really let go of the past… for good, releasing all the “what ifs” and “should’ves” to finally come to terms with Life as it is. When we are free in this way, we can truly see the truth about ourselves – that we are so much more than what we give ourselves credit for.

Freedom is hope. Hope that we can experience what we dream, living a healthy life of kindness and creativity… hugging those we love.

Some questions we’ve been pondering:

What does a well lived life look like and mean to you?
What are you done with?
What has been a moment of pride for you this past year?

We wish you a beautiful New Year and

thank you for being a part of insidewink.


Much Love,

Jean & Alison

* photo taken on New Years Eve during our socially distance, masked walk near Fryman Canyon.

Here’s what’s happening on insidewink…

Teachers are ALWAYS heroes but especially through the pandemic! Meet Carol Koepenick an Arts Teacher and see her typical day.

How can you start an all-important morning ritual Amy McLaughlin-Margolis has some wonderful tips.

The beautifuln Singer/Songwriter Karen Drucker is our featured artist .

Cheryl Farrell shares Three Presents with us.

Lisa Rogers offers very easy ways to live a plastic-free life.

And, of course, more of Jean’s wonderful Reliable Recipes, our writers’ personal stories and  Dove Rose‘s Staying Grounded Challenge.

You can write to us too. We love sharing stories of inspirational people. Learn more about getting in touch with us here.

In case you missed it …

Being grateful is a daily gift to yourself – we talk with Kristi Nelson author of Wake Up Grateful and we truly relish her wonderful ideas on gratitude.

Hope of the Valley, a favorite organization of Jean and Alex Trebek, is so inspirational for helping eliminate poverty and homelessness… a great read.

Our interview with the wonderful Val Kilmer and his newest passion – What is HelMel, anyway? 

Learning Rights Law Center is our featured charity! They “fight to achieve education equity for underserved families in Los Angeles and surrounding counties.” It’s so important and an eye-opening interview!

Debbie Ficcara shared insights on how to talk to your kids about the pandemic 


Jean is a Professional Religious Science Practitioner, Reiki Master and Sound Healer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and now lives in Los Angeles. She has two wonderful adult children, Matthew and Emily, with her beloved late husband, Alex.  Jean enjoys taking long walks, watching movies, and traveling. She is very grateful for her family, friends, Luna (the dog) and good coffee.


Alison Martin -- wife, mom, Emmy-award winning actress, writer, chocoholic. Bronx Italian, daughter of Pultizer Prize winning reporters, who also identifies as L.A. Irish. Shout outs: Dan, Em, Brady, pooches - LuLu & Ted, friends, Mother Earth, serendipity, peace, VIPHS, living life like your socks feel real good.

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