Mes Passions

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I am still away! So you can now stand up and applaud my mad organization skills for still pumping out posts. And forgive me if I haven’t been to your blogs to show some love. I promise to make up for it when I’m back in the swing of things next week.

Jackie from Not Wifezilla asked Stasha’s Listicle Makers to list down their passions, in honor of her late friend Marilyn (what a lovely tribute).

Here are my passions.

1. Desserts

This is no surprise to those who follow my Sweet Tooth Board on Pinterest! I love making them, eating them, reading about them, taking photos of them.

Coconut Blueberry Cookies

Coconut Blueberry Cookies, homemade!

2. Photography

I’ve always loved taking pictures. I confess, I’m not very good at it – yet. I haven’t committed to a DSLR – yet. But, I love practicing on my Canon PowerShot SX30 IS! Taking pictures like these….

Boy playing with water


3. Writing

I feel like I’ve been writing forever. When I was a teenager, I wrote (bad) poems and poured my heart out into my diary. When I was a young adult, I wrote sarcastic prose about my observations of city life and all its pretensions. When I was working, I wrote proposals, press releases, advertorials and other equally stimulating drivel. Now, I have this blog. A novel, next?

A quote about writing

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4. Making Lists Yes, list making is a passion. I believe in lists. It keeps me focused, organized and dizzy with anticipation. I know, that’s bordering on OCD. My husband would not disagree. Even my About Me page is a list.

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5. Quotes It should be obvious by now that I love quotes. To say so much in so few words.This is one of my favorite quotes. A quote about giving by Khalil Gibran Pin It

6. Pinterest

My new lover, Pinterest. There are so many posts out there about why it’s brilliant and why we all love it. I love the new words that pop up from Pinterest users- Pinteresting, Pintercouse, Pintervention. It’s like smorgasbord of all things beautiful and desirable. If you’re not on it, dude, leave me a comment so I can send you an invite! And if you are, are you following my boards?

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7. Fashion

I am no fashionista. In fact, I shared my fashion disasters recently, but at least I’ve learned my lesson. Basically, no red tracksuits (they make you look like Sue Sylvester), no oversized tees with huge graphics, no brown on brown layering, and no tie-dyed anything. Instead, make like a fashion loving Mama and wear awesome things. Like so.

Grey top and jeans

Much better, no?


8. Shoes

Related to fashion, but deserving of its own place on this list, don’t you think?

A collection of shoes

I do love my wedges!


9. Reading

As long as I can remember, I’ve always been a reader. I devoured books by Enid Blyton when I was a child (The Faraway Tree, anyone?), dived into Nancy Drew and The Famous Five, attempted massive autobiographies I found at the library when I was a teenager, and read copious amounts of thriller and mystery books when I was in university. I love fantasy novels like the series by George R.R. Martin – you may have heard of it – Song of Ice & Fire series, with the first book ‘Game of Thrones’ made into a TV series. And now, on my vacation, I’m reading Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and yes, a little late to the party, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

Quote about love of reading

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10. My boys

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What are your passions?

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • February 6, 2012 Jessica

    I think we share a lot of the same passions. Off the top of my head, I am passionate about writing, reading, photography, my family, cooking, and exercising.

    I love all of the pictures of you and your boys! So sweet!
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    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      We’re very similar!! (except for the exercising, hah)

  • February 6, 2012 Stasha Becker

    Oh how much I love you! We have a lot in common. Guess what my #8 is 🙂
    You look so lovely in ll your photos and you take great photos too. And make yummy desserts. But beyond all you were born to write (in pretty shoes ).
    Hope your vacation is like a dream!
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    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      You’re the sweetest, Stasha!! Born to write – I like that, I might steal that as a new tagline. 🙂

  • February 6, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    This is wonderful, Alison! And that picture of you and your husband is awesome! You guys make a wonderful couple!
    Pinterest is my new love too. And I love to read, and write, I love shoes, and desserts, and photography. I think we may have a few things in common 😉
    Hope you’re having a wonderful vacation!
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    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      You’re like a sister from another mother 🙂

      I would have put chocolate in the list too, except I ran out of numbers!

  • February 6, 2012 RoryBore

    If I lived where the sun shone all year round, without the threat of frostbiten toes..I’d have every one of those wedges, and Stasha’s shoes (and cowboy boots!) too.

    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      I know, I’m so lucky! 🙂

  • February 6, 2012 Ado

    OK that photo of you and your husband is drop-dead.
    And…”pintercourse?” —> thanks for the new word in my vocab. (-:
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    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      Heh, thank you!

      (and you’re welcome)

  • February 6, 2012 tracy

    Oh I love you and your shoes…and the rest is pretty damn awesome also. xo
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    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      We must go shoe shopping some day!

  • February 6, 2012 Galit Breen

    Love your passions, sweet friend.

    {Love even more that I could have guessed these! #GreatMinds #RealFriends}

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    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      Yay for real friends and great minds! x

  • February 6, 2012 Julie

    That first one made me giggle. Your sweet tooth pins are always scrumptious.

    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Thank you, I try to have the bestest (yeah, totally a word) dessert board out there.

  • February 6, 2012 Sweaty

    Aw, I love the pic of you and hubbs! What a gorgeous couple!

    And YES, YES, YES to Desserts!!!
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    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Sweaty!!!

  • February 6, 2012 Kimberly

    Hold on. You like desserts?? And Pinterest?? I never would have guessed those! 😉
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    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      Hah!!! I’m thinking you read this and thought, wait, I already knew all this about her!

  • February 6, 2012 Bits of Bee

    I didn’t get a chance to write a list this week (I’m usually a devoted regular), but if I did, my list would be EXACTLY the same as yours (except replace the sandals with boots, and the hubby and son with my hubby and kids!). Loved it! ps – if you love quotes, you should try out my new weekly meme Quotable Bits! Every Tuesday (shameless plug). Hope you’re enjoying your time away!
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    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      I did see your new meme, and I’ll try to participate real soon!

  • February 6, 2012 Jess

    I could have guessed all of these. Especially Pinterest

    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      You know me well, what can I say?

  • February 6, 2012 Just Jennifer

    I loved, loved, loved Water for Elephants! Let me know what you thought when you’re done!
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    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      I will!

  • February 6, 2012 Mirjam

    Awesome list Alison, I love everything on it..ehm..except for your boys, that would be inappropriate..
    Buy a DSLR, you won’t be sorry, I promise!
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    • February 6, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Mirjam!

      I will commit to the DSLR – soon! (need to convince the husband first)

  • February 6, 2012 Jessica

    The passions, the quotes, the pictures… loved it all.

    Still not convinced by Pinterest, though. I don’t sleep as it is! Maybe someday in my fantasy world where I have an extra two hours in the day. : )
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      If you do get sucked into Pinterest, don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂

  • February 6, 2012 Jen Has A Pen

    I have only recently begun to pin stuff. I mocked it for a long time. Ignorant. 🙂 I’m in love now.

    Also, I can ditto your bad poetry from childhood. I have notebooks and notebooks and notebooks filled with my gut wrenching fifth grade love affairs. 🙂

    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Hah! Consider sharing some via blog? 😉

  • February 6, 2012 Jodi

    I think I like all of the same passions! That was cool reading your list!

    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jodi!

  • February 6, 2012 My Inner Chick

    –Mama, A,
    I loooooooooooooooved this and shall do one!

    You and Hubs are GORGEOUS :))

    damn you!! Xxxx lots of love.
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      I can’t wait to see you list, Kim!!

  • February 6, 2012 Cookie's Mom

    Shoes, indeed! And a BF Skinner quote – atta girl! 🙂 Great list, and yes, you are uber organized!
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, YOU would love the BF Skinner quote, lover of reading and books 🙂

  • February 6, 2012 christina

    oh i definitely think shoes needs its own category! and, i don’t think you need a fancy camera to take good photos. JMO. sure the fancy camera helps but it can be done w/out one.
    christina recently wrote…Passions: the ListicleMy Profile

    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Yes it can! Sadly, my skills are lacking with photography, so I do need a good camera 🙂

  • February 6, 2012 Kierstyn

    Your pictures are great! If you ever decide to go for a DSLR, may I suggest the Nikon D3100? I’ve had mine almost a year now and couldn’t be happier with it.
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for the recommendation, Kierstyn! Now, I just need to convince my husband to invest in one for me….

  • February 6, 2012 Stacey

    With the exception of fashion and shoes, I could have totally written this list! I don’t have a passion for shoes or fashion mostly because of the small people in my life. It’s hard to dress cute when you are certain you will just be sporting boogers everywhere! 😉
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Right now, my fashion consists mostly of loose/ maternity tops and yoga pants/ maternity pants and I haven’t worn my heels in AGES. But I still love them 🙂

      (I’m wearing a booger-spotted shirt right now)

  • February 6, 2012 JDaniel4s Mom

    My list would be similar to yours. I love many of the same things!
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison


  • February 7, 2012 Carri

    I always know when you’ve been on Pinterest because the pins are ALL FOOD. hahaha #preggo
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Hahaha! Sadly, it’s not just because I’m pregnant. You’ll still see loads of desserts once the baby is born. It’s a sickness, I tell ya.

  • February 7, 2012 Dina

    Every time I read your lists I am more convinced that we could hang out IRL and have a blast.
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      I think we absolutely would, Dina. 🙂

  • February 7, 2012 Anna

    Great list! Excuse me while I drool over those shoes- haha! Making lists is something I do all the time as well and reading 3 books at one time – love it. Thanks for sharing your passions and awesome pics! Extra points for being on vacation and still posting, that is dedication!

    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Anna!! I wrote this ahead of my vacation! Sometimes, I read MORE than 3 books at one time, heh.

  • February 7, 2012 Jackie

    What a great list Alison! I love that photo of you & your Hubby, and I have to say, your pinterest sweet board has inspired me quite a bit.
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for the list inspiration, Jackie.

  • February 7, 2012 Erica M

    Wow your hubby is handsome. You have a beautiful family, Alison. I hope your vacation ends as spectacularly as it began.
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Heh, thanks Erica. Our vacation started off with a stomach bug for everyone, so I hope it ends much better than it started!

  • February 7, 2012 jlweinberg/jen

    Desserts and shoes and Pinterest OH MY! Love the photos, especially of your beautiful family 🙂
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jen!! 🙂

  • February 7, 2012 Natalie

    Handbags. I love them. And, sadly, they just aren’t part of my life these days. I miss them!

    Sorry, shoes got me thinking. 😉
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Heh, you’re welcome 🙂

  • February 7, 2012 Life As Wife

    Hope you’re enjoying your getaway, lucky biotch!!

    Love seeing a picture of you and the hubby! Handsome couple!!!
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Hah! It’s okay, could be better if the toddler wasn’t sick (that’s another blog post in the making!). And thank you!

  • February 7, 2012 Audrey

    We have almost the same list! I left off pintrest but I love that meaning of it!
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  • February 7, 2012 paul

    Great list. Just starting my love affair with my first DSLR. I want some of those cookies. LOL

    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Cookies bring people together 🙂

  • February 7, 2012 Tonya

    Your list could be my list (apart from the shoes)… well, unless they’re of the flat variety. 🙂
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      I’m short, I need my heels!

  • February 7, 2012 dumb mom

    Photography, yes! And shoes, yes! I’m not a huge fan of the quote. I think it’s because I can’t ever remember them exactly, which is the whole point of a quote right?
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Which is why I write them down 🙂

  • February 7, 2012 Sarcasm Goddess

    I assume you are away because you are busy baking us delicious desserts like those in number one. Yes? You are so sweet!
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    • February 7, 2012 Alison

      Heh, yes! Come for tea!

  • February 8, 2012 Elaine

    I cannot believe I wasn’t following you on Pinterest! Now I have access to all your awesome recipes. Although this could be bad… 😉
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    • February 8, 2012 Alison

      YAY finally! 🙂

  • February 8, 2012 Kristin

    Adorable family, Alison – your husband is hot!

    My passions are writing, my family, healthy living, fitness, and Starbucks chai lattes. And yesm that last one kind of contradicts the two before it. 😉
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    • February 8, 2012 Alison

      Haha, thanks Kristin! I better not tell him though, he might get all puffed up over it 😉

  • February 8, 2012 Kimberly

    Lovely list. Well written and visually appealing! Yes, a novel should be next.
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  • February 8, 2012 Bridget

    Desserts, lists, and quotes? We’re obviously long lost sisters…
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    • February 8, 2012 Alison

      Well, yes!

  • February 8, 2012 Kiddothings

    You and your hubby make a lovely couple. And those are certainly great passions in life. Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday 🙂
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    • February 8, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Germaine. Our holiday? Is a blog post in itself 🙂 (and not all good, sigh)

  • February 8, 2012 Recovering Supermom

    Great list! Those cookies look amazing! I’m staying away from Pinterest for now, but I will be sure to follow you when I finally join. 🙂
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    • February 8, 2012 Alison

      You do that! 🙂 (and why haven’t you joined Pinterest??)

  • February 9, 2012 Lady Jennie

    I love the picture of you and your husband.

    And the blueberry coconut things – you kill me with that sweet tooth! It only inflames mine.
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  • February 10, 2012 Elena

    We all know you LOVE your desserts – well those who follow you on Pinterest know. 😉 All great passions. This is a bit off topic of the post – but that dress you have on in #10 with the hubs (which by the way, love that he’s on the blog again) is stunning! You look so amazing in that dress. Wow!
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    • February 10, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Elena! It’s one of my favorite dresses – very forgiving on the figure, comfortable and oh-so-pretty!

  • February 10, 2012 Robin

    Wait – is that a picture of your mysterious husband? 😉 You two are a hot couple.

    And this list is so very you!
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    • February 10, 2012 Alison

      Hah! Yes, 2nd appearance here for him 🙂 And thank you!

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