In 5 Minutes….

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I am Alison.

I am short, not stout.

I am always doing doing doing, not so much being, being, being.

I am a mother. I am an insecure mother.

I am a rockstar on some days, on days when laundry gets done, toys get tidied away, dinner gets made and children are tucked in quickly.

I am abysmal on other days, when all these things get done, but I don’t feel accomplished.

I am a social media addict.

I am an ongoing learner. I chew up information and store them in my head.

I am a regurgitator of stored information in my head.

I am a rememberer of birthdays. Remember my head, the storer of all things?

I am a semi-perfectionist.

I am a writer of oxymorons (see above).

I am a full-steam ahead type person.

I am also a lose-steam-fast type person.

I am neither an pessimist nor an optimist.

I am a pragmatist.

I am a shopper of IKEA and all things on the cheap, because why buy a high chair that costs twice as much as an awesome easy-to-clean one from IKEA?

I am out of time.

For this post, that is. That was my 5 minutes of stream of consciousness, unedited, inspired by this post by Erin Margolin. Thank you Jana for the original inspiration.

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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  • September 27, 2012 braintomahawk

    Right, Ikea stuff is not always long-term, but tastes and needs change.
    Plus, the swedish meatballs/lingonberries for lunch is always pleasant!
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      When you have kids, it’s best to get the cheap and easy to clean/ replace stuff!

  • September 27, 2012 KalleyC

    I am a huge fan of Ikea. It doesn’t make sense to over pay for something that I know will at some point in our lives will have to replace–that and their furniture fits neatly into my small apartment!
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison


  • September 27, 2012 Alma

    This was neat exercise!
    I too am an insecure mother who buys things cheap.
    Today I decided to have some “me” time and leave the house a mess because it will get done.
    I secretly think that when the kids come home and see me working they will help me.
    Or they think “damn, she is so busy”…
    One can only hope.
    Thanks for 5 min!
    Alma recently wrote…The Making of a HomeMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Did you get the help? πŸ™‚
      It was a fun writing exercise – try it!

  • September 27, 2012 Maureen

    And that’s why I miss IKEA so badly and can’t wait to have them open here next year (let’s hope the price won’t be too obnoxious!) oh and you are awesome and kick ass!
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Oh you’ll always find wallet-friendly things at IKEA!

  • September 27, 2012 karen

    LOVE THE LIST. I feel like a rock star too when I get chores done at the end of the day.
    karen recently wrote…Need HELP with Meal PlanningMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Clean house, clear mind!

  • September 28, 2012 Robin

    That totally sums up my impression of you. Except I think you forgot to mention “I am introspective.”

    Robin recently wrote…Making (a) Room for HectorMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      If I had 15 minutes, that might have made it in there πŸ™‚

  • September 28, 2012 Leslie

    Love this concept! I wish I could remember birthdays well…but I’m with you on Ikea shopping!
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Love. IKEA. πŸ™‚

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      LOVE. IKEA.

  • September 28, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Ooh, love this stream of consciousness.

    Love the oxymorons…you ARE a rockstar πŸ™‚
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      It was actually really fun to write!

  • September 28, 2012 Natalie

    Man you are a total all-star in 5 minutes πŸ™‚
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Aw, you’re too kind!

  • September 28, 2012 Farah

    I was gonna say there’s no such thing as #11, then I saw #12. πŸ™‚

    We don’t have an IKEA around here. We have to drive 2-3 hours, which I refuse to do. But I totally agree on buying cheap things. I do that with my clothes. That’s why I love Old Navy!

    Also, had to look up pragmatist. Tough word. :S
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      My kids wear Old Navy too!

  • September 28, 2012 jana

    I love it! So glad you joined us πŸ™‚
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for the inspiration, loved writing this.

  • September 28, 2012 thedoseofreality

    I love this post!
    What a fantastic idea! πŸ™‚
    thedoseofreality recently wrote…For the Love Of God…Use the BackdoorMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Ashley, it was really fun to write!

  • September 28, 2012 Tina

    Isn’t it funny how we can feel so together when we get laundry done and get a shower? (as I stare at 5 loads of laundry waiting to be folded)….:)

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      To me, a clean/ tidy house = clear mind πŸ™‚

  • September 28, 2012 Charlotte

    Awwww, I enjoyed that. And I think you’re perfect… just the way you are, momma πŸ™‚
    Charlotte recently wrote…Oktoberfest in Jersey–hold the schnitzelMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Aw, you’re a sweetheart.

  • September 28, 2012 Bruna from Bees with Honey

    That’s a whole lot of awesome in just five minutes of free writing. Just sayin …

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Why, thanks Bruna.

  • September 28, 2012 Kimberly

    Ah, IKEA. That place stole my heart. And my wallet. Ahem.

    You are also a kick ass friend.
    Kimberly recently wrote…Essence Of NowMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      I love IKEA and they didn’t pay me to say that. I kinda wish they did.

      And thank you. xo

  • September 28, 2012 My Inner Chick

    IKEA makes my palms sweat!

    Xxxx Kissss for you, Sweets.
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Right??? SIgh. xo

  • September 28, 2012 Vanita

    i would like to add to the list that you are one kick ass wicked smart chic. (p.s. i saw the coconut. muhahahaha)
    Vanita recently wrote…Here’s How To Rank In Google For HalloweenMy Profile

    • September 28, 2012 Alison

      I forgot to move it off my calendar! Gah. Pretend you didn’t see it, then come back next Friday, ok? πŸ˜‰

      • September 28, 2012 Vanita

        are you kidding me? if i have to pay older teen, she’s making it for me this weekend.
        Vanita recently wrote…Weight Loss Program’s Secret WeaponMy Profile

        • October 2, 2012 Alison

          I love that you’re talking about cupcakes and your last post is about weight loss. Oxymoron much? πŸ™‚

  • September 28, 2012 Barbara

    Love this post! You are awesome. And yes – IKEA is my mecca!
    Barbara recently wrote…My life in numbersMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Barbara! Most of my kids’ stuff is from IKEA πŸ™‚

  • September 28, 2012 Ado

    1. I love people who use the word “oxymorons.”
    2. I love people who love the word asshattery.
    3. Rarely meet one who uses both! (-:
    Ado recently wrote…The Impact of Parental Alcoholism On ChildrenMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      You love me, basically. πŸ™‚

      • October 3, 2012 Ado


  • Oh Ikea, you stole my heart…
    Love this!
    Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes recently wrote…It is out there, out to get you…My Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      IKEA has all our hearts. Sigh.

  • September 28, 2012 Emily

    I can completely relate to lose-steam-fast/full-steam-ahead.

    This post was fun!
    Emily recently wrote…Yesterday in PiecesMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      It was fun to write!

  • September 29, 2012 Kir

    I love every single thing about you, the good stuff, the stuff you don’t think is good enough (that I know is) the funny stuff and the serious stuff. The baker, the wish maker, the girl who can use an adult word and make me giggle, the woman who can use a calm comforting word and make me teary.

    I love her…all those women that you are, the one who lives her life in a way that I envy and respect.

    Kir recently wrote…WOE:Haiku Friday: Daydreaming in Hot PinkMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      How do you do that? Write awesome comments like this? Love you. xo

  • September 29, 2012 Tonya

    I loved this. What a great idea. I’m going to try!

    And by the way, this is everything I love about you.
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Do it, I know you’ll rock it!

  • September 29, 2012 Blond Duck

    You are what you are and that’s wonderful.
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Duckie.

  • September 29, 2012 Stasha

    Love thus. Honestly it is like we were separated at birth at you we’re seed to the hot and me to the cool place. Yu are such an engage writer!!

    • September 29, 2012 Stasha

      Oh spell check… Engaging writer…

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      I think we are twins. Fraternal, since you’re blonder. πŸ™‚

  • September 29, 2012 buttercream bakehouse

    Here from SITS girls. Great post.

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for coming by!

  • September 29, 2012 Carli

    I think all monthers are insecure some days. I only pretend to be a social media addict. I could do without Facebook and Twitter.

    Stopping by from SITS Saturday Sharefest πŸ™‚
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for visiting!

  • September 29, 2012 michelle

    Oh, I am SO signing on as your newest Bloglovin’ follower. From the above summary, I think you and I would be quick friends, girl.

    Happy Weekend!
    michelle recently wrote…The Power of Saying Yes : A True “Life” StoryMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Thanks so much, Michelle!

  • September 29, 2012 Jolene

    Hey Alison! Nice to meet you! Found your blog through SITS which I just recently discovered. Thanks for this 5 minute introduction. I look forward to poking around your blog! Happy Saturday!
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    • September 29, 2012 Jolene

      Ok, and here’s my REAL info because apparently it’s too early for me and I can’t type my information correctly! πŸ™‚
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Nice to meet you too, Jolene! Thanks for coming by.

  • September 29, 2012 Tricia

    Such a great post! I love ones like this – we (and you!) get to know you so much better πŸ™‚ You are also so self-aware and an amazing writer!
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      THank you Tricia, for your kind words!

  • September 29, 2012 Louise Ducote

    Love those “rock star” days; may you have many of them! This is lovely and elegant, particularly for being written within five minutes!
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Thanks so much Louise!

  • September 29, 2012 Mama Pants

    I am also pretty free with the oxymorons lol

    Love this. So much honesty and vulnerability in this post. I think we all feel insecure at times. But those rock star days even us out, don’t they? Great post, Alison πŸ™‚
    Mama Pants recently wrote…The Morning Plum Got a Fat LipMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      I like to think so, the even-ing out. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  • September 29, 2012 Lisa

    Stopping by from SITS! I can relate to so many of your self descriptions!

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for coming by, Lisa!

  • September 29, 2012 misssrobin

    Well done. I’m still many of those things in my heart, but fewer of them in reality. My illness means I do and remember a lot less. Enjoy it while you can!

    Happy Sharefest. Have a great weekend.
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      I’m so sorry, Robin.
      Thank you for stopping by!

  • September 30, 2012 Sandra

    Love this 5 minute post idea! Just read Kimberly’s post where she hates on those who post pics of their children, and saw your comment about not “unfriending” you because of all the pics you post…puleeeze, I love those pictures. WIthout them, I think I’d have stolen someone’s baby by now. And I think you’re a rockstar every day. When I grow up, I’m totally gonna try and be you. Seriously. Honestly.

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      You just made my day. xo

  • September 30, 2012 Natalie

    I love it! And the contradictions are perfect.That’s what makes life interesting.
    Natalie recently wrote…Essence of Now (September 28, 2012)My Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      I’m a jumble of contradictions, and they change day-to-day πŸ™‚

  • September 30, 2012 Galit Breen

    Love it, girlfriend!

    Stream of consciousness writing is so very…real. Love.
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    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      I’m beginning to really love SOC writing!

  • October 1, 2012 Sarah

    Nifty little exercise. Cool to see how much you can learn about someone in just a few minutes πŸ™‚ For the record, I consider myself a dreamer AND a realist. How does that work even?
    Sarah recently wrote…Let the crazies run free. Happy Friday.My Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Stream of consciousness writing is awesome, I love it!
      You can be a realistic dreamer. Or a dreamy realist.

  • October 1, 2012 AnnMarie

    Favorite line was “I’m full steam ahead, I’m lose steam fast.” Yes! I am, too! I wonder if there is a mother out there that isn’t insecure in some way. I’m thinking no.
    AnnMarie recently wrote…Essence of Now: Homecoming 2012My Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Probably not, sadly. But I’m working on being less insecure πŸ™‚

  • October 1, 2012 Elaine A.

    I would like to be a rockstar more days but I’m also good with abysmal on others…

    Love this. And you.

    Elaine A. recently wrote…How my mind worksMy Profile

    • October 1, 2012 Alison

      I’m abysmal more than I’m not, so there’s that.
      Love you too. xo

  • October 1, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    Those rock star days can really help. When I get on a roll with cleaning, everyone steers clear at my house.
    JDaniel4’s Mom recently wrote…Lunch Idea- Apples for LunchMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Wish I had more rock star days!

  • October 2, 2012 Jessica

    I have never been to IKEA. Can you believe that?
    Jessica recently wrote…Comfy, Cozy, And Cute FTW!My Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Shut the front door!

  • October 2, 2012 Jessica

    Wait…why are you an insecure mother? You have no reason to be. You rock! Seriously.
    Jessica recently wrote…The happiest mother doesn’t have it allMy Profile

    • October 2, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Jessica. I think the insecurity is in my head to keep me in check, before I think too highly of myself πŸ™‚

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