Abundance

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In a week that has been full of abundance for me, there have been a few friends who have suffered deep losses. I want to take a moment here to acknowledge them, their loved ones, their strength, and I know that their life abundance will somehow shore them up through this difficult time. 

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Enough is abundance to the wise quote

My son swims in a petri dish of germs, five days a week. This is also known as preschool. He’s run the gamut of colds, coughs, fever, bugs, and it feels like he’s caught every single virus known to man since November (why yes, I’ve been known to exaggerate). 10 days ago, his body was so hot, I could have cooked an egg on his head. Four days, and three doctor visits later, he was diagnosed with an ear infection. 

Three days ago, he hacked up a lung (see note about exaggeration). The coughing was non-stop. All day. All night. There was no sleep to be had. Another doctor’s visit, and it’s bronchitis, thanks to the ear infection. There is barfing from the coughing. An abundance of half-digested food all down my pants. Thanks very much, the powers to be. Thank you. Can my child please be well again? For longer than a week if possible? 

With fingers crossed behind my back, I wished for an abundance of good health for my children. I would also like to sleep for a week (this time, I am not exaggerating).

Two boys in a toy box

Children in a toy box, because WHY NOT?

Life is funny isn’t it? You work and work, then you wait and wait. And nothing. You move on to something else, and put it to the back of your mind. 

Perhaps it was my frantic finger and toe crossing for things to turn around. Maybe it was just timing or good fortune, or that the stars aligned, or a unicorn just glitter farted all over me.

It doesn’t matter how it came about, but it did. My post, Don’t, was first featured at Scary Mommy. Two days later, it was syndicated at iVillage Australia and news.com.au. 

I’ve been accepted into the team for a site I’ve been wanting to write for since January (details to come when they come). The working and waiting? Well worth it.

Little Love Media has four new clients, just this month alone (OMGswamped), and I have a project in the works I’m so excited about.

I received these beautiful items from Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks because I was the lucky winner of her birthday giveaway. 

Book, journal, camera strap and scarf

My second post at Mamalode about play is published today, and I get to display this awesome badge. (Will you go visit me there? It’s a post I really love.)

Mamalode badge

I even managed a quiet half hour for tea time during the week.

Cup of tea, cookies

But of course, as I sit here and try to fully grasp my good fortune (listing it down seems to make it more real), my inner bitch tells me that a) I really shouldn’t brag and b) so what, that’s not really awesome. 

My inner bitch needs to be bitch slapped. Why is it so hard for us to own our awesomeness? What is it that keeps us from wanting and doing more? Why do we we think we don’t deserve the accolades that come? Why do we deny ourselves our abundance? Then I read this stunning piece from Arnebya of What Now And Why recapping BlogHer. Please, if you read anything this week, read her post, Ignition. Read it three times like I did. Then share it everywhere. 

Thank you, Arnebya, for reminding me to own my awesome (and abundance) and to believe in myself. 

How has your August been so far?

Alison
I am a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother to two boys, born December 2009 and May 2012. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world's biggest sports brands, I traded in launch parties, product launches, and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Aside from this blog, I am a contributing writer at Everyday Family. My writing has also been featured on Mamalode, Families In the Loop, andThe Huffington Post.
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  • August 7, 2013 Elizabeth Flora Ross

    Congrats on all the new opportunities! They are well deserved. :)

    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Elizabeth!

  • August 7, 2013 Martine

    I’m soooo happy for you, Alison, and cheering you on!

    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Martine! Your support is appreciated.

  • August 7, 2013 Kerstin

    Wonderful news, Alison! And so well deserved – you should celebrate.
    You are one of the kindest and most supportive people I know and just the opening of your post by acknowledging Alexandra and Sarah is more than testament of that.
    I’m so so very happy for you – xoxo!
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    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      You made my day with your sweet, kind words, Kerstin. Thank you!

  • August 7, 2013 Robin

    Those things are all the perfect sort of abundance. Things that you’ve worked towards and things you’ve been lucky to get. Things that will help you feel fulfilled and things that are just nice to have. I love all of it, and I’m happy for you.
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    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      I love your comment so very much, my friend. Thank you.

  • August 7, 2013 Jessica

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you. :) I hope your children are healthy again, too!

    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      Thank you! And I sure hope so. :)

  • August 7, 2013 Kristin

    Thanks so much for this, Alison, and congratulations on all your good fortune–you deserve it, you worked hard for it!

    I hope your kids are healthy; personally, when my son coughs it drives me anxiety-mama insane. I clench each time. We too are dealing with a summer cold a la double ear infection. So I feel ya.
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    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      Kristin, I’m so sorry about the sickies on your end. Here’s to healthy vibes! And thank you.

  • August 8, 2013 Andrea

    So, so good. I get the ‘oh, no, I’m bragging’ bit. No one wants to seem like a sore winner. But you have been working hard and deserve these accolades and recognitions. And that is the truth. Not bragging.

    I second your notion of reading and then sharing Arnebya’s post. I loved it, too.
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    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      Oh thank you, Andrea!

  • August 8, 2013 Arnebya

    I am so proud of you and your awesomeness. You deserve every bit of goodness finding its way to you because you have worked for it and it is fitting and why the hell not. Thank you for your sweet words, for letting them reach others, for validating my experience at BlogHer and beyond as being worthy for others to read. You are a confident, gifted, genuine writer whose words I look forward to. You are loving mother, worrying about the same things we all worry about. You are refreshingly normal and I am glad to call you friend.
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    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      I am so glad to have met you, Arnebya! Your BlogHer recap deserves to be read by everyone. Every single person. xo

  • August 8, 2013 Nicole

    Congratulations Alison! You deserve every single bit of abundance! You’ve certainly earned it. I’m glad you’re not listening to your inner bitch. We should absolutely own our awesomeness & shout it from the rooftops, especially when it’s the result of sacrifice and hard work. And, when a woman has the courage to do just that, the rest of us should be right there to shake her hand, pat her back, and be happy for her! I’m so happy for you!

    P.S. Loved your post at Mamalode! And you know I love your Do & Don’t lists. Thanks for being such an amazing inspiration to us all!
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    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much, Nicole, for your unending support and friendship.

  • August 8, 2013 Katie

    I don’t know anyone more hard-working and deserving than you, my friend. Congratulations on all your new opportunities! I am truly so very happy for you!!
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    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much, Katie!

  • August 8, 2013 Julie

    I have the same problem – seeing what’s good around me. It’s hard when there’s a lot of less-than-desirable stuff around us. Congrats to you on scoring more work! I guess it’s sort of like that saying about love – you’re more likely to find it when you’re not looking.
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    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      That’s a good saying, Julie. Thank you so much for your kind words!

  • August 8, 2013 Allie

    Holy crap!! Abundance is right…and all well deserved I’m sure so just sit up and take it like a woman!! Ha ha – I know it’s hard but really, when you work hard – reap those rewards and tell the world!
    I’m going to take your marching orders and read “what now and why.” Thank you!!
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    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      You’re abundantly joyful, Allie. That’s the vibe I get off you. Thank you for spreading your happiness. :)

  • August 8, 2013 Tamara

    Whoa. So much to say. All of those linked posts made me gasp or cry. What freakin’ writing there. Nextly (my new word), Scarlet has an ear infection over here. It’s not pretty. Thirdly, a huge congrats for everything you’ve just accomplished. Wow.

    I want to sleep for two weeks..I’m so tired I’ve made horrible typos today. “have have” for “both have.” “keep you pasted” for “keep you posted.” Although keeping someone pasted sounds fun. “Blogged duct” for “Clogged duct.” I’m particular to that one.
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    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      I hope Scarlet’s better from the ear infection – boo. And thank you, truly.
      I like “blogged duct”!

  • August 8, 2013 Leah Davidson

    Congrats on all your opportunities! I think abundance comes to those who wait- and to those who are filled with gratitude. You need to be able to recognize abundance in its simplest form,and express appreciation for it. One day, the blessings come pouring in and you are present to see them. Well deserved, well deserved. You are such an inspirational blogger.
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    • August 9, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much, Leah! I appreciate the support, I hope you know that.

  • August 8, 2013 Amy

    And so hard work pays off… I that we always work towards something, attain it and then think of what’s next. Instead of doing what it looks like you’ve done – sit for a minute and relish. You worked hard to attain it, so you should take the time enjoy it. What’s next is next and you’ll be there before you know it. I loved your Don’t and Do posts btw.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      I’m definitely finally sitting down and enjoying it!

  • August 8, 2013 Jenni Bailey

    I just found your blog and it’s my new favorite (you had me at “glitter farted.”) :) Seriously, I am so excited to have found it just in time to be able to follow along with all this awesomeness you have going on. I’m looking forward to it all!!

    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Jenni, I’m so excited that you’re here! Thank you so much!

  • August 8, 2013 Dana

    Congratulations, Alison – I celebrate your awesomeness!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Dana!

  • August 8, 2013 Naptimewriting

    Dear Alison’s inner bitch:
    a)She’s not bragging. She’s writing about gratitude and fullness and luck. Good for her.
    2) It *is* that big a deal. Hopes that come true, clients that pay to have what you do well, and winning a giftie? Big deal. Any freelancer knows that being overwhelmed with work is an exhausting delight. Like working out so hard you can barely walk the next day, it means you’re doing your damned job. And good writing syndicated? Heck yeah that’s a big deal.
    Now be quiet and leave Alison alone. She’s grateful for healthy kids and a moment to herself. Don’t eff that up, yo.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Oh, I love you!
      (thank you)

  • August 8, 2013 Leslie

    Definitely own that awesomeness. You ARE awesomeness. I’m sitting over here with bated breath to find out where you’ll be contributing next and will definitely be reading you there too. Many congratulations to you for all your well-deserved successes!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Leslie, I appreciate your support so very much!

  • August 8, 2013 Christy

    I love the concept of ‘owning your awesome’. Congratulations on all the wonderful news!

    Hoping your son is feeling better :)
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      He is better, thank you!

  • August 8, 2013 Amy

    Such wonderful news about your “Don’t” post being syndicated! Totally get you on the voice inside your head NOT wanting to own your own awesomeness. Also agree that it should be slapped. Congrats again!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Thanks so much, Amy!

  • August 8, 2013 Amy

    Congrats to you for all of this! Even though I’m somewhat newer here, I can totally tell you deserve all of this positive momentum. I love the honesty of your writing. Three cheers for believing in yourself.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Amy, thank you so much!! I hope you stick around. :)

  • August 8, 2013 Michelle

    Congratulations Alison! All of those wonderful things you talked about (minus the sickness) are so well deserved!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much, Michelle!

  • August 8, 2013 vanita

    if you didn’t share your ups along with the downs, how could we be happy for you? it’s always good to read that someone you know and care for is doing so well. shout it from the rooftop baby cause you rock.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks V! I owe a lot of it to you. xo

  • August 8, 2013 melissa

    That’s so exciting…congratulations!! Your an amazing writer and one of my favorite reads so no shock here!

    I am never one to be quiet about anything I’m proud of. I was taught on HOW to share it all. There is a difference between bragging and feeling accomplished and sharing it.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thank you Melissa!
      There is definitely a difference, I’m glad I’m able to see it in this instance.

  • August 8, 2013 Ilene

    Thank you for sharing your abundance with us! Such great news about all that’s happening for you and so well deserved!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Accomplished with the help and support of my friends, Ilene, including sweethearts like you. :) Thank you.

  • Hurrah! Congrats on the new opportunities! Can’t wait to hear more!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Tinne, I’m excited!

  • August 8, 2013 Bev

    Congratulations! Minus your son being sick (poor little guy!) this is all some very incredible news, and you deserve to share it with your readers. I understand how hard it is to share your accomplishments without feeling like your bragging, but it’s well-deserved sharing.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much, Bev!

  • August 8, 2013 Alma

    Congratulations Alison! Even though I have not been following you from the beginning I have seen your place grow here along with your kids. I am so proud. I hope your little one feels better by now, I know how hard bronchitis is my boy always had throat problems at that age too. Stay strong.
    I have met some amazing people through you including the amazing Arneyba and Alexandra, I feel blessed to have been a part of their lives these past few weeks.
    I am still smiling from your last email. I can’t wait to get started on this together!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      I’m so happy to see that you’ve connected with people who mean so much to me.
      The boy is all better now, thank you!

  • August 8, 2013 leighann

    congratulations to you! You deserve every little bit of the greatness that comes your way.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Leighann.

  • August 8, 2013 Alexa (katbiggie)

    I have so been there with the ear infection/bronchitis/coughing/vomit. NOT FUN! I am so happy for all of your success, and you should be proud to talk about it! Not only because you deserve the accolades, but when I hear of other successes, especially in the field of writing, it really motivates and encourages me! I’m so proud of you. Your writing is amazing, and I love reading you elsewhere! Now, you’ve given me a large reading assignment! And here’s to healthy children!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Alexa. The writing stuff? I only decided to put myself out there, so to speak, this year. I’ve never had the balls (for lack of a better word) to try before. I’m so glad it’s paying off. :)

  • August 8, 2013 Jessica

    I’m glad you had some good things happen. We all need those, especially after moments of frustration and sickness.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      It is definitely a boost!

  • August 8, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    Awesomesauce! That’s great well not the sick kid part but the rest.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Amanda!

  • August 9, 2013 Sandra

    As a former narcissist who misses it terribly, trust me, the inner bitch who owns her abundance is not to be ignored. Congrats on ALL of your abundances! You deserve them. You are a gifted writer. A terrific mother. But guuuurl, you need more than two cookies in that plate!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Sandra! It makes me so happy to see you blogging again, you’ve been missed.
      Two cookies. At a time. ;)

  • August 9, 2013 Kate

    Congratulations on all the exciting things going on in your world! Hard work pays off, and although I haven’t “known” you long, I can already tell you deserve all the good things that are coming your way, and I am excited to see it all happen!
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    • August 9, 2013 Kenya G. Johnson

      My son had so many ear infections I finally called the doctor with a diagnosis (not exaggerating). On a previous appointment I said, “Can you show me what it looks like?” And I bought one of those ear things. Sometimes that ear crap shows up before all the other symptoms that makes you take them to the doctor. I hope that helps you out in the future – you’ll get in sooner if you see the ear crap right away and you might be able to avoid the bronchitis.

      Congrats on getting that tea time.
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      • August 10, 2013 Alison

        Thanks for that tip, Kenya!
        Tea time was awesome. :)

    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Kate, thank you so much for your kind words!

  • August 9, 2013 keely

    You deserve all the happies in the world, and none of the not-happies. (Isn’t it amazing how things cycle and cycle and..?) Cannot WAIT to hear more about your new projects.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      You my favorite!

  • August 9, 2013 Jessica

    Congratulations on all your wonderful news! It’s all well deserved!

    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Jessica!

  • August 9, 2013 Kim

    That first year of preschool? Every.Bug.Possible. I know exactly how it is – I felt that those days would never end. Hope that he feels better soon – no fun for him or for you.
    And congratulations on all of your news – so very happy for you, Alison!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      And my second one will be going to nursery at the same school 3 days a week in a few months! Ack.
      Also, thank you!

  • August 9, 2013 Christine

    I’m so so happy for you! So much abundance and very well deserved. Abundance can be a funny thing because there is so much work and waiting and, at least for me, when I start to waver and lose faith, the Universe pulls through. Can’t wait to hear about the new opportunities!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Te Universe works in mysterious ways!

  • August 9, 2013 Gina Jacobs Thomas (

    This abundance that you speak of seems to be a direct result of all that you’ve put out there. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and endeavors – well deserved, every single one of them. Your generosity is being repaid, my friend, so don’t for one second be apologetic. And I will send out every healthy thought I can so that you don’t have eggs over easy via kid forehead anytime soon again!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much, Gina! I appreciate the healthy thoughts because god knows we need them. :)

  • August 9, 2013 Greta

    I hope for some good health and abundance of sleep for you, too. And you OWN that awesomeness, A. Because that’s what it is.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      I couldn’t do it without friends like you, Greta. xo

  • August 9, 2013 julie gardner

    Isn’t that post from Arnebya breathtaking?
    So is your generosity.

    Alison, you give SO much of yourself to EVERYONE all the time.
    So I’m officially saying thank you to the abundance you bring to the world.

    Or at least to the people in YOUR world.
    Which is growing bigger every day.

    (congratulations on all your success and don’t for a minute brush it under the rug because of others.)

    You. Are. So. Special.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      No lie, I squealed when I saw that you’d commented.
      You still write the best comments.
      Thank you so much, for your words. Truly. xoxo

  • August 9, 2013 tracy

    You deserve alltheawesome – and then some. Love this. Love you. Cannot wait to hear more! xo
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Love you too! Thank you hon. xoxo

  • August 9, 2013 Tracie

    You should most definitely brag – and be proud of all you have accomplished.

    Congrats on the new gig (can’t wait to hear more details) and all the other good things coming your way. You deserve every one of them.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      I’m still not used to sharing accomplishments, but I promise to get better at it. :)
      Thank you.

  • August 9, 2013 Natalie

    Congrats on all the wonderful things going your way that is awesome and all your hard work is paying off! Hope your kiddos get healthy :)
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      They’re both healthy right now, let’s hope they stay that way for longer than a week. :)

  • August 9, 2013 Poppy

    Sleep for a week? I was under the impression you didn’t require sleep :) Congrats on your abundance – so well deserved.
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Shhh, don’t tell anyone the truth.
      And thank you.

  • August 10, 2013 Lady Jennie

    If you have to put up with an abundance of illness and germs, you should sure be allowed to celebrate and abundance of WELL-EARNED good fortune!

    Yay! :-)
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      I like your perspective, Jennie!

  • August 10, 2013 Elaine A.

    Oh Alison, my friend. You deserve it all. You truly do and I’m giddy over here for you! Congrats on all the great new goodness. I also cross my fingers and toes that your little guy stays well for a long while.

    xoxo

    p.s. sweet win on the giveaway! ;D
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Love you, my friend!
      (the goodies were SO awesome)

  • August 10, 2013 Shana Norris

    Alison, I’m so happy for you and all the great things you’ve going on in August. Here’s to another awesome month in September!!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Shana, thank you so much!

  • August 10, 2013 My Inner Chick

    You. Deserve. Everything.

    So proud of you, dear Alison Lee.

    PS. Your Inner Bitch is showing! Xxxx
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Don’t encourage the Inner Bitch ;)
      (and thank you!) xo

  • August 10, 2013 Luci

    Hi, Alison, Just thought I’d come over from the Sits Sharefest. Love your blog. Love how you come across in it. It’s hard to explain exactly, but my first impression is that you’ve got it all together – no matter how crazy things in your life may be. Anyway, it was nice to meet you!!
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    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Luci, thank you so much for your kind words!
      Mostly, I *don’t* have it together, so it’s very sweet of you to think that I do, lol.
      I need to sleep more, go out more, play more. But I’m very grateful for all the opportunities that come my way, so I try to make the most of it.
      Thank you for dropping by!

      • August 10, 2013 Luci

        I know what you mean! Sleep more, go out more, play more… and for me it’s do more yoga and read more. It’s a great accomplishment if you can be messy on the inside but look all put together on the out. Bravo you! I was amazed at the fact that you replied to SITS at 12 am and you’re up now replying to me. I’m a coffee, chocolate, and social media lover myself, sitting here drinking coffee that tastes like chocolate and wondering what I’m going to write next and where to put it (blog? e-mail?). I hope to write as well and make it seem as easy as you do someday. Cheers! (raising my coffee cup)

        • August 10, 2013 Alison

          Do more yoga is on my list too!

          The secret to the timing? I’m actually in Malaysia, 12 hours ahead of Eastern time. So my morning is your night, your morning is my night! (and it’s nearly midnight, I need to go to bed! See what I mean?)

          • August 11, 2013 Luci

            OH! Malaysia. How cool!! Well, thanks for confessing about the time. You ARE human! lol. Have a good night then.

  • August 10, 2013 Jess

    That’s so great! You should be proud, you should list your accomplishments. I will be checking them out once I’m done here. ;)

    I am new to your blog and I’m loving it this far!

    • August 10, 2013 Alison

      Jess, thank you so much for your sweet words, I hope you stick around :) Have a great weekend!

  • August 11, 2013 Jeanne

    I feel your pain with the sick child. My daughter was sick all the time too when she was preschool age. Thank goodness she grew out of that! Congrats on all the good things coming your way!!
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    • August 11, 2013 Alison

      It will be awesome once they grow out of that catch-every-single-bug phase! And thank you.

  • August 11, 2013 Barbara

    My August has been hot, humid and thankfully uneventful. I enjoy the calm and peaceful times. I popped over to mamalode and left you a comment. That was a well written piece that brought me so many fond memories. I had to stop for a moment to play the reels in my mind. I like what I remember. So thank you for that. As women are we conditioned to play down our achievements? I know I do and I have to continually remind myself that the good fortune that has come my way has been from hard work and determination. I also know that along with all the good I have also been blessed with the tough rocky times. I think we need to remember to keep things in “balance”.
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    • August 11, 2013 Alison

      Balance is definitely something we strive for around these parts. Without the darkness, how do we see the light? And vice versa.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my piece at Mamalode!

  • August 11, 2013 anymommy

    You keep slapping that inner bitch down! What you’ve accomplished is incredible. Congratulations on all of the successes … and I love seeing you at Mamalode.
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    • August 12, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Stacey. Being on Mamalode is sort of a dream come true. It was on my list of must-dos for the year. I’m so glad it happened. I hope they ask me back. :) xo

  • August 12, 2013 Star Traci

    Wonderful reminder to celebrate and appreciate our abundance. I too need a reminder to look around and see that I have enough.
    :-)
    Traci
    Star Traci recently wrote…And You Thought I Was “Just a Mom”…My Profile

    • August 12, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Traci!

  • August 12, 2013 Mrs. ShuGar

    Hi Alison!

    I hope your loved ones are ok. I know that it can be hard to experience someone you care about go through difficult times.

    Regarding you, congrats! I also find it challenging to praise ourselves when we should do it more. You work hard for your success. It wasn’t just handed to you. I say yay to you! You deserve it. I am a new follower and happy to read your blog!

    Carmen

    • August 12, 2013 Alison

      Carmen, yes, thank you, the boys are quite well now, fortunately.

      And thank you for reading, commenting and following!

  • August 13, 2013 Stevie

    I wish I understood why we have such a hard time celebrating our own success. I love your analogy of bitch-slapping your inner bitch. Haha! All of these blessings are well-deserved!
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    • August 13, 2013 Alison

      Hah, thanks Stevie!

  • August 18, 2013 Alexandra

    Just digging my way out of the everything of the past weeks, months, A.
    One thing throughout, your steady presence and sincere love.
    Thank you so much. Words fail me, but feel my gratitude, please, because it is just this sort of thing, that reminds me so very many times, why I love the internet. Thank you my friend, from across the seas. xo
    Alexandra recently wrote…The Glory of a PictureMy Profile

    • August 19, 2013 Alison

      You know I love you, and will always be here for you. xo

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