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As I write this, my heart is full. The kind of full where you feel it so physically, it’s almost hard to breathe. The kind of full where tears spring to my eyes because I’m just so freaking happy and thankful for everything and everyone. 

The kind of full where I just want to hug people’s faces off. The kind where I don’t have to think about the two chin zits that have been bothering me for days. The kind of full where my overwhelming fatigue has been replaced by a bounce in my step. The kind of full that makes me extra patient with my children.

The kind of full that has me fully appreciating what a good life I have. How blessed I am. My children, my husband, our home, all that we have. My friends, in real life and virtual. My job, my work, my writing

Joy quote, Marianne Williamson

My heart is full because good things are happening for people I care about. Their books are being written, pitched and published. Their stories are being recognized in many places. Opportunities are abound for them. They are braver because they have the support of a community whom they deserve. They are opening up their hearts and minds to bigger better things because their friends and family believe in them. 

My heart is full because people who think they’re alone because they’re just a small part of this huge world, know that they are not. They are connecting, meeting, hugging, laughing, sharing, loving. 

All of this makes me happy and fills my heart, because it makes me believe again, the intrinsic goodness of people. In a world where negativity is just a Facebook status away, all the goodness flooding my computer screen and heart, is filling me up. 

I am full, and I am so grateful.

PS: The day after I wrote this, I got my period (I feel that y’all are close enough friends now, that I can talk about my period on my blog). The teariness was PMS. The fullness, the happiness, that’s all real.

What has made your heart full lately?

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 DrGreene.com. 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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  • January 20, 2014 Herchel S

    I have an awful cold so my babies are cuddled up on the couch with me watching cartoons and feeling my cheeks for fever. I love these two so much.
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    • January 20, 2014 Alison

      Aw, that’s so sweet! I’m sorry about the sickies though. Get better soon!

  • January 20, 2014 Kerstin

    Seeing the look on my husband’s face when we picked up our new pick-up truck on Friday definitely made my heart full. I love seeing other people happy and full of joy!
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    • January 20, 2014 Alison

      New wheels, yay!! I’m happy for you!

  • January 20, 2014 Alma

    We must be on the same “full” cycle ! Been feeling so much of this fullness recently. Going back to the blog and connecting has made me feel full too. Today I am fighting a sore throat and some aches, but the full is still quite good and still coming on strong.
    Love this post and glad to know we are both full of it.
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    • January 20, 2014 Alison

      I’m sorry about the sore throat (I happen to have one too, thanks allergies), but I am so glad that you’re feeling the same fullness. xo

  • January 20, 2014 Tamara

    Happiness through (usually painful) chin zits is really something. My heart hasn’t even been that full lately. I’ve been stressed and sick in the last week that I have let precious moments just make me impatient and yell-y.
    Hoping for a full heart to start this week.
    Thank you.
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    • January 20, 2014 Alison

      Ugh, stress and sickness is a horrible mixture. May this week be better and fuller. xo

  • January 20, 2014 NJ

    There are few things in life that make me as happy as seeing good things happen to my friends and family. It is such a joy to do life with people who do life well!
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    • January 20, 2014 Alison

      It is! Last week was just full of good news for my friends and it just made me so freaking happy. Joy overspilleth.

  • January 20, 2014 Bev

    Seeing my now 2-month-old give these huge smiles has been filling my heart in a way that I could have never imagined!
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    • January 20, 2014 Alison

      Babies have such an amazing way of filling your heart. Truly.

  • January 20, 2014 Nina

    I have these moments of fullness too. So beautiful explained, Alison. (Loved the PMS mention too. We are totally good enough friends.)
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    • January 20, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Nina! (now everyone knows I have my period, lol)

  • January 20, 2014 Ilene

    LOVE that quote from Marrianne Williamson. And I am so very glad for you, that you have the gratitude and the full heart to realize how beautiful your life is. xo

    • January 20, 2014 Alison

      I don’t always feel grateful, which is a shame, because I have SO MUCH to be grateful for. I need the constant reminder.

  • January 20, 2014 Gina Jacobs Thomas (

    I love those moments of recognizing the joy of life. Beautifully said, Alison. What’s making my heart full lately? Small things, like my kids helping each other.
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    • January 20, 2014 Alison

      I love those moments, Gina!

  • January 20, 2014 Christine

    I’m so happy for that sense of fullness in your life. It’s an incredible feeling. I feel like I’ve been teetering on the edge a lot lately – glimpses of the full and then glimpses of the not so full. I’m hoping that things will swing more forcefully to the direction of full.
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    • January 20, 2014 Alison

      I hope that it will for you too, Christine. For me, the feeling of full came unexpectedly. I’d been just running on pure adrenaline, driven by deadlines and my own sense of “need to check all the boxes off”, that I was missing the scenery. Not just my own, but everyone else’s. Taking a breather and looking around at what other people’s happiness was, helped me center on mine. And I couldn’t ask for more.

  • January 20, 2014 Christy

    What an extraordinary feeling! I remember this fullness that you describe but I haven’t felt it in awhile now. Thank you for writing this and reminding me :)And I just started my period, too!
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    • January 20, 2014 Alison

      We’re synced!
      May you feel the fullness very soon (and not from period bloat, heh).

  • January 20, 2014 Cori

    I love this.
    I was injured for the last half of 2013 and I had to pull out of two marathons I was 100% prepared for in terms of training… I had run my 20 milers and I was feeling good- until the injury came and I was told I had to pull out of not one but both.

    This last saturday I ran a half marathon injury free- it wasn’t my best time but at the end of that race I felt FULL again and now I’m seeking out more races πŸ˜‰
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Cori, that is amazing! I’m so glad and happy for you.

  • January 20, 2014 tracy

    Dang periods – emotion and zits. But yay to good things. So many good things, my friend. xo
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Right?? So many good things indeed. Happy happy joy joy. xo

  • January 20, 2014 Susanna Leonard Hill

    So glad that you are so filled with happiness, Alison πŸ™‚
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Susanna!

  • January 20, 2014 Nicole

    Alison, this is EXACTLY what I needed to read this morning. We’re suffering from a major case of the Mondays here, and this put things back into perspective. There are so many good things in life, and I’d much rather embrace the full than the sour. Thank you!
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Nicole, I am so glad!

  • January 20, 2014 Andrea

    I need to know that positivity abounds sometimes, and to be reminded of the good things. Thank you for sharing your fullness with us – it really is contagious!

    Sorry about your period. :\
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      I’m so glad, Andrea!!

  • January 20, 2014 Susi

    It does make me happy to see others happy and reaching their goals or making connections! Happiness is contagious and the more there is the better off we all are! Negativity really doesn’t get us anywhere… πŸ™‚
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      I love spreading good stuff, Susi!

  • Don’t you just love that ‘Full’ feeling! It is the best.
    Good things happening to people I care about is THE way to make me smile for hours on end. Or just a hug, a kiss and an ‘I love you/missed you’. I’m easy to please!
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      I love hugs and kisses and I love yous too!

  • January 21, 2014 Allie

    I feel that fullness in my heart when I hear my youngest read. For some reason it hasn’t came as easy as it did with the first three, it’s been work. But to hear him do it and see the smile on his face when I tell him, “Hey, you just read that whole page by yourself.” Well, it’s pretty awesome!
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      That IS pretty awesome!

  • January 21, 2014 Lisa

    πŸ™‚ And by sharing you are filling others too! Happy Monday~
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      That makes me happy, Lisa! (good cycle, isn’t it?)

  • January 21, 2014 sarah reinhart

    My heart is full reading that your heart is full. You deserve to feel that way Alison. You put so much good out there yourself. xx.

    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thank you, Sarah. xo

  • January 21, 2014 Lady Jennie

    I just want to throw confetti all over this post. Plus I WILL get to hug your face off. πŸ™‚
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      I’ll take the confetti! And yay for in-person hugging! #CannotWait

  • January 21, 2014 Natalie

    It is awesome to see the the ones we love achieve success! πŸ™‚

    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      It absolutely is!

  • January 21, 2014 Tracie

    Your PS completely cracked me up. I’m glad the fullness was real. It is a blessing to be able to rejoice with those we love as things work out for them.
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Heh. Stupid PMS πŸ™‚ And yes, it is a blessing indeed! #SoLucky

  • January 21, 2014 Rorybore

    Joy comes from within — and when we are most aware and intune; it bubbles over. If we are lucky — it will fall onto those around us. Thanks for bubbling on me. And yes, that is the strangest thing I have ever written. πŸ™‚
    As for the other thing: I got Oreos!!
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Heh, yay for bubbling on you! (and THAT is the weirdest thing I’ve ever written)

  • January 21, 2014 Jennifer Hall

    OMG Alison, my heart is so freaking full of ANTICIPATION for a big surprise I’m going to be a part of this week and I can hardly contain myself! It’s for my BFF’s birthday, and as long as I can manage not to say too much over social media, she will have NO IDEA until it happens! I’m dying here!!
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      And it went well, right?? Yay!!

  • January 21, 2014 Adrienne

    You are such a beautiful person, Alison! You really are. Right now? My husband. He’s my rock and I’m falling madly in love with him all over again. I’m thankful for all the hard work he puts in to keep me home with the boys and I’m thankful that I’m home with them!
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thank you.
      And yay for falling in love all over again!

  • January 21, 2014 Keely

    I feel the same way. Isn’t it marvelous?
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      So very, very marvelous.

  • January 21, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Aww great to hear you’re full Alison it’s a great way to be πŸ™‚ I think we do focus a lot on what we’re lacking and what’s missing and not enough on what we have. My son is having a ball in the tub and I can hear the water kissing the floor but I can clean that up – he’s having fun. Glad you’re surrounded by and filled with such love you’re definitely very fortunate πŸ™‚ Have a great one and grab a heat pad! -Iva
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      I love it when moms don’t fuss over messes when the children are having fun. Yay you!

  • January 21, 2014 Alison Hector

    Friendships make my heart full and give me the smileys. Well, that’s the best way I can describe it. I spent time this afternoon with my 89-year-old BFF. She cracked me up, even as she made me tear up. It’s special things like that that give me the smileys. Heart-full smileys.
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Alison, that is just lovely, thank you for sharing that!

  • January 21, 2014 Maureen

    Reading this makes my heart full too and brought a smile to my face. Yoga made my heart full and I never thought in a million years it would do that but it does πŸ™‚
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Yoga is amazing!

  • January 21, 2014 Sarah

    What a wonderful feeling! Lately I’ve been feeling a little empty (I discovered after getting called out on it by a friend that I’d been sorely neglecting my IRL friendships!) but seeing my big boy play with, talk about, and try to make his baby brother smile has brought such joy to my heart. This parenting & having a life thing is such a delicate balancing act…
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Oh yes, parenting is a delicate balance. Something that is almost impossible to achieve. But when those moments come through? So worthwhile.

  • January 21, 2014 Katie

    You make my heart full just by writing this, my friend. And it’s true…so much good happening right now. πŸ™‚
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      I love all the good happening to people I love. And that includes you!

  • January 22, 2014 My Inner Chick

    –You just filled me up with your gratitude, Alison Lee.

    PS. I love that you are comfortable to talk about your period on this blog. Haaaaaaaaaa.

    You Rock Like Gaga.
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      I did write about the time my second son was born, which involved lady parts, so, what’s a tiny period? πŸ˜‰
      Love you. xo

  • January 22, 2014 Jennifer

    I so get this. Happy people make me happy. Especially when they are happy people that I care about.
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      And it’s an awesome cycle of happy! Yay!

  • January 22, 2014 Melissa

    It’s great to feel like that! Your final comment about PMS made me laugh– I’m right there with you at the moment!
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Synced! πŸ™‚

  • January 22, 2014 Rebecca

    Awww this is such a sweet post!
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Rebecca!

  • January 22, 2014 Jack

    The kids are the people that always make my heart feel full…always.
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      I’m with you on this one, Jack.

  • January 22, 2014 Kim

    My heart is full with the love of my family (and for my family) and the support of my friends. I am very lucky!
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Yes, you are! And all the love is well-deserved!

  • January 22, 2014 KalleyC

    I read this and when I got down to the bottom I had smiled. I usually get this major high when my period is about to come, like the world is a rosy place and I’m good. And then the day before it drops I’m wondering why we can’t all get along. A crazy thing and those hormones of mine.
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Hormones really do funny things to us!

  • January 22, 2014 Galit Breen

    That kind of full? Is golden. xo
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Oh it so is!!

  • January 23, 2014 Mrs. Pancakes

    i love this post and how awesome that we can wear our hearts on our sleeve during our cycle time..it’s great!!

    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      There has to be a plus to this period thing, right? πŸ™‚

  • January 23, 2014 sisters from another mister

    Gratitude, attitude … all goes together xxxx
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      It most certainly does!

  • January 23, 2014 Tricia

    Such a wonderful, wonderful feeling – that feeling of fullness. Love how you’ve captured it!
    I felt so full this weekend, watching my children with family in town visiting. So so happy.
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Tricia! And I’m glad that you too, feel full.

  • January 23, 2014 Vi

    Awww, I’m happy that good things are happening to you, your friends, and your family. Kinda wish I had that full feeling going on, but your happiness is rubbing off on me a bit. I need that after the last couple of days, myself.
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      May you feel full, Vi, this weekend, the next, well, for as long as you need it. πŸ™‚

  • January 23, 2014 Elaine A.

    I get emotional then too, if you know what I mean… But I love that this is the KIND of emotional you were. And just so you know, you are such a supportive friend and person that this is part of the reason good things are happening to and with those around you… xoxo

    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Aw, Elaine, you’re filling up my bucket! (does that sound wrong? Lol)

  • January 24, 2014 Kimberly

    Oh the fullness was bloat and gas.
    Fools us every time.
    I’m glad that your heart is happy and filled with good. We all want that. xo
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    • January 24, 2014 Alison

      Heh. Yes, sometimes it is. Especially when one is PMS’ing πŸ˜‰

  • January 25, 2014 Rebeccafaith

    Your post today summarizes exactly how I woke up feeling. But then I got to your P.S. and now I’m checking my calendar, haha. I appreciate a girl who doesn’t see the success of others as a threat to her own success. You are a great support system Alison- and you “GET IT!”
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    • January 26, 2014 Alison

      So was it? Time of the month?
      And thank you!

  • January 28, 2014 Ashlee

    My heart feels so full of love by the people who have recently come into my life, at the perfect time. I’ve been dealing with a lot lately, with one relationship in particular really weighing my down (still figuring it out), and an old friend happened to come around and has really put a ton of light and love into my life. She is helping me regain my intuition and spiritual awareness. I pray so much more and I feel it working. I feel full of love and light from those physically here and not physically here. I am thankful to finally be paying my rent in full on time (haven’t in a while) and getting on a budget. I’m thankful for SO much.
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    • February 1, 2014 Alison

      Ashlee, it makes me so happy that good things are happening for you!!

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