20 Things I Believe In

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This post was inspired by my friend Kim who writes beautifully at My Inner Chick.

1. I believe in practicing kindness every day.

2. I believe in the healing power of ice cream and chocolate.

3. I believe everyone should read one book a month (at least).

4. I believe in recording memories with words and photographs.

5. I believe that there is no such thing as ‘taking too many photographs’.

6. I believe that every woman should own a pretty dress that they can wear whenever they like.

7. I believe that every woman should invest in good underwear.

8. I believe in saying I love you to people you love, every single day.

9. I believe in pursuing your dreams regardless of your age.

10. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to own a pet.

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11. I believe in unconditional friendship. 

12. I believe that drinking enough water daily is really important.

13. I believe strongly in ‘Me’ time. 

14. I believe in gift giving.

15. I believe in singing at the top of your voice if that’s what makes you happy.

16. I believe we should try something that scares us, at least once in our lifetime.

17. I believe that it’s okay to eat leftover birthday cake for breakfast.

18. I believe that Times New Roman is the ugliest font ever.

19. I believe that even numbers are better than odd numbers (don’t judge).

20. I believe in good manners. 

What do you believe in?

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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  • April 21, 2014 Allie

    Allison, I LOVE this! And I believe in everything that you do:). What a perfect list!
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Allie!

  • April 21, 2014 Nicole

    LOVE this!! Can I steal the idea? Pretty please? Although, I think you nailed it with yours. I agree with everything on your list. Ice cream definitely has healing powers. And #10. YES! No matter how painful it is to say goodbye to a beloved pet, it is worth it. A million times over.
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Steal away, because I stole this from Kim!

  • April 21, 2014 tracy

    TOTALLY on the even numbers! I was so upset when they scheduled Astrid’s birth for the 23rd. I completely freaked out yet my doc could not do it any other day.
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      My oldest was born on the 29th. It took me a couple of days to get over lol. xo

  • April 22, 2014 Emily

    I love this list! So many great & empowering sentiments here- me-time, and taking care of ourselves as mommas is so important. Thanks for sharing!
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Emily!

  • April 22, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    These are all great lists – I try to read but cannot finish one book for the life of me anymore. Not sure what’s up with my attention span but it’s not happening. I scatter through SEVERAL articles a day but that’s about it. I agree about one dress to wear all the time, I love dresses. πŸ™‚ A girl should always feel her best! Have a great one Alison! -Iva
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      A girl should definitely always feel and look her best!!

  • April 22, 2014 Shannon

    Great list, Alison. Me time with a good book and chocolate ice cream sounds like paradise.
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Oh yes, absolutely.

  • April 22, 2014 Allie

    I’m big into doing things that scare me lately. It’s empowering.
    I believe in being true to yourself, no matter what!
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      And you’re doing them so amazingly well!

  • April 22, 2014 Elaine A.

    Well, #4 and #5, obviously! I also believe in love and forgiveness and second chances.

    Love this!

    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      I love that – love, forgiveness and second chances – absolutely.

  • April 22, 2014 Tamara

    I get you here – in SO many ways. And I’m drinking water while reading this because it’s so important!
    Good underwear – yes. Good dress – yes. Ice cream and chocolate – yes. Photographs and manners – yes.
    And I TOTALLY like even numbers better than odd! I always have.
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Oh it’s so awesome to know that I’m not the only one who’s weird about even and odd numbers.

  • April 22, 2014 NJ Rongner

    I also believe that Times New Roman is the ugliest font ever.

    I believe in speaking life into my kids and saying yes to one last bedtime story. ALWAYS.
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      You’re such a good Mom, NJ!

  • April 22, 2014 Lisa

    Love your list and agree with so many! I believe that family is the most important thing. I also believe that people CAN change, but shouldn’t HAVE to change to please others. And, I believe that it’s o.k. to eat pancakes for dinner! πŸ™‚
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Breakfast food for dinner is totally awesome!

  • April 22, 2014 Kerstin

    I can’t even pick a favourite – I love them all! (maybe I love 17 and 18 a little more πŸ™‚ )
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      I knew you were a leftover cake for breakfast type person πŸ™‚

  • April 22, 2014 Janice

    Hahaha, #19 makes me laugh. I used to tell my friends that odd numbers seem more even to me, especially when it comes to displaying things in a row (5 things will seem more even and pleasing to the eye than 4 objects).
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      I believe that 5 is the most even odd number there is. If that makes sense.

  • April 22, 2014 Kim

    I love, love, LOVE #15! I believe that too – and it is one of my go-to happy inspiring things.(Much to my children’s chagrin.) πŸ™‚
    I also believe in the restorative powers of chocolate. And I believe that standing by large bodies of water helps me gain perspective. Love this!
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Sometimes, my kids tell me to stop singing πŸ™‚

  • April 22, 2014 Brittany

    Oops! I meant no, there are uglier. Starting with comic sans.
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Hah! Comic Sans is fairly hideous.

  • April 22, 2014 Jessica

    All of the above! Love this list, Alison! I also believe in the wonders of sunshine and clean air, the power of words to change lives, therapy, in my children, my family. Oh, and I believe in me. πŸ™‚
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Those are all good and awesome things to believe in, Jessica!

  • April 22, 2014 John (Daddy Runs a Lot)

    I love this list πŸ™‚

    I’d take the “something that scares us” item one step further – I believe we should learn to embrace, and love, something that scares us — make it a part of us.
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      That’s a good one, John!

  • April 22, 2014 Jennifer

    Even numbers are totally better than odd numbers, and five is the most even of all the odd numbers. And no. 2 needs cookies. Cookies can make all the things better too. Warm chocolate chip cookies with ice cream for everyone!!!
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      YES, I think 5 is the most even of odd numbers too! I’m totally ok with 5.
      Cookies, how could I forget cookies?

  • April 22, 2014 Adrienne

    This is my new favorite post! I love it!
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thanks Adrienne!

  • April 22, 2014 Shell

    Such a great list! I had cake for breakfast yesterday, even though it wasn’t birthday cake.
    I might have to make a list, too!
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Do make a list, Shell! Any cake is good for breakfast, in my opinion.

  • April 22, 2014 Katie

    NUMBER SEVEN!!! If you want to lift your self-esteem and confidence instantly, just trade out your old, worn-out underwear for new, high-quality ones. Makes such a difference in how you feel!
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      I absolutely believe that how you feel underneath your clothes makes a huge difference!

  • April 22, 2014 Charlotte

    I love so many items on your list, Alison. Mainly the eating cake for breakfast and that each child show have the opportunity to own a pet (teaches responsibility!). BUT they must be of a certain age to understand how to properly care for said animal πŸ™‚

    Great list!! Hope you’re having a wonderful week, momma. XOXO
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Yes, the pet owning is definitely for teaching responsibility, when they’re old enough πŸ™‚ Speaking from personal experience, when my mom ended up taking over a few er, duties when we were kids.

  • April 23, 2014 sarah reinhart

    I believe in love and friendship and kindness and goodness and me time too. Oh, and positive self-talk. That helps tremendously. xoxo.

    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Positive self-talk is SO important!

  • April 23, 2014 Rorybore

    Manners Matter – absolutely and always!
    I don’t have a pretty dress πŸ™

    and I just got a new telephoto lens, so there will absolutely never be too many pictures!
    I just shot a pic of a water drop hanging from a leaf at the very top of my very very tall maple tree!! You just can’t photograph that enough.
    I can also see in my neighbours window — but I am putting #1 to use regarding that. πŸ™‚
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Get yourself a pretty dress, then take a photo of yourself in it!!

  • April 23, 2014 Brandy

    I absolutely love this list! And agree with many of them, especially number 19 (which if you think about it is kind of ironic LOL). Numbers 2 and 3 are a definite yes!
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      I believe in irony, hence placing that belief at 19 πŸ˜‰

  • April 23, 2014 Christine

    Times New Roman is the ugliest font ever. Chocolate and ice cream, usually together, do heal just about everything.
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Chocolate, ice cream and cookies would be heavenly (yeah how could I leave out cookies?).

  • April 23, 2014 Julia

    Love this. I’m with you on #13 I feel very strongly about my “me” time too.
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      It’s so essential for our sanity!

  • April 23, 2014 Carrie

    I believe we all have more in common than we realize.

    I’m not sure there’s one thing on your list I can’t honestly say I agree with.

    Perfection. I love it.
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    • April 26, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Carrie. Truly.

  • April 27, 2014 My Inner Chick

    Alison Lee,
    I’ve not been getting my emails for blogs!!!!
    I would have NEVER missed a post of yours.
    Anyhow, I believe in YOU!
    Your kindness, compassion, generosity, and I love the idea
    that you eat left over birthday cake for breakfast! xxxxxxxxx
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    • April 28, 2014 Alison

      Thank YOU for this post inspiration, my love!! I believe in you and your writing too. So very much. xoxo

  • April 28, 2014 Natalie

    I totally believe in this list too! πŸ™‚
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    • April 28, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, you!

  • May 9, 2014 Andrea

    Good manners, being polite, RSVPing to invitations, even if you can’t go.

    I guess I just believe in good manners.

    And good underwear. Yes. It is important.
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    • May 9, 2014 Alison

      I’m a big fan of good manners!

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