A Few Good Things

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2014 is turning out to be a fabulous year, and I want to tell you about a few good things that is making it so! 

First, my essay about a broken friendship has been chosen to be part of an anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends, the second book from The HerStories Project. The book will be published in September, and I’m so excited. I can hardly believe that my name will be in a book, a real book! Please stay tuned here for more news as the editors gear up to the launch in a few months.

My Other Ex


Speaking of names on things, my name is on a product! Hippie Chick Granola, owned by my friend Ilene launched their newest granola blend, Tropical Fruit Granola with Coconut and Almonds last week, and she so kindly and beautifully, named it Alison’s Blend (and you can read the story of how that came about if you click on the link). She truly made my week. No, my year. Ilene’s granola is amazing, and she’s giving Writing, Wishing readers a 10% discount on any online order from now until June 16! Head to the store now, and enter this promo code on checkout: ALISON10. 

Hippie Chick Granola


Last week, I received the most adorable book in the mail – Happy People Everywhere by my talented friend, Jennie Goutet (who blogs at A Lady in France). It’s a children’s book, which Jennie wrote (and drew) some 20 years ago when she was teaching. I love that she decided to publish it. My youngest, at 2, really enjoys the illustrations and repeating all the words after me. Buy it today! (not an Amazon affiliate, I just love recommending good children’s books)

Happy Everywhere


Lastly, on Saturday, I took over BonBon Break‘s Instagram feed for their Behind-the-Scenes project, which was super fun. The idea is simple – show a day-in-the-life/ behind-the-scenes through photos. I had great fun sharing a slice of life in Kuala Lumpur with fellow BonBon Breakers. Oh, they are always looking for submissions of posts for their site, so if you’re interested in becoming a contributor, submit here now!

BonBonBreak behind-the-scenes Instagram

The photos I shared on BonBon Break’s Instagram feed.

Another reminder – Head to Hippie Chick Granola now to grab some delicious granola, and Writing, Wishing readers gets a 10% discount on any online order from now until June 16! Head to the store, pick your granola (and buy Alison’s Blend!), and enter this promo code on checkout: ALISON10. 

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 worldโ€™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: Womenโ€™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 doesnโ€™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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  • June 9, 2014 Jennifer

    Those are all REALLY good things. I love good things.
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Yes, they are, and so do I!

  • June 9, 2014 Kerstin

    I love every one of those things and I can’t even decide which one is my favourite ๐Ÿ™‚
    Possibly the granola, because I have some of it coming!!!! Everything else is fabulous as well and this was the perfect thing to read on a Monday morning – so happy for you!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Ooh, tell me how it tastes! And thank you!

  • June 9, 2014 Greta

    You ladies all deserve the very best!

    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Greta!

  • June 9, 2014 Janice

    Ohh, that book sounds like my kind of book! Keep us updated on the release! ๐Ÿ˜€
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      I most certainly will!

  • June 9, 2014 Laura

    Yay! So much awesome!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Yay indeed!

  • June 9, 2014 angela

    I seriously get happy just seeing the cover of Jennie’s book ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Me too. My 2 year old calls it the “happy book’. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • June 9, 2014 Andrea B

    Sounds like all is going amazingly well! Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚ I just ordered some more granola and can’t wait to try your special flavor. YUM!

    Also congrats on being published! I love when I hear that friends are being published because it gives me hope for myself someday. <3
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Let me know how the granola tastes!
      And thank you so much for your support of the book.

  • June 9, 2014 Jennie Goutet

    Alison I’m squealing! I didn’t see your post in my inbox yet so I didn’t know to click over. I saw Erin’s tweet. Thanks for mentioning my book!

    And I cannot wait to read your book. And taste your granola (as soon as she makes a GF version). I’ll get it somehow!

    And even though I’m not on Instagram, I love seeing the pictures of you guys (and your belly).

    Love you!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      We love your book! And I’m so sorry you can’t taste Ilene’s granola – yet. Soon I hope!

  • June 9, 2014 Ilene

    I heart everything about this post – I can’t wait for this book to be published so that I can read your story! I have a girlfriend breakup story too – not in the book – but I am thinking I will be able to identity with a lot of what will be written there. And the granola. You own that blend – for so many reasons. Thank you for chatting it up here. I just know that the world will love this new flavor – but how could they not? It was named after YOU!

    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      I cannot wait to taste my granola! Thank you for the honor, truly. I hope that people ARE buying allthegranola!

  • June 9, 2014 Natalie

    That’s so cool Ilene named one after you! And what a fabulous June you are having my friend…you deserve it!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Yes! Except this week has been pretty terrible. The Universe has a way of reminding us that thins need to be…. balanced. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • June 10, 2014 Jenny

    Love all of these good things, especially the granola and that your submission was selected. congrats!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Jenny!

  • June 10, 2014 Allie Smith

    Congratulations on all the good things in your life;)!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Allie!

  • June 10, 2014 Janice

    So many good things happening for you! How exciting! And the twins will be the cherries on top! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Yes, yes they will!

  • June 10, 2014 Christy

    How fun to have a granola named after you! And congratulations on being in that book, so exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚ Isn’t it nice when it’s easy to count up the good things?
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      It absolutely is! It’s good to count the blessings, and make the blessings count.

  • June 10, 2014 tracy

    All of these things are so dang good. xoxo
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      They are, and I’m so glad!

  • June 10, 2014 Julia

    Such wonderful things happening for you. I love the instagram pics!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Julia!

  • June 10, 2014 Tamara

    Woohoo! I knew about all four of these things and they’re all GREAT things!
    The granola really takes the cake. So should we raise money to fly you out for a Hippie Chick Granola party?
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  • June 10, 2014 Christine

    Those are some really amazing and really great things!!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Yes, they are, and it makes me so happy!

  • June 10, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    That’s awesome I was looking at that blend today ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m going to buy some Friday hehe. Some awesome things your way and congrats on the anthology feature!! How wonderful indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ Take care of yourself Alison! -Iva
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      I hope you did buy it, Iva! And let me know how it tastes!

  • June 10, 2014 Nina

    This was all so share worthy! I’m especially excited to hear that your piece made it into the The Other Ex. That was stiff competition! (I didn’t submit as my break up story is in the first edition, but I heard they had TONS of great essays to choose from. MAJOR congrats, Alison!!)
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Nina! It’s the first time I’ll ever be published in a book so I’m stupendously excited!

  • June 10, 2014 Janine Huldie

    I still need to try the Tamara blend and now I have to add yours, too. Seriously, loving these new granola blends by Ilene. And the Instagram challenge sounds interesting and will definitely have to look into it further now ๐Ÿ™‚

    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      I hope you bought my blend and let me know how it tastes!

  • June 10, 2014 Kim

    These are all *very* good things!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Yes, they are, I am so lucky.

  • Yay for good things!!
    Your own blend of Granola… just how cool is that!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      It is SO cool, I can’t even get over it.

  • June 11, 2014 Jessica Dimas

    That is super awesome about the book! And it sounds like a book I definitely need to get my hands on, I have a friend that I lost almost 4 years ago that I still think about frequently, just like an ex!! And that’s very cool about the granola and that children’s book also looks amazing. Lots of good things happening!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      I do hope you buy the book when it comes out in a few months! And thank you.

  • June 11, 2014 Allie

    Hi friend!! I’ve missed reading your posts and this is a great one to return to! Congrats on the book!!! That is beyond amazing and I LOVE the idea behind it. I’ll definitely be getting a copy. I also love that you are the “Alison” behind the new granola flavor. Now, of course, I will have to try it. So many great things for you and the baby bump is coming along nicely too :-))
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Thanks Allie! I’ve missed you too!

  • June 11, 2014 Amy

    Such a great list! Yay for good things! That granola sounds delish.
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      It does! I can’t wait to get a bag of my own ๐Ÿ™‚

  • June 11, 2014 Katie

    I LOVE all this great stuff! WOOT!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Triple WOOT!

  • June 12, 2014 The Bride

    Such happy news all around! I’d be pretty chuffed to have my name on a granola blend…and a book of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      I know, right? It’s so awesome.

  • June 12, 2014 Rebecca

    SO MUCH GOOD NEWS! So much good stuff! Congratulations on your essay being published, I cant imagine any better feeling than for your craft to be acknowledged, affirmed and uhm HELLO! PUBLISHED! (Sorry Dylan, birth was nice but writing is the soul…!) And then it gets better…GRANOLA? I love it! Your friend’s book as well! I am going to see your instagram takeover right now, that picture of you eating is too cute! I love this post, your happiness and good fortune is contagious <3!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • June 13, 2014 JDaniel4's Mom

    What amazing things you have going on! I love that you took over the feed! Instagram has become one of my favorite ways to share.
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      Mine too! And thank you.

  • June 14, 2014 Keely

    Lady, you are bizzzzzzzzy. And how stoked am I for you about the granola? You’re Food Famous!!
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    • June 14, 2014 Alison

      I enjoy being food famous more than I realized!

  • June 17, 2014 My Inner Chick

    O’ so nice to hear GOOD things once in a while.
    CONGRATS on your essay. How can I read it now!!?
    You look so beautiful pregnant, Alison Lee. xxx
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    • June 18, 2014 Alison

      Oh honey, you’re so sweet! But you’ll have to wait 3 months for the book to be released ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo

  • June 18, 2014 Elaine A.

    This post made me smile the whole way through. I love GOOD things. And especially for you, my friend! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • June 19, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, my friend!

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