Once Upon A Time

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Once upon a time, I could write four or five blog posts in one sitting, and have them scheduled out over a couple of weeks. Now, on Mondays, I realize at 5.00pm that I have no post written or scheduled, and I take photos for my weekly photography project, mere hours before my Thursday is over.

Once upon a time, I replied to blog comments as soon as I got them. Then, it was once a week. Now, I am three whole weeks behind, and I have no idea if I can ever catch up (for that, I am sorry. I do read all your comments, and I appreciate each and everyone of you taking time out to do so.)

Once upon a time, I cooked dinner every night. Now, my husband is lucky if he gets a hot meal (don’t worry, the children do get fed) twice a week.

Once upon a time, I did yoga. Now, my yoga mat sits neglected, stashed in a cupboard somewhere so I don’t have to feel guilty looking at it.

Once upon a time, I made my bed. Now, er….

Once upon a time, I turned in my freelance articles two to three days ahead of time. Now, I scramble every week to get them in by deadline. 

Once upon a time, I worked well under pressure. Now, I just work under pressure.

Once upon a time, I was funny. Now…. hey, wait, I can still be funny, because Huffington Post Parents loves my tweets

Once upon a time, I was cool.

Once upon a time, I was cool. Now, not so much.

Once upon a time, I read 300 blogs a week. I know, once upon a time, I had too much time on my hands. Now, I read a couple a day, if I can manage it.

Once upon a time, I was active on Twitter, and had some awesome chats there. Now, I use it sporadically and I’m shocked I have over 43,000 tweets, despite my lack of attention to it (maybe I tweet more than I know? Once upon a time, I paid attention).

Once upon a time, I had a second Twitter account, in case I got thrown into Twitter jail (for tweeting too much in a short period of time – do they even do that now?). Now, I can’t remember the login password.

Once upon a time, I went out of the house after dark. Now, I am fighting sleepiness by 9.00pm.

Once upon a time, I talked on the phone, mostly voluntarily. Now, I hate it. I procrastinate if I have to use the phone to talk to anyone.

Once upon a time, I could run 5 miles easily. Now, I can barely walk 10 steps without my hips hurting (though yes, I am 29+ weeks pregnant). Check back with me on this next year. 

Once upon a time, I could count on my hair looking the way it should. Now, I’m lucky if I don’t look like Cousin It. 

Once upon a time, I thought 35 was old. Now, I’m looking forward to 40 being the new 30.

What has changed for you over the past couple of years?

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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  • August 11, 2014 Allie

    Yes, yes, and yes! I feel like I’m getting SOME mojo back now that the boys are 5 and I’m really looking forward to getting my act together as they start kindergarten in a few weeks. That will happen, right?
    Mostly, don’t worry about the small stuff or who you “used” to be. I know you don’t but, just in case… πŸ™‚
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Ooh, what will you do with all that time??!!

  • August 11, 2014 tracy

    Sounds like some beautiful dang beautiful changes. xo And people go out after dark? That’s so weird? Don’t they know about jammies by 6pm?? xoxo
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Right? I almost cannot wait to change into my jammies every single day.

  • August 11, 2014 Bev

    I never realized how much time I had until I become a mom, and now my days revolve around naps and frantically squeezing in as much work as I can then at from 5-7am (assuming I can get myself to start my day after nursing). You have two beautiful boys and two more little ones one the way, and I’m amazed at how much you have been able to accomplish given everything that you have going on. Life comes in ebbs and flows and priorities change, and that is ok! And given that you are 29 weeks with twins (and I can’t believe you are already at 29 weeks!!) I think we can forgive you for not responding to comments πŸ˜‰
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      That’s the thing – I laugh at my old self for complaining about having too little time, about being tired etc. I DID NOT KNOW BETTER. With the benefit of hindsight, I now know what to let go of, without the guilt.

  • August 11, 2014 Allie

    300 Blogs a week? O.M.G! I am not worthy! Hang in there, it’ll be over soon. You’re body is working overtime, and it’s understandably exhausted. You’ll get your mojo back.

    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      That was when I only had ONE child, lol.

  • August 11, 2014 Janine Huldie

    Yes, yes, and yes to all of the above especially 40 being the new 30, because otherwise I am just getting old! Seriously, I loved this and I am not kidding I found myself shaking my head to so much of this, too.
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Yay for the new 30!!

  • August 11, 2014 Julia

    I love this. I can’t believe you managed to read 300 blogs a week at one point. I think I used to read about a dozen and that was hard to keep up with. I think Once upon a time I was hard on myself and now I’m not.
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      I only had one child then! I just didn’t realize how much more time I had then.

  • August 11, 2014 Lisa

    Ah, the good ol’ days! πŸ™‚ I actually have more social media accounts no than I used to, but fewer illusions of my blog bringing be fame and fortune!.
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Hah! Yes, me too!!

  • August 11, 2014 Poppy

    Wait, what? You’re human? You still do a hell of a lot more than I do most days.

    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      I seriously doubt that, my friend! πŸ™‚

  • August 11, 2014 Rebecca

    I don’t even want to know what my “once upon a time” looks like! LOL at not remembering your password…I’m locked out of an old account that has pictures I’d love access too but even the email attached is a mystery to me. You’re still funny, you’re still cool, you still got it.
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      I forgot my Flickr account login recently, and it took me 2 weeks to get back into it! And I’d only been inactive for a mere few weeks. Ah, old age.

  • August 12, 2014 Elaine A.

    Oh yes, the good old days. In a different way. πŸ™‚ You’re still cool in my book!!

    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thanks Elaine! You’re sweet as ever. πŸ™‚

  • August 12, 2014 Jennie Goutet

    Once upon a time you were not hugely pregnant with TWINS while still caring for two energetic LITTLES. And I bet you never thought you’d be in THIS situation. πŸ˜‰
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Never in a million years!

  • August 12, 2014 Ann

    I think our bodies & our lives run in peaks and valleys. Right now I’m definitely in a valley (sounds like you might be too). Hopefully you (and I) will start moving back up soon!
    But seriously, reading 300 blogs a week? I bow down…
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      I hope so, Ann! Yes, 300 a week. But that was back when I only had one child lol.

  • August 12, 2014 Tove M Stakkestad

    I hear ya – on every single account! Just a mere nine years ago I was single, childless and well – more put together… today I am sitting here at work with pants that ripped in the crotch and a shirt that is riding up over my muffin top – and THAT is considered “put together”.
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Hah! Sounds about right πŸ™‚

  • August 12, 2014 Laura

    At least I’m no longer wondering how you do it all.

    That said, I TOTALLY understand, my friend. Embrace the change.
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      It’s not doing it all anymore, it’s doing what’s possible. πŸ™‚

  • August 12, 2014 Rivki Silver

    I can so totally relate. I was having a moment like that the other day and one of my friends was like “Hey. You are pregnant. And have little kids. It is okay to not do all the things.” But it’s hard sometimes not to compare what I used to be able to do with what I’m able to do now. Feel good!
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Your friend is absolutely right!

  • August 12, 2014 Kerstin

    Sigh – I hate to disappoint you, but 40 is not the new 30… that’s when your hips hurt even if you’re not pregnant, lol.
    Seriously – you are still cool and awesome, for realz πŸ˜€
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Hah! Oh. Dear. I guess our bodies don’t keep up with our hearts/ minds in terms of age, darn it. And thank you. πŸ™‚

  • August 12, 2014 Tamara

    Well once upon a time you weren’t pregnant with twins! This stuff happens!
    And your tales will just get better and everything you hold dear will come back, but only if you hold it back.
    Once upon a time, I didn’t have to seriously think about dying my hair. Not yet.. but I won’t be holding out much longer, I can tell. Des gives me gray hairs.
    Once upon a time, I could eat a bowl of ice cream AND a bowl of popcorn in one sitting. Like nothing.
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Oh yes, once upon a time, I did not have gray hairs. Now, they streak my full head of black hair. Sigh.
      I think I can still scoff down a bowl of ice cream AND a bowl of popcorn. πŸ™‚

  • August 12, 2014 Kimberly

    Ah, good ole Twitter Jail. Now I can’t even remember the last time I looked at my twitter feed.

    Oh, and the cooking? Yeah, that doesn’t happen here anymore either. Oops!

    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Hah, right? The good old Twitter days.

  • August 12, 2014 John (Daddy Runs a Lot)

    There used to be a time where I would truly marvel over you . . . it didn’t matter what time I started my “blog rounds,” there you were, having already read & left an informed comment on any blog that I happened upon.

    Life has a funny way of weeding things out – making those things that are “truly necessary” get done, and the rest? Sometimes, that stuff falls by the wayside. Sometimes it comes back. Sometimes it becomes a priority.

    As long as you’re ok, some of us like hearing your words πŸ™‚
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thanks John. I know, people would tweet me and say, “Gosh, you’re in everyone’s blog comments!” Ah, the good old days of too much time.

  • August 13, 2014 Greta

    First of all, that picture is gorgeous. Second, well….I second almost all of that. What’s my excuse? Ha. I hope you’re being kind to yourself. πŸ™‚
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Oh, you? Just four kids and various four-legged animals to look after? Two websites, and a part-time job? πŸ™‚

  • August 13, 2014 Rorybore

    I am so far behind this summer too. I have too many books on my Kindle app to read. Too many blog posts that I’ve just deleted because There Is No Way. Photography is pulling me away somewhat, but then… all the photos are still on my computer waiting….waiting… for?? I’m not sure where I want to post them. And I have no money to print them all. so….

    Yeah, once upon a time… a lot was different.
    but, maybe it’s because I am Canadian: I still find all seasons beautiful.
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      You Canadians are awesome. πŸ™‚

  • August 13, 2014 Jin Ai

    Oh my goodness I am so looking forward to my 40 being the new 30. Things do change so much once kids come along. And especially when leetler ones come too.
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      I’m just 2 years away from 40. It’d be awesome. πŸ™‚

  • August 13, 2014 Kara

    Oh, so true. We had a wedding out of town this weekend and my parents watched the girls for two days. I skipped brunch and slept in both days because I wanted to briefly relive that once upon a time.
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Ooh, NICE!!

  • August 13, 2014 My Inner Chick

    I LOVE
    your “Once upon a Times.”
    And I’m excited about the new adventures coming your way.
    God is preparing you, don’t ya know?
    Looking forward to your “present times,” Alison Lee. xxx
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Yes, yes He is. I am too! xoxo

  • August 13, 2014 Akaleistar

    I’d forgotten about Twitter jail!
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      I wonder if anyone still tweets the way we did in 2011!

  • August 13, 2014 Amy

    I get tired just reading all of the things you used to do. Thanks for slowing down so the rest of us don’t feel so lazy. πŸ˜‰ Phones can be used for talking?
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Hah! Don’t worry, I’ll be the laziest of them all in just a few weeks when the twins are born. πŸ™‚
      Phones are for texting and taking pictures, as far as I’m concerned.

  • August 13, 2014 Tracie

    Once upon a time I used to read 300 blogs and week and respond to comments immediately, too. I miss all that reading. I hope there is a lot of grace for all of us when it comes to the slow comment responding.

    Some of my once upon a times will change as school starts (some new ones will probably be created, though, too). As my weeks get more and more scheduled and full, I find priorities shifting and changing…and that is without the serious business of growing two little people inside me at the same time. You do what you can. Everything else will wait.
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      You are right, we just do what we can. I think the blog reading/ commenting frenzy happens within the early years of blogging, when enthusiasm overrides everything else. Now, life first.

  • August 14, 2014 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    Oh, Alison. Since I turned a milestone birthday this past year, I have no illusions of 40 being the new 30. Who came up with that anyway?

    On a serious note, don’t be so hard on yourself. xoxo
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Oh don’t tell me that! πŸ™‚
      I’m trying not to be hard on myself. Letting go of things. Perfection is overrated. Etcetera. πŸ™‚

  • Once upon a time I did not have to glance at the clock to see if I could still have a glass of wine. Now if I drink any alcohol after 9.30pm I know I’ll have a slamming headache next morning. And 300 blogs a week! Wow!
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Ah the good old (young) days when our body was nicer to us!

  • August 14, 2014 Natalie

    Girl I feel you…this is me minus the 29 weeks pregnant part!
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      It doesn’t make you less busy! You have 2 websites!

  • August 15, 2014 Nina

    I think you will, at some point when a new normal with the babies gets established, get back to some of that routine, but it will be a scaled back version. My guess is that even if you had time and energy right now, you might still find that time away from the screen isn’t such a bad trade. Not sure if I”m making sense. My point is– go easy on yourself. What you did before was superhuman! You are kicking ass as far as i’m concerned.
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      Offline time is a good thing, I need to remember that at all times! I think that yes, things will be scaled back too,it’s just inevitable. Life first.

  • August 17, 2014 Tricia

    Well you wrote this almost a week ago and I am just now commenting so… yeah, me too πŸ™
    40 will definitely be the new 30. I feel pretty certain of it.
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    • August 20, 2014 Alison

      It’s okay, we’re doing more important life-y things!

  • August 29, 2014 Roxanne

    As soon as I get home I take my bra off and change into my comfy clothes. For comfort reasons. And because then I can use that as an excuse not to leave the house again. Once upon a time I wasn’t quite so much of a hermit. πŸ™‚
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    • August 29, 2014 Alison

      I can relate to that!

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