Through The Lens Thursday #49: Close-Up

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Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs. 

A photography project

This week’s prompt is ‘Close-Up’.


I love my MantraBands. Each piece was chosen with care, as ones that spoke to me, and ones that I need most these days. 

One day at a time – I love my life. But there are moments when I want to curl up in my bed and not get up. Tired, tired, tired. 

Be true. Be you. Be kind.Kindness is my mantra

She believed she could. So she did. – I’m not sure I’m there yet, but I’m trying. 

Warrior – What I need to be!

Namaste – “I bow to the divine that is you.” I say namaste to my life, every day.

This is not a sponsored post. I just love my MantraBands! 

(I would write more about each band and mantra, but I’m all worded out after NaBloPoMo.)

Next week’s prompt is ‘Pair’.

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.

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 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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  • December 4, 2014 Janine Huldie

    Such pretty bands and first thought was, “I wish I had something like this myself”! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      That’s exactly what I thought when I saw them on a friend’s blog! So I went and bought them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • December 4, 2014 Andrea

    Those are really great bracelets. And a great photo!
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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Andrea!

  • December 4, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    I love these! How beautiful – thank you for sharing these, they look wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re right some days I have to right something positive on a sticky note and look at it throughout the day. Some days are harder than others but that’s the way life goes. And yes when you need to lay down, lay down and enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great one Alison! -Iva
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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      It’s wonderful to have some positive affirmations around to remind us!

  • December 4, 2014 Susi

    These bands are lovely and a great close up shot! I like your mantras and I’m definitely with you about “One day at a time!” I like my life too but some days are better than others. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      It’s my daily mantra!

  • December 5, 2014 Leslie

    Those bracelets are cool, I want some! I hope your having a great Thursday.
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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      I hope you go get some! They’re awesome.

  • December 5, 2014 Charlotte

    Oh, I love these so much. And how wonderful to carry these reminders with you all day. Thank you for this… and hope all is well with you and that your little ones are settling into a routine. I love seeing their beautiful faces in my FB feed.

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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      We are well, thank you, Charlotte!

  • December 5, 2014 Clare

    Beautiful bracelets and photo. Lovely inspiring words to wear.
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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Clare!

  • December 5, 2014 Jennie Goutet

    I LOVE that photo. You can see the different tones of the metal, and reflections of light. Well done!
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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      Thank you Jennie! I’m glad those details came through.

  • December 5, 2014 Rorybore

    I love those!!! I say Namaste more and more these days. Yoga and meditation are becoming a bigger part of my life. Getting in touch with that inner stillness… oddly enough: getting “close up” to Me!
    Love the shot.
    Rorybore recently wrote…Through the Lens: Ready for Your Close-Up?My Profile

    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      Inner stillness is so important in the chaos of daily life!

  • December 5, 2014 Allie

    Oh I think I need all of those right now!
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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      You need to, right away!

  • December 5, 2014 Bev

    Lovely photo, and beautiful messages behind the bracelets. I’m pretty worded out myself!
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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Bev!

  • December 6, 2014 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    I love the picture and the messages that you captured. I am headed to the mantra band site now. Thanks!
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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      I hope you grabbed a few things for yourself, Rudri!

  • December 6, 2014 Kim

    Ooh! I love them too! So personal and meaningful. And you captured them beautifully here.

    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      I love them because they’re meaningful too.

  • December 6, 2014 Tove

    these bracelets are awesome! I love the mantras – you know I do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Way to go on a successful November… lots of words indeed – all of them great!
    Tove recently wrote…100 Random Acts of Kindness โ€“ From the Heart!My Profile

    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      I know you do! I need to find out if they can do customised bands, and get “Be Where You Are” on one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • December 6, 2014 My Inner Chick

    Fabulous bands.
    WARRIOR is the one I WANT)))!!! xxx
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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      You need to get one, Kim! xo

  • December 6, 2014 Tamara

    I was waiting for this one!
    Did you use the 50mm?
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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      I ended up just using my standard lens!

  • December 6, 2014 Julia

    I love those bracelets and the meanings behind them.
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    • December 7, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Julia!

  • December 7, 2014 Brittany

    I love those bracelets and could use that kind of regular and beautiful reminder!
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  • December 8, 2014 Greta

    I read this and then forgot to come back here. I love those bracelets, and I love that they mean so much to you. They, and you, are beautiful.
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  • December 8, 2014 Christine

    I too love my MantraBand. They are so simple and elegant and I love having those words as a daily reminder.
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  • December 9, 2014 Chris Carter

    I actually won a mantra band and I cannot WAIT to give mine to my sweet teen, Sammy. They are such treasures!!
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  • December 9, 2014 Jen

    Wow, those bands are great! I think that my teenager needs some of those. Seriously thanks for sharing your Through the Lens!

  • December 9, 2014 Amanda

    Namaste, sweet woman, namaste.
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