2014: A Recap

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I grabbed these questions off Leigh Ann and I believe it was originally by Rage Against The Minivan

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

I gave birth to twins (and you will see me talk about them a lot in this recap).


2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for 2015?

I don’t do resolutions and never have. I did have a one word resolution for 2012 and 2013, which worked very well for me, but never really figured out one for 2014. In retrospect, I think that word would be Survive, and I think I did. 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, my dear friend Kimberly! She had her fifth boy in August.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Fortunately, no.

5. What countries did you visit?

France, where I met Jennie. Singapore. 

Alison and Jennie

With Jennie on Champs Elyseex


6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

Peace and quiet? <insert smiley face and sarcasm font>

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

February 13 when the pregnancy test was positive; March 6 when we found out we were having twins, and September 14 when they were (dramatically) born. 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Surviving a twin pregnancy, and getting published in an anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving & Losing Friends.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I know it’s not really a failure, but I feel guilty and think about this all the time – not being able to carry the twins to term. 

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had all kinds of weird pains and aches with the twin pregnancy, that I’d never had before. 

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Really boring things like a twin breastfeeding pillow, an electric double breast pump and a twin stroller. 

12. Where did most of your money go?

Most of OUR money went to our trip to France, and NICU expenses. 

13. What did you get really excited about?

First, it was going to France. Then it was expecting twins. Then it was finding out that my essay had been accepted to an anthology, and of course, being published. 

14. What song will always remind you of 2014?

Happy by Pharrell. I know that’s a cliche, but I don’t actually listen to much contemporary music. I know, so lame.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

– happier or sadder? Happier.

– thinner or fatter? I had twins 3 1/2 months ago, so . . . 

– richer or poorer? Richer in ways that matter.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Exercise and yoga. But the pregnancy wiped me out physically. 

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?


18. How did you spend Christmas?

We don’t. 

19. What was your favorite TV program?

I loved many shows! But to name just one – Downton Abbey.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

The Book Thief, and all my friends’ books: Rare Bird, A Lady In France, Expecting: A Year of Fixing Up and Breaking Down and My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving & Losing Friends.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

Same answer as song of the year.

22. What was your favorite film of the year?

Sadly, the only films I watched this year were children’s films. So, er, Frozen?

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was visiting my parents for the weekend (my birthday was on a Sunday), and I turned 38. 

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I’ve had an amazing year, so, nothing.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

It started off fairly well, then morphed into maternity.

26. What kept you sane?

My husband, and a very wonderful group of bloggy friends. They know who they are.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

When the twins were in NICU, and I was getting discharged from hospital, I felt lost. Part of me wanted desperately to say in hospital so I could be with my babies. Part of me wanted to be home with my boys. I decided to go home, and head to NICU every morning. A wise friend, Tove, told me, “Be where you are.” That was the best piece of advice I’d ever received, and it saved my life. It also allowed me to release the guilt I was carrying, and just enjoy the moments with all my children. 


How was your 2014?

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 2, 2015 Bev

    What an incredible and positive year it has been for you. I love that lesson that your friend Tove told you, I think that is a very one and can be applied to so many situations. I hope you have an equally wonderful (or better!) 2015.
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  • January 2, 2015 Susanna Leonard Hill

    Wow, what a year! Best wishes for an even better one in 2015 🙂
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  • January 2, 2015 Jennie Goutet

    I cried and laughed when I saw us together.

    You had one AMAZING year. You were showered with happiness, and that makes me so happy. 🙂
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  • January 2, 2015 My Inner Chick

    B e a u t I f u l.
    Everything. Every word.
    Richer. Yes, you. are. xxxx Kiss from MN.
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  • January 3, 2015 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    I enjoyed reading your recap. Your radiant picture at the end is a perfect summary of 2014. Happy New Year! xo
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  • January 3, 2015 Alexandra Rosas

    “I gave birth to twins” ::drops the mic::

  • January 3, 2015 Natalie

    You had a big 2014! Can’t wait to watch all your kids grow this year 🙂
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  • January 3, 2015 Leah

    What a wonderful year you have had! Love the advice to be where you are — so true! Happy New Year!
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  • January 3, 2015 Tamara

    I love this recap. I did this one last year and this year. I will do it next year too! It’s so thorough. And I suppose I could’ve added Kimberly to my list too, although I don’t know her that well!
    I had a lot of guilt after Des had to go to the NICU. I know it’s a different scenario but I always thought that I could’ve prevented it. I will never know if that’s true, but he has been nothing but a healthy boy.
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  • January 3, 2015 Christine

    I’m not sure that there’s much that can top your incredible year. So much love and happy and adorable babies. I think that the words your friend Tove shared probably are the wisest that I’ve heard in a while. Happy 2015 Alison!
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  • January 4, 2015 Leigh Ann

    you had a magnificent year! I love the advice your friend gave you. So wise.
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  • January 4, 2015 Maureen

    Been an awesome year for you and your family, Alison! 😀 That lesson from your friend is just so precious. Thanks for sharing them with all of us. Here’s to a fantastic 2015 for you!
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  • January 5, 2015 AwesomelyOZ

    Glad you had such a beautiful 2015 and that your family is well and healthy. I think that’s wonderful advice “be where you are” – I feel we always worry about where we should be and ought to go and forget to enjoy the present and who we’re with. Most of the time it’s with our own kids and family! I’m always thinking “what’s next..” So I’m working on enjoying the present more. Hope you and yours have a wonderful 2015 Alison! Take Care momma -Iva
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  • January 6, 2015 Rivki Silver

    This was such a pleasure to read! And what a year for you! Your family is so beautiful, and I enjoy getting a glimpse of your life through what you share. Here’s to 2015 being full of wonder and joy as well.
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  • January 6, 2015 Julia

    What a year you had! I love the last picture you look truly happy.
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  • January 6, 2015 Mirjam

    Wow,your year was pretty amazing!
    I love the picture at the end of this post. You are absolutely blessed.
    Sometimes that blessing comes in the form of baby puke and toddler shenanigans, but nonetheless blessed are you. But you know that already. Your positivity makes me smile. xo
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  • January 6, 2015 Susi

    I love reading recap posts and this one is great. It’s always easier for me to answer questions than to just write. Makes it more organized! Hope you have a happy and healthy new year!
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  • January 12, 2015 Kimberly

    This year certainly was pretty bad ass! This year I know will be amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for us! 🙂
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  • January 16, 2015 Rebecca

    HAH! I love “sarcasm font.” HAHA! 2014 was a huge year- I mean hello, twins. Your family is beautiful and so are you!

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    I every time spent my half an hour to read this web site’s articles or reviews every day along with a
    mug of coffee.
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