Mantra Monday: Be True. Be You. Be Kind.

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Every second Monday of the month, I will choose a mantra I want to hold to for the month, and invite you to share YOUR mantra (of the day/ week/ month) with me, and by doing so, be eligible to enter yourself for a giveaway for one MantraBand (inscribed with the mantra of month)! 


This month, I’m choosing this gorgeous band: Be True. Be You. Be Kind (which I also have!).


My over-arching life mantra is simple: Be Kind. It is the easiest, and the hardest thing to do, especially when you’re having a hell of a time.

I was having a rough time back in September, when the twins were born, and I was living the NICU Mom life. It was hard enough to wake up in the morning, and remember that my babies were in hospital, that I had to pump more milk, then make the 20-minute drive to see them. It was harder to fall asleep at night, wondering how they were, and dreading middle-of-the-night phone calls. 

I did wake up. I did drive there daily to see them, for two weeks. I did get sleep. I survived. They thrived. A lot of it had to do with people being kind to me. 

I extended their kindness to my family, who needed me, and needed me to be kind to them too. Very often, the ones who receive the brunt of our rough days, are the people who love us the most, the ones we should be loving the most. 

The Be True. Be You. Be Kind MantraBand was the first one I gifted myself, to remind me how lucky I am to be on the receiving end of kindness, and to always, always, choose to be kind.

(PS: Speaking of which, my dear friend Galit Breen has written a book all about kindness! Kindness Wins is now available for pre-sale on Kindle, and launches April 7. You can read all about her journey on how the book was born on BuzzFeed).

MantraBand has generously agreed to sponsor two Mantrabands – two of you lucky people will get one Be True. Be You. Be Kind. bracelet. Enter below from March 9 to 13, 2015, open worldwide

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This is not a sponsored post. The links in here are affiliate links, and any purchases of MantraBand made from you clicking these links, makes me a couple of bucks, which will continue to fuel my caffeine and chocolate habits. I am partnering with MantraBand because I genuinely love their products, and receive no compensation for spreading their message. All opinions are my own. 

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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 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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  • March 9, 2015 Kir

    I love a day that starts with “Be Kind” and as hard as it to follow it through with every interaction I remind myself that this is how I want the world to treat my sons and treat me. KINDLY.

    However, I love that band that says, “Be You”. I’m having a hard time doing that these days.
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  • March 9, 2015 Greta

    My mantra this month….hmmmm. I think it’s Enjoy! (As in, enjoy the special opportunities-NewYork!, enjoy the weather, enjoy your people)
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  • March 9, 2015 tracy

    Love this post and all the good things, my friend. Right now I’m taking things one minute at a time. xo
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  • March 10, 2015 Leigh Ann

    With Listen to Your Mother coming up and a ton of other things, I think my mantra needs to be FOCUS.
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  • March 10, 2015 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    Important reminder to treat others and ourselves with kindness. Just repeating those two words, Be Kind, sometimes makes all the difference.
    Rudri Bhatt Patel recently wrote…You Have to Find What Matters Most to YouMy Profile

  • March 10, 2015 alexandra

    Would have known that about you, without this post.


  • March 10, 2015 Tonya

    I love these damn bracelets!! Who couldn’t use a mantra?! Mine for this month is “relax”.

    Nice giveaway.
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  • March 10, 2015 Becky Holland

    I understand being a NICU mum. I was one for a very long six weeks. I always dreaded those night time calls. I look back and think wow, I made it through and I still am. I love visiting your blog. Thanks for sharing again. 🙂 What a great mantra and a special reminder too. My current mantra is don’t hold back.
    Becky Holland recently wrote…Tears, playgroup and why I’m strugglingMy Profile

  • March 10, 2015 Elaine A.

    I love that motto, and it’s perfect for the mantra bands. I know you “be” all those things, Alison. 🙂

  • March 10, 2015 Angela Youngblood

    Love this. My mantra this month and well, every month is “It will be okay.” Because it will be right? Ahhhh. Feeling a bit overwhelmed right now, but I know it will be okay.
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  • March 10, 2015 Christine

    I love these bracelets. Be Kind – such a great reminder.
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  • The importance of kindness not only towards others, but also towards oneself, should not be underestimated. For kindness brings happiness. And that is essential.
    My current motto is : breathe.
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  • March 11, 2015 Tamara

    It’s been a week of kindness. I’ve been shown it and I’ve been giving it. It totally makes the world go round.
    And having done that NICU round before, even for a week, kindness was what I most needed.
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  • March 11, 2015 Susan Maccarelli

    hmmm…Mine is probably “everything happens for a reason” – I know some people don’t like that, but I do!
    Susan Maccarelli recently wrote…“He’s A Healthy Boy!” – And Other Tales Of Parenting A Chubby ToddlerMy Profile

  • March 12, 2015 Allie

    I love this! Yes, yes yes! Be kind. I wish this was everyone’s mantra!

  • March 12, 2015 Kim

    I feel the same way about kindness, Alison. And lately I have been feeling the importance of the “Be true. Be you.” more than ever too. Love this one.
    Kim recently wrote…Old School Blogging – Fun and RandomMy Profile

  • March 12, 2015 Arnebya

    My mantra is breathe. I whisper to myself all day when people threaten to make me yell unkind things.
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  • March 12, 2015 Katie

    I think my comment went off into internet comment purgatory for some reason, but yes. KINDNESS! That is always my mantra. Maybe this month survival is part of my mantra 😉
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  • March 12, 2015 Kate Coveny Hood

    This is probably the only thing I consistently get right in my life…so that bracelet is MINE (fingers crossed).

  • March 12, 2015 anna whiston-donaldson

    Be kind,for everyone is fighting a battle.
    anna whiston-donaldson recently wrote…Flashback: Siblings, One Ordinary MorningMy Profile

  • March 12, 2015 Tanya

    My current mantra is “I am enough.”

  • March 13, 2015 Laura

    My manta this month is “Hold on.” As in, this is only a season. Life moves fast. Don’t wish it away.
    Laura recently wrote…Who You Will BecomeMy Profile

  • March 14, 2015 Natalie

    If everyone lived by this mantra the world would be a better place! 🙂

  • March 14, 2015 Julia

    I love these bracelets and I love that saying.
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