Do More of What Makes You Happy

Alison Lee

Once aOur-Pact-super-sponsorgain, I am dragging myself out of bed, mentally going through my day’s checklist as I stumble through my morning routine of teeth brushing, super-speed showering, and grateful coffee-making. I get kids dressed, give them breakfast, check the boys’ school bags, figure out lunch for myself and the twins, plan dinner prep, check emails, mark bills to pay. I look at the calendar, and hey, what? It’s OCTOBER? 

This is the moment where I give in to clichés: where did the time go? I blinked and whoosh, my babies are one, the days are long and years are short, blah blah blah.

I look at myself, the stereotypical stay-at-home parent with four young children and too many work projects because I don’t know how to say no (and secretly, I enjoy being useful outside of looking after children). My skin is too sallow, my body’s gone to a place that’s best described as squishy, my eyebrows are unkempt, and my once always-pretty nails, cut short and stubby, and remains stubbornly color-free. Let’s not even look at my feet.

I have fallen into the familiar hole of putting everyone else first and then losing myself. I once took pride in my appearance – beyond vanity of which I’m sure I didn’t lack, I liked being healthy and feeling good.

It’s more than looks, though. It’s the inner joy that’s missing. The daily grind has grounded me to dust, and I’m a pale shadow of who I used to be and what I could become.

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I like hot chocolate and reading. I rejoice when it rains. I love daisies and leather-skin journals. I like funky rings and charm bracelets. I like the buzz in a busy café. I like over-sized armchairs and throw blankets. I love cool sheets and clean laundry.

I like the smell of bookstores and running my fingers along book spines. I like eating ice cream and watching my favorite TV show. I like having one-on-one conversations with friends over a good meal. I like writing and photography.

I like window shopping and trying on clothes I know I’m not going to buy because heck, it’s fun. I love going to the movies and indulging in caramel popcorn (no sharing). I like baking and taking long walks (hah!). I like doing yoga and the good feelings afterwards. 

So why don’t I do what I like? Why don’t I carve time out to do what I enjoy? Why don’t I look after myself?

Life is too short to wonder. It’s time to do more of what makes me happy.


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Photo Credit: Funny Girl at BigStock Photo. This post was written by Alison Lee exclusively for BonBon Break Media, LLC.

Alison Lee is the co-editor of Multiples Illuminated, an anthology about twins, triplets and more, a writer, and publisher. A former PR and marketing professional, she is the owner of Little Love Media, specializing in blog book tours. Alison’s writing has been featured in Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and Club Mid. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends (Fall, 2014), and has an essay in another, So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real About Motherhood (Spring, 2016). She is also an editor at BonBon Break. Alison lives in Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).