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Lost Love
January 27, 2013, 12:03 pm
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Before I became a mom I was really into photography, particular black and white photography using film. I loved it! I took classes, joined photography groups, went around town just to shoot city scenes. My husband even built a darkroom at our old place for me. I would spend hours in there learning new processing techniques and developing pictures. It was such a joy for me.

When I got pregnant with my first, I didn’t spend as much time developing pictures for fear that the darkroom chemicals would affect the unborn baby. Then when my son was born, I simply didn’t have time to dedicate to the craft like I used to. Shortly after his birth, I also got a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera which allowed me to get some of the dark room results in a shorter amount of time (although it still wasn’t the same)…and more and more I started to use automatic mode (instead if manual mode)…and then after awhile, my DSLR started to become a bulky burden to travel with (along with the diaper bag and other kids). Next thing I knew, my iPhone became my go-to camera since I always had it with me wherever I went. So slowly and eventually, I gave up the art of photography. I hadn’t even realized that it happened.

At the end of last year, I was invited to join a 365 Photography Project with other professional and amateur photographers. It’s a project where you take a picture a day and share it with the group. We started the project on Jan 1st of this year. I thought it would be fun to not only participate (and shoot again!), but to also see tons of other photographs as well…from both professionals and amateurs alike.

Can I tell you how much I enjoy it?! I love shooting, I love talking photography with other people with similar interests, I love sharing my shots and seeing other people’s shots. I love that it’s a low pressure situation and that I’m starting to view things with a photographer’s eye again. In the beginning most of my shots were taken with my iPhone, but I did dust off my DSLR and started playing with manual mode again. I’m so rusty, but I welcome the challenge.

This whole experience helped me realize the importance of doing something that I love for myself (something other than resting and/or relaxing). Why hadn’t I thought of that before? My pre-mom self still exists, even though parts of it have been dormant for 7+ years. My love for photography is still alive — of course now it’s in a different form, and that’s okay, because in a lot of ways I’m different too. I’m a busy mom and entrepreneur — but I somehow have found the time to also shoot. Is so fulfilling, and I think it helps spark my creativity — which benefits other areas of my life as well.

The 365 Project I’m a part of is on Google+, but I share quite a few of my shots on Instagram as well. You’re welcome to check them out…my alias is kool_ing.

Is there something that you loved, but let fall to the wayside (maybe without even knowing)? Try revisiting it…it’s so nice to fall in love again.

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Enough
January 20, 2013, 11:30 am
Filed under: "Mommypreneur"

There is so much I want in life.

I usually get frustrated when things don’t go as I planned, but lately I’ve been telling myself that I have enough of what I need to do what I’ve been put here to do. I’ve been focusing and appreciating what I do have and actually realizing that it’s true — I do have everything I need — and for that I am grateful. So I keep trying to do what i believe I’ve been put here to do with what I have.

I find that when I put myself in that mind frame…the things I do need keep manifesting themselves in my life. When you count your blessings, they expand.

Do you realize you have enough to be the best you?



Cornbread and Cremasse on the radio
January 13, 2013, 10:52 am
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Hey guys,

This is somewhat old news at this point, but I forgot to share with you that back in October I was the guest on an online radio show hosted by the Haitian AllStarz on radiolily.com. I was asked to come on the show to talk about the Cornbread and Cremasse blog. What an honor that was!

It was a great time, and I wanted to share that interview (actually, the whole two hour show) with you. I hope you enjoy as I did.

To listen, click the following link:

http://www.mixcloud.com/HaitianAllStarZ/haitian-all-starz-radiolilycom-101912/

 



The 40th year
January 6, 2013, 11:10 am
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Happy New year!

I’m so excited about this year…not only because of all the fun projects that I know are in store for me, but also because I and many of my friends will be celebrating our 40th birthday this year. Because its a milestone birthday, lots of friends are having get togethers and parties or celebrating in some way — and it gives me an opportunity to see and catch up with old friends whom I probably wouldn’t have seen it this weren’t a milestone year for us.

Although for many logical reasons it shouldn’t, but it does surprises me to think that I, along with a ton of my classmates from all walks of life, will be 40 this year. I don’t dread it or anything, I’m actually looking forward to embracing it. It’s just that 40 seems so major when you say it, but it really feels the same as any other birthday to me — well, kind of the same.

It does make me think back on my life though, my accomplishments, my legacy, and I can honestly say that I’m quite happy. Of course, I’m always striving to improve, and there are some things I would have probably done differently if given a second chance, but overall, I’m happy with what I’ve done with my life and I have so much to be thankful for.

So this year I’m celebrating life — all of it — family, friends, work, love — I plan to take it all in, and enjoy myself.

Party over here!!!



A WOW MOM Panel Discussion about the decision to be a Work-From-Home Momapreneur
January 3, 2013, 7:48 pm
Filed under: "Mommypreneur", ID Stationery, MommyTalk

Hi Friends,

I was recently asked to participate in a panel to discuss life as a work from home Momapreneur (for a local community access channel). ¬†Thought I’d share the You Tube link with you — hope it inspires — or is at least somewhat entertaining. ¬†I learned that I like to touch my face when I talk (ugh!), but am otherwise pretty proud of it.

Check it out here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DemlBelnpQ&feature=youtu.be



Still breathing…
November 11, 2012, 3:03 pm
Filed under: "Mommypreneur", MommyTalk

Hi…I haven’t forgotten about you these past couple weeks. So much has been happening and when I would sit down to write, I didn’t feel like I had anything really good to say. Sorry for being away so long.

One week was consumed with my eldest son’s birthday celebration (literally a 4 day thing followed by my hosting Sunday dinner), the following week was consumed with dealing with the after effects of hurricane sandy (almost a week without electricity or school for the kids), then the following week when I was finally powered up again I was consumed with catching up with work and everything else I was unable to do without having power the week before. Not to mention that my daughter got really sick earlier this the week…and I’m tired to boot.

Anyway… I still don’t feel like I have a whole lot to say, but I thought I should check in anyway. I felt like i was bordering on rude for staying away so long. So Hello!

This week was the first “semi-normal” week in what seemed like forever. Schools were finally back in session on Wednesday, which was the first time in a while that I had my day free to work. So I’m still in catch-up mode.

Hopefully soon, things will start flowing again with some degree of normalcy. Hope you all are doing well, and those who experienced the effects of the storm survived.



What had happened was…
October 21, 2012, 2:35 pm
Filed under: "Mommypreneur", ID Stationery, MommyTalk

So I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that the grand plan that I detailed last week didn’t work out well for me at all this week. As I was explaining my saga to my sister-in-law last night she admitted that she didn’t ever think it would work. Didn’t I ask you guys for feedback?! *sigh*

So in my defense, I had a very abnormal week and I’m hoping to try my new schedule again next week. So this week, two of my children had off from school (one on Wednesday and one on Friday)…which pretty much made those days a wash in terms of productivity. On Tuesday, I helped chaperoned my daughter’s field trip so that day was spent at the pumpkin patch with 2 and 3 year olds. On Monday I got a new printer delivered…which was bigger than expected and required me to rearrange the office a bit…that was Monday.

So in a nutshell, Thursday was the only day I got a good chunk of work done. I didn’t work out at all during the week, although i did manage to get it in over the weekend. I’m not totally bummed though because I do love the new printer (which will broaden the range of stationery I can produce in-house), and I do appreciate that I can go on field trips with my kid’s class and keep them home with me when they have off from school. So I’m more grateful than bummed — but I am a little bummed.

I will try again next week.