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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

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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.



Scheduling success
October 14, 2012, 11:27 am
Filed under: "Mommypreneur", ID Stationery

Hi blogees!

Since we’ve met last I’ve been really trying to work my schedule. It doesn’t seem that I’ve quite grasped the concept of having the whole (school) day to myself. I’m getting things done…but I need to get more efficient because my end goal is not to stay up late working in the middle of the night if I can help it…and so far, I’ve still been staying up late working. :/

So i have a plan of sorts that i will implement this week. I will report back and let you know how it goes. There are a few things I need to do every week, and I plan to assign a day to each activity for efficiency’s sake.

– Networking: some weeks i have meetings 2-3 days a week which really cuts in to my productive hours, and doesnt allow me to have a good stretch of time to get work done. I plan to set one day a week aside for networking (meeting with potential or existing clients, or catching up with friends, etc.). Going forward, I will schedule meetings on Wednesdays (breakfast or lunch).

– Materials: I generally need to visit my vendors to get materials for projects on a weekly basis. instead of picking up stuff that i dont have in stock on an ad hoc basis, i will set Thursdays as my materials acquisition day. Sometimes, because I work with several different vendors and have different needs for different projects I may have to make several stops to get all the materials I need. This should save me time during the week too.

– Workout: I like to workout 2-3 times a week. The plan is to work out as soon as I come home from (school) drop off at 8:30 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I should be done, showered and ready to report to the office (or meeting) by 10am.

– Volunteer: I have committed to volunteering an hour at my son’s school one day a week from 1-2pm. The day of the week varies…but I will know in advance…I have to be flexible here…but it’s only an hour — shouldn’t be too tricky.

I need to do all these things between the hours of 8:30am and 2:30 (the time I need to get ready for pick-up. (You see how my days are packed?!)

All the holes in the schedule will be dedicated to working — designing, creating, taking calls, responding to emails, etc. and on the busy “assigned days” I will likely be up late working — but hopefully that’s just two days a week.

We’ll see how that goes — wish me luck!

Oh, and I welcome any helpful suggestions you may have…I’m all ears!



Guess who’s back?!
September 30, 2012, 10:48 am
Filed under: "Mommypreneur", ID Stationery, Macaya, MommyTalk

Hello!!! Remember me? So I ended up taking the summer off from this blog. I’m sorry, but the summer ended up being rather hectic with all three kids at home full time. My original plan was to keep them all home with me and we’d do fun day trips and they’d have the opportunity to hang out together, since during the school year they were not together for the majority of their days (two separate schools and my youngest was home with me)…well, that plan didn’t work out so well. My workload didn’t ease up, and it was close to impossible to manage work and entertain three small kids all day, everyday. So I decided i had to give up some things, and sadly, this blog was one of them.

But I’m back! I’ve finally gotten into a groove with this new school year, and life has become more manageable (and scheduled). Now all three of my kids are in school — the time I’ve been looking forward has finally arrived!! I really enjoyed being home with the kids when they were younger, but that chapter is over, and I am happily welcoming a new one. I can’t say that I miss a mommy and me class at all. I’m officially over that.

My 6 year old (soon-to-be 7 year old) is a proud 2nd grader, my 4 year old is in his last year of preschool and is already looking forward to graduation so that he can join his older brother in “the big school” next year, and my 2 year old is thrilled to also join the ranks and go to school like everyone else. Her transition from non-student to student has been great. She loves school, and the teachers and kids seem to love her back.

Although I had been looking forward to being an at home mom with no kids at home during school hours, I wasn’t 100% sure how I would feel when it actually happened. I thought that there was a possibility that I would miss having a kid around during the day…but I’m happy to report that it was all happiness (maybe because of the summer I’ve had, I don’t know). Not even bittersweet — all sweet! In fact, everyday I’m surprised how quickly 3 o’clock comes around.

I had so been looking forward to having a whole day to dedicate to working — and actually having time to focus on growing my businesses (particularly the stationery business) — and most importantly being able to work during the day so that I could sleep at night. That was the plan.

What is actually happening is that I AM getting lots of work done during the day…but I’ve realized that 9-3pm (although it’s more time than I had before), is not a full days work. I AM growing the business — my workload is increasing, but I’m finding that I still need more time! I still stay up late working (although there have been a few nights when I went to bed with the comfort of knowing I could finish something the next morning)…but I’m loving it, I really am.

So that’s my life right now. I’m still trying to figure out how to best maximize the school hours. I find that my days are spent working (designing and producing stationery), purchasing materials, and meeting with potential clients. I squeeze in a workout here and there…but I still feel like I need more time. I’m in the process of making a schedule that will help with that.

Come along for the ride as I try to figure this thing out…

It’s nice to be back 🙂

Talk soon!! Tootles!



my legacy?
June 18, 2012, 1:49 pm
Filed under: About "Mommy", Cornbread and Cremasse, ID Stationery, Macaya, MommyTalk

Do you ever think about what legacy you’d like to leave behind after you’re long gone? I mean really think about it. For several reasons these past couple weeks, that’s been on my mind, and so I’ve given it some serious thought.

Here’s what I came up with:

After I’m gone, I’d love for people to be able to pull out their scrapbooks and/or their box of mementoes and point out an ID Stationery invite that was perfectly and specially crafted just for their special occasion, and not only love the actual stationery, but also appreciate the process in which we worked together to come up with it. I’d love for that piece of stationery to conjure up happy moments well after the event is over.

I’d also love to have helped foster pride, knowledge and awareness in Haiti to members and supporters of the Haitian diaspora — especially first generation Haitian-Americans like myself, and their children. I hope that the Cornbread and Cremasse blog and Macaya will have aided in serving that purpose…or at least sparked the start of that for some people.

For as long as I could remember, I wanted to be a mom and have a family. I feel so lucky to have experienced love, marriage and partnership in my lifetime, as well as the gift of motherhood. I hope that the three children that God has sent to this earth through me will Find their passions in life and work hard at it so that they will not only be fulfilled in life, but so that they may also be assets to society and the world and people around them.

And finally, I would like people to remember me as a person who worked hard, played hard, loved hard and was kind to people.

So there…now you try it. I found this exercise to be rather useful and quite motivating. If this is to be my legacy, I need to continue doing all these things everyday. You should try it out for yourself, and see how it makes you feel.



Summer dreaming
June 3, 2012, 1:28 pm
Filed under: About "Mommy", ID Stationery, Macaya, MommyTalk

Hi everybody,

This was sort of a light week for me in terms of deliverables to clients, so I spent a good amount of my work time doing some designing and marketing. I launched a new Macaya fan page on Facebook (facebook.com/theMacayaStore –> please “like” us if you haven’t already), worked on some personal business cards for myself and got some new FB business cards for ID Stationery (as that is where my current digital portfolio resides at the moment — facebook.com/idstationery). I also got some rest and caught up on a bunch of On Demand tv shows. Just what the doctor ordered.

I spent much of the week longing for summer recess. I’m so over the school grind (especially the daily pick-up/drop-off routine). The weather’s turning and I’m having summer fever. In my heart of hearts I know I should appreciate the current moment because summer vacation is sure to be more of a challenge in terms of getting work done since I will have all three kids at home with me (although I’m hoping that they will have themselves to entertain too), but still I will be needed for our frequent summer adventures among other things. Nevertheless, I still long for a change of pace.

I love the changing of the weather. I get to go out more and experience the elements more fully, and the general mood (and clothing) is lighter and brighter. I’ve been outside more — cooking out, riding my bike, jogging in the park. Neighbors come out of hibernation and we become a community again. Such a great time of year!

I have one more month before both boys are on break, but until then I will romanticize the summer! Hope you are enjoying June so far!



In my bubble
May 13, 2012, 10:47 pm
Filed under: "Mommypreneur", ID Stationery, MommyTalk

Hi guys,

I had a great/busy past two weeks. I’ve gotten some really fun projects on my plate, along with some really cool clients. I love sharing people’s vision for their event — and for most every project I develop a sincere desire to give my clients just what they’re looking for. When I engage like that, I always do my best work. The past two weeks have been full of projects like that. I was fully engaged on each project and I worked on stationery design/production every chance I got. When I wasn’t working, I was thinking about work. I know it might sound exhausting, but I found it to be quite exciting. I also found myself wishing I had more time in my design studio, and thinking that in September (when all three of the kids will be school) this will be a non-issue (or so I think). I take that to mean I’m ready for the next chapter (the no kids at home during the school day chapter), and it seems the business is too.

The SAHM part is starting to get challenging as more and more work is coming my way. I’m finding that I’m needing more than nap time and late nights to get things done. Thankfully I have a support system that can help out when necessary — so I’m hanging in there.

Thankful for the past and looking forward to the future.