I remember back in public school (this is going WAYYY back people) when we would dedicate part of our day to creating that amazing mother’s day gift. From macaroni art, to hand drawn cards, to those things where you spell mother down the page and come up with sentences for each letter, to collages of cut-up magazines words describing you mother, where you cut up the the word “sexy”, not knowing what it meant and your mother throws it in your face year after year (and keeps it tucked away in a little box of memories.)
My mama – or drama mama as I lovingly call her – is a pretty amazing person. For the longest time she played the role as a single mother. She was literally the role of two parents while working two jobs and taking care of a handful of children. When we lived in the states, there was a time where we needed food stamps and social assistance to get us on our feet and she ALWAYS kept her head held high. Never let ANYONE get you down.
She made our clothes, our dolls clothes and tried to make the best situations out of everything and anything. (I still think she would make a KILLING on Etsy!)
She put US first. Always. She made sacrifices. She did her best, and I love her for it.
So I obviously dedicate this post to my mama. She made me the strong person that I am today. She made me value everything and anything (even the small things!) She passed on life lessons (“Things happen for a reason”, “Treat others the way YOU wish to be treated” “It ISSSSS what it ISSSS”…etc.)
I love you drama mama! (I’m sure someone will read this blog post to you, since you don’t know how to turn on a computer…) Happy Mother’s Day! xo
February’s installment of my instagram 365 challenge! And it was insane. In a good way!
February 1st was the start of something amazing. I spent pretty much the first week renovating our 2nd bedroom into my new office space – (big honkin’ thanks to my sissy’s Tania, Shanon + Amber for the help, and of course to my hubster!) I still have two little jobs left to do before the reveal, but can I just SAY how much I love waking up, having a two foot commute, and working in this room? It’s so bright and amazing and ME… and I just LOVE it. (Not that I’m saying I’m bright and amazing… )
Worked on a logo and a monogram, had two engagement sessions, one portrait session and met an amazing couple! Sent out proposals, still working on others. Met with ol’ pals, new pals. Birthday celebrations. Won prizes. Laughed at the Happy Show. And laughed at myself!
I once was a bride as well. Stressed about my details (or lack there-of), my guest list (I didn’t want to offend ANYONE! But also needed to stick to a budget), and of course, finding THE dress. The one that sucked it in, in ALL the right places. Made me feel confident. The one that really, my sister Mara picked out for me because I have decisionitis.
Our planning was quite the emotional roller-coaster. Jody (the hubster) and I received some shocking news that his mom (Diane) was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. It made us realize how SHORT life really is to not spend it with the ones we love. To celebrate those milestones TOGETHER as a family. Jody and I had been together for just over a year when he popped the question. Of course I said yes.
We were married in August 2008. Diane passed away from her cancer December 2008.
As for the dress? It use to sit squished in a corner of my closet, never been cleaned (GASP!), never been “boxed.” Was I seriously going to wear this dress again? Could I make it into something? When will I have the time for that?
But by chance I stumbled across this site: The Brides’ Project. And on Saturday, I dropped it off / donated it.
The Brides’ Project donates ALL PROCEEDS from the sales of donated wedding dresses to support cancer charities like: The Canadian Cancer Society, The Breast Cancer Foundation, Camp Quality and several other related organizations that help fight cancer and/or support those afflicted. And hey, it’s also helping brides pick out that amazing dress… for a fraction of the price and an amazing cause.
I think Diane would have approved.
Oh hello January. You were actually pretty damn nice to me. You started off with a fortune cookie telling me “Your perseverance will pay off soon” and a few days later, the hubster told me to take the leap. In a nice way. As in, start your business, quit your day-time job and just DO IT!
So, the last day of January was my last day at Sputnik. I’ve never felt such a mixed bag of emotions! Things are happening! This post was a little delayed due to me getting my new office up and running (blog post coming soon, still waiting for some finishing touches like my light fixture and frame mats…)
I feel like I finally have time to really focus on my brand, my life and of course, BLOG POSTS!!
Sooo looking forward to this leap of mine. And thank you EVERYONE for coming along for the ride (and the push!) xo
Feeling a little stressed, anxious, nervous, and just stuck. The best thing someone can do is WALK. IT. OFF. Thankfully I have a hubby that reminds me that this DOES work.
Just down the street we went for a little walk of our own. The snow was falling, sun was setting and the light was perfect. Me, the hubster and my telephoto. Love the muted colours and simplicity of the photos that came out of this walk, and of course, the weight lifted off my shoulders and the clarity I needed to keep on moving forward.