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Approaching the middle in age and raising girls part 5

Approaching the middle in age and raising girls part 5

April 10, 2014 |  Category:   life me parenting

This is my favorite photo of me and Miss C, taken by Mia last year. It reminds me of summery good times.   I often make jokes about how old I am, not because I’m in any kind of denial, but chances are I’m gonna be older than most everyone I meet nowadays if you consider the industry and the social circles that I work in. Most people think I’m in my 30s because I think they just assume that I’m “their age”, so when I do tell people how old I really am, it’s usually either met with an “oh” or a “what, for reals?” Which makes me sometimes think, what the hell, why this reaction? This is a… CONTINUE READING

when you’re not the breadwinner anymore

when you’re not the breadwinner anymore

July 17, 2013 |  Category:   art + design life me rambling

*The image above is the homepage of a recently launched project that I designed earlier this year. See the full website here.   On Facebook the other week, I threw out on my status that I was looking for a new career and that any and all suggestions would be considered. I didn’t have any revelations on the new career of my dreams, but it did spark some interesting conversations with some friends who shared similar thoughts. Technology and industries are evolving so fast these days that we’re needing to adapt and reinvent ourselves every 5-10 years in order to survive. Plus sometimes we just need a change. With the way things have been gone this past year with work,… CONTINUE READING

sorting through the clutter

sorting through the clutter

April 30, 2013 |  Category:   life me rambling

I’ve been in between work projects for about 2 weeks now, and I’ve taken that time to sort through and clean every closet and junk drawer in the house. Yes, OCD at its finest. I’m an expert purger, unforgiving when it comes to cleaning out the clutter from our house. Toys, clothes, books, knick knacks, games – anything that we haven’t used in a year gets boxed up and put out on the street. In New York, you can put things out on the curb and 98% of the time, everything will be gone in a matter of hours. But there are 2 things that I can never give up despite thinking that one day I might let them go:… CONTINUE READING

on facing your age, the gray hairs, and oh the shredding!

on facing your age, the gray hairs, and oh the shredding!

April 25, 2013 |  Category:   life me

So, this whole “Pay Yourself First” thing that I posted about a few weeks ago isn’t really happening in the way I expected. I wish I could tell you that I’ve made some progress on the art front, but that hasn’t happened…yet. But something else did that I didn’t quite expect.   Friends, I am exercising.   Oh you know, whenever my doctors ask me if I’m exercising, I nod and say, “yes, not as often as I should, but I do”. But what this actually means is that I do some half-assed yoga and stretches at home once, maaaaybe twice a week if I can get around to it. I’ve never really been an exercising type of person and… CONTINUE READING

why do we blog?

why do we blog?

April 23, 2013 |  Category:   life me rambling

About a year ago, a friend of mine hurled some words at me during an exchange that weirdly escalated into an uncomfortable misunderstanding and it stuck with me like an annoying fly all these months later. I wanted to ignore it, but I couldn’t. It wasn’t even directly related to what we were arguing about and it was an offhanded remark, maybe even a cheap shot, but there was some truth to it. It made me examine some of the reasons why we blog and put ourselves out there in social media. Is blogging a creative release? Yes. Is it self promotional for the business? Sure. Is it a way to connect with people and form some sort of community?… CONTINUE READING

About the teenager thing, let me explain

About the teenager thing, let me explain

April 4, 2013 |  Category:   life me rambling

This belt. I’ve worn it nearly every day for years. If I told you that my everyday belt was white studded leather, you might laugh and think it was tacky. Maybe it is, but it’s funny the things that we reach for, the things that we put on everyday like a security blanket. Maybe it’s like armour, something to hide behind. Or maybe it’s just a belt, or a studded leather bracelet (I do have a thing for studs, I must admit), or a pair of earrings. These small hoops were novel when I bought it 14 years ago because it was the first piece of gold jewelry that I’ve ever been compelled to buy and wear, but that color… CONTINUE READING

winter, and blogging.

winter, and blogging.

January 29, 2013 |  Category:   life me rambling

We’re at the point in winter where most people are totally over it. Funny how even the complaining is predictably cyclical like the seasons, isn’t it? But even though the weather is a drag I haven’t minded winter much. I admit that I’ve been in a bit of a hibernating (hiding?) mood where I haven’t been going out at all (the girls have noticed too and have asked why I’ve been home every night. Like I was constantly going out all the time before??), but I’m pretty content with my boring life right now. I’ve been really busy with work, but I won’t deny that winter strips away most of the motivation to leave the house after dark.   Things… CONTINUE READING

10 years of freelance

10 years of freelance

January 17, 2013 |  Category:   life me

2013 will be my 11th year as a freelancer. I’ve actually freelanced off and on longer than that working projects and PT jobs during my years at grad school, but this February marks 10 full years as a freelancer. I sometimes wonder how I’ve managed to make it this far as I didn’t have any expectations beyond the fact that freelancing was the best solution to the conundrum of working without full time childcare, which was unaffordable for us at the time. Indeed, at the end of every year there is always a sigh of grateful relief at the acknowledgment that I made it through another year.   I have on a few occasions wondered if I’ll ever go back… CONTINUE READING

part 2

part 2

November 29, 2012 |  Category:   life me rambling

Hi. It seems as if maybe some of you were under the impression that I was closing down the blog. I’m not, but sometimes you need a break and sometimes you just don’t have anything worth sharing. I haven’t even picked up my camera very much in the last month. To be honest, all of November consisted of printing, trimming, collating and packaging calendars! That’s all I’ve been really doing all month long. I’m happy to say I raised way more money than I thought I would and distributed the funds to 7 different Sandy relief charities and 2 businesses that were destroyed. Thank you to everybody who bought a calendar this month which enabled us to do that.  … CONTINUE READING

thanks

thanks

September 21, 2012 |  Category:   life me

You know, it’s pretty weird to work out some of your issues on a blog when you really stop to think about it, but sometimes I have to laugh at myself. I would never want to take myself too seriously. But I’ve also recently realized that aside from all my jokes of having anti-social tendencies, I actually do find myself needing to reach out to people during times of confusion. It helps immensely to talk it out and in this case, to also write it out, and I’ve been spending a lot of time with friends lately. Guess I’m not really such a hermit after all. I liked the analogy that someone had left in comments that this period of… CONTINUE READING

The dip

The dip

September 14, 2012 |  Category:   life me rambling travels

Hard to believe, but there are less than 4 months left in the year.   When I look back at this year so far, 2012, I think of it as a lost year. It wasn’t exactly a bad year, but there’s been something off about it like it just never got going. I don’t feel like I accomplished much, or grew, or learned. I didn’t go in any one direction. I didn’t go backwards or forwards. It’s been… fine, but if you are even remotely like me, you’ll understand that fine is not fine.   In my efforts to create as much of a stable life for our family as I could over the last 5 or so years, I… CONTINUE READING

floating

floating

June 6, 2012 |  Category:   life me rambling

It’s true what they say, when women claim they become surprisingly emotional as soon as they become mothers. Or often even sooner, as soon as they become pregnant. I’ve certainly cried during enough sappy commercials during the heightened hormonal time of pregnancy. What took me by surprise is that this emotional vulnerability never really leaves. It’s been what, more than five years since I’ve had my last baby? But I can still get teary over looking up at a sunset trying to break through the clouds? Or stranger yet, over seemingly nothing? Who is this person? Certainly not the same person from 10 years ago.   I find that I’m often moving through life these days, half in the grounded… CONTINUE READING

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