can I get a hey, can I get a ho, can I get a huh?

May 13, 2010 |  Category:   life

Internet, you are a strange and funny place. While I can appreciate the debate and differing opinions, reading a few paragraphs on somebody’s blog everyday does not mean you really know them, only what they choose to share.

You have your own lives, let me live mine.

If our non 9-5 lifestyle inspires others to do the same, then cool, but I’m not trying to be anyone’s role model. I hear the word “courage” batted around a lot and I’m flattered, but it really does not feel like courage. I am just living my life the way I want, the way my mother taught me how to do, by example. Periods of struggle, anxiety and self doubt are real life (who doesn’t have this?) and everything comes down to individual choices. While we can teach our children certain values, we won’t know for certain if they will take it to heart or be truly influenced by what they see around them. They will eventually grow to be their own people.

As the wise 3 year old Claudine recently once said to me:
“I don’t want to be you when I grow up”.

Amen to that.

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  • Naomi May 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    that pic is beyond cuuuute!

  • Adele May 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    OMG, those photos are beyond adorable!!!

  • amber May 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    aw she looks bright, and fierce, and very loveable!

  • brenda May 13, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I don’t know which I like more. the pics or the quote!

  • tamera May 13, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    she is so beyond beautiful! yay scrunchface babies! i still make this face, and now my nephew is carrying it on. ha!

  • Anna @ D16 May 13, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I want to be Claudine when I grow up.

  • Chai Ling May 13, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Claudine is indeed a witty girl : )

  • Kayla May 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Jenna, you are one cool lady!!! I admire your level head and class (among many, many other things).

  • Christa May 13, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Feisty kids are the greatest kids!

  • Chuzai Living May 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    How cute… My 2.5 year old gives me the same face! A second child seems to be more of a natural comedian. Mine is definitely so. I enjoy reading your blog very much!

  • Sharon May 14, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Your daughter is adorable and those expressions say it all. I’m glad you choose to share the tidbits that you do. Just the glimpse into your life and the life of your family makes this thing called internet a strange, but wonderful place.

  • ftenshin May 14, 2010 at 4:23 am

    I adore your posts, truly. Thanks for sharing tidbits of your life with us. C is beautiful, even when she scrunches up her face, too cute πŸ™‚

  • laura@ move to portugal May 14, 2010 at 7:37 am


    I love reading the small tidbits of your life you share with us; thank you for sharing them!

    Claudine is beautiful πŸ™‚

  • pepperhill May 14, 2010 at 8:32 am

    omg… such beautiful photos of such beautiful girl…and nobody can say they know you by what you choose to write and share.

  • Caddy May 14, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I with you there!

    P.S. Adorable faces!

  • alexis May 14, 2010 at 9:45 am

    thanks for your honesty and for inspiring those who choose to make their own paths in the freelance world.

  • bronwyn May 14, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Yay Claudine!

  • 3 Piece May 14, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Amen and Yay Claudine!

  • jennifer May 14, 2010 at 11:10 am

    β€œI don’t want to be you when I grow up”–seriously, that’s hilarious.

  • ruya tabirleri May 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I really like the pictures you’ve drawn

  • Lecia May 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Well said Jenna. And that Claudine – what a girl!

  • Jane May 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    My mom had a steady, regular, reliable job, but she always encouraged me to find my own path, even if it was completely different from hers (which it is!). What we want as parents is to teach our kids to have the confidence and common sense to decide their own futures and make them a reality, whatever that may mean. And I don’t think you’re financial worries or whatever are unique in any way, my parents were incredibly careful with our finances growing up, and they taught me about self-reliance, living within your means, and finding creative ways to get the most out of life!

  • dave May 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I wanna be like Claudine when I grow up too.

  • michelle May 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Who would have thought a blog names Sweet Fine Day would stir up such fiery conversations?!

    That face is the best. Unlike Claudine, I wouldn’t mine being you when I grow up.

  • Cicilia May 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    you’re certainly my role model…yup! πŸ™‚
    claudine is tooooo darn cute.

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  • Rachel @ birdy blue May 15, 2010 at 1:46 am

    she is so adorable, reminds me of a bumble bee or something…I appreciate your honest thoughts and the fact that you can get on with things and not let them fester or get to you.

  • Rowaida Flayhan May 15, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Absolutely right Jenna! Claudine so so adorable

  • Natalie May 16, 2010 at 12:57 am

    thank you for reinforcing that it is just living life on your terms and it really is as simple as that!

  • Melissa May 16, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I just found your blog through a friend’s blogroll (it is also now on my blogroll). I can’t tell you how happy this post makes me. In considering my own precocious offspring with as much detachment as I can muster (not much), I always think I will be happy to see what he’s like when he grows up. If only I can survive the process of getting there. Cheers to Claudine and her mother.

  • hyzen May 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Oh my goodness, so cute!! I missed the controversy on the last thread’s comments until now–when I read your previous post, what struck me is that you guys must be doing pretty darn well to be able to afford NYC school tuition and summer camp for two, along with all the other high expenses that come along with daily NYC life. And your budgeting measures sound perfectly sensible to me–being frugal and self-disciplined sadly seem to be dying skills. πŸ™‚ Congrats, and keep up the good work!

  • eireann May 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Yehuda Amichai: ‘It was not an adventure, it was my life’.

  • rita May 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    that face!!!

  • Steve May 29, 2010 at 5:35 am

    that face!!!