Archive for May, 2010

May 23, 2010

SUMMER DAYS/iPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY

Jonathan brought me a coconut snowcone at work today.

It was good seeing him this weekend. He had been in Portland recording last week and I missed him!

Blogged on my iPhone

May 23, 2010

NSIDE MAGAZINE MIXER/SAN ANTONIO NETWORKING

Well not really but yeah.

This was one of the craziest weeks ever. I’d like to say it’s not the norm but…sigh.

This week I…

*Moved in 3 days time.

*Attended the NSIDE publications event in Boerne TX with Jen.

*Taped an interview for a local tv show about social network marketing.

*Donated to Jeremys Kids (firefighters get me every time)

*Made a roadtrip to Austin with two lovely redheads…Amber and Kacee.

*Took advantage of Jade and Lulu being with their dad to start buying things for their summer care packages.

*Prayed a lot.

*Laughed a lot.

*Started weeding out the negative people in my life.

*Thanked Heavenly Father for the positive ones.

*Started over again.

Looking forward to this next week already!

Have a lovely one!

It's the Catalina wine mixer...

It's the Catalina wine mixer...


It's the Catalina wine mixer...

It's the Catalina wine mixer...

It's the Catalina wine mixer...

It's the Catalina wine mixer...

It's the Catalina wine mixer...

It's the Catalina wine mixer...

May 17, 2010

29TH BIRTHDAY

I’m happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

There’s been a lot of laughter in my life lately…

Whether it’s been a result of interaction with my amazing friends or me laughing at myself or simply a coping mechanism, it’s been good.

My life is a constant work in progress. Geez, I am a constant work in progress as well. But I am a true believer that laughter is the best medicine so I’m going to take the opportunity to use it whenever possible. I have never heard sweeter laughs than that of my children!

I celebrated my 29th birthday last week and as I took one step closer to 30, I was surprised at how many people wished me a happy birthday while also saying “sucks to get old huh?” To which I replied “not really:)”

How I see it… Aging is just another process we can’t control ( sure

It can be masked with lotions and needles and Photoshop;) but the reality is that it’s going to happen. I see it as an accomplishment… That I’m still here. That with all the sh*t life thrown me, I’m still pushing along.

So my birthday was indeed a celebration of life, not aging. I was truly surrounded by the most amazing people and appreciated that my day didn’t revolve around presents (although I got some lovely things)… It was about me and bringing together all of my friends that may not hang out together otherwise.

Thanks to Jen, the party was memorable and I won’t forget it.

The same weekend, I also celebrated something very special and that was that of being a mother. A blessing I am still not sure I deserve because my children are better than any dream I could have had. They are the magic I see in the world. I also celebrated my own mother. I wouldn’t change one thing about her. She and my dad even sent me flowers to my work for my birthday;) because they are so far away.

It’s hard not having family around sometimes but my friends fill the gap and I am blessed to really feel the light of those in my life.

I also spent the last week moving for the

Summer and continued working out with Jen. Now that we are roommates I’m sure it will be easier to do it everyday. I started P90x and man did I feel it. Jen said she was surprised I was able to keep up (shh so was I:)

So with coming of summer… Things are looking bright. I am welcoming the new things happening and hoping to add a lot more laughter to my days!

Jonathan has been in Portland recording a new album and gets back on Monday. He

Makes me laugh more than anyone so I’m excited for his return!

I hope everyone has a beautiful Sunday… And as always check out the photos of the last few weeks events:)

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.  Lucille Ball

May 6, 2010

GABBY B's/SAN ANTONIO LIVING SHOW

Ethel: What are you writing about?
Lucy: I’m writing about things I know.
Ethel: That won’t be a novel. That will
be a short story.

Ever have those moments in life where your friends look you in the face and tell you the straight up truth (even when they know you don’t wanna hear it)?… well I love those moments.

I mean… in the actual moment I hate them because it’s sort of a Jet Li kick of reality to the face… but yeah i come around:)

Jen, my friend/boss is that friend to me. A few posts back I shared some photos we did for the boutique she owns and I work for. I mentioned I would explain how I met her later.

It’s later.

When I was about to get divorced, I went into panic mode… more like FREAKING OUT that I would not be able to support myself. I knew I wanted to keep doing photography, but was new to San Antonio and had not really found my place. Reality really set it that I would eventually have to take care of myself and my children. I had been a stay at home mom for 7 years. My husband supported us the entire time and I didn’t have an education to help with getting a job. I knew I had an uphill battle ahead. Now over the last year I had many people who helped me for one reason or another, when they were not obligated and for that I am extremely grateful.

But… I knew it was important to get involved in the community and get my name out there. I did not have the money to place ads or market myself on a large scale as a photographer. I have never been afraid to fail, but I have to admit I was nervous.

Then, one day I am looking on facebook and see all these random ads popping up saying things like “Do you want to be a photographer?” and “Become the photographer you’ve always wanted to be?” I was so discouraged… by the 4th one I was like “UMMMM stupid facebook, I AMMM a photographer. I just need work!”

I had hit refresh about 5 times looking for anything that would help me find direction. Finally, an ad for a boutique grand opening popped up. I thought if I could do photos for that event, maybe they’d let me pass out business cards or even just meet people.

So I wrote Jen on facebook offering to do photos for the event but didn’t hear back. I just brushed it off and moved on. The day before the opening she contacted me saying her photog had bailed and ask if I was still available… I was… and here we are.

A year later, and what a year it has been. We have done photoshoots in two states, fashion shows at 3 locations, facebook marketing talks, and endless appearances at local events. She has been truly accepting of all my life hiccups and I could not ask for a better boss.

I am blessed to also call her a friend. Also this last year she has given me advice on everything under the sun. From bad boyfriends to financial solutions, she has always been right (she’s given me many Jet Li kicks to the face) and for that I am blessed.

She is a successful, driven girl who is just chasing a dream like the rest of us. Everywhere we go together, we get noticed. I remember the first time I went to an event with Jen the door guy said “10 bucks” she said “Uh, I don’t pay…” and we didn’t, and haven’t since.

Today I am proud of her. With fashion shows to plan and employees to manage, she keeps it together (and heaven knows I drive her crazy) and keeps pushing toward her dream of owning a home in Colorado. She inspires me. She treats everyone who works for her like they are super important and family.

We had a slumber party last night in anticipation for being featured on San Antonio Living today… Below is the video from the show today and photos from last night.

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Congrats JEN on taking another step to that home on the mountain! I love you.

Pillow fight anyone?


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Megan and I proving we are kinda still young…


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Rare chill moments…


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Behind the boss’s back…


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After our “appearance”…
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Jen and I of course getting more photos of ourselves. duh.
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Tomorrow is my 29th birthday… I will be back with my 30 things to do before 30. I’m pretty excited about it!! I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year.

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May 3, 2010

WEEKLY FAVES/iPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY

Faves this week…

Fave song: “Hey Daddy” by Usher

Fave nail polish: Space plastic blue

Fave Snowcone: Key Lime Pie with coconut

Fave hair color: Intense Red by ION

Fave iPhone app: QIK
Fave Pandora Station: Bon Iver

Fave photographer: http://claytonaustinlovestories.com

Fave snack: Laughing Cow with Wheat thins

Fave sound: the neighbors windchimes

Fave smell: After rain

Happy Monday friends!

(blogged from iPhone)

May 1, 2010

"creativity is a community not a competition"

So. Yeah. Okay. I’ve slacked on blogging… It happens. But, as my favorite youtuber Qaadir would say… “that’s not even what I wanted to talk abouuuuuuut!”

This is a post that has been in the making for a while. I’ve talked to designer friends/artists/photographers and fellow bloggers to get a well rounded idea of how most feel on the subject of creativity and originality.

About a month or so ago I received some emails from blogger friends pointing me to a few people they felt were “copying” my ideas and passing them off as their own. As any artists knows this happens a lot and we just move on. I looked at the links and shrugged it off as common creative thoughts. Those who know me, know I float in a world of oblivion and disinterest sometimes. But it did spark some interesting conversations with bloggers and friends.

I’ll start by saying, my list of bloggers and artists spans many realms. Photographers, writers, musicians, stay at home moms, actors, scrapbookers, crafters, and professional bloggers. The opinions I received came from a lot of people whoms perspectives I respect. And I was surprised at the areas everyone agreed.

Okay original ideas and design. We all take inspiration from things/websites/magazines etc. Then do our own spin sometimes. But it seems more and more people are desperately trying to be the “original” at everything. I’ve seen this in the music scene, I saw it on an unhealthy level when I was briefly involved in the scrapbooking/crafting industry, in photography, in blogging, in the moms that make cupcakes for every non special occasion at my childs school. It happens. It’s in our nature to compete. However, why are we really trying so hard? (ps I hear you haters who are saying you don’t try… It’s okay no one is gonna call you out while you’re reading this in the privacy of your home;) promise.

However, for those of us who “keep it real” as Sasha would say, we know about staying up at night thinking of new ideas to stay on the cutting edge. Our artistic minds are what drive us. AND THAT’S OK!

Do not take this post as some bitter rant about those who try and be creative but let’s all be honest.

The new “trends” floating around are very deritive of something we have already seen many times. It’s the person with the most visibilty who gets the acclaim usually, even of they got their idea from faving a million flickr photos and just changing a few things to make it their own or some obscure creative’s blog whom has no readers.

How many musicians have you met that think they were the first to come up with AMAZING music?

Or I can’t tell you how many times people have said someone copied their work when they were not the original either. It just makes me laugh. That we are all so pretentious to think we are the only geniuses around:)

My friend Lila (who is a nationally published interior designer living in Boston) said “I have been completely uninspired by home decor blogs claiming new DIYs that I have had sitting on coffee table in magazines from the 60s and 70s Better Homes and Garden mags since I was in design school.”

My favorite is Chad, my local blogger friend who is the best person ever to talk to about different teas. He pointed out the new trend in blogging (because he’s into that analytical stuff) is to take others peoples work and blog it as inspiration on your blog, creating the illusion that the person doing the post is the artist. He does NOT like this concept at all. We disagree a bit here, because I think sharing the work of others is okay as long as they are credited and you have your own voice.

Derivitives are everywhere. Look around. Vintage is the new modern. True vintage lovers had it as a lifestyle about 5 yrs ago. Now it’s a fad everyone is a part of (including myself… I love old things!) again, nothing wrong with it.

Recently I did an Alice in wonderlandish inspired shoot and got so many “how original.” sarcastic comments. I know it’s been done but I didn’t care and did my own version.

My opinion? Who cares at this point? It is extremely hard to be THE original anymore. We are all creative… All trying to inspire and share…all trying to leave our mark. For someone…anyone.

Just don’t say you aren’t trying so hard, when you really are… We all are. And it makes you seem foolish:)

Now I’ll end by saying I do believe their are originals and we are all uniquely creative in our own ways, but I think it’s better to be to be supportive, not competitive.

I love blogs and websites and facebook and twitter and all things associated with sharing inspiration. Take it all as you will. As a point on ponderance or more ammuntion to leave hateresque comments on my blog at 2 am Im getting used to them now;)… Either way… this is me taking one foot off my soapbox and putting it back into my own chaotic craziness of a world.

Oh of course I couldn’t leave without posting photos could I?

These are again taken with my iPhone app hipstamatic:) and the others are from said Alice in Wonderlandish shoot.

Happy Friday friends!

Blog posted here.

"creativity is a community not a competition"

"creativity is a community not a competition"

"creativity is a community not a competition"

"creativity is a community not a competition"

"creativity is a community not a competition"

"creativity is a community not a competition"

"creativity is a community not a competition"

"creativity is a community not a competition"

"creativity is a community not a competition"

"creativity is a community not a competition"

"creativity is a community not a competition"

"creativity is a community not a competition"