LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL :: FORT WAYNE, INDIANA PHOTOGRAPHER

The other day I suffered from an intense mix of “mommy emotions”.  No really.  I am probably the most sensitive and emotional parent ever.  I take things personally, I over judge, over think and just over analyze.  All the time.  One time I broke down crying when my ten month old daughter scribbled on a piece of paper and what looked like to be a heart.  Clearly by accident she made this heart.  But I cried.

I want nothing more than to figure out a way to place my children in giant bubbles and protect them from the world. From the mean kids, even the unkind adults, germs, Nicki Minaj music and sugar.

Today I had to tell myself to really focus on the positive things in life and not let things or instances bring me down.  No one likes a “Debbi-Downer”. Especially on a Friday!

This morning I turned my alarm off and slept an extra hour.  Took my time getting ready for work.  It’s Friday and I made a promise to myself to cherish the small things that matter most in life and loving every moment is the best way to live life.  I promise to stop and remind myself how beautiful life is.  Because it’s just that.  Beautiful.

Have an extra fabulous weekend, y’all!  😉

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SO THIS IS WHAT 35 FEELS LIKE :: REFLECTIONS & LESSONS

Yesterday I turned the big 3-5! I’m still not sure if I’m stoked or sad that I’m half way to 70 years old.  Ten years ago 35 seemed so far away.  Yet here I am — 35 years old and I’ve been warned that I could have a mid-life out-of-control crisis.  I mean, I’m not getting any younger and life is slipping away so don’t be surprised if you see pictures on Facebook of my new sports car or a sky-diving experience.

Honestly, I don’t feel 35.  I feel like the best years of my life are ahead of me and it only gets better from here. I’m looking forward to celebrating life and all that’s in store for the future.

Here are some reflections, lessons learned and some advice from over the last 35 years :

  • Thai food can pretty much fix anything.
  • No one should live without wine and literature.
  • If you’re going to try something, go all the way and never look back.
  • Be humble.  Always.
  • Take risks.
  • High heels and jeans complete me.
  • Perfection is only an illusion. We’re all flawed.
  • A smile goes a long way.
  • Sit in a bar with one of your oldest friends and tell stories.  The more you drink the better the stories get.  It’s quite magical if you ask me.
  • Help somebody achieve their dream.  It will come full circle.
  • Appreciate Thai takeout.  Fo’real!
  • Never miss a moment to read something inspiring.  I thrive on inspiration.
  • My lipstick and lipgloss obsession is out of control.
  • Failure isn’t as big as you think it is.  It happens.  Just get back up and do it again but better.
  • Love hard!
  • Buy a stranger a coffee. Or me! 😉
  • Learn to enjoy where you’re at and what you have.
  • Spend a day just being amazing.
  • Enjoy a Thai dinner.  Just saying’!
  • Waste a day on completely trivial pursuits. Watch a classic, walk the streets with no destination, do whatever it is that puts a smile on your face.
  • Eat a big piece of chocolate cake. Preferably with ice cream.
  • Ask yourself how do you want to be remembered.
  • Stop with self-criticism and surround yourself with people who love and encourage you.
  • Laugh more than you cry.  
  • Leave love everywhere you go.
  • Paint your nails pink.  I love pink.
  • It’s completely okay if you don’t cook.  Awesome people don’t cook.  Just saying!
  • Never miss the opportunity to buy some sexy panties.  I mean, I am boudoir photographer!
  • Sing in the car – it’s therapeutic.  I always sing in the car.  Like, really sing in the car.  Aretha Franklin ain’t got nothing on me.
  • I’ve come to the conclusion that I am my parent’s favorite child.  It’s obvious.  
  • I have inappropriate humor. This is why I believe my friends love me.
  • Eat Thai for dinner tonight.  Or every night.  It’s the best advice I could ever give.

*I told my girls all I wanted for my birthday was a picture of us.  They complained a little, but I got what I wanted.

Happy Birthday, to me!

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