Hey there, it’s Ashley from Smitten Design again. I wanted to share a quote that has been circulating the blogs for a few weeks now but it is so good it has to be distributed, yet again. I am typically a sucker for images over words, but this quote is more inspiring to me than a stunning interior.
I hope we all remember to celebrate the moments God gives us. Happy Tuesday!
**thanks so much again, Ashley, for guest blogging and giving this mama a break. Simply post but so life-giving…my two cents on the above?
Travel often, getting lost will help you find yourself – ben and I are in no place financially or family-wise to be able to just take trips or getaway weekends. And I hate this! We’ve been married 6 years and we can count on one hand how many times we’ve gone away, just the two of us, on a non-work related vaca. Its so needed in our life right now. So my only option at the moment is to PLAN for the time when we can. Which is why we are planning a trip to Costa Rica in 2011. Spring hopefully…March. I have no idea how its going to all come together but I’m planning it because I have to. Its something great to look forward to;)
if you hate your job, quit – seriously. so many days when im overwhelmed here at home with a billion things to do, i have to take a chill pill, an adult time out, and say, “i love my job, im home with my kids, i see my husband, i can go to lunch…” . there is SO MUCH to be said of doing what you love. do it. thats it!
Alright ladies…excited about my pic of the week post tomorrow…stay tuned and happy tuesday again! Thanks Ashley!
What a weekend. we just got back into town from shooting 2 weddings..one in Orlando on Saturday, and a second in Naples on Sunday. Tired is too soft a description for the way we feel…especially me.
Three times in the past week I’ve heard a variation of the same phrase from a few different women; “you are superwoman”. “i have my suspicions you are Wonder Woman”, “you are super mom and my inspiration”.
While some of you may agree with those above statements, and some of you are those that said them to me…I am so not any of those things.
I put on a very good front. I’m an excellent faker. Really…try me sometime. I’m a mixture of “wear my heart on my sleeve” and “you’ll never know how I really feel”.
After our second wedding last night, my body felt as though it’d been tossed around an ultimate fighting ring and my emotions were as high as a kite. It had been a long 3 days of travel, a long few days without my josiah, a long 2 days of a camera around my neck. I had a billion thoughts, a billion epiphanies, just as many blessings and just as many dislikes over the weekend.
like: my brides. how they hug me when i arrive to start shooting. and how they text me after the wedding to tell me how much ben and i made their day.
dislike: having to hear darby cry and not being able to hold her.
like: the fact that we got to stay at the naples grand in a bungalow with the amazing laurie kleinhenz..and the fact that there was the raddest shower, the most delicious 2am haigen dasz ice cream, hilarious convo, and cvs tube tops involved in our one night stay.
dislike: that the bed was like heaven on the comfort level, yet i didnt get to enjoy any sleep in it…thank you darby.
like: bride and grooms that serve us the same 3 course meal as their guests…RAD.
dislike: baby acne. it gives me such ridiculous anxiety.
like: driving down alligator alley.
dislike: not seeing one lousy alligator..lame.
like: getting to shoot weddings with ben.
dislike: the claustrophobia that comes with riding in a 4 door car with a dog, a husband, 2 kids under 2 years, luggage, strollers, photography equipment, and food. CLAUS-TRO-PHOBIA.
like: laurie-isms. like, “darby dont do that. you know how i feel about spines.” (laurie reasoning with my 3 week old about letting her head fall back.)
dislike: silly dj’s that play 4 different songs 2-3 times at the same reception. (i love usher but he sings more than one song. ahem.)
like: wedding guests that are too nice and fun to notice or say anything and continue dancing anyways.
dislike: girls who have legs up to their neck.
like: my husband, who in response to my “i wonder how far off i am from 1-2-0 pounds”, says “a long way”. gotta love honesty.
alright ladies, im so beat! i hope my case of the mondays didnt bring any of you off any highs or anything…tomorrow is another design tuesday from Ashley Cortese of Smitten Design blog, so check back. Shes fabulous! For now, I’ll end with my adorable kiddos. Because I’m a mom and I’m allowed to say that they are the cutest kids in the world.
Introducing, Ashley Cortese of Smitten Design!
I have been asked this question more and more recently, and I actually wanted to give it some thought. I also want to hear where imaradmom readers find their inspiration. For me, the first and most obvious answer would be from blogs and magazines. I read food, design, lifestyle, event planning and photography blogs. It’s only a matter of time until my computer crashes from saving images of projects I hope to accomplish “one day”.
My next source of inspiration would be travel. My husband places a priority on “experiences” over “things”. This has allowed us to visit cities and do unique things, like walking food tours or architectural tours. I am typically the person snapping my camera and holding the group up – whoopsie, daisy.
One of my favorite sources of creation and inspiration happens when I use what I have. Example: I get a thrill when our refrigerator and freezer are nearly empty, yet I can create a meal from scratch (Now it might not be the kind of meal I’d invite you over for, but still, it’s fresh and one of a kind). Or when I find a dated lamp and give it a coat of spray paint. It’s so gratifying.
Now tell me, where do you find your inspiration?
**Beka, thanks for having me, it might be time to try all of those old wives tales to get Darby here.
@kallimap thinking and praying for you both xoxo
@kallimap aw…she’ll get here soon enough! Relax and enjoy, before you’re world is rocked x’s 2 😉
@kallimap I can come over and we can put on some 90s ghetto music and booty dance her out!
@kallimap she will come in God’s time. He knows the number of her days…take heart precious one and enjoy this moment of solitude for soon…it will be gone
checking my phone every 5 minutes…
Amanda Barkhurst day off. errands with Rebekah Hood. lot’s of walking. yes, i’m trying to meet miss darby today.
Checkout girl in nutrition store: “shoot gurrl you 9 months, I KNOW you 9 months.”
Marla Johnson Saunders How can you watch The Notebook in this stage of pregnancy?! Wow!
Lindsay Joy Caban Ok, I must tell you that I have been harassing Graham for the past week and a half about Darbs…. C’mon lil girl!!!
Amanda Tripp Hartmetz I had a dream last night that Julie and I were pregnant and that Rebekah you were doing a belly shoot, also preggo but super skinny!
Allison White is praying for Rebekah Hood and Darby Jean. come on sweet little one…the world is waiting for you. ♥
Sam Stanko I give you 2 days
Wendy Nicole I hope baby Darby comes soon! Can’t wait to see your little mini-me. 🙂
Laura Kohly thinking of you and your pregnant self. hope you are hanging in there and congrats ahead of time! 🙂
Hailey Clay Girls do what they want…when they want. 🙂
ok so im online constantly. now, i used to strictly stalk photography blog…wedding photographers mostly. but after going to wppi this year (photography conference and convention in vegas) and hearing jonathan canlas speak, i decided to hold off. he encouraged wedding photographers to stop looking at other peoples work constantly, or you’ll never be happy with your own. aside from my SoFly girls (love you girls!), ive definitely held off and must say…i’m happier.
so now my blog stalking has moved to other genres…design blogs, mom blogs, DIY sites, etsy, stationary sites….love them all. anything art related makes me giddy.
FIRST UP – my all time favorite, Smitten Design Blog. this is put together and kept up beautifully by a fabulous friend of mine, Ashley Cortese. In her day to day she is the Event Coordinator for the FSU Foundation in Tallahassee, but she is a designer at heart. Smitten Design consists of osts of constant inspiration and fun pictures from whatever is floating around in her genius art-filled head. i’m always checking out her blog for the newest post, and today stumbled across THIS. Ben and I are constantly saying…”ugh, i wish our brides would take the time to buy a beautiful hanger for their wedding dress!”…AND look no further Ashley Cortese has saved the day. I cant wait to share this with future brides. check out Smitten Design here.
NEXT UP – i love following The Creative Mama. its run by 10 women; 8 photographers, one designer, and a fellow fabulous mommy-blogger. (go to their about page to check them all out!) the posts are all inspirational….good buys and finds, recpies, kids stuff, DIY ideas, and a whole host of other topics that are always fun to read and check out. I also follow them on twitter to get their latest updates…LOVE this blog. im about to get the ingredients for this amazing chocolate molten cake and try it out…cant wait..
i follow a whole lot more but i’ll save them for another day. enjoy looking through these sites….!