Life has been pretty sweet lately. I've felt really positive and like I'm getting into a decent groove with being a mom. Things have come into my life that have helped me reconnect with my creativity and boss-bitch vibes, which just feels so nice after having to throw myself 110% into mom-ness the first few months of Jack's life. Being a mom on my own terms is super important to me, and being able to feed the parts of me that bring me alive feels like the best way for me to be the best mom possible.
Obsessed with: LipSense. For reals guys. And for so many reasons. The obvious one being that this shit does. not. budge. Which is so wonderful as a mom of a tiny human who really enjoys swiping his paws at my face. And getting to kiss him and my husband without getting lipstick on them. But after starting my lipstick biz I've had the most wonderful excuse to put makeup on and feel pretty again. And get to do something for myself every day. And be surrounded by the most positive and encouraging group of women. It's the most wonderful thing. I don't think I ever could've predicted that I would've started selling lipstick 3 months after having a kid (super random!) but it's like one of the best things in my life these days. Plus, I get to have the best group of girlbosses on my team and I love love love being able to support them and encourage them in their businesses. (seriously, best team of gals ever. If you want to find out more about being on my team, let's chat!!)
Getting excited for: a quick trip to Tacoma! I'll be heading down mid-May to shoot an Elopement. I'm only in town for a week, but I'm sure it'll be packed full! Jack is coming with me so it'll be fun for my Tacoma friends to be able to see how much he's grown since we were in town in February when he was only 2 months old. He'll be 5 months by the time we're there! He's scooting around so I'm sure by then he'll either be close to crawling, or crawling! Crazy how fast they grow!
I'm also doing an afternoon of Boudoir mini sessions while I'm in Tacoma again! I loved my last boudoir mini session afternoon while I was in town so I'm really excited to do it again! I've got a gorgeous white brick studio for the sessions this time, which is going to be such a beautiful backdrop. If any of you guys are local to the Seattle/Tacoma area and want to do a Boudoir session, shoot me an email!
Listening to: lots of Patsy Cline. A long time ago someone mentioned I had a similar voice to hers and lately I've been doing a bit more singing and it's always so nice when you sing songs by someone whose voice has a similar range and tone. Plus, I just love those old-timey country songs. Dolly Parton, Nancy Sinatra, Loretta Lynn, June Carter, they're all so good.
Super thankful for: finally being healed from Jack's birth. Like holy moly that took way longer than it was supposed to. Of course, having never given birth before or recovered from delivery I had no point of reference for how long things were supposed to take to heal. I ended up having to go in to the OR to get my scar cut and re-stitched, which was a bit traumatic as I had gone in to the doctor that morning for a checkup and ended up staying all day and getting into the OR later that day, so needless to say I was not mentally or emotionally prepared for going into an OR, even though it was a super minor procedure. But I already feel 500% better than before the scar revision. There are so many things I will never take for granted ever again (tmi warning: hello not being afraid to pee!).
Changed: my hair color! I've wanted to go grey for ages, but right now an expensive salon visit isn't in the cards since we're saving money for our eventual move back to the PNW. So instead I decided to do something I could DIY. So: purple it is! I can only go so long without dying my hair fun colors. My hair is super shitty right now with postpartum hormones wreaking havoc on it. Greasy, limp, crazy dandruffy, and falling out by the handful. Super lame, but having it be a fun color is a nice consolation!
Happy about: having my parents in town. Right before Jack was born my brother went into the hospital in Oregon where he lives and the next few months were full of trips to the hospital, him coming up here for the holidays and to see his doctors here in Anchorage, my parents taking him back down to Oregon and going to doctor appointments down there, and then them coming back and forth a few times. They've been back in town for about a month solid now and it's so nice to have them, not only to help with Jack, but just to have other humans around. Because they live right next door to us, I can go visit with them while Dan is at work during the day. It's nice to know that I can hang with them or invite my mom to go on an adventure to Target. Just silly little things.
Reading: I started watching Thirteen Reasons Why and then realized I bought the book a couple months ago, so I stopped watching so I could read the book first. I also downloaded the free copy of Girl Code from Amazon and am excited for some girl power reading material! Also, I'm watching The Handmaid's Tale (talk about a super heavy show) and really wanting to read that now too! Such great shows based on books!