Mommapreneurship

I want to hear from the mommapreneur’s out there.  How do you DO it?  What is it like being a mom and an entrepreneur?  What are the highs, lows and the in-between, or what I call the “tweeners” of your experience?

I feel like we can all learn from one another’s experience, so lets keep sharing.

The highs for me today include quality time with my little love bug..which included playing “Snow White” dress up and pretend play.  Also I love when our girl says “Yes, mommy..okay.”  Especially since the word YES, is a rarity at this age. Mostly, I hear her saying” No” or “All by myself.”  Don’t get me wrong, I am all about fostering independence, but a “Yes” every once in a while, is music to my ears.

The “Tweener” moments include the endless clean-up around the house, and my creative mind racing with ideas; while my practical mind is saying ” woah, slow it down. Patience.”  There are more ideas than time to do it, so it seems.

The “Lows” would include getting over a really annoying, ugly virus that pretty much swiped me out this week.  Body is recovering yet still feels weak.  We passed around this bug for two weeks, back and forth.  Thankful our little love bug is healthy!

Grateful for the highs, the lows and the tweeners.  That’s what being a mommapreneur is all about.  For the newbies, welcome to Mommapreneurship.

Live. Love. Create

Kimberly

Open Mic Round 2

This Monday I will be singing for the 2nd time after a long break (post baby).  I’m excited and surprised myself recently when I picked up the guitar again (literally).  I have a love/hate relationship with the guitar.  It dates back to many guitar lessons, in which I didn’t feel I was learning the guitar in the way “I should”; as dictated by teachers.  So I learn differently and needed the teacher’s “style” to adapt.   Several of my music teachers were unwilling to find a method that worked for me, rigidly wanting to stick to their own style.  So after a few attempts to privately train; I decided to teach myself.  So far so good.  I know a few guitar chords and can strum, so this is a start.  Monday night, I will be singing original lyrics and strumming my guitar at a local coffee shop.  It shall be fun!

Lately, I have been very inspired by consistently saying my “thank you’s” about everything in this life.  I’m thankful for every bite of delicious food, the home I live in, the baby and family I have.  Its being as grateful for the small things, small moments as I am for the bigger things and bigger moments.  As I give more gratitude, I feel more positivity and it magnifies in expected and unexpected ways.  That’s the best way I know how to describe the feeling.

Well keep on giving and stay tuned for my new original songs/lyrics to be posted.

Be Well,

Kimberly

I Never Knew (poem)

*This poem is dedicated to Olivia Daisy.  She is my cheerful, creative, sweet, intuitive and strong-willed 18 month old baby girl.  I love you cupcake.

I never knew

Just how much

You would mean to me.

How your eyes

Would touch a deep place

In my soul.

A place that I didn’t know existed.

I never knew

That when I looked at you,

The world would stand still.

That time wouldn’t matter.

That nothing mattered but you.

I never knew that I could love someone

This much.

That I would do anything for you.

Anything

I never knew that you would steal my heart

With one look

One smile

One glance

One touch

Your first word

Your first walk

Your first kiss

Your first hug

Your first goodbye

Your first hello

I never knew,

Love could be this endless.

Thank you,

Now I know.

Day 60

Not much to say about Day 60.  Why? Because I survived through another day of being sick.  Last night I checked into an urgent care clinic for what I thought was the Flu.  But thankfully, it turned out to be a bad cold and ear infection.  Still I felt miserable. There were a few things/people who deserve honorable mention for their support.

A special thanks to my mom, dad, Art (my husband), Olivia (daughter) and to Glee.

GLEE (the show) really helped me survive while being sick.  I was able to catch up on a few episodes and I’m always inspired by this show to continue shooting for the moon (my dreams).  And of course a special thanks to my sisters and friends for your text messages which rooted for me to recover.

Day 60 marks my goal for 60 posts, in sixty days.  Overall I have 111 posts (my lucky number “11”).  I’m excited about this journey because I am creating the life I have always dreamed of, except now I am actually putting my thoughts into action.  So from here on out, I will only be posting blogs about a personal journey of becoming the artist I always imagined.  We are all children at heart.  And now I am talking directly to you, fellow blogger and/or viewer.  You can tap into your “element” and bring your inner child to life.  Do what you love to do!  Thanks for supporting and following me on this journey.

Be Well,

Kimberly

Day 57: Not your average Tuesday

It was not the average Tuesday. Why? Because I made the decision to change-up the routine this week.  I took Olivia to Science Center this morning after her doctor’s appointment. Doctor said she is one healthy girl, thank goodness!  We went to the Science Center afterwards to celebrate.  Liv enjoyed playing with musical instruments, running around in a mysterious tunnel, shouting “baby” to each baby that passed by and eating a cookie.  I tried to give Liv bites of our veggie sub but she wanted nothing to do with it.  The exception was eating tomatoes from the sub.  And of course, she always enjoys a yummy cookie.

The day was filled with fun for Liv.  I am trying to get over what appears to be an allergic reaction to cold weather.  Every time its cold, my allergies kick in alerting my throat to turn red.  However, by mid day, I was really hurting (my throat that is) and decided to just take it easy.  The Science Center tired us both out!  I’m grateful for another beautiful day even when I feel this way.  Thanks to tea, gargling, rest, and medicine; I am on the mend.

Not much more to say today.  Have a great tomorrow!

Kimberly

Day 52 Changing it up!

Enough Elmo already!!  Okay don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching my daughter’s face light up when she hears Elmo’s’ anthem at the start of Sesame Street.  However; lately she has been wanting more and more of Elmo on television.  I have been limiting the amount of time Olivia watches television in order to engage her other senses.  We tried to play with finger paint today.  But the minute Liv touched the paint, she began weeping.  She does not like getting dirty!  Mothers all around know that television can also be a saving grace.  It gives us much-needed time to cook a meal, prepare for school/work etc… However, I could not stand Elmo’s voice another minute today.  So what did I do?  I changed it up!!!  I walked our daughter to the library and showed her the children’s book section.  She got freaked out by the giant stuffed bears.  However, she loved watching other small children laughing and playing.  We danced like two crazy chickens to Shakira in the living room.  We laughed ourselves silly while rolling around on the floor and cheered every time a train passed by.  These are the moments I cherish!

And the day got progressively better after making the decision to change our routine.  I have been listening to the audiobook called ” Superbrain ”  by Deepak Chopra.  I mentioned this title in a previous post.  One of the concepts mentioned in this audiobook was the importance of mental activity daily.  We often exercise our bodies for physical health.  But we rarely focus on our mental health. One of the strategies suggested by the author is simple.  He said we should allow ourselves to diverge from the routine of every day.  We are not robots!!!  When we diverge from the routine, any routine for that matter; there are actual physical changes in the brain, which restores cells and promotes anti-aging; therefore increasing mental acuity.  This is why today I decided to change it up.  There are many days in which I “change it up.”  However, the difference is being mindful/purposeful/intentional in that change.

Overall it was a great day, no complaints.

Be Well and Goodnight,

Kimberly

Day 49

Today was a stellar day! I had an audition today for “Liberte Yogurt” Commercial.  Right now I am in Tampa, Florida at local Starbucks waiting to visit with my girlfriend.  The drive wasn’t so bad because I listened to an audio CD in the called “Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being.” by Rudolph E. Tanzi, Deepak Chopra.  I must admit that after the first half of this CD, I questioned if I could continue listening to a book on CD.  Why?  Because music usually perks me up on long rides and I was already recouping from lack of sleep (previous night).  However, the author kept me tuned in detailing innovative health information regarding the unlimited potential of our brains.  One point that was discussed repetitively was that we have power over our brains.  Our brains do not control us unless we allow it to do so.  In other words, we can all tap into unlimited potential and heal our mind, bodies and soul.

The only thing that is missing right now is Olivia. We played this morning before she went to school. However, it never seems enough as I love her to pieces.  And of course any couples time (date nights) we can get, we take.  We cherish each and every moment we spend together as a couple and as a family.  I’m feeling really grateful for family and for opportunities that continue to arise.  This career transition happened for a reason.  I’m very excited of what is ahead!

Be Well,

Kimberly

Day 47: 100 posts!!!!

Day 46 marked 100 posts!! WOO HOO!

Highlights for today:

* Preparing for commercial audition which will occur on Monday.

* Being a mommy and all the joys that come with this role!

*  My husband and I decided to start co-writing.  Our first co writing session looked like this.

“Okay lets begin our co writing.” To which he replied, ” Okay. I am so tired.”

I then said, “Alright, do you want to just brainstorm ideas?”  He replied “Sure.”

We wrote down three ideas and began rubbing our eyes with sheer exhaustion.

I laughed and said, “Okay that’s a great first session! Time to go to sleep.”

We are definitely parents.

Goodnight,

Kimberly

Day 46

“It’s not the broken dream that breaks us, it’s the ones we didn’t dare to dream” Glee

Recently I had a blogger send me “blogger hate”.  LOL, I am just kidding.  Blogger hate is really blogger love because it is helping me grow as a blogging artist.  An unidentified blogger emailed me to let me know she is disappointed with my recent posts.  She said “Hey, you used to write wonderful, but the last several posts have been kinda boring?  I miss your super writings. Past several posts are just a little out of track! “

But you know what?  I agree with her.  I promised myself I’d post daily for sixty days.  It is difficult to write meaningful compositions daily.  I always want to write from the heart.  Usually I write about latest highlights for the day.  But there are days when the highlights are few and life is just the usual.  On those days, I just don’t want to bore you.  Generally I will say to the reader, “okay well goodnight, that is all I have.”  I will continue to post for sixty days.  However, after that I will only be posting my latest artistic creations.  I have always believed that it is “quality not quantity” that matters in life.  I apply this principle to most everything I do.  After sixty days, if I don’t have much to say, I just won’t say it.  But I will post anything inspired by the arts and my latest artistic pursuits.

So sorry dear blogger, who was disappointed in my recent posts.  I can’t please everyone but your thoughts did not go unrecognized.  And what you said was similar to how I was feeling.

Yesterday (Day 46) I was inspired by my daughter and wrote this:

Title: Hi Mama

“Hi Mama! “

The best two words I heard this morning

“Hi Mama!”

You cheered with innocence

My sleepy eyes quickly brightened.

“Hi Mama!”

Can you say that every morning?

Those two words really make my day

“Hi Mama!”

This smile stretches from ear to ear.

And it’s not the words you say.

It’s you.

“Hi Mama!”

I am the happiest mother

Because of your love.

“Hi Mama!”

“Hi Baby!”  I love you.

Day 45 Winter Park

Today there will be two separate posts. The first is all about Winter Park. And the second will be my usual updates.

I recently read an article from Mayor Ken Bradley in The Park Press newspaper February 2013 addition.  First let me say I appreciate Mayor Bradley.  You see, months ago, my family and I moved into a condo. We knew there is a train near by but had NO IDEA how loud that train really was at night.  For several weeks, my husband, baby, dogs and I struggled to sleep through the night. I asked neighbors how they survived the evening.  Many said it took months to years to sleep well.  I began to panic.  I was already sleep deprived with a 14 month old baby and two obnoxious dogs. How would I survive another period of sleep deprivation, when I had just recovered from the first one?  This must be how new moms feel after having irish twins.

Anyways, I emailed Mayor Bradley expressing my concerns about the train.  He so kindly responded informing me that efforts are being made but that it will take time.  This was some of his response from email.

“We are working on creating a “quiet zone”.  In theory, the trains won’t have to blow their whistles.  This requires various crossing changes.  The work plan does take several years, but we are working on it.”

Mayor Bradley also was thoughtful in forwarding my email to the city manager.  Thank you Mayor Bradley for your response, patronage and willingness to be an advocate for change.  Now back the article I referred to at start of this blog entry. There is an excellent article about the city of Winter Park.  It talks about the city’s mission and the seven strategies the city commission has adopted to achieve the vision of WP.  Check out this article at http://theparkpress.com/

I love Winter Park! If you love WP too, then push like button. Or just follow my blog, wishful thinking!

Cheers,

Kimberly

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