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

Mommapreneur

I’m feeling sleep deprived, yes.  I feel like I need coffee but I know if I drink it, the sleep deprivation will only be masked. And then suddenly it will all hit me this afternoon.  But I persist, despite the mommy fatigue.  This journey is a wild, unpredictable, bumpy, exciting, infuriating, joyful, exhausting and peaceful experience.  I am a “Momma-preneur”.  I have always wanted two things: To be a Mommy and to be an Entrepreneur of creativity.   It’s not easy and our family and sweet baby girl will always be number one.  But I push forward.

I have been a “fighter” since childhood when I realized that I had a choice.  I could continue to spell my letters backwards and sink into grade failure and social isolation OR I could thrive and learn a new way of existing in an academic environment.  It took a lot of hard work but I adapted to my environment from early education all the way up to college.  Yet this journey was everything I described in being a “Momma-preneur”: wild, unpredictable, bumpy, exciting, infuriating, joyful, exhausting and peaceful.  And without family support, friends and an innate will to thrive; I know I wouldn’t be where I am now in life.

And so, I often asking myself, what more can I do to “refuel” and take care of myself so that I can be this Momma-preneur to the best of my ability.  That is my focus this week.  How can I find small moments, for meditation and total relaxation…I have been attending leadership meetings at UCF with amazing, strong, independent women.  A common theme I have heard is that it is not “balance” one needs, it is “harmony.”  And therefore, I continue to strive for harmony. A thought I would like to leave you with today is , ” If anything can go well, it will.”  (one of my favorite quotes)

In Harmony,

Kimberly

 

2014, it’s about time.

Not that I am counting the minutes, hours or days… 2013 has been pretty great but I am very excited for 2014~

2012 I said good ridden’ to, 2013 was pretty great and now 2014..I can’t help but have higher expectations. It seems like my wishes are being answered. I asked for new opportunities, new doors to open up…they are opening for me.  As the old saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for..because it might just happen”.. Or at least I think that is how it goes.  It seems like it is all happening at once.  So with this New Year, comes a lot of reflection, insight, meditation and trusting my instinct.  Also I am working on prioritizing my time better, saying “no”, and focusing on goals which are most important for this year.  I know one thing for sure.  I love my job in supporting people with disabilities (even though I don’t like the word itself).  Also, I feel increasingly in need of music, lyric writing and recording songs.  Each year I feel a stronger urge to do so.  Music is in my blood.  It is my soul and without it, I feel kind of dull. Hmm that rhymes..Happy New Years from one blogger to another blogger!

Kimberly

The Unexpected Audition

Sometimes, well most of the time, we receive last-minute audition notices as actors.  Our agents call us as soon as they hear of a relevant audition.  Don’t hate!  It’s not their fault.  It’s just the way the industry works.  You are going about your day and then BOOM!  Just like that, you get a phone call asking your availability in auditioning for a role.

That phone call occurred for me yesterday.  The calls are coming more rapidly these days.  I received a call asking if I was available before 5 pm yesterday to arrive as a “nurse” for a live medical convention.  When you get these unexpected, “day of” calls, there is always a moment of shock. This is normally followed by excitement, fear, more excitement and a rush of adrenaline.

I made a vow at the start of 2013, that I would not turn any opportunity down as long as I am available.  So I kindly thanked my agent and quickly was called into action.  Outfit picked out. Check. Headshots printed. Check.  Babysitting for my daughter, thanks mom! Check.  Make-up. Check. Hair. Check.

That’s basically what it looks like when prepping for the unexpected audition.   And of course it helps to have a gracious, kind neighbor who lended me her nurse scrubs and a stethoscope.

What I have learned about the unexpected audition is this:

Always be prepared in advance.  This means have extra headshots printed, bar code printed, clothing selections in mind.

Prep, don’t plan your lines or your perspective on the role.

If you receive lines, do your best to at least memorize the first line or two.

The unexpected audition can become expected with your preparation in advance.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

It’s Independence Weekend!

These song lyrics are repeating in my head this morning…

“Oh, what a beautiful Mornin’

Oh, what a beautiful day.

I’ve got a beautiful feelin’

Everything’s goin’ my way.”

Yes and for good reason. I have a BIG audition today as news reporter for a feature film.  After many hours committed to learning the lines; feeling the role and using positive psychology; I feel ready to go forward with confidence on my audition.  Acting is not glamorous but it feels glamorous when you are prepared.  There is nothing glamorous about spending countless hours prepping for auditions.  However, the hard work pays off because of the feeling you get.  It is this natural high of accomplishment.  Artists will understand this.

I managed to balance fourth of July festivities with fun, family time at the beach and the memorization of lines.  I’m finding immense joy in the simplicity that life brings, the small moments with my daughter as she feels the sand in her toes.  These moments inspire me to also be mindful of the sand in my toes and to play in the ocean.  It is time spent with family and friends that I am truly grateful for.  I keep hearing that mantra:  “Play hard, work hard!”  What if we changed it to ” Play easy, work easy!”  I like the sound of that because life is really a state of mind.  If we have the mindset that work and play will be fun and a breeze; it is.  Work is what we make of it.

Alright, well I could go on but I have dress rehearsal for my audition today.   I always prepare my clothes in advance and then have a dress rehearsal as if I have already booked the part.  Until next post, have a beautiful Sunday and do something you really enjoy today!  For me its film acting and a long walk with the family.

Live. Love. Create

Kimberly

In Motion

Moving, Moving

I am in motion

Moving, Moving

A wave of emotion

Walking, Walking

I found a way

Running, Running

I can see the end

Jumping, Jumping

I finally feel the commotion

Leaping, Leaping

For what I have always known

Falling, Falling

For the unknown

I am in motion, I am in motion

Standing, Standing

For what I believe in

Holding, Holding

Because I am only human

Walking, Walking

In motion again

Running, Running

A steady pace

Lunging, Lunging

To the end in sight

Falling, Falling

Because I can.

 

I am in motion

I am in motion.

 

Nothing like…

…an email that reads ” Congrats! You have been booked.”  Yes, this happened to ME.  A few nights ago, I received an email with information regarding a shoot that I am directly booked for.  For those of you who don’t know  what “Direct Booking” means, let me help.   It means an audition is not necessary.  Actor needs to be prepared, follow directions and be professional.  I am seriously willing the law of attraction to show me more of these emails.  =)

Lately, I have been auditioning for Full Sail and getting my “feet wet” as a film actor.  Thanks in big part to Art’s Sake studio CORE Film Class.  This class pushes us actors to go on as many auditions as possible.  I have been truly digging it!  The amount of information I am learning is bountiful.  I am feeling a strong urge and following through with this urge to create and complete several creative undertakings.

Auditioning is not glamorous but it is fun.  I realize as an actor, what the word REJECTION means.  Rejection was tough in the beginning but now I’m a natural.  I look rejection in the eye thinking, “What the heck, when one door closes, another opens.  No biggie.”  And the cool thing is, I tend to book more jobs with less pressure on myself.  And rejection actually makes me want to push even harder.

I was thinking the other day of the myths of acting and came across a few.  Check out this website below.  It has myths listed as well as information about castings if you are an actor.

http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/the-working-actor/the-top-10-acting-myths/

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

Gratitude

The Magic has begun!  If you did not read my previous blog, allow me to bring you up to date.  I have been reading “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrnes.  It is truly inspiring me to do more, be more, share more.  I highly recommend this book, if you haven’t already figured that out. LOL.  Anyways, I miss writing to you; my invisible blogger and fans.

So here is the latest on my artistic journey, in case you are wondering.  I have been researching the top recording studios in Central Florida. So far I have narrowed my search to a select few.  This week I will be touring facilities and making a decision about where to record the latest song (a co-write).  Please stay tuned, as I will be posting this song.  Also, I am preparing for next open Mic night in College Park.  Although I am not a professional guitarist; I will be attempting to learn as many chords, and strum like crazy for the next two weeks in order to be ready for open Mic. I have vowed that if I do not feel confident in my amateur guitar skills; nothing will stop me from singing.  So, I will be singing Acapella.

“Come hell or high-water” (I think that is how the saying goes; I will continue to push forward with my singing/acting and entrepreneurship.  This journey has not been an easy one as I have been challenged by adversities.  However, it is the resilience, determination and passion which I truly feel will lead me in best direction and create success along the way.

It is the journey not the final destination that really matters after all.  I’m enjoying the small moments, the precious ones with our daughter Olivia and being grateful for this life.  I’m truly grateful for you, my invisible readers. Although I cannot see you;  I know you exist.  Thanks for your comments and feedback.

Be Well and Give Gratitude,

Kimberly

The Magic

I am reading this awe-inspiring book called ” The Magic” by Rhonda Byrnes. It from the series of books beginning with The Secret, then “The Power” and now “The Magic” regarding the Law of Attraction.  There is a paragraph at start of first chapter which truly captures the essence of “The Magic”.

It reads “I am here to tell you that the magic you once believed in is true, and it’s the disillusioned adult perspective of life that is false. The magic of life is real and it’s as real as you are.  In fact, life can be far more wondrous than you ever thought it was as a child, and more breathtaking, awe-inspiring, and exciting than anything you’ve seen before.  When you know what to do to bring forth the magic, you will live the life of your dreams.  Then, you will wonder how you ever could have given up in believing in the magic of life!”

The key discussed at the start of this book.  And I say “start” because I have just begun reading this book.  The key is one word: Gratitude.  Yes, many of us daily give thanks for “our bread”, friends, family and say thank you to the stranger who kindly opens the door.  However, the author challenges us to give an abundance of thanks with intention and regularly.  There is a 28 day journey to bring forth the magic into your life by gratitude detailed in the book.  The book also provides activities to increase gratitude.

So I want to say a big THANK YOU to Rhonda Byrne and the team that created this book “The Magic”.  Why?  Because the more I give; the more magical my life becomes.  As Willie Nelson (singer-songwriter) quotes ” When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”  I have been aware of gratitude and believe I am a grateful person.  However, I can be doing so much more to express gratitude and give back.

I hope that this blog inspires you, the reader, to continue your journey of attracting magic to your life.  Give, give, give!!!

With Appreciation,

Kimberly

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