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

 

This day…

I am very excited to begin the adventure of writing lyrics about empowerment, freedom, justice, self-advocacy and more.  I’m using my own stories which are driving the story-telling of writing personal lyrics. But I am also greatly drawing upon experience from working in the field of community mental health and Disabilities.

From this day onwards, I will be focusing on writing lyrics regarding this topic of justice/equality…as an outlet to release inner frustration and to be a voice of change and empathy for those who are seeking change and empathy.

I will be posting lyrics about this topic and demo’s of the lyrics I create.  For now, it will be mostly lyrics until I get around to recording all the songs in my head.

Good night blogger friends,

 

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

Thanksgiving Song

Dear Bloggers and friends,

Thank you for following my blog.  Thank you also for blogging, if you are doing that.  I really enjoy reading posts that are truthful, providing insight, hope and ideas to the reader.

As I reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving; I continue to feel grateful for the simple joys that are prevalent around us.  My two-year old shouts for me daily yelling, “Mommy!!!” and her voice is sweeter than any sound.  But it can be as simple as watching the clouds as they float by the large window in our living room.  It is taking the time to relish the moment of now.  It’s not always easy to do but it’s so easy to begin the process of being mindful.

With that being said, I have a song I’d like to share with you. Over a year ago, I became blessed to know a very gracious, intelligent woman named Georgia.  One day, Georgia and I discussed our shared interest in songwriting and our passion for music in general.  Georgia had recorded a song in Nashville as did I.  Our friendship developed and we began songwriting regularly.  Georgia shared a song with me she had been working on and asked if I’d like to co-write this song.  I felt very grateful and excited to work together.

We are proud to announce that our Country demo of our co-write is complete.  It is called “ My Dream Has Come True” .  I welcome your feedback on the song.  It was important for me to share this around the time of Thanksgiving, especially since this song is about being grateful.  Please share our song with friends and family.

I hope that wherever you are, whomever you are with…that you are enjoying this holiday!

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

It’s been too long…

Always uh, missing ya blog, missing blogger-ville..missing ya!

Always uh, missing ya, blog, blog, blogggggg

Until the next blog post, I will be thinking of ya!

Thinking of ya, thinking of ya

Until the next blog post, thinking of ya… la la la la

That is my quirky mindset tonight.  It is a combination of my late night fatigue, combined with “Old MacDonald Had a Farm Song” that repeats in my head.  Yes I have a two-year old, and no I don’t live on a farm. Just in case you were wondering.  But seriously I do miss posting.

I was going through a transition period in my life and had to put things aside for a while.

But I am BACK and excited to share that I should have the demo of our new song posted this weekend, or next week at the latest.  I am so proud of co-writer, friend and teacher Georgia!  She is very talented and it’s been great working together.  I have a few other creative projects cooking, so stay tuned!

Live. Love. Create

Kimberly

Embrace Life’s Complexity

It’s been awhile since writing on my blog.  Missed you!  I missed talking to people I know and those I don’t know.  Something about writing is very cathartic.

Anyways, I needed to get some things straightened out so I took a momentary reprieve from discussing music and acting.  The complexity of life did not allow for me  to solely focus on music and acting.  And that is okay.

I have learned that I can have my “cake and eat it too.”  Except, the cake may get dry at times and the ice cream may melt and re-freeze.  That is life.  So I will continue forward on this journey being a forever optimist and continuing to tackle the unexpected.

I’m excited to announce that my friend and I are recording our co-write this weekend.  We are looking forward to sharing the demo soon.  The other exciting news is that I got a job doing something I am truly passionate about.

What is the job you ask?  Advocating and supporting people with various disabilities.  I had difficulty typing the word “disability” as I find the word to be disabling.  I would rather say helping people with various emotional, behavioral and physical challenges.  It seems more empowering this way.  Yet, society has emphasized “disabilities”.  What I have to say to you Society…is this.    Watch out because I am planning to support a team in changing it up.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

Breathe

Breathe, breathe, deeply.

Inhale the life, the life, let it begin.

Hold the breath, holding…

Slow the breath, slowly…

Release the breath, releasing…

Guide the breath, to be.

Guide the breath, to release.

Inhale again,

Inhale the life within.

Let go of all regret, of all missteps

Slowly, slowly…

Breathing in, feel the oxygen,

As it fills your lungs fully.

Fully human, fully alive.

The lungs expand and breath new air.

The energy aligns with the body.

Energy fills every muscle.

Breathe, breathe, deeply.

Inhale the life, the life, let it begin.

Hold the breath, holding…

Slow the breath, slowly…

Release the breath, releasing…

Refuel the Creativity

This is for you. The Artist.

Every artist needs fuel to keep the creative juices flowing.  There are many types of stressors and stress can creep up at random.  Stress in and of itself can be great fuel.  We need a certain amount of “good” stress to push us to our goals and to keep us on our feet.  Stress is a burst of energy that basically alerts you on what to do next.  There are advantages to stress when it exists in small doses.   It  can help you meet daily challenges and will motivate you to reach your goals.  However, there is the “bad” stress that builds and can become toxic to the mind, body and spirit.  As artists, we are especially vulnerable to stress because of our heightened sensitivity.  And when I say “sensitivity” I am referring to the ability of artists to tap into their own vulnerabilities and intuition.  This is why it’s so important to rest and rejuvenate in order to refuel the creative juices.

Why do I bring this up?  I bring this up because my energies are in higher demand due to an increase in scheduled activities.  As an actor, “gigs” are often at random and the duration/intensity vary of each job.  I began to think about energy and how important it is for me to take time to rest and refuel the energy.  I’m the type of person who wants to “go, go, go.”  I have always been the “restless girl” in my seat at school.  My head was in the clouds daydreaming.  But what I believe is this.  I have endless bounds of energy and visions of creating something bigger.  This I have known from a very early age.

I am finally able to allow myself to fully explore my visions of creating.  Yet I have learned from life experiences how to manage stressful situations and how to take care of myself along the way.  I’m very grateful to be refueling the creative juices this week, as I am away on vacation.  If you cannot take a vacation right now, can you take a mini-vacation?  Or perhaps you can take an hour to refuel.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

Injustice

I am more than my words, more than my skin, more than my beliefs.

I am me.

I am more than what you know about me.

I am more than the lies you told yourself.

I am me.

You dared to tell me, what I can or cannot do.

Yet, you don’t know me.

I gave you a chance to see the real me.

I presented you with a gift

And helped you unwrap the gift.

Each ribbon unraveled and the paper crumpled.

It took time to consider,

Giving you this present.

You opened a package,

It’s called “vulnerability” .

This time around, the gift was expected.

And yet the gift was merely looked at

And wrapped up again.

Time and again,

You glanced at this gift called vulnerability

Without really seeing it.

I am more than the present.

I am me

I am more than your opinions and perceptions.

I am me.

You shook Vulnerability with all your might

For what reason? For what purpose?

I never imagined you would lose such sight.

I want the gift back but you have it now.

Yet, I still have vulnerabilities

And thus, I will re-gift to myself.

Yet you remain, as injustice does.

And I am me.

I am me.

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