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

Day 22

Day 22, you were good to me.  Here are today’s highlights.

* I managed to clear out two boxes.  Some of the contents were re organized and placed in other boxes, but still, I remain proud.   My goal is two boxes a day until our office space is actually a usable space.  Then I will transform the room into a sanctuary with guitars and music.

* My daughter has a lot of “firsts” these days.  Although they may appear minor to the outsider, they are huge successes to me.  Liv runs to the bathtub each time she hears “Its ducky bath time!” with excitement.  Liv runs to the bottom drawer of her dresser when I say “Lets put on your shoes.” And she picked out shoes that actually match. Quite the fashionista in the making!

But seriously, the sweetest moment was when Olivia began crying while watching her mom trim her own fingernails.  Each time I trimmed a nail, Liv would whimper with empathy, very concerned for her mommy.  I would reassure her but it barely worked.  I could go on and on but I will stop now. =)  Other highlights…

* Liv and I played in the park. It is a lesson for me in being mindful, being in the moment.  As soon as Liv began rolling around in the dirt, leaves and grass; I had a moment of “should I be letting her do this?” But quickly I remembered that kids need to be kids.  So I began rolling around too.  We giggled and I chased her around the park.  People probably thought we were nuts but I didn’t care, because in that moment, I couldn’t be happier.  I am inspired daily by Olivia.  (Oh gosh, sorry, am I talking again about her? Sometimes, I just can’t help myself.)

* Lets see what else? I stopped in the pet store off of Park Avenue in Winter Park.  It is called  “The Doggie Door”.  The staff is super friendly and willing to go above and beyond.  The owner helped me with tips for our dog Jasmin’s misbehavior.  The store offers an array of doggie goods.  Here is the link to store if interested.  http://bullfish.net/

* On Tuesdays and Thursdays, my personal time is more limited since Olivia is not in school.  I enjoy spending quality time with Liv on these days.  So with that being said, it is difficult to work on my music, writing etc..  However, as I mentioned in previous blog; I plan to do at least one thing a day to further my goals as an artist, no matter what.

* Today’s music goal was to listen to my music; the songs and lyrics I have already recorded.  It had been awhile and I needed to refresh my memory.  In addition I listened to classical, and various other styles with Olivia.

It was a fun, silly and endearing day!

Day 12-14 Birthday

Today I write about days 12-14.  We had Monday off, well many of us did.  My husband whisked me away to Amelia Island on Sunday to return on Monday (Martin Luther King Day).  We had a detour along the journey to Amelia Island.  After much deliberation and careful thought; we decided to rehome our dog Lily Adele.  Lily is the sweetest dog who deserved a family that could give her all the attention she needed.  Lily is a lap dog and needed a family that could treat her like the sweet princess she is.

It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done.  I had no idea how hard it would be to part with our dear friend.  Lily brought great joy to our home for over four years.  It just so happens that the day she was given to a new family, was also my birthday.  Although my birthday was very special; it was also bitter-sweet.  As a grief counselor, I work with families all the time who grieve the loss of a loved one.  Many people grieve the loss of a pet.  Well giving our dog, Lily Adele to a new family was like grieving a death.  Yet, we knew that this was in her best interest and that we are the ones who are hurting more.  Lily is happy and playing with her new friends.  I am in the process of writing a song about Lily (stay tuned).  Lily, I hope this isn’t goodbye, and that our parting is only “See you later friend!.” The new family promised we could keep in touch and they have already posted pictures of how happy Lily is.  This is a picture of Lily the day she left one home and started in a new one.

We will miss you Lily!

We will miss you Lily!

On a more cheerful note, I truly enjoyed Amelia Island and time away with my loving husband Arturo.  Art and I stayed at a beautiful bed and breakfast called “The Addison” on Amelia Island.  This B & B was charming and peaceful.  For more information on this place please visit http://www.addisononamelia.com/

Amelia Island

Amelia Island

On the evening of my birthday, we went to an Italian restaurant called “Ciao”.  The food was delicious and one can tell the chef has been trained to cook gourmet.  I ordered gluten-free pasta dish with veggies and soy cheese.  I was surprised and impressed that this Italian eatery had healthy options like offering wheat pasta or gluten-free.  And who knew they’d offer soy mozzarella?  After dinner we walked down Centre Avenue peering through the windows of various locally owned shops.  And then we came across an Irish Pub and Eatery.  I peered in the window and saw a man rapping tunes with a crowd cheering him on.  A smile quickly appeared on my face yet I was filled with mixed emotions. I asked myself, should I go in or not this evening?  My husband supported my decision to go inside despite a sore throat.  It appears I am coming down with a cold.  The locals were so friendly and cheered me on.  I sang “Crazy” by Patsy Cline and “Immortal” by Evanescence.  Despite my sore throat, it was a good performance.

Kareoke Night

The Best Bruschetta Amelia Island

The Best Bruschetta Amelia Island

A blurry photo but not a blurry night. ha

A blurry photo but not a blurry night. ha

On Monday night, upon return, we enjoyed celebrating my birthday with family.  And since I am not eating dairy; we enjoyed a chocolate vegan cake.  Everyone was like , “This is vegan? It is good.”  A wonderful ending to a great birthday weekend.  Olivia smiled brightly as my family sang happy birthday. And fast forward to this evening, Day 14, I have a cold in full effect but Olivia is on the mend.  Still missing Lily but also feeling happy for her with new family.  Mixed emotions and thus is life.

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Day 10 Ooops!

Oops! I had begun the rough draft for Day 10 and forgot to complete it.  This is what I wrote for day 10 below.  It was that kind of day; the one you typically forget.  It was an average day.

 

“It is day 10, and I am finally feeling more at home, in our condo.  It is a slow process, going through boxes, organizing and getting rid of stuff we no longer need in our lives.  Simplification.  This morning I awoke around 5 am to the sound of a train conductor laying on his horns for what felt like five-minute intervals.  That was no fun.  Our daughter is sleeping better and mostly, sleeps through the night.  However, her parents, especially mommy who is a light sleeper, does not sleep through all trains.  As Johnny Cash said ”  I hear a train a comin’, it’s rollin down the bend…”

 

Day 9: I want my duckie and cookie too!

My daughter Olivia Daisy carried her cookie with her to take a bath this evening.  Olivia rushed to the tub as soon as she heard daddy twist faucet on.  She then proceeded to climb over the tub fully clothed. I intervened, quickly removing clothing and getting her into her favorite duck for bath time fun.  Once in the duck, she watched the crumbs of her cookie fall into the water.  It was a candid moment.  I urged my husband to grab a camera stating ” Olivia wants her duckie and cookie too!”

Surprisingly, Olivia did not eat her cookie, but merely starred in awe of the crumbs floating away.  Finally, after some prompting; she began eating the cookie while enjoying her bath. I began to wonder the metaphor/meaning of this joyful event.  Perhaps the crumbs floating away, remind us of mindfulness.  It is important to really be present, even while enjoying/eating food.  Liv wanted her cookie and her bath.  Perhaps a metaphor for how all is possible in life.  A broad generalization, maybe, but I am choosing not to analyze.  I think about how I want to be a mom and career woman: the delicate balance between both.  My daughter inspires me more than I could ever have imagined.  If you look closely at picture below you can see our cookie monster.  Cookie in her left hand and crumbs on bottom of duckie bath.

Olivia

And here is a brief synopsis of the earlier part of my day.  This morning while my daughter was at school; I had a few hours to cook, organize and relax.  Mostly I cooked dinner like a “crazy person”.  I basically stayed hyper focused on the task of cooking.  By doing so, with minimal distraction; I cooked two meals and managed to cook Olivia her favorite oatmeal for tommorow’s breakfast.  Then with the last forty-five minutes; I decided to relax while listening to a guided meditation on YouTube.  It was called the Universal Mind Meditation by Kelly Howell.   There was one quote that really stood out.   As I lay still the soft tone whispered, “I’m not the past, present or the future, I simply am.”  I felt restored, even after just 20 minutes of listening to guided meditation.  I adore Kelly Howell’s work and truly believe in our brain’s potential and power to envision change, and to heal through guided imagery.

Tonight I led a group for adults grieving the death of a loved one.  It was a great group of individuals and I always leave group feeling purposeful and with immense gratitude.  After group, it was all family with laughter and yummy home cooked food.  What more can we ask for?

Be Well,

Kimberly

Day 4

It is time for bed and I am staying loyal to my promise of writing a blog each day for sixty days.  So my blogs will vary in content and please excuse a blog every now and then, which may not be fulfilling.  Today is one such blog.  Thursdays are my busiest days because I schedule most appointments, run errands and work as full-time mommy.  And on Thursday evenings I lead support groups for grieving adults.  Today was productive, and I truly enjoy running groups about grief and loss.  After leaving group, I feel truly blessed and fortunate to support and empower others, while also learning a great deal from families.  It is a very rewarding job.

That is the part of my day I truly enjoyed.  The part I did not was the hour and half wait at doctor’s appointment today.  The longest I have ever waited for a doctor’s appointment was two hours and 15 minutes.  This was close.  But I was very grateful to my Aunt who watched my daughter while I attended the appointment.  She was understanding when I speed texted “I may be late, doctor is late. Is that okay?”  To which my Aunt responded, “Take your time. Even go shopping if you want to.”  I then sighed and texted, “I wish, but I am here waiting.” Today was a test in patience.

At the end of the day, I am thankful for another day with purpose, love and support.  I am grateful for this blog.  And I am excited about the journey ahead, a leap of faith.  Day 4 is pretty darn good!  And to that sentiment, good night, as I am one very tired mommy at the end of an “on the go” day.

Be Well,

Kimberly

Trust the Journey

What is it about the number 44?  I have been seeing this number for about a year now.  Forty-Four will appear in all forms to me, whether by clock, t-shirt, lotto number, assigned seating at weddings.  I believe there must be a significance.  This weekend my husband and I were on a family outing in Mt. Dora and began a conversation with a realtor.  Next thing you know, a gentleman smiles at Olivia, our daughter and waves his large plastic cup.  It was not just any large cup; it read the number 44 on it, in large font.  My mouth dropped and I couldn’t help myself.  I yelled out “Number 44!”  My husband looked at me like I was ridiculous and then calmly said to the man “She has this thing with the number 44.”  I relayed this story to my mom who informed me that the number 44 was a racecar driver’s number. Thanks mom! Yes, true but the fact that I am seeing the number Forty-Four repeatedly this past year intrigues me.  Prior to the birth of Olivia; I was seeing the number 911 often.  Funny enough, she was born September of 2011.  I also often see the number 22, and for those smarty pants out there…what is 44 divided by 2?  That’s right 22!

So what does all this mean? I believe these numbers are from my angels, encouraging me along this journey in life.  I also feel they are validating that I am making the necessary changes in my life and trusting in those decisions.  These signs in the form of numbers, are here for a reason. So I became Dr. Google, yet again and began to research the meaning of these numbers.  A lady named Joanne Sacred Scribes discusses the significance of what she terms angel numbers online.  The following are excerpts from her blog.

http://sacredscribesangelnumbers.blogspot.com/2011/07/angel-number-44.html

“Angel Number 44 asks that you pay attention to your intuition and inner-wisdom as your connection with your angels and the angelic realm is very strong at this time.  You are encouraged to continue on your current path as your drive and determination will lead to success and fulfilment.”

“Angel Number 22 can turn the most ambitious of dreams into reality.  The repeating Angel Number 22 asks you to see the larger picture, and to work with the details necessary to complete that picture.  Angel Number 22 encourages you to bring things through to fruition on both the spiritual and material planes.”

Does anyone else have this experience? What numbers do you see and how can they guide you in your life right now?

Be Well,

Kimberly

Mysteries of Nashville Take 4

I managed to write this blog post after three hours of sleep.  My darling baby girl was up almost every hour crying.  In retrospect, I should have taken a nap instead of writing a blog post mid morning.  Yet, I felt drawn to writing and could not resist the urge.

In a previous blog post regarding Nashville, I asked myself and readers, “What is a “boutique” restaurant?”  All along I conjured up thoughts of a restaurant that offered designer clothing, trendy jewelry in glass cases and lovely scarves.  I imagined myself dining in Nashville, smelling good ole’ country cooking while gazing at the items for sale.  Well, as it turns out, I found out yesterday from a fellow blogger, Natasha, that “boutique” is simply a fancy word for a non chain restaurant.  It was sort of funny and sad at the same time when I read this email.  In Maitland, Florida my current home town, we are surrounded by small chain restaurants and larger chain restaurants.  I began to wonder, where are the boutique restaurants?  Then I realized we do have a select few.  My favorites in the Central Florida area are White Wolf Cafe,  Dandelion Cafe and Infusion Tea Shop.   It dawned on me that my perception of a “boutique” restaurant  with food and trendy items for sale is a reality.  Infusion tea shop located in College Park, Florida has teas, delicious lunch items and a shop that benefits local artists.  Dandelion is a showstopper, well at least in my bohemian dream it is.  Dandelion offers all vegan and vegetarian food options.  Even the average carnivore enjoys their food.  So in conclusion, I am glad to know that Nashville has a growing trend of  boutique restaurants.

Okay back to the search on mysteries of Nashville.  Today I reviewed a few more blogs looking for clues to unlock the mysteries of what Nashville has to offer.  I came across a blog called “Live What You Love” from Jess.  This unique, hippy loving lady detailed her decision to move back to Nashville.  She ended up accepting a job in her favorite coffee shop “Crema”.  I can tell by reading her blog post that Crema is one of a kind and has quite the reputation.  So the mystery of where to go for the best coffee is probably solved.

Sometime I wonder what it would be like to shop for antiques and possibly one day furnish our home with antiques.  So it was with great enthusiasm that I ran across a blog post which highlights the Antique Mall Shopping experience called “Aubergine Moon”.  It appears to be one of the top antique stores.  Mystery solved there.

And last, but not least I came across a blogger named Jen from her site called “Happily Ever After”  Jen expressed great enthusiasm about a new restaurant which opens up this weekend in Nashville called “Etch”.  Lucky girl got a sneak preview of the gourmet food on August 29th.  A cool tidbit about this restaurant is it serves something called “Semifreddo” (pronounced [semiˈfredːo], Italian: half cold).  It is a class of semi-frozen desserts typically ice-cream cakes, semi-frozen custards, and certain fruit tarts. YUM!

 

I am beginning to realize, that Nashville has so much to offer.  It is not just a music city.  I can definitely spend a day, a week, a month, a year enjoying semifreddo, sipping a latte from “Crema”, antique shopping and dining at boutique restaurant(s).  One can only dream.

Quote of the day: Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”

 

Little Cupcake

I decided to take a reprieve from discovering the mysteries of Nashville this week.  Instead I focused today on finalizing a song I have been writing since our daughter was born, almost one year ago September 14th.  But before I share, here is a tidbit about one day in my week.

I dropped off our daughter at school on Monday morning.  She is about 11 and half months old.  Mommy was nervous but felt good about the transition.   Liv will get to make new friends and develop skills.  Also mommy gets some time to work on her career interests.  I felt at ease leaving her at school after observing that Elmo was in the room.  Liv took an immediate liking to Elmo, hugging him.  After taking several photos, I left in awe of her.  She is a little person, growing up quickly!

The rain had been pouring all morning and I successfully made it to my car, purse and buggy in tow.  As I buckled up it dawned on me that I had five whole hours to myself!  I began to wonder, “What will I do with so much time?”  Usually I’d be at work but today I was not called in.  I decided to work on my lyrics and write on my blog.  Ofcourse there are house chores and laundry to be put away.  I told myself that everything else can wait.

As I sat at Starbucks (a very noisy atmosphere for writing), I struggled to come up with the words for my blog post.  The noise level didn’t help and I searched for my ear plugs to no avail.   Then I began to miss her.  Olivia Daisy is my “little cupcake”.  So even on my time off, I am still thinking of her.  She is such an inspiration to me.  She inspired me to write this song called Little Cupcake, which I will be sharing with you.

I left Starbucks and headed home to take out my mini digital recorder.  My creative juices were soaring!  Although I told myself not to do housework.  Guess what?  While creating lyrics to “Little Cupcake” song and recording the melody; I managed to multitask.  I was still mommy.  I actually tried a new recipe for Vegan lasagna (pretty darn good), took care of our two dogs, did two loads of laundry etc…  But the chores didn’t matter to me, the song did.  Liv inspired me to write this song, and in return, I am inspired to be the best mom I can possibly be.  I attached my song (lyrics only).  For several days, I have been trying to upload my vocals, a capella style but for some reason, I am having technical difficulties.  Therefore, the lyrics are here and the vocals are on their way!

Little Cupcake  

Copyrights 2012

CHORUS

You’re my little cupcake

Made of sugar, cinnamon

And everything in between

You’re the sweetest gift that life can bring

VERSE

Words cannot begin to say what I mean

So I’m gonna try to let you know

By showering you with kisses n hugs

I trust that you can feel my love

CHORUS

You’re my little cupcake

Made of sugar, cinnamon

And everything in between

You’re the sweetest dream that life can bring

VERSE

With your innocent stare, I know you care

Our eyes recognize each other

Its like long-lost friends, who meet again

I know that you can see my love

PRE CHORUS

I adored you before I knew you

I sang to you before I met you

I felt you before I held you in my arms

CHORUS

You’re my little cupcake made of sugar, cinnamon

And everything in between

You’re the sweetest dream that life can bring

And you make me happy all of our days

I hope you know, that mommy loves you so.

“The Voice” Update

And so it doesn’t look like “The Voice”competition is happening this year.  Its all good! I plan to re apply each year! Also I am wondering if they accepted my submission since it was postmarked by deadline, but not recieved on the deadline.  While filming the audition tape, which took an entire week with a 7 month old baby in tow; It dawned on me that this may not be the best timing for a venture such as this.  My mom also brought that to my attention.  However, being the strong willed woman I am; I persisted.  In retrospect, I realized mom was right and I didn’t trust my instincts.   Yet, I know the real reason I did it.  I wanted to prove to myself that I can be a successful young mommy.  It was reassurance that I still “have it”.  I can go after my dreams despite mommy challenges and any adversities.  So in the end, I am proud of myself for trying although I know it wasn’t the best time to do so.  But there is another part of me that says…Carpe Diem! Is there really a right time or best time to take a risk?  I guess there is calculated risk.  So that is what I plan to do.  I will continue to audition as an actor and singer but will do so with calculated risk.  I will do so until that opportunity comes for me to throw that theory out the door.  And when that comes, it will be a huge leap of faith and determination!

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