All posts tagged: family

Family Photoshoot

I had the honor of doing an impromptu family session when I visited Pauline, Co-Founder of Bird & Bauble, the other day. It was actually my first family photo session. These were some of my favorites.    Thank you Pauline for letting me share some of your most tender moments with your family.  

Closer To Home – Lindsay Thomasson, Founder of Ella Lou

Happy Mother’s Day! Now that our hearts are all full from the celebrations, I’m kicking off the Mother’s Day Creators & Curators Series with a mom/entrepreneur who turned her love of travel and passion for social justice into a business which she now runs from home with her two little ones. What a way to bring far off destinations closer together! Meet Lindsay Thomasson, founder and curator of Ella Lou. I first “met” Lindsay through a mutual connection and subsequently had our first meeting/interview over the phone. Her youngest one, Olivier (14 months) had just gone down for a nap before I called.  Ahh those precious nap times! Before O started day care, I always prayed for a successful nap in order to have time to do some work or chores. In her case, it when she chose to time this interview. As I learned more about her and her business, I was most struck with how confidently she made a huge career change in favor of her family as well as her advise on balancing entrepreneurship with being a mom. Prior to Ella Lou, Lindsay was an …

My son’s turning 3 and it’s terrifying!

It’s time to write a mommy update. The last time I actually wrote about motherhood/parenting was a few months ago and with all the recent developments, I thought now would be a good time. Just a reminder: I’m never going to sugar coat my experiences. Here you’re going to get the raw and ugly sides of my motherhood experience, as well as the fabulous and sweet moments. Like the title of this post suggests, my son O is turning 3 this month and here’s what I have to say about it: I’m terrified. Why? Well, you’ve probably heard about the “terrible two’s”, but how about the “terrifying three’s”? We (my husband and I) were kind of hoping that we would skip all of that and have ourselves an easy going toddler from now until, well, forever? The two’s were actually “ok”. Sure he developed more of an opinion and he’s the pickiest eater ever, but he rarely ever pulled full blown temper tantrums at home or out in public. Nor did he outright refuse to listen …

We’re Still Leaning On Each Other

The collaboration continues… This is part 2 of my series on the ibook “Lean On and Lead” and author Shay Chan Hodges. You can find part 1 here. For most women, “working mom life” is simply life. Nothing special, nothing glamorous, just something that needs to be done. But if you dig a little deeper and ask these moms a few questions, you’ll find that they’re on a tight wire juggling more than they would like. I’m no expert, but I think we weren’t meant to just shoulder these issues alone, instead we might make it better for all of us, if we let it unite us. Every time I read the stories from Lean On and Lead, I get the feeling that it’s partially what Shay Chan Hodges intended. Last week I published a post with short introduction to author and activist Shay Chan Hodges and my take on her iBook Lean On and Lead. In this post I’ll be sharing a few excerpts from our interview. I was grateful to be able to ask Shay a few questions of my own …

Leaning On Each Other – My Interview with author Shay Chan Hodges

Lets talk about motherhood and work. When I was still pregnant with O, I dropped out of the work force. My family encouraged me to. They told me that it would be better for the baby to have his mother take care of him, especially in the early years. All my training in child psychology confirmed this. It would be economically challenging but luckily we wouldn’t be without health insurance and I had help from family. So I didn’t really think twice about it. However the story doesn’t end there. I soon learned that staying at home would be harder for me than I thought. I was the type of person that needed and wanted to work, and if I didn’t, I knew that staying at home alone with a child would ultimately drive me crazy.  So after my husband returned from New York, I began to think about how to go about getting back to work, and be able to be a full-time mother to my son. Although it was tough when my husband lived apart from us in New …

Why new mothers need self-care?

Every new mom knows how easy it is to put the needs of your baby first, most often before your own. That is natural and sometimes a necessity. We all know what its like to have missed showering, been constantly sleep deprived, emotionally wrecked by the littlest things, and forgotten the last time we did anything for ourselves. Yes, most of us would rather drop from exhaustion than caring for our own needs. We neglect one major thing, and that is our own wellbeing. When we neglect our own needs we are buying into the lie that is, “I cannot fail so I have to keep going.” Taking care of your needs, does not mean failure or weakness. I’ve been wanting to write a more general post about self-care for a long time now, but a few things have gotten in the way. Although it seems intuitive, especially now that O is almost 3, and i’ve weathered a few storms. And despite having been a therapist, I felt like talking about self-care and more over doing it, was …

A family reunited?: What happened after my husband returned

About 2 months ago, my husband returned from his year of fellowship in Manhattan. A year that almost tore apart this family. At least, that was how we felt at the time. I had written a post prior to his return about our 1 year long-distance marriage and what I had learned from it. Now it all but seems like a distant…nightmare. When I wrote that post, I probably left a lot of readers hanging, largely because I was unsure as to how things would turn out after he returned. We could all only imagine and hope that things would be better and that we would work together as a couple to re-strengthen our marriage. Well, I wanted to briefly share and update you on how things have been. Close friends can probably already tell that things have been going well. But I wanted to share more deeply the impact that it has had on us and for me individually. My husband’s return changed more things than one. I should also mention that he had the …

Ready to turn sacrifice into a positive thing: A lesson from previous generations

Living in post-modernity definitely has its perks (see previous post with an answer from Quora). I know I take for granted the numerous material luxuries we are able to have. But more than that I take for granted the intangible luxuries, like time, the ability to communicate and even work through a device called the computer, education, freedom of speech, and womens rights to name a few. I take for granted the simple fact that I can sit down on a Friday night and type this post out on my computer, is due to all of those intangible luxuries, that previous generations did not have. It really puts into perspective the things that I’m dissatisfied with or complain about. When I think about the things I had to give up to become a mother for example, the list seems long at first, but when I really think about it, it is nothing compared to what my mom or my grandmother had to give up (I’m using maternal references only because I’ve been on the topic of motherhood …