New city, new name, new look, new life, NEW EVERYTHING. I am no longer in Portland Oregon, where I lived for two years. I am currently living in Austin, Texas where everything is BIGGER, including the bugs, the rain and the humidity -time to get used to my natural curly hair. It’s been very interesting living in a place where the weather changes so drastically. I guess I just got used to the grey and the rain in Portland.
Austin is a beautiful city and there is so much to see. It’s just much easier to see if you have a vehicle. I also got a bit spoiled having the street car right outside my front door instead of walking to the bus stop which is half a mile down the street. Wunt Wunt, poor me, right? Well, yeah.. I’m gonna have my own pity party for a moment and then go walk to the bus. Meh!
Downtown Austin reminds me of PDX quite a bit, but WAY more alive at night. Every weekend 6th street is a parade of young college students like New Orleans and the Fourth of July combined! I’m feeling a bit my age these days and not seeking the drunk strewn streets.
I used to live the single life (meaning Zero children) and now I live with three. Maybe this is why I am feeling my age lately. Don’t get me wrong, I love my nieces, but holy crap it’s tough. There is a reason I’m 32 and I don’t have kids. IT’S FREAKING HARD! I know you’re probably thinking, um.. isn’t she a child photographer? Yes, I am, but I don’t take your children home with me (other than to edit ). I love kids, I just think everyone should take care of three before even thinking of creating One. “Parenting IS the toughest job you will ever have” as my sister and creator of Progressive Parenting says before every show. This parenting stuff is definitely not for sissy’s! It’s like looking into a small little mirror and every time you look at that mirror you can see beauty and other times you really get to see yourself and how ugly you can be at times! “It’s not a pretty picture, I don’t like doing eet”- Genie from the movie Alladin
I have watched Kung Fu panda about 50 times now and I can say that parenting is kind of like Kung Fu which can be translated to “human achievement”. I would say it is quite a human achievement to have a child, but one must also master patience, courage, confidence, and compassion. This is no small task when the four-year old and 18 months old are screaming at each other at a pitch so high that it makes you want to rip your ears off, or when there is banana everywhere and what you think is banana on your leg turns out to be poop! It’s not so easy to stay calm while covered in someone elses poop!
Perhaps the Universe wants me learn a thing or three. Maybe this will allow me to take my photography to a ho- nutha- levul. Perhaps a year from now I’ll have this parent thing kinda licked, or at least have a better grip, or maybe even consider having one of my own… someday! For now I will continue to grow as a person, a photographer, and even as Pootie (this is what my nieces call me) I see a long road ahead, but it’s a new day, a new life, a new me!