Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Amy and Cece

My friend Amy asked me to take pictures at the birth of their second little girl! I was honored that one: she asked me to be there and two: that she asked me to take pictures! Like I mentioned before, I am trying to build my portfolio and am so thankful for beautiful opportunities like this.

I will definitely be posting more from this day! Can you see the look of love in Amy's eyes? It was amazing, Amy went natural for this birth and it was quite the ordeal. It was so intense but as soon as the doctor put Cecelia...(I don't know how they're spelling that!) in Amy's arms, Amy let out this cute awwww that was a mix between adoration and a sigh of relief. I started crying and couldn't see properly through the lens. There are a lot of things that aren't cute about giving birth, but it truly is a miracle when babies come to earth. It's a beautiful thing!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

100th Post!

And it's all about me, me, me!!!

My dear cousin Bethany posted her personality type portrait on her blog and I thought this would be a good idea. I grew up never feeling understood but once I left the nest I started to even out a lot. The time given to me to be alone and to center myself during college has made me such a better person. I still feel like my parents don't understand me, (LOVE YOU MOM!) but that's okay. This portrait fits me so well, I highlighted a few things that really fit. This is slightly narcissistic but if you have ever wondered what makes me tick, here ya are!

Portrait of an ENFP - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving

(Extraverted Intuition with Introverted Feeling)
The Inspirer
As an ENFP, your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you take things in primarily via your intuition. Your secondary mode is internal, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit in with your personal value system.
ENFPs are warm, enthusiastic people, typically very bright and full of potential. They live in the world of possibilities, and can become very passionate and excited about things. Their enthusiasm lends them the ability to inspire and motivate others, more so than we see in other types. They can talk their way in or out of anything. They love life, seeing it as a special gift, and strive to make the most out of it.

ENFPs have an unusually broad range of skills and talents. They are good at most things which interest them. Project-oriented, they may go through several different careers during their lifetime. To onlookers, the ENFP may seem directionless and without purpose, but ENFPs are actually quite consistent, in that they have a strong sense of values which they live with throughout their lives. Everything that they do must be in line with their values. An ENFP needs to feel that they are living their lives as their true Self, walking in step with what they believe is right. They see meaning in everything, and are on a continuous quest to adapt their lives and values to achieve inner peace. They're constantly aware and somewhat fearful of losing touch with themselves. Since emotional excitement is usually an important part of the ENFP's life, and because they are focused on keeping "centered", the ENFP is usually an intense individual, with highly evolved values.

An ENFP needs to focus on following through with their projects. This can be a problem area for some of these individuals. Unlike other Extraverted types, ENFPs need time alone to center themselves, and make sure they are moving in a direction which is in sync with their values. ENFPs who remain centered will usually be quite successful at their endeavors. Others may fall into the habit of dropping a project when they become excited about a new possibility, and thus they never achieve the great accomplishments which they are capable of achieving.

Most ENFPs have great people skills. They are genuinely warm and interested in people, and place great importance on their inter-personal relationships. ENFPs almost always have a strong need to be liked. Sometimes, especially at a younger age, an ENFP will tend to be "gushy" and insincere, and generally "overdo" in an effort to win acceptance. However, once an ENFP has learned to balance their need to be true to themselves with their need for acceptance, they excel at bringing out the best in others, and are typically well-liked. They have an exceptional ability to intuitively understand a person after a very short period of time, and use their intuition and flexibility to relate to others on their own level.

Because ENFPs live in the world of exciting possibilities, the details of everyday life are seen as trivial drudgery. They place no importance on detailed, maintenance-type tasks, and will frequently remain oblivous to these types of concerns. When they do have to perform these tasks, they do not enjoy themselves. This is a challenging area of life for most ENFPs, and can be frustrating for ENFP's family members.

An ENFP who has "gone wrong" may be quite manipulative - and very good it. The gift of gab which they are blessed with makes it naturally easy for them to get what they want. Most ENFPs will not abuse their abilities, because that would not jive with their value systems.

ENFPs sometimes make serious errors in judgment. They have an amazing ability to intuitively perceive the truth about a person or situation, but when they apply judgment to their perception, they may jump to the wrong conclusions.

ENFPs who have not learned to follow through may have a difficult time remaining happy in marital relationships. Always seeing the possibilities of what could be, they may become bored with what actually is. The strong sense of values will keep many ENFPs dedicated to their relationships. However, ENFPs like a little excitement in their lives, and are best matched with individuals who are comfortable with change and new experiences.

Having an ENFP parent can be a fun-filled experience, but may be stressful at times for children with strong Sensing or Judging tendancies. Such children may see the ENFP parent as inconsistent and difficult to understand, as the children are pulled along in the whirlwind life of the ENFP. Sometimes the ENFP will want to be their child's best friend, and at other times they will play the parental authoritarian. But ENFPs are always consistent in their value systems, which they will impress on their children above all else, along with a basic joy of living.

ENFPs are basically happy people. They may become unhappy when they are confined to strict schedules or mundane tasks. Consequently, ENFPs work best in situations where they have a lot of flexibility, and where they can work with people and ideas. Many go into business for themselves. They have the ability to be quite productive with little supervision, as long as they are excited about what they're doing.

Because they are so alert and sensitive, constantly scanning their environments, ENFPs often suffer from muscle tension. They have a strong need to be independent, and resist being controlled or labelled. They need to maintain control over themselves, but they do not believe in controlling others. Their dislike of dependence and suppression extends to others as well as to themselves.

ENFPs are charming, ingenuous, risk-taking, sensitive, people-oriented individuals with capabilities ranging across a broad spectrum. They have many gifts which they will use to fulfill themselves and those near them, if they are able to remain centered and master the ability of following through.

There you have it! Me in a nutshell. Good day.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Edwin + Gabby

So these are the invites I was talking about a few posts back! Cause I know you all are avid readers. A co-worker was trying to design his own wedding invitations in Word....WORD!!!

I ain't no graphic designer but I knew that I could do better than what he was doing. It was interesting finding a balance between what they wanted and my personal opinion. 

The top is the main part of the invite, the picture right below it is the other side, then the reception card, and then the return address label. I had a few different inspirations, the polka-dots are popular right now as is that purple blob shape thingy... I combined them to go with Gabby's personal style and also the colors she chose. (It's all about the bride!)

Anyway, I hope to get even better, so let me practice on all of you! I'm going to try and build a portfolio. Give me projects! I won't charge and I also won't be offended if you don't like something! 

Buenas Noches Amigos!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Fall Line Up

Well sir, I officially have 2 semesters of school left! I will be taking about 18 credits each semester but thankfully I have a loving husband who is okay with me not working during these semesters!

I honestly have a really hard time with that. I have never not worked during school and I am worried about the pressure it could put on Trent, but we worked it out and we'll totally be fine! It will just be weird to not have a big chunk of my day not at my office.

I am also really excited for this! To concentrate on nothing but school is a luxury I never thought I would have. I am taking a super random assortment of classes, ya ready? (not that this is important, but I just like talking about it!)

1. Shakespeare
2. Business Statistics
3. Natural Disasters
4. Environmental Stewardship
5. Practical Homemaking
6. Home Decor Sewing
7. Logic

Oddly enough, all of these classes count for something! And can I just tell you how excited I am for Home Decor Sewing? I have a chair that needs recovering and 2 couches that need pillows!

Anyway, we did absolutely nothing this weekend! It was so amazing. I love my office, I truly do, I also got really burnt out this week. It felt like a lot was put on me and I didn't feel equal to the task. I really just needed to do nothing, to have nothing required of me! I am amazed by mothers, there's a job that never stops!

I did so little that I didn't even shower. If you'll excuse me, I have a date with a loofa and some soap!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Story Time: The Worst Kiss Ever

My friend BJ and I were talking about how awkward our first kisses were and how unsettlingly wet they were! It made me think of the worst kiss I ever had...

I had been seeing this guy I met through some mutual friends. I had already inwardly decided, (from the first meeting,) that I didn't like him. This was all based on the fact that he was about 4 inches shorter than me. I let it go on longer than I should have because I didn't want to believe I was that shallow. It turns out I'm not, he just didn't have any other compensating qualities! 

Anyway, this kid takes me to In & Out but they were about to close so we got take out and sat in the parking lot in his open jeep. He suggested that we sit in the back so we can put our fries and drinks on the wheel wells.

We climb on back, me being totally oblivious to any ulterior motives, and I sit there munching away at my fries.
All of the sudden, a wave of passion comes over this guy he throws my fries on the ground, jumps on top of me, straddles me, and starts kissing me ferociously!

I was so stunned, all I could think about for like 10 seconds was how the putz threw my fries out!

After those long ten seconds of me sitting there with my lips puckered and my body as stiff as a board, with no end in sight, I start trying to mumble something.

"ummm hommk dagggkkmmmm"

He finally pulled back to let me talk and all I could say was, "sooooooo......."
"You're not into it are you?"
"ah no..."
Then followed an extremely awkward drive home and all I could think about was how those fries would have tasted real good right about then.