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I’m very pleased and happy to share with you the reason of my absence this year on my blog, I’ve been working on my online shop Our Little Tales.

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So here we are at the start line again, making a balance of what happened (or didn’t happen) last year in order to move forward and make new decisions. I would be lying if I say it was an easy year, quite the opposite actually, but I cannot look back without a smile knowing it was the year another beautiful little person entered our lives, expanding our hearts and family in size, bringing pure joy and love.

It would be unnecessary to point out the reasons why this year was a big hurdle, but in a nutshell, sleep deprivation plus the demands of two little people 24/7 for a whole year can take its toll deeply, certainly it did on me.  I knew this New Year I needed to make some changes to go through this phase in a more optimistic and easy way,  instead of listing unrealistic and specific resolutions, I promise myself one thing, to really take care of myself first.

Physically, emotionally and mentally, but more importantly nurturing my creative side again as if it was “another baby” in my life it’s a top priority. It took me a while to realise being creative and the need to create isn’t something I do but something I am. This year is all about reclaiming that place in my heart and let it know I haven’t forgotten about it, as my kids grow I can see the importance of letting them know their mum has dreams too, and she is following them, so one day they will hopefully be inspired by that and follow their own.

Wishing you a great 2016 people!

x

Jess

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Hello dear friends.

It’s been a while since my last decent post. Olivia has settle little by little so now that we have a routine(ish) it’s time for me to start finding the time to explore and connect with my inner creative. I always find that a very good way to do that is signing up in a creative course. I’ve done that a few times in the past, an opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn a new skill and find that momentum to make something new and fresh.

This month I will be attending this Brush Lettering Workshop, with one of my favourite Illustrator Emma Block, (I wrote a post about her here). I’m looking forward to learn this beautiful skill and start making beautiful things, Christmas cards maybe?

P.S. If you haven’t notice I’m working on a brand new portfolio, I thought it was time to refresh this site and push myself into a new direction. I’m ready for some new changes.

Thank you for keep visiting this little space, I promise to start blogging more often, I really missed it.

x

Jess

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Matias: Blowing bubbles from a Thomas and Friends toy he received as a present from his dad. He is still very much hooked on anything “Thomas” related.

Olivia: Growing up fast, laying in her brother’s new space mat. I love how expressive she has become and oh boy, she is a real character!

P.S I’m already so behind with this project, I explained some of the reasons in my last post.

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It’s 22:22 and I’m debating if closing my laptop right now or keep trying to write something coherent to share. The truth is that although my intentions to keep this space updated are good, reality hits me like a non stoppable train going 1000 kph every.single.time.

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On 25, Jul 2015 | No Comments | In Life & Motherhood, My Little Ones | By Jessica

lifeasitis

It’s 22:22 and I’m debating if closing my laptop right now or keep trying to write something coherent to share. The truth is that although my intentions to keep this space updated are good, reality hits me like a non stoppable train going 1000 kph every.single.time.

I knew our lives would change after Olivia’s arrival. The list of additional challenges is big, the most significant (and thankfully forgotten already) was Matias jealousy, after five months I can happily say those days are over, the sibling love is in full mode making my heart burst in happiness (phew!).

Life with two kids can be both exhilarating and frustrating at the same time. Being a parent often means experiencing opposite feelings at the same time, at least that’s what I have found out so far. My heart have never felt so full and yet at the end of the day I could easily feel I haven’t achieve anything (despite the fact my days are rather hectic).

As a designer (and ex dancer) I used to see results in a daily basis, I could close my laptop, go home knowing I create something tangible for everyone else to see. Or (in my dancing days) go home with the feeling I worked hard at a rehearsal and certain things got better than yesterday. Being only a mom  in the other hand works quite the opposite, most of the daily tasks become invisible because of their monotonous nature, because of their normality. How to measure the invisible? It’s a complex subject I have no intentions to explore further in this post.

My point is, lately things are busy, where there’s very little time to myself. I wasn’t prepare for that, maybe someone should have warned me that I was going to be doing lots of things with one hand only, that I would probably miss breakfast or lunch, or both (that won’t necessarily translate into weight loss, the chocolate/biscuits diet will compensate), that sometimes the only moment I would look myself in the mirror is before going to bed and then I would ask myself, have I been looking like this all day?.

Eating in a table (with both hands) is a luxury, let alone having a hot drink (did I mention reheating my tea/coffee at least three times before a sip?). No more time for reading books, or blogging, or painting or crafting. Simple tasks become big hurdles like getting change for going out usually involves a very cranky/fussy baby laying in bed demanding attention while I, with one hand (try) to get dressed, with the other hand shake toys and sing silly songs. (Add to this picture a naked boy running around refusing to wear pants), while I do my best to look decent (hello concealer).

The truth is, I know things are difficult now, we took the chance when we decided go for #2, but I also know these days will be over soon and crazy as it sounds we will miss it all. I already do when I see Matias baby pictures, when I see him so grown up and getting so independent, when I hug him and it feels big and strong every day. So for that I’m taking everything in and letting it out, trying to stay strong and focus in only one thing, making sure these kids are happy.

There will be a time for me, that time isn’t now, I can live with that. I made a choice and I’m sticking with it, it has two names, Matias & Olivia. My kids. My life.

 

 

 

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