Did you ever feel so passionate about something that you want to do day and night?
When my husband told me that we were moving to Chicago I felt really frustrated. I wasn't upset about leaving Miami. I was upset because for the first time I found something that I felt really passionate about that I could make some money from it and I was still able to be with my kids. I was working planning and styling beautiful parties for kids from a privileged class. Things couldn't get more perfect then that! My partner Ameizing Parties and more used to live a few blocks from my house. Our kids had more or less the same age. We used to meet with the clients and plan their parties everyday from 9:00 to 3:00 and we still had the whole afternoon to enjoy our kids. My girls were so proud of me. To work it seemed a way to fun for them! Our house was full of paint, glitter, fabrics... And they loved to help! Specially my oldest.
When I moved to Chicago because of the weather and the culture I realized that people wouldn't put the same effort that Latin people do into their kids parties so I had to find something that would fulfill my heart and my creativity.
In our last summer vacation to Miami I woke up one day with that eager to do something. I had to feed my creativity and I didn't know how. I went to Athropologie store and I saw a flyer saying post your summer pictures on Instagram and tag us to win $200 in merchandise. It wasn't for the merchandise or money... It was for the well being of my soul! (Ha! not sure if you understand that) I needed a goal! So I started and I commit myself to take at least one picture per day. I didn't win anything from Anthropologie besides my freedom of just being myself and not feeling afraid of showing it. I stopped thinking about how people would judge me and just posted my pictures and my thoughts. Right now I have to control myself to not over post (Hahaha..).
I have been finding a whole world on Instagram. Beautiful woman that just feel the same way I do. The social media it's a great way to start because people encourage you, support you. When you ask yourself... Why am I doing this? Suddenly you receive a beautiful message saying... "your pictures make my days happier" or just a.. "keep posting!". Not sure if photography will ever take me somewhere... but at least my Instagram Grid will be a great memory for my kids. I hope when they grow up they will enjoy looking trough the pictures and seeing the fun we had day after day.
I always think that you are the only one who can make you happy! Happiness is inside everyone. You just have to pursue it. I can say that I have been feeling really happy about my life. Photography has been something that I'm very passionate about. I have been learning something new everyday. Being able to open my eyes through the camera make me see those beautiful moments that would usually pass by without being noticed.