From Full Time Entrepreneur to Full Time New-Mom-Preneur
The last 6 months have been a whirlwind! I don’t even know where to start. My husband and I waited until our 30s to start our family, because we thought we would be more prepared, have stable careers… have all our little ducks in a row. I mean you can never be too prepared, right? Well… You can never be prepared, is probably more accurate. Cue everyone who said, “I told you so”.
Adjusting to the Change When I had my son… my ray of sunshine… my chubbers… my love bug… I took a giant leap and decided to try and juggle the huge task of being a stay-at-home-working-mom. After I got over the initial shock of becoming a new parent overnight, I read blogs and articles on all the ways I could be the most kick-butt stay-at-home-working-mom there is! Well those articles turned out to be few and far in-between. I turned to my friends on social media and the mom bloggers of the world, and studied everything wonderful, inspiring they were doing for their careers and their families. I found they seemed to have it a lot more put together than I do. These moms have clean homes, time for fun crafts and DIY projects (or at least they appear to)… and they work! There was a time I could multi-task; work, keep a clean house, go to the gym and DIY-craft myself into oblivion. Now a clean house is on the back burner, we eat sandwiches a lot and DIY projects… what are those?! Call me naive, but I thought I was going to be way better at this than I am. BUT, I’m going to give myself some credit; I’m still learning and adjusting. More importantly… I’m not giving up. My old method might now work now that I have a child, but that doesn’t mean I can’t find a new way! I will have a clean house again. I WILL!
Building Up My Business After almost 6 months of getting adjusted to working from home and becoming a mother, I decided to do something crazy. I started working on building up my business again! I’ve been slowly rebuilding my brand from the ground up, revamping both my websites (Graphic Design & Photography), and adding Wedding Photography to the line-up of services. None of which are small tasks. I’ve had some time to really think about where I want to go with my business and I was afraid becoming a mother would make me put that dream on hold. I decided not to let it. I might not be diving into the deep end, but I am wading in the shallow end for now and taking it slow. I'll never know until I try. I will say this; it feels SO GOOD to be getting a little bit of me back, even if it’s just during nap time.
I want to end this post with a little shout-out to all the stay-at-home-working-moms(dads), working-moms(dads), and stay-at-home-moms(dads)! Just being there for your kids and doing a little bit of something for yourself – whatever that may be – you rock. YOU ROCK!
Throw-back Thursday... LOL! Okay - so this session hadn't made the blog until recently. Why? This was actually a shoot for a magazine spread! ProfitBuilder Magazine, which is an animal health product publication produced by Durvet, Inc, had me shoot the soon-to-be engaged couple Kassie and Raleigh with their beautiful horses, Boy and Sierra. The publication was published summer of 2016! This shoot was a little tricky because the session took place during the late morning hours, we had ZERO cloud coverage, and it was in the summer! We had to battle some hard light, dense shade with no in-between... but overall the shoot ended up being pretty cool! Our equine friends cooperated wonderfully and at the very end we had some play time with the cutest little puppy you ever did see, Cowboy! Not a bad work day, if I do say so myself.
These photos are the property of Durvet, Inc. Originally published in ProfitBuilder Magazine Summer 2016.
Hello everyone! It's been a while, but I have big news! I've been gone for the past few months so I could enjoy the latest addition to our family! February 12th we welcomed our son Damien to the world. He is our first child and boy am I just completely smitten! I also wanted to announce that I will be undergoing a rebranding over the next few months. So please bear with me as I make updates to my website and social media pages. Speaking of updates, I'm now posting my photography on Instagram! Be sure to follow me instagram.com/CallistaBond. I'm late to the game on this one, but I finally feel I have enough time to be able to dive in and share the best of the best with those who enjoy Instagram the way I do! I'm currently booking for Fall 2017, so give me a holler!