It’s Time to Show Up

There’s so much I want to say right now, but what I will say is this: As non-black POC and especially the white folks— we need to SHOW UP and be allies for the black community. There are a lot of ways in which we can help the movement right now even if we can’t be on the front lines.

Donate to bail funds, donate medical supplies, donate food and water, offer shelter and a safe space for protesters, keep using your voices and speaking up. Please keep checking in on each other, your black friends especially, and please don’t forget to take time to rest. This is a marathon, and I am in it for the long haul. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything, I’m here for you. 🖤

#BlackLivesMatter
#NoJusticeNoPeace

DONATE BELOW- (I will update with more links as I find them, please reach out if you know of any other reputable organizations).

NW Community Bail Fund: https://www.nwcombailfund.org

National Bail Fund Network: https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory

Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org

Episode 8: The New Normal

Life is pretty weird for the majority of us right now. Personally, I feel as though I’ve gone into autopilot living within the microcosm of my home. As a result, life just feels as though it’s been “put on hold” due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, there’s not much else we can do as responsible citizens besides stay home, follow quarantine guidelines, and hope.

With all this uncertainty it’s absolutely normal to feel lost, angry or sad. Emotions run high and tempers are short. Being self-employed as a freelance makeup artist, my means of income has been cut to virtually zero, just like many others. Not to mention, as a mother with a school-aged child it’s an added challenge to now find ways to keep my daughter not only occupied, but engaged and learning.

In this episode, I chat about ways I’ve learned to pivot and adapt during these times. Keeping routines not only aids me from going stir-crazy, but helps my daughter cope with these new changes as well.

I’d love to hear ways in which you all are adapting during these unprecedented and uncertain times. How do you stay positive and motivated?

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Sending you all my love and light— especially to those tireless healthcare workers on the frontlines of this crisis. ✨❤️✨

P.S. Please stay home if you can, and WASH YOUR HANDS!!!

Episode 7: Side Effects of the Coronavirus

With recent events surrounding Coronavirus in the last few weeks, there’s been an understandable uptick in public anxiety— but unfortunately racism and xenophobia towards Chinese and Asian communities have seen an increase as well. 😒 I say this not to downplay the unending racism that black and brown people have to deal with on the daily, because this is the reality many of my friends face— but I’m here to say that racism in general is NOT OK. So let’s do better. 🤙🏼

It’s important during these uncertain times that we stay safe, but also informed. Spreading misinformation is no help to anyone, and we must all do our part to support our neighbors and community members. A lot of folks are hurting right now and the Seattle economy is being hit hard. COVID-19 isn’t just affecting our physical and mental health, it’s affecting our livelihoods. If you are one of those fortunate enough to be getting paid to work from home, and you are financially able, please do your part to support your local community and businesses. Not to mention, let’s do our best to support all the artists, service industry workers and other freelancers who depend on gigs to pay their bills who are having clients cancel. It’s getting wild out here. 😅

I will do my best to share financial support resources for the local community as I come across them. We’re all in this together y’all, please stay healthy and safe. 🙏🏼❤️ 

Episode 3: Snowpocalypse 2020 + The Freelance Struggle

Y’all we survived the Snowpocalypse of 2020! 🙏🏼❄️ Being snowed in this week left me a lot of time to think about how I want to shift my mindset from that of scarcity to abundance. This freelance artist grind is truly a lifestyle and I’m committed to making it a success.

How do YOU stay motivated? Tell me in the comments! ❤️

Episode 2: The “Origin Story” + Full Moon Vibes

#TGIF amirite? This week I’m divulging more on my Vlogs “origin story” as well as sharing some thoughts on our first #FullMoon of the year! Do any of you practice any full moon rituals? I’d love to hear!✨🌕✨

Sofia 365: Day 365!

Sofia 365: Day 365

Sofie’s 2nd birthday went without hardly a hitch last Sunday. Birthday weekend was great overall, my parents Friday, Jason’s family on Saturday, and Sunday was Birthday ZOO Day (photos coming soon)!

I honestly couldn’t believe she was turning 2 already, felt like I just had her yesterday.

This year has been full of so many ups and downs, but my one constant has been Sofie, and her safety, happiness, and growth.

It was a tough year, a learning year, but now, I’ve ended up with the best little girl I could have ever asked for. She’s not a little baby anymore! I have to get used to that…

She’s gonna grow up so darn fast…

Enough words, there will be more to come, so let’s get to some photos!

Hard to believe this will be my very last photo in the series (I’ll still continue to take photos, just not daily)…
Can we recap with some of the highlights of every month from the beginning?

March 2012

The very beginning…

Post Birthday Baby!
Post Birthday Baby! March 11, 2012

April 2012

Happy 1 Month Anniversary!
Happy 1 Month Anniversary!

May 2012

14 month baby!
14 month baby!

June 2012

Sneaky.
Sneaky.

July 2012

Little Swimmer.
Little Swimmer.

August 2012

Ruffles.
Ruffles.

September 2012

A Year and a Half!!!
A Year and a Half!!!

October 2012

Silly Face.
Silly Face.

November 2012

Cheese face.
Cheese face.

December 2012

What the?
What the?

January 2013

1.10.13
1.10.13

Valentines Baby
Valentines Baby

March 2013

It was a long day of birthday celebration and zoo going, the photo was one of the last things we did that night. She was tired, cranky, but I had to get this last one in! Hard to fathom this photo was going to complete my project after a year of work on this… But, I got a smile out of her eventually. 🙂

Tired Birthday Girl. The Big 2!
Tired Birthday Girl. The Big 2!

Sofia 365: Days 339 through 364 – A Month in Review

Sofia 365: 339-364

A Month in Review

Boy, it’s been a while hasn’t it?

After rounding the home stretch this past month, I thought I’d try something different with Sofie’s pictures, and I just ended up waiting.

Maybe to build anticipation, or just laziness on my part, but I held off on posting any of Sofie’s pics from the last month and just waited to compile them and just do a month in review leading up to Sofie’s birthday, and the anniversary of this project. One big bite before dessert.

I know I might sound like a bit of a broken record, but jeez, Sofie has changed so much this year, and even month to month she changes and grows.

Mid February and early march has been full of a lot of work, adventures, chapstick and lipgloss (much of it on Sofie’s face.)

Living with an almost-Two year old child the past month has given me it’s fair share of challenges and frustrations, she’s more demanding and moody, but also more playful, and she’s been growing into her own little “person”. It’s been awesome to watch and be a part of that growth.

I’m saving her very last photo from this project for it’s own post. Her birthday was a certain success, and I can’t wait to share all of our adventures from the weekend.

In the mean time, check out set of photos from the past month leading up to the very, very end. I was also very excited to get my camera back from the repair shop (or at least part of it) so that I could finish off my project with the same “quality” equipment that I started it with. Boy, did I miss my camera…

Anywho… What a month it’s been! Do you have a favorite image from the set? I sure do. 🙂

2.11.13
2.11.13

2.12.13
2.12.13

2.13.13
2.13.13

2.14.13

2.15.13
2.15.13

2.16.13
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2.17.13
2.17.13

2.18.13
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2.19.13
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2.20.13
2.20.13

2.21.13
2.21.13

2.22.13
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2.23.13
2.22.13

2.24.13
2.24.13

2.25.13
2.25.13

2.26.13
2.26.13

2.27.13
2.27.13

2.28.13
2.28.13

3.1.13
3.1.13

3.2.13
3.2.13

3.3.13
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3.4.13
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3.5.13
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3.6.13
3.6.13

3.7.13
3.7.13

3.8.13
3.8.13

3.9.13
3.9.13

March Update, Me Rambling, and Sofia 365!

Hi All,

I know it seems I’ve completely dropped off earth the past few weeks, I’ve been super busy, but just wanted to do a quick update since it’s the week leading up to Sofie’s birthday.

Here’s a little of my plan for the culmination of my “Sofia 365” project, as well as what I’ve been up to lately.

Thanks for watching!

Sofia 365: Day 337

Day 337: 2.10.13

Happy Tuesday everyone, a few more posts today…

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Sunday was a busy day of working, as are most weekends nowadays.

In the morning I was back again doing hair and makeup for the set of Causality, a webseries, for a few hours. Afterwards, I headed out to a charity event for breast cancer called Speed Rack on Capitol Hill. I was helping to do hair and makeup for the female bartenders that were competing in a speed bar-tending competition, all in support of breast cancer research. I got to work with a few of my makeup artist friends and also hang out and watch the event for a bit, it was volunteer, but we got lots of free drinks and even a free bottle of booze to take home, pretty sweet. I think that was the first time I’d ever been paid in alcohol before; it was a fun event to watch though, these girls are super talented!

Jason joined me for a bit at the event, then we headed out to grab some food with a couple other of my stylist friends I’d been working with. It was a fun evening and a fun day of working; always nice to be able to work with a group of people that are talented and get along.

Here’s Sofie, chillin’ at my mom’s rocking the sweet sweater my grandma got her from Ecuador.

Sweater Baby.
Sweater Baby.

Sofia 365: Day 336

Day 336: 2.9.13

Last Saturday was another day of shooting for the web series Causality that I have been working on.
I woke up feeling a little under the weather, so I swung by set to get the talent into their makeup for the day and make sure everything was all good before heading back home to rest.
After that, most of the day was filled with lying on the couch being a sicky lazy butt and watching lots of Netflix… lots…

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Sofie spent another day with grandma and grandpa, enjoying lots of Toy Story, I’m sure.

Shy Baby
Shy Baby