10 Things You Didn't Know About Me

In this day & age, it is so easy to just show the world the highlights of your life & forget to make a connection with your viewers. Lately, one of my goals has been to establish real connections with those that follow the KSP brand, so here I am throwing caution to the wind & inviting you in to learn a little more about who I am as person. 

By adding weekly blogs to my website, I hope you can find yourself laughing along at my mishaps, cheering when I get the laundry done & just generally find yourself feeling like part of the family. Welcome home!

Something I have wanted to write on has been a 10 Things post, what I didn't realize was how hard writing this was going to be! I think you'll find that I learned just as much about myself as you're about to. (I mean, I am not even sure how I came up with 10 things at this point!)

1.) I love reading! I mean it. I can get lost to a book in an instant, falling for characters I haven't met & places I have never been. I have been a bookworm ever since I can remember, always quick to pick up a book but slow to finish because I am never quite ready to say goodbye to the storylines I fall into.

2.) My favorite drink is an ice-cold Sarsaparilla! If you haven't heard of this drink, you are missing out! Let's just say its root beer on steroids. No other way to describe it. I actually go to the cutest old fashioned soda shop for them & I am itching to do a session there as well so stay tuned! 

3.) This one is a no brainer but I love watching how the light falls across the ground. I never really paid any attention to this until I became a photographer & noticed just how influential light is composing a beautiful image. During the day you can find me staring at long shadows in the house or finding a corner that the light touches just right, silently making notes of different times of day for certain shots I want. I am that obsessed. 

4.) I am selfless to a fault. Even typing that makes me cringe but I want you to know me, so here I am. I often put others before me (what mom doesn't?) so much so, that I end up losing myself to the needs of others. This isn't always a bad thing, but when I allow myself to get burned out, I am no good to the ones who rely on me. Taking time to refresh myself has been something I am working on. 

5.) I make these grand plans for my days off & never follow through. Who else is with me on this? I go to bed with lists of things I can do on the days the kids are at the grandparents & I end up sleeping in, cleaning or working. I think I have a love affair with productivity. 

6.) I failed my first semester of college. Yup, flunked right out. I was young, barely made it through high school & so in love with this one guy, that I didn't take it seriously & failed out. That one guy became my husband & school has never been my thing so I never went back. That's why you get to read blogs like this & see me doing a job I LOVE! (But stay in school, your mom made me say that.)

7.) I am not good at "being a girl". LOL Never have been good at the hair thing, keeping up with nail appts or wearing the cute dresses. I try, I really do & about once a month I get it together enough to look like I know how to apply that mascara I am wearing. I can remember growing up & asking God if I could just please be one of those girls who pulled off the shorts & a tee shirt look well. I think I knew then that the primping life wasn't for me.

8.) I am my hardest critic when it comes to my photography & business practices. After a session I like to give myself one night of not looking at the session because I am so hard on myself. I find I am much nicer to me when I have slept on the session. Haha!

9.) I DEEP clean when I am mad. I always joke with everyone that Jason knows if he's done something if he walks in & the house is spotless. I think maybe he's wised up & knows how to get a clean house.

10.) I play the guitar & sing. I learned how to play the guitar in high school after my dad bought me a second hand guitar at a local shop. I can still hear him saying, "If I buy this, you have to promise to learn how to use it." I still use that guitar to this day. 

I hope these 10 facts have helped you get to know me a little better! If you related to anything, leave me a comment & lets connect!

Habits of Mom-Life

Any of you have a habit you wish you didn't have?

You know the one I am talking about, the one that has you smacking your forehead & asking yourself "Why can't you get it together, (enter your name here)?" My annoying habit is forgetting things in the blackhole that is my car. Other mom's will agree, getting your kids in & out of the car is a feat in itself, leaving very little space for remembering the leftovers, camera bag or the 7,000 toys the kids absolutely NEED to travel with. 

This habit of mine drives my husband up the wall! When something is needed & I remember it's in my car, I try my best to get to it before he can, so I can avoid the bug eyed wonder he always seems to have when it comes to the backseat. He knows if I jump off the couch to race him to the car, I am really just saving him from more frown line wrinkles at this point! (Darling, I am doing you a favor!) But in all seriousness, I get so annoyed with myself over this forgetfulness that I sometimes wonder how I am keeping anything together. 

I have learned that being put together in business & home life is an "either/or" situation. If my house is clean & car empty, you can bet there's a list of business to-do's that I am itching to get to & vice versa.  There's that line again that we as small business owners & moms have to tow.

If you didn't know, I am almost 23 weeks along with our third child. As a pregnant mom, I am under-caffiented, over-worked & tired out, with love to spare at any given moment. Raise your hand if this is any of you moms out there! (don't really raise your hand, I can't see you) I know we can all relate, we give so much of ourselves daily that the things we need to remember are put on the back burner for another time, for another moment where we can pull together the will to do the things we need to do for ourselves. This is mom-life & if you ask any of us if we would change anything, we would probably ask you "What?" three times because we can't hear you over the meltdowns our kids are having. No, we wouldn't change a thing. Yes, we may forget things or cry at the drop of a hat but that's the best part because there's always another mom out there who can relate. I am here today telling you, "I relate. I get it." 

Like Luke Bryan sings "I believe that days go slow & years go fast." 

It's tough being mom but someone has to do it. Speaking of being mom, I need to go break up TFC (toddler fight club, we don't talk about it).

Until my next rant,

Kandice