STYLED SHOOT FOR UPS AND BALANCING MOTHERHOOD

When you're planning your calendar for social media and along comes UPS, you say yes and start planning a fun shoot. I decided a fun, colorful party would be great to show off the chandeliers. I worked with my friend Renee to take pictures, while I set about styling. I started using the different color crystals as an experiment, and I love it. I now offer three colors (pink,lilac and turquoise) to switch out with your Fancy Chandelier. What's crazy about this is when I ordered that turquoise acrylic, I had no idea it would be so luminescent. I know its not our Classic White Fancy Chandelier, but this guy pops. It might be my new favorite. Of course, I am about to have a styled shoot with our Hot Pink Fancy so ask me later. 

Next up is my first article for the Lady Project on balancing motherhood and a start-up. Because let's not kid ourselves, being a start up is like having a kid, so when the two collide, I am fairly certain for the past two years I held my breath while I attempted to balance the two. But there's no balancing. Each requires tender care and an enormous amount of time. I know in this, I neglected myself and have had some on and off serious health scares. Right now, as I am working on this, my kid is napping and I will work again later tonight. I know I need childcare like asap. But it's important that after her nap, I have her help me set up my styled shoot. To help hang the decorations. Get the camera ready. I want her to remember me working. Not working and neglecting her, but working toward a passionate goal of growing a company I started after my IVF failed at 40. It's no small irony that my company and adopting banged right into each other with equal force. I don't kid myself that this easy or a quick buck, I am in it for the long haul and for the chance to build a lasting legacy of my dreams of entrepreneurship. Sometimes it feels I never make a dent. Not with motherhood or my business. But then I watch my daughter say thank you to a stranger, and I get a yes from a national magazine to feature my product โ€” so I know these small steps are a making their way to that one big step.

Lulu 2.5, future fire chief

Lulu 2.5, future fire chief

Lulu, 2

Lulu, 2

How are you balancing things? Are you making a dent? I'd love to hear your stories! And also, did you know I am soon to be teaching an online class to women who have a big design idea and want to make it real? I wish I had someone who helped me with the design end of the idea, but it was my husband and I every weekend for two years working on a prototype, and testing everything, before we launched our business. I want to be your cheerleader! More info soon on my class. I hope to see you there! In the meantime, send me a message if you have any questions.

In love and business, 
Nicole