This space has changed a lot since it was born. When last redesigning Evolving Mommy I knew I needed a new some to really capture the feeling I was aiming for within this space.
I am so many things. I love and enjoy so many things. When thinking about what could really embody the spirit of Evolving Mommy to me I knew a few things right off the bat.
I needed earthy colors. Because I surround myself with earthy colors on a day to day basis but also Evolving Mommy is so much about growth. Earthy brown for this Evolving Mommy to grow from. vibrant photographs.
It seemed the best way to make sure I was representing myself was to make myself a part of the header. I did not want my picture splashed all over the top of my blog. Evolving Mommy, while written from my point is more of a place for every mom that just a place for me. besides who wants to look at their own face starring back at them all the time?
I decided to pay attention throughout the day and see what stuck out to me. What activities I was doing, where I was going, what I was saying, what thoughts popped into my head. That is when I noticed my hands. These two hands are a part of everything I do. Lightening struck. My hands! What a perfect way to show pieces of me, and more importantly topics that are found on the pages of Evolving Mommy.
I enlisted my trusty photographer. He’s great because he hears what I am asking for and offers up ideas to compliment and enhance my ideas. He is available for photo shoots at a moments notice. Also he does the dishes after dinner. He’s a keeper.
We set out to take pictures of my hands in their natural habitat. You know, painting, reading, typing, recording myself with my video camera. The leisurely things I do every single day after my session with my personal trainer and my hour long massage. Those things seemed more a part of the evolving side me. As opposed to the laundry, dishes, vacuuming, bottom and nose wiping side of me.
I loved the result and for a long time I left it alone with the same eight pictures that welcomed the site to WordPress. Recently, though, I got to thinking that something was missing. But what? So I called my potographer and scheduled a shoot. It went something like this:
“Luke! I need you to take some pictures of me.”
“Okay. When? This weekend?”
“No. I was thinking right now.”
That is how scheduling photo shoots goes when your photographer is your husband. What did we come up with?
Um. Yeah there isn’t a lot of evolving involved in playing Angry Birds.
Not exactly a contender for the whole “I’ve got it together and I’m a very nice person” image I’m going for. I promise no husbands were actually hurt in the making of this shot.
This one is actually pretty accurately me. The problem? Well, for one it has a whole lot of my face in it and for two, well it’s not so flattering.
So. Did you notice the chocolate on my shirt. I’m not going to lie. This may be one of my favorite pictures of myself. It’s so accurately me. My eyes say it all.
Yeah, I’m going to eat all this cake and then I’m gonna eat the eclair and I don’t care what you think.
Baking. Now that’s a little more Evolving Mommy speed.
Winner, winner, whiskin’ dinner.I may not have chocolate dripping from my face but this picture is me too. Me in my apron baking. Cooking. Caring for my family.
I love that totally different pictures can perfectly portay me, the Evolving Mommy. I love that I can be all these things rolled into one. There was a time when I didn’t realize I could be all these things. This journey through motherhood, this evolution, everyday I come closer and closer to understanding that I am good the way I am, all the different pieces of me, and yet I’ll be good where I’m going, too. I can be all these things. I can.
So what do you think, did I choose the right shot? Maybe I should have gone with the chocolate dripping down my face.