Le Weekend


May 09, 2011

This past weekend was the best I’ve had in a very long time. On Friday, I met up with my two best friends, Alyssa and Leanne. We had planned to spend the night in the city and enjoy some girly time. We dinned al fresco, enjoyed a ride on Navy Pier’s Ferris Wheel and even grabbed a drink at the Signature Lounge at the John Hancock building. Sometimes, being a tourist in the city is perfect!

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I am proud to say, I conquered my fear of heights. Well almost..

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I used my iphone to document our day. I love it that I don’t have to drag my SLR everywhere but still be able to take decent pictures. 

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The Chicago skyline looked stunning that night!

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It truly was a night to remember! Thank you for the fun time, girls:)

Sunday morning I woke up to sweet love notes from Nikolas. Like I said, the best weekend ever!
How was yours?

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My heart is full.


March 10, 2011

As I sit down to write this post, I can’t help but think of all the blessings bestowed upon my family and I these past years. Yet, tonight my heart is full. Full of emotions and fears.  Full of what’s to come.  Full of the unknown…
Today Aaron lost his job and is officially going on unemployment. We weren’t completely surprised by it as we saw it coming. He is an architect and the firm he’s been working at for the past 3 years has slowly run out of work. The economy downturn hit them hard. 
But as they say, there is a reason for everything and I can honestly feel that despite the current situation. Tonight, as I laid down and read to Nikolas – he said the sweetest prayer
Dear God, bring work for my daddy and all the daddies in the world! Amen!” 
If you’re a person of prayer, please keep us in your prayers! We really need them now more than ever!
hugs,
Vana

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On my mind today…


October 20, 2010

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  • Paris
  • How much I miss traveling – mostly overseas
  • How much I love my son – it hurts 
  • The street I woke to and from school for 10 years of my life
  • All the friends I ever made – and a few I miss seeing 
  • The day I saw my now husband – trying to remember what exactly went through my head
  • How much I love windows and balconies – especially those of old buildings
  • The movie Amelie – the innocence and free spirit of Amelie. Sometimes I find myself reciting parts of this movie (secretly wanting to be her)
  • Wondering where life will take us five years from now
  • Dreaming of a Paris getaway with my man.
  • Thinking of all the blessings I have been given
  • Reminded of how much I enjoy sketching.
  • How a smile led by a loud laughter can make day every single time

Your turn…

    This post was inspired by my friend Melisa at The Lil Bee

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    Dear Nikolas…


    August 25, 2010

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    You started Kindergarten today.
    This morning as we started to get ready I paused and gave you a squeeze hug. You looked at me  (yawning and half asleep) and so sweetly said “I’ll always be your baby, mom” …{gulp}. I told myself I wouldn’t be a “faucet” (as my sweet friend Melisa puts it) – but how can I resist when you something like that?
    Dear boy of mine,  I simply can’t imagine our life – my life – without you in it. It’s hard to believe I’ve only had you for five years. I hardly remember how life was before you came in it! You bring me such joy. You are a very active, social, brilliant kid – and I feel so blessed to have you! 
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    I look forward to see you grow this year. Next year you’ll be going to 1st grade. Thinking of it makes me a bit numb. It’s a strange mix of feelings, pain and joy. I can’t explain. 

    Here is to a wonderful year filled with new and amazing experiences!! I know it will be great!

    I love you, Nikolas!

    xoxo

    Mama

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    Dear Nikolas…


    August 25, 2010

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    You started Kindergarten today.
    This morning as we started to get ready I paused and gave you a squeeze hug. You looked at me  (yawning and half asleep) and so sweetly said “I’ll always be your baby, mom” …{gulp}. I told myself I wouldn’t be a “faucet” (as my sweet friend Melisa puts it) – but how can I resist when you something like that?
    Dear boy of mine,  I simply can’t imagine our life – my life – without you in it. It’s hard to believe I’ve only had you for five years. I hardly remember how life was before you came in it! You bring me such joy. You are a very active, social, brilliant kid – and I feel so blessed to have you! 
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    I look forward to see you grow this year. Next year you’ll be going to 1st grade. Thinking of it makes me a bit numb. It’s a strange mix of feelings, pain and joy. I can’t explain. 

    Here is to a wonderful year filled with new and amazing experiences!! I know it will be great!

    I love you, Nikolas!

    xoxo

    Mama

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    A Moment of Reflection


    August 16, 2010

    A few nights ago, I couldn’t make myself fall asleep. I kept thinking about where I’ve come from and where I’m going next. Not sure what triggered my thoughts. I’m sure you all had one of those nights, no? 
    I started this blog around the same time I started my business as a way to document the process of creative work and motherhood. I think I’ve come a long way! Wouldn’t you agree?
    Keeping a blog has been a rewarding experience for me. I had no idea what I was going to say or do when I first started out but during these past years not only have I discovered  and followed my passion but have come to know and inspire some of the most supporting people there is, YOU! So thank you , for following along and believing in my story!
    These past 2 and a half years have been life-changing for me. I started Le Papier Studio soon after attending Country Living Women Entrepreneurs workshop in Chicago in March of 2008 as a part time hobby and a way to express my creativity at the end of a work day.  I was so happy to work all that magic from my tiny home workspace. Fast forward, a year and a half later, I was contacted by Chronicle Books and asked to write a book for them which will be published this October.  A month ago I made the decision to move my studio outside the home into a physical location. I hired a part time studio assistant who in less than a month has proved to be amazing! Pinch me!!
    While you all have been cheering me on my professional achievements I have been selective at how much and what I share about my personal life on this blog. Most of you may be following this blog because you’re inspired by my professional journey. Is this why you’re here? I really would like to know (OK,  more like dying to know!). If it is true, I am so glad! 
    Some of you may be mothers and visit my blog because you’re interested in finding out how I balance creative work and family life. If that’s you, welcome! I really don’t have a formula:)  I just go for it and in the process I remind myself of the things that matter the most to me. But whoever you are and for whatever reason you follow my blog, I want to take a moment today and thank YOU! It’s been great having you here! 
    What’s next? Who knows! Something tells me it’s all good!

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    A Moment of Reflection


    August 16, 2010

    A few nights ago, I couldn’t make myself fall asleep. I kept thinking about where I’ve come from and where I’m going next. Not sure what triggered my thoughts. I’m sure you all had one of those nights, no? 
    I started this blog around the same time I started my business as a way to document the process of creative work and motherhood. I think I’ve come a long way! Wouldn’t you agree?
    Keeping a blog has been a rewarding experience for me. I had no idea what I was going to say or do when I first started out but during these past years not only have I discovered  and followed my passion but have come to know and inspire some of the most supporting people there is, YOU! So thank you , for following along and believing in my story!
    These past 2 and a half years have been life-changing for me. I started Le Papier Studio soon after attending Country Living Women Entrepreneurs workshop in Chicago in March of 2008 as a part time hobby and a way to express my creativity at the end of a work day.  I was so happy to work all that magic from my tiny home workspace. Fast forward, a year and a half later, I was contacted by Chronicle Books and asked to write a book for them which will be published this October.  A month ago I made the decision to move my studio outside the home into a physical location. I hired a part time studio assistant who in less than a month has proved to be amazing! Pinch me!!
    While you all have been cheering me on my professional achievements I have been selective at how much and what I share about my personal life on this blog. Most of you may be following this blog because you’re inspired by my professional journey. Is this why you’re here? I really would like to know (OK,  more like dying to know!). If it is true, I am so glad! 
    Some of you may be mothers and visit my blog because you’re interested in finding out how I balance creative work and family life. If that’s you, welcome! I really don’t have a formula:)  I just go for it and in the process I remind myself of the things that matter the most to me. But whoever you are and for whatever reason you follow my blog, I want to take a moment today and thank YOU! It’s been great having you here! 
    What’s next? Who knows! Something tells me it’s all good!

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    Quiet thoughts : hometown


    June 07, 2010

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    I wish I was here today.
    It’s been two years since we last visited and with every passing day I miss this view even more.

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    Quiet thoughts : hometown


    June 07, 2010

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    I wish I was here today.
    It’s been two years since we last visited and with every passing day I miss this view even more.

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    Putting things into perspective


    August 03, 2009

    Tonight I had some time to catch up on a few of my favorite blogs and as I was reading the latest post on Zen Habits – simple productivity I couldn’t help but ask myself some questions.

    How is what I am doing on my daily basis effecting my family?
    If there were a couple of things I could change to better the situation I am in, what would they be?
    Where would I be in five years from now? What am I doing to get there?

    All these are questions I ask myself every time I get a moment to slow down and think but only tonight was I brave enough to write down the answers. I like to think I have everything under control but the truth is I don’t. I waste much valuable time checking my email continuously. I have a hard time prioritizing things and sticking with a schedule. As a result I end up working very late at night and feeling exhausted the next morning. Question is: how do I better my situation? What do I need to do on daily basis to get there?

    I wrote down the first thoughts that came to mind:

    1. Make a list the night before prioritizing what needs to be done the next day
    2. Check my email only three times a day (morning, noon and before heading to bed)
    3. Get on Twitter and Facebook only once a day (I was tempted to say once every other day, but i know I won’t stick with it)
    4. Spend quality time with my son in the morning (this will change once school starts but I can make the most of it until than)
    5. Have a date night with my hubs once a month
    6. Make dinner every night and enjoy a few hours with my family by doing something together rather than getting back to work as soon as dinner is over.
    7. Arrange something fun to do on weekends and keep away from working.
    8. Make time to pray.

    Writing them down was easy but keeping to my plan will be a challenge. I have to say though, it feels good to be able to look into myself and try putting my life into perspective. If I need some things to change I am the one responsible to make it happen.

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