In the past few weeks, I’ve spent quite a bit of time paying attention to our mornings:  what we do, how we feel, and (most importantly!) what’s worth photographing.  I’ve noticed that some mornings get off to a smashing start and others seem to limp along on the wrong foot.

Truthfully, some days are just harder than others.  I may be more tired than usual.  My emotions may be closer to the surface.  Perhaps I’m quicker to raise my voice to get my point across.  I try really hard to match the ideal that I hold in my head of a patient mom, supportive partner, kick-ass friend or on-the-ball business owner.  Other days I don’t try very hard at all because for one reason or many reasons, I don’t have it in me to give.  On the days that I fall short I can be hard on myself.  In the past I’d lie awake in bed feeling like an ass or blubber in Scott’s ear about all the ways I’d fucked up that day.

As I get older I’m realizing that beating myself up feels shitty, and guess what?  I don’t like feeling shitty.  Better yet, I don’t deserve to feel shitty.  So today I take solace in the fact that each morning means a fresh start, and a new day to give being Carmen the Awesome another shot.



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  1. March 9, 2012

    Have a kick ass day Carmen 🙂

    • March 9, 2012

      Aww, thanks. Friday’s tend to be pretty kick ass. I hope you have a great one too!

  2. March 9, 2012

    amen to the fresh start! if i dragged yesterday’s shit into today…well, i might as well just stay in bed. i am a big believer in new starts, new beginnings and that really is what each day offers us. i love mornings that flow…who doesn’t? i love that i’m smiling when hubby leaves for work, when josh leaves for school…not so much when we’re running late, someone won’t get out of bed, someone is going to be late for school…someone has to raise their voice, more than once to get things moving…those mornings leave me feeling shitty and hang a dark cloud over the rest of my day. so today is a new day…we had a kick-ass morning and are anxious for March break! i’m a fan of carmen the awesome…she totally rocks!!

    • March 9, 2012

      Lisa, you are an amazing woman, and I’m so glad to know you!

  3. March 9, 2012

    Being awesome everyday is impossible. But I bet you do it more than you realize. Here is to fresh (and hopefully sunny) mornings!

    • March 9, 2012

      Thanks, Amy. The sun is shining here – I hope it’s doing the same where you are!

  4. March 9, 2012

    You’re awesome every morning.

  5. March 9, 2012

    Carmen the Bad Ass!

  6. Laura #
    March 9, 2012

    This makes me smile SO big.

    • March 9, 2012

      Laura, YOU make me smile so big. xo

  7. Jill #
    March 9, 2012

    On the days I don’t feel like climbing out of bed, I just don’t get dressed and pretend it never happened. And here’s for making a shirt that says “Carmen the Awesome” . . . but you’d need one for every day of the week 🙂

  8. Laura #
    March 10, 2012

    Carmen the Awesome!! I adore you.

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