February 24, 2010

Bloggers BLOCK

Dear Friends...
I have tried more times than I'd like to admit to get out of this little funk I've been in. BLEH. So here it is the quick and dirty of the last month or so.
My husband was laid off a few months ago.  That started a little tail spin for our family.  He's been a wonderful provider and as much as my business has grown and developed, I have never had to support our family.  I had this amazing freedom to build a business with out any stress of a financial bottom line.  It was easy to say no to jobs and arrange my schedule around my children.   Suddenly my work and income mattered and woooshhhh my world was flipped upside down.
Compounded with issues stemming from my run in with the Great Seattle Bandit.....blogging has become soooo difficult for me.  I was getting by with posting my work and not too much personal stuff, but I missed feeling connected to my wonderful blog followers.
So...here's to a NEW BEGINNING.  I am riddled with questions about where my life is going.  I have no answers.   If I've given you any advice...you better get a second opinion.
I leave to Paris in the morning for a wonderful shoot at Versailles.  My husband is leaving to help an American company start-up in Cebu on Monday.  I have no idea what lies in the future, but I know it will be great.  It will.  I. KNOW. IT.  I just have to figure out how to get through the next 7 days.
So.... as I ramble on for for the next few weeks........you can hang around for some great pictures.

Here is my attempt to get back on the wagon!  This little lovely is BABY OMI.  She is PERFECT!  What can I say!!?

So anyway...if you stayed with me this long and read all of my run-on sentences, bad grammar and misspelled words...the you deserve a GIFT!

COMMENT and ENTER my GIVEAWAY..
and You may win a TRE CHIC
Gift
 D'PARIS 
name and email 
S'il vous plaƮt
(I will pick a random winner when I get home)
xoxo

OMI

58 comments:

Kristy and Trey said...

Ahhhh...Paris! The City of Love! how exciting...Have a wonderful time!

Margaret said...

Your BLOG is one of my favorite things to check everyday. I am in Germany where my husband is stationed in the Airforce and I am entering me in for your WIN! He most likely will deploy for the 3rd time to Iraq very soon and so I am beating the punch and moving back to the States in a few weeks to be near my Family in Arizona for support. If I win then I will go to Utah to make it happen!! Otherwise, I would stick around here and meet you in Paris! good luck with your shoot over there and your altering life decisions. Your photos will take you far!

Hi! My name is Janet. said...

what? a giveaway as well as the beautiful gift of pictures of that baby? yippee!
Janet McKnight (janetmcknight at gmail dot com)

Michelle said...

Oh Paris is my favorite city in the world! I am excited for you, wish I could come along!! :)

Mapuana Reed Mataele said...

Omz have a great great time in Paris. Please don't leave us blog readers alone for this long again. We miss you!!!
Love you love you,
Maps

Myrn Photography said...

You're going to do an awesome job.. WE ALL KNOW IT! lol.. Have a fab time in Paris!! Can't wait to see your images!

Corey said...

Naomi, take a deep breath. Say a little prayer. The lord knows what he is doing. Have faith that all will be well and you WILL pull through! Good luck in Paris, I am so jealous! I'm excited to see what sort of amazing shots you take over there. It is a tough time for everyone, God bless you for hanging on.

The Sweet Escape said...

Have SO much fun in Paris. The Lord will bless you, because you are you. And your family is wonderful and amazing. I could go on and on how much I love you guys. Eat some yummy pastries for me! :)

Janet said...

It WILL be GREAT! I too, am a big fan of your blog and it is on my morning checklist when I come into the office everyday. Hang in there, all will be well. I'd love to enter into the drawing.

Janet - janet@jayebphotogrpahy.com

Kassie Afo Feinga said...

Welcome back, we've missed you! xoxox

Kassie Feinga email rkfeinga at yahoo dot com :)

Inouyes said...

Missed ya welcome back!
We love following your daily, monthly or yearly adventures..lol!
We know you guys will be successful at whatever business ventures you have planned :) Have fun in Paris soooo LUCKY ;-)!

lishainouye@yahoo.com

Bud & Kim said...

I love reading your blog Omi...you are so passionate about what you do and you are incredibly talented. Have fun in Paris and bring me back something fun. ;-) dkpackard@gmail.com

Andrea said...

Wow you are one busy mommy! I admire both you and your husband for working so hard for your family. Your kids are so cute and it is great seeing all the pictures that you have. You have such a talent! If you ever need anything please feel free to ask. Have fun in Paris!
Andrea
andrea.carbine@gmail.com

HUGS!!

Kristy said...

Have fun in Paris! We will get that pedicure or something fun when you get back. Life does take unexpected turns but of course you will make the most of it!

Alicia said...

Yes, you will get through it, and IT WILL BE AMAZING! You can do hard things! :D

Through me in the drawing, please!

AND HAVE FUN IN PARIS!!!!!

MaryElla said...

You and I are in the same boat right now! (except I'm not going to Paris) I know things will work out- they always do, and I trust the Lord that they will work out for the best, but it is very unnerving not knowing exactly HOW they will work out! I haven't told my family or ward or anything because I don't want to have to say "I don't know" too many times! I know it would make me start to get nervous, and I know there is no need for that! :) Good luck and have a great trip! And don't stress about your blog readers- we'll be here when you get back into the swing of things. ;) You are amazing!

MaryElla said...

(beautiful namesake!)

{RL}Photography said...

Omi!! You are amazing :) Have an AMAAAAAAAZING time in Paris, can not wait to hear all about it! So sorry to hear about your husband, it's scary to think about...but could happen to anyone :) Your in my prayers girl!

Love,
Rina

Amy Jason said...

Hey Omi,

Have fun in Paris! JEALOUS. It was nice to meet your husband the other day. I wish the best for your family. You are an amazing photographer! Best of luck in 2010!

alma and nicole smith said...

good luck with all the scary changes! can't wait to see the pics in PARIS! (sigh)

IzzieGuire said...

Sorry to hear about your hubby's job & all the demands now. But w/ greater challenges come greater blessings. AND you excel @ what you do. Hope everyone quickly adjusts...especially the ninos.

Lena said...

I love your work and I completely understand about the job thing. Best of luck and I'm glad to be following your blog.

Alohas,
Lena
slctuia@gmail.com

Nichols Family said...

Love you, Omi and will pray for Nick to find a great job soon! Unless, maybe he likes having a suga'momma! ;) Have a wonderful time in Paris...although, it's Paris, so how could you not?
xoxo.
Toe
toebishop(at)gmail(dot)com

lfauolo said...

Omi.. my goodness- i'm glad i got to steal you for my pictures. When you do have a chance i still have your passes =) Love to you and Nicki and the babies. Have fun in Paris!!!
letafauolo@gmail.com

****SUE**** said...

OMI!!! I'm so sorry to hear about Nicks job...but if I know Nick ...he'll find something even better :) You both are survivors and the Lord will definitely provide. Have a wonderful time in Paris!! Please call me if you need anything. Love ya!

ANNA BANANA said...

Sorry you're having such a hard time! U will be blessed, I love your optimism!!
pwincessdianna@yahoo.com

Marg said...

Here is to new beginnings! - Things will work out! Love your work and enjoy Paris!

slm said...

hope all goes well in paris! best wishes for a great come back!

sarana_mao@hotmail.com

Puanani Tuiolosega Tagoa'i said...

Omi, it's great to see a post from you after so long!! Hang in there - everything will turn out GREAT! Love you lots - have a FABULOUS time in Paris!!! ♥

-Written Reflections and Photos- said...

Knock 'em dead Omi. It's been amazing to see your work transform over the years. You're an inspiration. Bon voyage!
Love ya,
Mena (broederlow@yahoo.com)

Ane said...

Sorry to hear about the job situation, I know how that is personally. You are an amazing photographer and I can't wait to see your newest photos from Paris! How fun! All the best in 2010!

Jenilyn said...

Versailles? How did you score that gig? That's amazzzzzing! Have fun in France....kiss a random (said in a french accent) stranger...err....not.

Meghan and Adam Harrison said...

Omi- I have been a silent secret stalker of yours for awhile...I guess its my cue to speak up now! You're beautiful and so are your pictures. I am jealous for the trip to Paris, but can't wait to see any photos you share with us.

Meghan Seely (meghanseely@gmail.com)

The Koller Family said...

You have friends that love and adore you, so stop fretting so much. Let me know if I can help with Haven or what you need.

Jen

sanaejames photography said...

Hey Omi...have a great time in Paris. Things will turn around for you guys. I KNOW IT, TOO. If there is anyone that has been in your place, it's me. Same thing happened to Rob a year ago and things just happen to always work out. The Lord will bless you as you continue to do your best. We still never got together for Japanese night...so when you're not so busy with all your crazy shooting schedule, holla!

kk Leilani said...
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kk Leilani said...

I mean... kk_love23@yahoo.com
lots of love

R-foo said...

I love your work!! :)
have a wonderful time in paris! oooh la la!
meninadeegan@yahoo.com

Ashley said...

I am so excited to see you blog again! I love to follow your blogs. I am truly excited to see the work you do in Paris!!!

Ashley (noahandashley at yahoo dot com)

Ayumi said...

Omi, so sorry to hear about your husbands job...how stressful! Hope you have a great trip and that 2010 takes a turn to the better!

Niki O2afi said...

Omi have a great time in Paris! Know that I'm always here for you!! Love u :)

The Lautaimis said...

Omi I know that there's always a reason for everything. You guys are an inspiration to us. Esi always tells me about your beautiful pictures and how he so loves Nicki. Have a great time in Paris you are going to love it:)

AngiDe- Nana's Box said...

Awe, Paris. So jealous.

XO

Funaki-naki-naki said...
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Funaki-naki-naki said...

So sorry to hear about Nick's job!! I hope things go well in Cebu. I love looking at your photos, but have done so silently until now. ;)Hope your shoot is awesome (how can it not be?? You're in PARIS!) and that you and Teena have a BLAST!!! Can't wait to see what amazing shots you bring us this time.

Lani (laninaki@gmail.com)

Carolyn said...

Love the pics!! Hope you have fun in Paris!! I know everything will turn out great for you!!

Carolyn
(carolynffhunt@hotmail.com)

Dasl*it Photography said...

Omi, you will get through this with a picture perfect smile on your face.. Have fun in Paris Im totally jealous, remember the Lord only gives us trials that he knows we can overcome, and in the end its only to get to a better US.. Love ya Omi..
Oh I forgot enter me please for the prize and PICK ME PICK ME.. lol..

Kayleen T. Photography said...

Sorry to hear what you're going through! Have fun in Paris! Can't wait to see the pictures! See you in Vegas!

malia said...

i'm sorry about the job. that is stressful but sometimes the Lord has other things in mind. :) faith brings peace. and your advice has always been great! you are an inspiration. hey, i just wanted to say that my sister actually lives in the phillipines...in cebu. what is your husband doing? my sis and her in-laws are involved in some computer stuff there.

SmnGrown said...

A poem of inspiration, to help you through these trying times....:)

"When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit."
~ Unknown

May the Lord keep you & your family safe!
flexn@hotmail.com

violetsky photo said...

Love you sis! Have a great trip, you'll need to tell me stories over sushi.

Anne Elisabeth said...

Naomi,
You have inspired me so often! I follow you every time i get on my macbook and really hope to be photographing as much and good as you have been doing!

Have fun in Paris( I loved paris when I was there!)

anne.elisabeth.art@me.com

Kea said...

fingers crossed for you!

Tolai & Nimo said...

worth a shot! best wishes on your future endeavors. im positive it will all work out!

nimoleauanae [at] gmail [dot] com

Lisa Johnson said...

I am so sorry to hear that your life has been flipped upside down. That's always hard to deal with, but it sounds like you're handling it really well and w/ a flair of diva style! Here's my email:
lisa.marie.johnson@hotmail.com

AhquinFotoz said...

Hey Oms don't think for a second that your advice needs rethinking or a 2nd opinion...for reals!! You and Maka has taught me more than you'll ever know...and thats on the reals! When ever I see trials in my view, I have to zoom out a little and gain that over all perspective again. As they say in Hawaii..."small kine". It'll pass. Hey much luv-Alvin

H@ll! said...

Ah man, where have I been? Is it too late? Add if to the drawing if you can. =)

Tina said...

hope you had a wonderful time, you deserve it!