New Life Directions

April 22, 2013 at 9:16 AM | Posted in Jamie Romaezi Photography | Leave a comment
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If you are a Facebook friend reading this, you already know some of my update. In short, I recently resigned from my 6 year career to start my own photography business. You can find my work at http://www.jamieromaezi.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jamieromaeziphotography

I get a lot of questions as to why. That answer is LONG.

I found myself to the point of dreading work every single day. I started looking for open project manager positions and that’s when it clicked. Yes, I’m good at woking with people, keeping them on task and getting projects delivered on time as requested. That wasn’t enough for me though. I simply missed being creative for a living. I need and thrive on having a daily creative outlet. When I went from the television side to advertising, I knew I was risking not fulfilling that need. I just didn’t realize I would be spending all of my free time outside of work dedicated to my need to create.

I can’t possibly cover all reasons for our change on here but i willcover the big ones. I mostly missed my son every single day. I needed him more than an hour in the morning and 2 at night. He also needed me! We spent SO many hours that first year as a preemie in and out if doctors and specialists. I had a tough time balancing. Of course I did exactly what my child needed but I felt so guilty for taking time away from work. Guilt stinks. As a working mom, it stinks worse. You feel guilty if you send your kid to daycare with a runny nose. You feel guilty if your husband stays home instead of you but also, you feel guilty when you stay home because of your obligations to work. I was spinning and felt like I couldn’t win the battle with myself. Every. Single. Day. As he got older and needed fewer specialists that helped a little as I thought it would. It didn’t help completely. I also wanted more quality time with my husband. We do get time after Kam goes to bed but the family time together was always a struggle.

I didn’t want to be at work anymore. I realized that, but I also need TO WORK. I have a mind that just never rests. I know being a stay at home mom is a ton of work. I know myself though and I need something of my own to give me purpose. Daily goals with tangible, measurable, visible outcomes. (Here is yet another way I’m a project manager, huh?) I also want to continue contributing to our household income–need to as well.

I knew I needed to make a change and it was certainly a LONG decision process that took nearly 2 years to make. I mentioned to my husband that in college I told myself that once I was married and could use my spouse’s health insurance benefits I would freelance. Getting out of the TV biz sorta blocked that path for me right now though. I had continued on with photography in the absence of video production and editing.

That is where the photography business discussion started. We talked about it. A LOT. Ultimately we decided to just take a big LEAP! It was tough. I adored supervisor and have known my colleagues and work friends for 6 years. I had worked in 3 different departments at our company and know people who work not only at headquarters but around the country. I met some of my most loyal and best friends at work and work with some very admirable folks with lots of talent. It was hard to leave, Honestly, without a super shove from my sweet, caring encouraging husband who believes in my skill more than I do myself…I would still be doing the daily grind right now. So far, my only regret is not doing this sooner!

I have some work to do to build my client base but I know that will come. I’m thrilled to be home with Kamran every day. I take photos mostly on weekends and some weekdays. I edit at night or nap time when Kam is sleeping and the balance is perfect so far. I can also manage to clean our home and go grocery shopping during the week (heaven). In also still making my hats even though it slows down outside of winter. There are some tough parts like the fact that I’m very critical of myself and my work and feeling the constant need to justify my skill. I’m happy though Kam seems happy. We noticed instantly that he started talking more the week I started staying home. Kayvan is also happy. Especially so since he doesn’t have to go grocery shopping in weekends and gets to sleep in a tad later during the work week.

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Day 41: About Those Nurses Again…

February 2, 2011 at 6:20 PM | Posted in Baby Romaezi | 4 Comments
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Yesterday as I was eating my way out of this hospital room I got a knock on my door.  I was totally noshing on tortillas and cheese after nothing healthy would fix my insatiable hunger.  The person who opened the door looked so baffled, was also pregnant and looked just plain lost.  So with a smile I asked her if she was looking for my room number.  She said yes, looked around my room and realized once she saw the Christmas tree we still have up that she had the right person.  As soon as she opened her mouth and started talking I realized that the woman at my door was a nurse of mine from Labor and Delivery!  I was so surprised to see her and was even more surprised that she remembered me between all of her patients.  I felt bad that I didn’t recognize her but keep in mind I had horrible double/blurred vision the entire time I was in L&D and was totally out of it.  Continue Reading Day 41: About Those Nurses Again……

Day 35: Snow Gridlock? Huh?!

January 27, 2011 at 9:19 PM | Posted in Baby Romaezi, Crochet | Leave a comment
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I have gotten pretty good at finding little things to be thankful for while being in here.  One of those things occurred last night.  This so called snow gridlock that the DC area experienced.  Tons and tons of people had 6+ hour commutes home for a drive that would take 20 – 45 minutes.  My friend Heather works in the same building I do and lives 5 minutes from my house.  She left work at 7:15 and it took her 3.5 hours to get home.  I couldn’t imagine doing that snowy commute pregnant after a full day of work. I imagine I would be on the phone with Kayvan in tears after the first two hours.  Facebook told me that tons of co-workers tried to get out only to return to the office again and “work,” some over a glass of wine or two they found stashed at the office.  Others crashed at the homes of co-workers who lived nearby or found a hotel.  One poor soul left the office at 2:30ish, came to visit me around 3 and got kicked out by me when it started snowing.  She left here I’m guessing around 3:45 and didn’t get home until 11:30 Continue Reading Day 35: Snow Gridlock? Huh?!…

Day 30: How Could I Forget?

January 22, 2011 at 4:54 PM | Posted in Baby Romaezi | 2 Comments
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…well technically I can think of one reason…

With all of this insanity going on the past month, it took a bit for my birthday present from Kayvan to get ordered and come in…and for Kayvan to go into the office and bring it home with him.  After all of that waiting I forgot to share what he got me!  So what did my dearest husband get for me?!  The 50 mm camera lens I’ve wanted for like a year!  Yippeee!  He also got a new camera bag for me since the one I got with the camera was tearing at the strap…and he got me 16 GB of extra memory.  I LOVE it.  All of it.  I spent the night before last playing with all of the new stuff, re-organizing my new camera bag, playing with the new lens and flash I got for Christmas and even teaching Kayvan about bounce flash.  That way, when he takes pictures of my pasty face he knows not to point the flash right at me and make me look even more Pasty McPasteface than I am. He is still shooting on auto but I’m convinced I’ll have him shooting in manual one Continue Reading Day 30: How Could I Forget?…

Day 4: Officially off of the Magnesium

December 26, 2010 at 3:59 PM | Posted in Baby Romaezi | 2 Comments
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Morning folks! It seems today is a big one. The doctors took me off of the magnesium at about 7:00 a.m. Right now we are watching baby to make sure he keeps it up with the good heart rate. If all goes well for the next couple of hours I might even get some solid food soon. Wonder what they will feed me. Care to place any bets? Stick them in the comments section for me. 🙂

It really is the strangest thing. I haven’t had a single thing to eat since 8 p.m. on the 22nd and am completely not hungry. I guess this IV is doing it’s job. Yesterday I wasn’t hungry but just wanted to TASTE something. That’s where the Popsicles come in. Doc just said I can have one but really, I don’t even want that right now.

Now that I’m off of the magnesium I am feeling better. More awake, less lethargic and most certainly no where near as awful as I felt

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