Calling families, friends and extended network in Waterloo Region:
I’m asking for you help to volunteer as my photo subjects so that I can build a photography portfolio. I’m looking to take individual portraits and family group shots using natural light and ideally, in an outdoor environment.
What I’m asking for:
1 hour of you and/or your family’s time around the golden hours of the day (sunrise and sunset) in Waterloo Region (exact date and time to be scheduled)
A signed photo release form giving me full rights to use and publish the photos I take of you and/or your family
What you’ll get:
Fun and memorable high resolution digital photographs of you and/or your family
Minimum 5 photos for individuals, 10 photos for couples, and 15 photos for families
If you or anyone in your network is interested, please give me a shout via e-mail and we shall schedule a session! I’ll take requests until I feel that I have enough samples to create a well-rounded portfolio. You can see samples of photos I’ve taken this year below:
One caveat: I’m not a professional photographer (at least not yet) and as such I cannot guarantee fabulous photos of babies, toddlers, multiple children, and young children who cannot reliably take direction from a stranger. But I promise to try my best!
To be honest, I’m quite intimidated by this new initiative because who knows where it’ll take me; but heck, 2014 has been a year of healing, discovery and good change. So balls to the walls!
The beginning of March brought on a slew of emotions and physical feelings that I didn’t know quite how to handle. I was exercising and eating well but I still felt exhausted and emotionally unstable. There was a lot of self-talk going on in my head with lots of conflicting thoughts.
Anyhow, to sum it up, I decided to put the professional stuff on hold and just focus on my emotional and physical health for the time being.
When I saw my social worker, she reminded me that I needed to give myself permission to feel what I feel and not fight with my feelings.
I went to see a naturopath for my overall health and she made some very insightful comments about my life — that I’ve had a long and stressful journey for the past two to three years and with the down-time, my body was saying, “I’m done.” Over the last few years after the traumatic entrance of Evan into this world, my adrenals were essentially out of commission and I was only getting through the days on caffeine and sugar. So it’s no wonder that I felt depleted and easily irritable when I cut out processed sugars and lattes. She also recommended that I check out Brene Brown and The Gifts of Imperfection to help with emotional well-being which then prompted me to enrol in Brene’s eCourse that just started on Wednesday. Here’s two “creative” assignments from this week:
As part of the journal we’re making, this is the self portrait I drew today in record time without worrying about boo-boos.
Poster that I’ve decided to hang in my bedroom which can been seen everyday to remind me that I am a creative person.
On the topic of food, I’m eating a diet that resembles the Paleo diet right now. It was inspired by the combination of Evan’s ketogenic diet, then the book Grain Brain and then just a bit of trial-and-error. I’m not following the Paleo diet strictly, but for the most part I’m diary free and grain free and it feels wonderful! Combined with the regular exercise I’m doing, I’m down to 140 lbs now and wearing size 6 to 8! Woot!
I bought the cookbook Nom Nom Paleo as way to explore my inner-chef. I think there has been aspects of life that I’ve suppressed due to how I thought I should live life and now that I have the luxury to take the time off, I’m slowing digging through deep thoughts and re-evaluating everything.
Thanks for reading my rambles and welcome to my new journey as I turn 30 in a few months.
So the past week, I’ve picked up the pencil and started sketching. I started out with the vase/face exercise and boy was it tricky! Then, I just started sketching what was in front of me at the moment. Below are some pictures:
Not very impressive but definitely not terrible for someone who hasn’t picked up a pencil to sketch since high school!
I think moving forward I will focus on trying to sketch quickly rather than accurately from the perspective of what I’m hoping to accomplish – get better at sketching user experiences.
On the topic of sketching, I’ve decided to join a local UX book club and our first meeting is this Thursday. I’ve downloaded the book See What I Mean by Kevin Cheng and I need to speed-read through it to be a productive member! It’s all about using comics as a form of communicating so I think it’ll align nicely and will no doubt morph how I continue to do my sketching exercises.
It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything on my blog but today calls for an update.
So not only is Evan a Baby Ninja, he’s now earned a new title of Baby Mutant Ninja! Haha. I joke, but one must see some humour in all this.
Last week we got a call from McMaster Children’s Hospital that Evan’s pediatric neurologist wanted to see us (sooner than later) and so we were scheduled for an appointment today. We weren’t quite sure what it was about but didn’t think too much into it.
Today we learned that Evan has what is called a Glucose Transporter Type 1 Deficiency Syndrome (Glut1 DS). To sum it up, it is a very rare genetic disorder where the SLC2A1 gene, located on chromosome 1, is mutated. This disorder impairs the brain from absorbing glucose (sugars) which then impairs the brain from growing and developing normally and is known to cause seizures in 90% of the cases. It helps to explain why Evan is so behind in his development and why his MRI, although fine structurally, showed evidence of delayed development and also why his seizure medications aren’t working.
At this point in time, there is no “cure” per say but there is a very effective treatment — the Ketogenic Diet.
We learned of this diet back in the early fall last year as an alternative “last resort” option for Evan’s seizures if his medications didn’t work. It was considered “last resort” because it’s a very intensive and rigid diet that requires a complete lifestyle change and it takes quite a bit of work/effort to make happen. In light of what we now know, the neurologist has essentially said to us that the Ketogenic Diet is no longer just an alternative. It is now the ONLY option.
And so, we now must embrace the reality of a complete lifestyle overhall to accomodate Evan’s new diet. We are also seriously considering changing our own diet in order to align ourselves better to what Evan must eat. I will share more about this diet as we embark on the adventure. We’re due back to McMaster for another learning session with the pediatric Ketogenic dietician next week. Fun fun!
You may ask, so what’s Evan’s prognosis given this disorder? I wish I could say everything will be fine but the reality is, there is so much variation in the clinical observations of children with this disorder that there’s no clear cut answer.
The Ketogenic Diet should eliminate his seizures and start helping his brain get the energy it needs to grow but we just won’t know how his development will progress — whether he catches up or just start a new a trajectory. Only time will tell…
If you’re at all interested in learning more about this disorder or the Ketogenic diet, feel free to check out the link above which points you to a light read.
Now to sum up the last five months which I have failed to document:
All dressed up for Xinlei’s Wedding in October
Three days before our move at the end of August, I sprained my ankel very badly playing the season ending ultimate game and was out of commission for over a month
Evan’s birthday party at the end of September never happened because I became grossly ill; we will have to make sure his 2nd birthday is super duper!
We visited San Jose, Evan’s home town, in October when we went down to California for Xinlei’s wedding; Evan’s a great flyer!
I went back to work in mid-November and switched roles to join the Engineering team as a UX Designer
We celebrated Christmas with the whole Fung family (Anne & Joe, Sheila & Clayton, Donna & Mike) in our new house
Joseph and I took a much needed vacation for just the two of us down in Cancun, Mexico at an all-inclusive resort; our oceanfront “honeymoon” suite was incredible!
It’s been a long time since we threw a party. We missed Evan’s pre-birthday celebration; we missed our annual post-Christmas dinner and gift exchange; we haven’t thrown a birthday party in a while. Thus, it is time for some fun at the Fung’s!