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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sharing the Love ... Spreading some "good" around.

In a world full of challenges ... I wanted to comment on being grateful and take a minute to share some links.

But first - - - a bit about my blogging spurts.
I know it's a good thing I'm not a professional blogger because I'm not exactly consistent on posting regularly. I love to write but typically my writing is dark often times helping me get through something or find a new solution. For a perfect example, check out this piece that I wrote in December 2007. My step mom calls it "depressing" but I think it's probably one of my best yet. Upon reading it, I'm sure you will wonder how in the world I contribute to a moms blog. I wonder that myself sometimes when I'm having trouble writing my next post. But somehow I manage - although I have to work on writing more than just one a month.

I am a firm believer in having many outlets for our creativity, our frustrations ... you name it. My outlets include blogging and most recently, a freelance artists group that I started with my friends, Will and Rachel. I love creating things whether it is a website or a well-thought out Lego castle. But as my business grows and my responsibilities grow, I find the need to create something that has nothing to do with money. So far, our venture is doing well - so in exchange, I'd like to share some links of friends, colleagues, clients, etc.

Will McCarty Freelance Graphic Artist and Friend
http://www.wmccarty.com/

Ben Asaykwee Fabulous Musician and Friend
http://www.benasaykwee.com/

Rachel Hanel Fashion Photographer and Confidant
http://www.rhanelphotography.com/

Steve Samler Musician Specializing in Digital Music for commercials and more (also a member of our group)
http://www.stevensamler.com/

Christopher Ciesielski Fellow Graphic Designer and new to Chicago (also a member of our group)
http://www.design-duo.com/

Emily DeWan A freelance portrait & wedding photographer and member of our group
http://www.emilydewan.com/

Juana Ryan awesome photographer and owner of Stella Lily Studio 1 (and friend)
http://www.stellalily.com/

Jennifer Khatchatrian self-employed mom and Friend
www.fandspace.com

Diana Adams Portrait Photographer in Fairfax, VA (and client)
http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/news/2008/apr/08/Pictures-pro-bono/
www.studiodiana.com

MJ Tam super-mom and blogger (and friend)
wantsugar.blogspot.com

Makeba Waller owner of Ultraview Imaging in Arlington, TX and also a client of mine
http://www.ultraviewimaging.com/


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Chicago Freelance Artists Group and Blog

Freelancers Union

Chicago Smart Green Families

Post Secret ( one of my favorite sites )