Nonetheless, this post is about my other jobs. Yes J-O-B-S!! If you've read my bio, you know that I juggle more than one occupation. The main one being Senior Contract Manager for a real estate law firm here in Atlanta. I’ve been with the firm for 12 years now and I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly. I’ve risen from entry level to middle management, met some life-long friends, and gained an immense amount of knowledge of the industry. While I love my job and work hard to do it well, I have no thirst for the world of real estate. So, in the quest for self-fulfillment, I started my own business.
Joonie and Jake’s Children’s Events, was created out of my love of hosting elaborate parties for my son. After the kid’s Harry Potter themed 8th birthday party, I soon had friends asking for assistance in creating the same for their kids. So I started a business based on event planning for elaborate children’s parties. I honestly enjoyed doing it, but it wasn’t lucrative and I was spending a ton on supplies for décor. It was getting to be becoming more of an expensive hobby than an actual business. It wasn’t until I’d purchased an airbrush tattoo machine that someone asked if I did face painting.
Intrigued by the question, I began searching online and saw that face painting as I knew it had evolved into an extravagant art form. I’d watched countless hours of YouTube videos before I finally purchased my first kit, a Wolfe Brothers Beginner Kit! It took a class with the incomparable Heather Green from Silly Farm and with encouragement and guidance from my good friend Leatha, I embarked on my face painting journey!
Within the past year, I have learned a lot but I still have a lot to learn. I’m still somewhat insecure in my work as an artist and I practice daily so that I may grow in various mediums. I love face painting more than I could have evern imagined. What I love most is seeing the kids take the first look at their painted faces in the mirror. Priceless! Most recently, I’ve added henna to my art arsenal and have fallen in love with the medium. Henna is so much more than paste to skin in delicate designs. It’s culture, tradition, lineage, ethnicity, art, and love. I’m obsessed. I’m also timid as a new henna artist. I’ve studied the most amazingly talented henna artist and hope for at least a smidge of their talent.
Blogging is my way of journaling all of my aspirations, hence the birth of Mother Hustler! Because I’ve got so many irons in the fire, the term Mother Hustler puts my life into perspective. Through the blog, I hope to take you on a journey of my triumphs and the curveballs that life so abruptly throws in record time. I’m a mom who grinds daily to make a better life for my child. I feel fulfilled. All Mother Hustlers do. In the words of Jay Z, “it feels so good, don’t you agree?”