This week is one of those weeks. I know you know what I'm talking about: Deadlines and demands pummel you on all fronts, never allowing you to come up for air. My pal and Thursday-morning-running-partner Heidi, the mom of two who models our tees for us, summed it up perfectly yesterday during our photo shoot: "It's like drinking from a fire hose."
Heidi is a freelance graphic designer who works from home, juggling clients and, after school lets out, her two daughters. (That's Heidi is holding her preschool daughter, Nora, and her first-grader, Olivia, is in pink shirt. The gal in the headband is playdate pal.) Dinner prep was on the near horizon. Yet there I was, asking her to put it all that aside so I could photograph her in our two new long-sleeve tees. Oh, yeah, and could she smile pretty, please?
The smiles ended up not being too tough: We were both laughing as the girls swirled around Heidi's capri-clad legs and Nora whined to her mother from the nearby bathroom. "Nora, do you need me to wipe your bottom?" Heidi asked before flashing her pearly whites and pulling the "like a mother" shirt smooth. "Girls, stay in the other room; you can't keep running through the kitchen while Sarah is taking pictures." I resorted to searching my bag for anything to bribe the girls with. Score! Pink mints I'd gotten as freebies at a trade show about, oh, three years ago. (Hmmm, can mints go rancid?)
Finally the rain let up, and Heidi and I dashed outside for natural light--and some solitude. Suddenly a task that we'd struggled with for 20 minutes was accomplished in less than 5. It was a wrap!
To showcase our new tees (which we.are.in.love.with, especially the yummy bamboo-cotton-Spandex fabric of the like a mother one!), we are giving away a shirt to two winners this week. In order to enter the contest for your choice of tee, you simply need to answer this question in the comments below: What analogy springs to life when life's demands are overwhelming? Like Heidi saying it's like drinking from a fire hose, what does the rush of attention-grabbers feel like to you?