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Tamifornia: Chicago > Bloomington

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Tamifornia: Chicago > Bloomington

Tami Inoue

If I could, I'd have breakfast, brunch, lunch, lupper, supper, and late night popcorn with each of you!! We'd sit and have a great update-hash-out session.  It'd be awesome.  I have this amazing combination of kettle corn and chili cheese fritos that would blow. your. mind.  You doubt it...I can hear your thoughts ;)...but trust me...it'd be blown.

But I've quickly realized that in soaking up time with my family and meeting the few friends I can, the 24 hours in a day just doesn't leave a whole lot of room left.  So, I thought I'd journal it here...;)

The other day, a friend asked, "So, California hu? Is that still happening? Any second guessing?"  Strangely, I didn't feel a moment of hesitation in saying, "No, no second guessing...not even for a second. I'm all in."  

I've had some questions or nerves come up, but never second guessing.  I've felt quite peace-filled about the whole move and am confident that this is a good decision.  Even though the situation happened quite quickly, the decision wasn't made carelessly.  

Something that Jasmine is very good at is that she's very intentional.  She's clear as to what her expectations and goals are...and I've learned that there is so much security in that.  I'm just really excited and ready for the move.

In the meantime, I packed up my apartment and moved it all into a storage space except for a suitcase and my cameras.  I wasn't sure how I'd feel leaving...I held it together when telling my roommate goodbye, but I'll admit, I cried as soon as I got in my car.  

I'm spending a month back at home as I have weddings to shoot in Dear Chicago...yes, Chicago will henceforth be referred to as Dear Chicago. ;) It's weird...I've been back to Chicago several times and yet, I miss it.  I don't like feeling like I'm a visitor in my own city...

I've been spending time shooting weddings, working for my brother-in-law, traveling to visit family and friends, and completely indulging in time spent with my little nieces and nephews.  We've got some pretty fun dates planned...I'm pretty sure I'm more into this than any of them are.   I was named Spy #3 so that was awesome.  My little nephew also declared that he doesn't want to marry me...and weirdly, that was NOT awesome. :(  

The other day, there were strawberries that had gone missing and when questioned by their mother (my sister), I heard my nephew say, "It was Tam! Tam moved them."  And that's when I knew he sees me as a little sister, not his aunt.  I'm officially in the line of blame cast for crimes committed.  ;)

I miss my roommate Erin, my Chicago last minute brunches with Lauren, hanging out with Kasey in the suburbs, walks to the coffee shop, and En Hakkore tacos. ;)  But I'm also loving being home and looking forward to a California adventure.  

I'm on an adventure, and I'll keep you posted. xoxo

TP

P.S. If you're interested, you can follow my #tamifornia adventure on Instagram! ;)