The Highs and Lows of Life

 In Photography

Yesterday was a very strange day. It began with a sad news that my mom shared with me – a very close relative, her godmother, passed away back home in Russia. It completely disabled me, I spent hours crying, unable to pull myself together and get back to work. And I might go visit my family in July, so I won’t be writing then.

My mom with her godmother, early 60s

My mom with her godmother, early 60s

Then I started receiving messages about how the latest Photoshop update broke our RA Panels. Then WordPress required an update on all of our websites, which had often caused issues as well… when it rains it pours. But I was already so down, that nothing else could really bother me. All of these day-to-day “problems” mean nothing when they are put into perspective.

Then the good news started rolling in, gradually lifting my spirits, but devoid of the excitement that they might have caused if they were received on a different day.

Even though I didn’t jump for joy, I am still happy to share that I am now officially a beauty retoucher for the wonderful cosmetics company Anastasia Beverly Hills.


Today is a new day, and while I am still trying to collect my thoughts and recover from yesterday, I realize that I have so much to be thankful for.

I appreciate my work very much, because it has the power to consume me and get me through the days that are not easy. I am blessed with my family that supports and guards me. I am blessed with my colleagues who are so talented and amazing, they make me want to rise up to their level, and with them I grow as an artist every day.

And I am blessed with you, my friend. Even if we never met, I thank you for being there for me and listening.


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  • Manuel Escamilla

    sorry to read about your lost, ill pray for your family.

    • Julia Kuzmenko McKim

      Thank you so much for your kind words!

  • Ayodimeji Olugbewesa

    Sorry about your loss Julia

    • Julia Kuzmenko McKim

      Thank you for your sympathy, Ayodimeji

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