Before I became a mom almost five years ago, I used to travel a lot for my job at the time. I love exploring new places and learning about different parts of the country. When my best friend, who also happens to be the extra fab mom of Once Upon a Squat, invited me to join her at the annual BeachBody Summit in Nashville, I had no problem saying yes!
But then I had to put on the brakes and remember that I'm a mom and picking up and heading out of town for five days takes a little more preparation than it used to. With the nearest family being two hours away, I don't always have the luxury of asking my mom to babysit while hubby works. And since my other sitter is going to be traveling with me to Nashville, panic started to set in. Thank goodness for another friend, who is also the mom of my daughter's BFF, because she will be helping out so my dreams of a kid-free, husband-free, responsibility-free trip won't be shattered.
It took me a while to see just how important taking time for myself really is. I didn't have my first weekend away from my daughter until she was three years old. THREE. YEARS. To some, it may seem selfish to want to be away from our children. I used to think that way, too. But you know what? We both survived...and we enjoyed the time we had apart. N got some great daddy/daughter time and I spent the weekend away with some amazing women. I had the opportunity to recharge my batteries and upon my return to my sweet reality, I felt like a new me. I'm looking forward to have this time with my best friend and creating new memories, but more importantly, I'm excited that I'm giving myself this opportunity to just do me for a few days.