For the last 7.5 years, I’ve been wearing many hats including that of being a mother. I enjoy many of the things that came with motherhood but if I’m honest, I miss the freedom of being a child-free woman. I miss the ability to just hop up and go do whatever it is that I want to do. Literally, a trip to the grocery store becomes a whole trip. There’s not letting me run in the store quickly and I’m back in the car in 5 mins. It now becomes a 15-20 minute ordeal. One of you mamas are reading this and will make a snide remark but another mom will read it and feel seen.Backstory- True to her nature, little Miss Maddi started to make plans for her summer. She wanted to visit my parents for the WHOLE summer and I was like ” oh no no that’s not going to happen”. Then the more I thought about it the more I began to dissect my initial response. If this is something she wants to do, my parents welcome it, and I desire some more freedom….. why would I decline it? All my reasons, although in good nature, weren’t necessarily what my daughter NEEDED. She told me what she needed- time with my parents, time with her cousins and I wasn’t going to deny her of that. Long story short, we negotiated, she’s going to get the best of both worlds— a month with grams & papa and a month with mommy & daddy. She’s so excited about this and to be honest, so am I. Since she will be cared for and safe, there’s no need me for to worry about her general well-being or ask myself this incessant concern “am I meeting her needs?”. Which brings me back to my original story- I get an opportunity to just look after myself for 33 days!!!!!! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m going to capitalize on it!
I’ve decided I’m taking this show on the road. A semi sabbatical if you will. The irony of this- the last time I wanted to take a sabbatical, I wanted to use it as a safety net in case entrepreneurship didn’t work out, I’d have my job still. Ha! Fast forward two years And I’m going because I want to explore the world and do some solo travel, things I couldn’t do while maintaining a traditional position.4 countries in 33 days! Celebrating my 33 years of life! I could probably do more but this is a lot of damn work and I want to rest while I’m away!
Let’s be clear, this is no easy feat. It has taken a lot of energy to organize the travel, research each country’s requirements to enter, to correct my fearful thoughts, and to pick out my cute outfits 🤪.my birthday travel wish list . Oh one more thing, how would you like updates from my travels, YouTube, or written blogs?Am I nervous, afraid, and concerned? Absolutely! I am also excited, happy, and courageous! As I step into year 33, I’m also stepping more into myself. I love it here and I don’t plan to leave here ever again. Wish me a safe trip and if you want to be a blessing to the birthday girl, you can send me a gift from
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