Well, I was worried that going away with my girlfriends, to the south of France, would be a hard adjustment for my family (so much so that I posted about it).
I was wrong.
Not only did I thrive being without my kids, but my kids did well without mama bear around too.
I think it was a good lesson and and a much needed break for the whole family. Rick got to experience full-time parenting as the sole person in charge of the boys. I got to remember what life was like before becoming a wife and mother. I reconnected with my silly side; I listened to my favourite songs; I engaged in spontaneous, random dance parties; I walked out the front door to the villa without having to worry about applying sunscreen to two toddlers/getting their hats, waters, snacks etc.
I went to bed at 3:00 am and woke up at 10:00 am. I haven’t done that in AGES! Although, the time change was partly responsible for that sleep schedule. But, regardless, at nighttime, seeing the hours tickaway didn’t stress me out. I knew I didn’t have to wake up and be responsible for the lives of two toddlers.
It’s amazing what a little freedom can do to the mind, body and soul. I rediscovered belly laughs. I ate my favourite foods and snacks without looking at the clock to determine if it was ok to have chocolate…and so on.
I also met new friends and learned how to reconnect with other women on a deep level. We bared our souls. We had deep conversations about love and life. I know I’ll be friend with all of these women forever. It’s as though my family tree expanded a few more branches.
If you ever get the opportunity to leave your kids behind and rediscover YOU, or if you’re feeling lost/sad/unmotivated, try a trip. It could even be a one night stay in a nearby city. Travel is such a great way to grow and develop.