Mommy time

I am in a hotel in San Diego. Alone. I am not on a business trip - well, at least not one for my day job. I am not on a family vacation. It's not a romantic getaway with my husband or a weekend away with the girls. I'm here doing something just for me.

It's strange, actually. After a lifetime focused on my wants and needs, my life as a mom revolves around the care and feeding of my two tiny lunatics. Now, don't get me wrong. My post-baby life is infinitely more rewarding (and exhausting) than life before kids. But I can't help but feel like something was lost in the transition. That the part of me that found it natural to take a time out, to pursue my passions, to be selfish with my time began to fade away the moment I held my tiny first-born in my arms.

I do still manage to carve out some semblance of me-time in the midst of an otherwise hectic life. True, that time often comes between 1 and 3am, but it's better than nothing, right? But the thought of taking time away from my family, my day job, my responsibilities to invest in something just for me? Inconceivable! I actually came close to canceling this trip, or at
least cutting ot short. Even when I registered for the conference, I never really felt like I was going to go. How could I leave my family for almost 4 days? It's not even a real business trip! I couldn't possibly take all that time just for me.

Then it hit me. It is my responsibility to show my kids that their dreams are worth pursuing. That they deserve to invest time in themselves. That it is not selfish to pursue a dream.

So, I am here in San Diego at my first blogging conference. BlogHer 11 - the mother of all
blogger events! Tomorrow Is Pathfinder Day. I'm taking the "Your Blog as a Book Proposal" track. Writing a book about my crazy adventures as a working mom is my dream.

What's YOUR dream? I challenge you to make time today to think about what truly makes you happy and go for it. You deserve to dedicate time to something for you and only you. You deserve to make your dreams a reality.

As for me, I am excited, exhilarated and a little bit nervous. But most of all, I'm ready. And I can't wait to see what the future holds for The BadAssMama...

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