The one thing that has been really nice about this big life change is that it’s given me a chance to reflect – that first year of being a mom plus working and making the decision to jump ship left me feeling like I couldn’t think clearly. Now, I have lots of [semi] alone time on my hands! Moving to a big city has made me reminisce about our time in Boston, and leaving Dallas has made me think a lot about what I like and miss about it. A few things I’ve become more aware of:
- I’m a much better mom if I have a break – gym childcare, nap time, Matt stepping in, vacation, and babysitters are essential.
- Good weather/being able to spend time outside and better work-life balance for Matt are top priorities for our next chapter of life.
- Space is not as important as I thought, but having a yard and a car are.
- There are pros and cons to every situation, but I think I prefer working part-time to being at home all the time. I hate feeling like I’m not contributing to society. But, if we are lucky enough to have another child at some point, I cannot stand the thought of someone else telling me exactly how long I can be with my newborn (but, if you know of a part-time, flexible, education or non-profit gig, lmk!)
- Matt and I often discuss whether or not it’s worth it to spend money on travel when the experience is different with a little one – I know there are two camps of people on this one, but I’m still thinking travel enriches my life.
- My budget is really tight and I’m trying to be more minimalistic about clothes. My SAHM outfit has been jeans + sweater or ‘nice’ sweatshirt with boots or gym attire, so I haven’t needed much and feel great not spending money. We’ll see how it goes in the spring when I’m lusting over dresses and sandals.
- I’m more content to stay in for dinner than I used to be but I still want amazing food that’s better than anything I can cook.
- Little things are more satisfying than they used to be: a massage, a glass of wine, a good tv show, SLEEP, laughing, sun, Emerson, a nice view = the.best.things.