Ever feel like this?
We could replace travel with a variety of words. In our society we tend to limit what women can do after they become mothers. People often ask me how I get away to have client consultations or to work on my business. It’s very simple.
I do not buy into the idea that motherhood limits me.
I was very selective about the man I had kids with. We both wanted to raise our children. It’s not only my job. We both have the desire to have a career and travel and have time for ourselves, so we make it happen. We don’t see our kids as a hinderance to our dreams, instead they are the inspiration for everything we do.
I believe moms and dads can travel.
We are living it. We have been in Mexico since May 1st and what I will tell you is that it is possible. If you’ve always enjoyed travel and you’re thinking about starting a family and fear this part of your life will end, have no fear. Begin now to learn from those who are doing it. If you have kids and you’ve convinced yourself that you must suppress that part of you that loves being out in the world, stop. Eighteen years is too long to put your dreams on hold. Having kids doesn’t change our colors. We don’t have to pick one or the other, we can have both.
Parenthood has enough guilt.
What if we encouraged parents to make their happiness a priority? When I got pregnant with my first son I made a promise that I would be a happy mom. That was the greatest gift I could think of giving him. It turns out that travel is a huge piece to my happiness puzzle and a year ago when I realized that it was time to dust off my passport, I hatched a plan. When it came time to rearrange my business, I didn’t second guess it. When it came time to announce to friends and family that we were moving beyond the border, I did. Why? Because I made a promise to my kids and myself.
Let’s stop insisting that parenthood look the same for everyone and let’s start celebrating happy parents, wherever in the world they choose to call home.