Life's Little Adventures
Hey there freckles and fudge clan :)
My name is Kerry and I'm a 27 year old stay at home, work at home (part-time) mom to a 16 month old boy named Niall.
Sometimes I let it get to me- the old “embrace your youth” shpeal. Did I do everything I wanted to do before I had a kid at 25? People often ask me “What about traveling, going out, and having time to yourself?” And I get it. Those are valid fears.
But if there’s anything I’ve learned in this crazy whirlwind as a first time mom, it’s that life’s little adventures are never far out of reach. Things that are hidden no more than a 10 minute walk or drive from your front step. I just never thought to really explore them before now.
A trip downtown that almost feels just like Europe
An evening watching the sunset with friends
A trendy frozen yogurt shop
I used to spend a lot of time staring at exotic island pictures taped to my cubicle wall and I suddenly realized, after having a baby, that there is so much to enjoy right in front of me. If I spent too much time wishing I was somewhere else, I would miss out on the all the fun that my own cute little town had to offer.
You’re probably thinking “this poor girl is trying to reassure herself that a trip to the park is just as cool as a night out on the town.” Well, honestly, I needed to get out of the whole “going out” scene. I don’t like sleeping the day away, rocking a big beer gut, or trying to shout across my friends in a crowded bar. I did all of that for four years in college, and now it’s time for something different.
Yes, travel and time to myself can be a challenge; there’s no denying that. I love going to far off countries and experiencing different cultures. And it would definitely be nice to jump at a spur of the moment dinner with the girls whenever I wanted. But when it’s all said and done, we still go on vacation every summer, I still venture out for lunch dates with my friends (Niall in tow), and I still take some much needed “me time” before Niall wakes up each morning.
Don’t get me wrong, I have my fair share of days where I’m shouting expletives into the atmosphere, kicking trains across the room in fits of rage, and hopelessly wondering how I’m supposed to handle a public temper tantrum without having one of my own. But I also know that you don’t have to hop on a plane to Bali to find yourself.
I can honestly say that I like this person I’ve become; I’m comfortable with this person; I know this person. In the last year and a half, I’ve learned that I am truly a kid at heart and I’ve found great happiness in life’s simplest pleasures:
A morning jog on the boardwalk
Trying my hand at things I’ve never attempted before
Snapping that perfect picture
The quiet of a snowy winter morning
…And knowing that life’s next little adventure is just around the bend :)
Enjoy your week!
Niall loves your votes!