Moms need a break too…| Mama Series

I decided to take a mini break from sessions today and share my trip to New York City.  I have never been on a trip with friends before-ever.  So you can imagine how excited and terrified I was as I was getting ready to leave my hubby and kids for 4 days! Two of my dear, dear friends from a fitness group I’m in decided to go, and they invited me along.  I was unsure in the beginning, would I be able to leave everyone for that long, would I like going? I really couldn’t have had a better time and we made some great memories while there! 

We arrived well past midnight, so we headed straight to bed so we were ready for the busy morning.  Once we woke up, we high tailed it out of the hotel to catch the bus into the city.  We were living just like everyone else- no touristy overpriced hotels in Times Square for us.  It was a great experience for me, and I’m really glad I did it.  I got to visit the MOMA, see one of my absolute favorite pieces of art ever, “Starry Night”.  I literally stood there and cried because I had no words.  It was truly a moment as an artist that I will never ever forget.  Of course it wouldn’t be a NYC trip without Broadway, so a trip to see Chicago was necessary.  IT was AMAZING you guys.  I’m a musical junkie, so I was fan girl status the entire time. We visited Central Park, and had a mini photo shoot in Times Square at night.  So many memories that I am so blessed to have made.    

I want to make it known that I missed my hubby and kiddos so very much while I was gone.  I wanted to sleep in my own bed and have my coffee from my mug, you know what I mean.  But there was something so invigorating about being away in a new place, all on my own.  I didn’t have to worry about strollers or diaper bags for 4 whole days.  I missed it.  I never thought I’d say that, but I really did,  Every time I heard a baby I stopped and looked around. Every time I saw someone wearing a polo I thought of Brett. It just made me realize how beautiful my life is.  I was out capturing the most beautiful city ever, and I came home refreshed and relieved to hug my family.  They are just as, if not more, beautiful as the city that never sleeps.  Take a look at some of my favorite shots from the trip!

I just really believe that everyone should take a trip every now and then…moms included.  You really deserve that time to recharge and chill out.  You work your tail off every day and sometimes you forget about yourself.  Quit doing that.  You deserve more-the amount of love and care you give your family you should give yourself.  I am so guilty of ignoring that, and now that I know what it feels like to come back so much better, I can easily say it’s ok to want some me time! It’s 100% ok to want to take care of yourself every now and then…and you should do it.  Take the trip of a lifetime even if it’s only a state away like mine…

Make it great whatever it is…

-Sam

July 13, 2016

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