Sometimes You Just Have to Get Away from It All

me timeMy husband travels off and on for six months a year. When he gets home from his work trips, I’m normally pretty spent. I work full time and have 3- and 10-year-old boys. By the time we get home from soccer, have dinner, get cleaned up, make lunches for the following day and wind down for bed, it’s after 9 p.m. Add that my 3-year-old sleeps with me, so “me time” is limited at this point in our lives.

Earlier this year, I had an epiphany and figured out a way to get more “me time.” What if I got away for a night or two to relax and refresh? My husband was fully supportive, and now, it’s something I look forward to while he gets to spend some quality time alone with the boys since he misses quite a bit from being gone a lot.

While it’s too short to call it a vacation, and I’ve barely crossed the county line, it does wonders for my well-being. Parenting solo is hard. I envy others who have more normal schedules. I am fortunate to have an amazing support system of family, friends, and neighbors. But, when I’m by myself for a few weeks at a time, it’s easy to run myself ragged and get run down. Then it can take a toll on everyone.

I’m fortunate to have my father’s riverfront condo about an hour south of here. I pack a small bag, my laptop, and my sneakers and head out on my mini-break. I also use hotel points from time to time if I just want to be alone. I may schedule a massage, go for a long walk on the beach, or dine out by myself. Sometimes I do nothing at all and watch whatever the latest binge-worthy television show is. No screaming toddler, no dog to feed and walk, no practice, no meals to make, no baths… just a bed all to myself to catch up on much-needed rest.

By the end of my mini-break, I look forward to getting home to see the family and am in a much better place than when I left.

Boy mom. Household CEO. Corporate leader. Outdoor lover. Social seeker. Sun worshipper. Curious traveler. Champagne enthusiast. These words describe me, Kerry Schicker, and contributor for Jacksonville Mom. I first approached founders Vicky and Megan after a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I had a very unpleasant experience with my OB at the time and I needed to get it off my chest so I wrote an anonymous blog that resonated with some of our readers. I have since written dozens of blogs mostly about motherhood. I have a passion for writing. My 20-year career has grown through some form of writing including TV news reporting and producing, magazine publishing, public relations, advertising, marketing, blogging and my current day job doing HR and employee communications for a Fortune 300 FinTech company. I am thankful that Jacksonville has such a supportive community for moms like me, and I can't imagine raising my two boys anywhere else.


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