Hi.

Welcome to the Mommy Break Project!  My name is Nicole and I am a working Mom living in the big city with my two beautiful children and husband.  My mission is to be intentional about putting "me" first for an entire year at least once a week so that I can achieve the perpetual state of "happy mommy" .   That's 52 Mommy Breaks!  I get excited just thinking about the possibilities!   I hope that my journey inspires you to do the same!  Enjoy! 

Week #21: Mommy Break #21 of 52:  "Do You Nicole, Do You!"

Week #21: Mommy Break #21 of 52: "Do You Nicole, Do You!"

As summer comes to a close, I must say that it has been VERY good to me from a mommy Break perspective.  This week was no exception as it delivered a triple header!  Three opportunities to decompress from being mommy and reconnect with old friends. 

In full disclosure, I actually felt a little guilty and reticent that I had three opportunities to get away.  When planning the week ahead, for about 10 minutes I wondered whether I should cancel on of them. Was it too much time away from home? Was I leaving my husband with too much to bear? Yes, i know. These were the thoughts floating through my head. I dared not share my inner voice with my husband who would surely validate the insecurity and validate the need to re-evaluate "trying to do too much".  Have no fear. I quickly snapped out of it and said to myself "Do you Nicole! Do You!"

Wednesday:  Although I didn't really fully execute my summer bucket list. There were a few things I really really wanted to make I sure I did. One of them being Jazzin at the Shedd. Great weather wine and live music will always be the makings of a great event. I decided to maximiz the moment and invite a dear friend who was moving out of state.  Great time!

Skyline views from the Shedd.  I love Chicago in the summer!

Skyline views from the Shedd.  I love Chicago in the summer!

Thursday: Another dear friend came in town to visit and coordinated a group dinner so she could maximize her time so that we could meet her super cute daughter. Although kids being apart of your mommy Break is a violation of the rules, there is an exception when they are not your own. 

SIDEBAR: Do you ever notice your heightened tolerance level for kids when they are not your own. Patience of job!

Friday and Saturday:  Wedding weekend!  One of my dear dear friends got married this weekend in Cleveland!  Not only was the wedding beautiful, but I got to spend time with close friends from college and my besties!  Several laughs and cocktails later and alas the weekend was over!

Wedding weekend in Cleveland!

Wedding weekend in Cleveland!

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Week #22:  Mommy Break #22 of 52: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles... But Not Quite a Mommy Break

Week #22: Mommy Break #22 of 52: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles... But Not Quite a Mommy Break

Week #20: Mommy Break #20 of 52:  Pushing the Limitssss

Week #20: Mommy Break #20 of 52: Pushing the Limitssss