8 Things I Refuse to Give Up Just Because I’m a Mom

Motherhood comes with sacrifice, there is no doubt about it. But while I once thought motherhood meant my life would be lost forever, a version of it I would never quite fully recognize again, these days, I am refusing to believe that motherhood means being miserable. 

Now that I'm a little older and wiser, I am reclaiming my life. And it starts with admitting the things that I have refused to give up just because I'm a mom. 

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  1. Singing in the car. Let my kids be embarrassed, I have no shame. It's me and Britney forever, folks. 
  2. Sleep. Sure it may not come on the regular anymore and sure, I may have to catch up on it at the strangest moments (In the school pick-up line? Why not?), but I am proud to say that I refuse to glorify sleep deprivation. I am a far better person when I can get sleep and some nights, that means letting my hubs completely deal with the screaming demons. I am 100% OK with that. 
  3. Me time. About once a month, I indulge in some me time. We are lucky enough to have massage care covered by our insurance (I know, I know, but I promise my teacher husband's salary is nothing to be too jealous of) and I take full advantage of it. It's one thing in my life I refuse to feel guilty about. 
  4. My passions. I love writing, I love reading, and I love exploring new things. I may not do them as often as I would like, but they are still a part of me and it's important to honor those things that make me me
  5. Exercise. Nope, not having it. Everyone has the things in their lives that make them feel alive and mine happens to be some sort of physical activity, mostly because I am so lazy in other aspects of my life. I know someday I will be old or sick and can't move like I do now, so until then I appreciate all the running and weight-lifting I can. My kids know this and usually join in with me, so win-win!
  6. Getting in the water. I don't care what happens to my hair, I'm joining in on the fun with my kids, dang it all. 
  7. The last bite of dessert. Listen, I gave birth to you, so you can share with me, OK?
  8. Traveling. I try to take as many small trips as I can with my kids and while they don't always go as planned (my daughter getting pneumonia on the last one comes to mind), I still think they are important. Having a family means exploring together and that's something I hope I never give up. 

    { MORE: How Do You Measure a Mother? }

What do you refuse to give up now that you're a mom?

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Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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