There is a misconception that once a woman becomes a mom, her life stops. Women talk in terms of their “pre-baby life” as if it is an entity that is dead, gone, and never coming back.
Sure, life changes once a baby comes into the picture. It changes a lot. It changes almost everything around you. It even changes you. Even so, you’re still the same you even after you become a mom.
Change can be scary, but it is also necessary as we go through seasons in our lives. Becoming a mother and being accountable for the health, wealth, and well-being of another human being can feel like an enormous responsibility.
It should feel enormous. It should cause seismic change in your life. It should make you re-think your priorities and overall life plan. But it doesn’t have to change the core of who you are.
With that in mind, I thought I would dig deep personally and create a list of things I still love to do, even though I’m a mom of four young children. These are things I loved in my footloose and fancy-free days when I had money, time and the inclination to have some fun.
Now that all three of those things are typically in short supply, I have had to make some shifts in how I do things, but I still do them. It’s different now, but I’m still me!
6 Things I Still Love To Do Even Though I’m a Mom
Before having kids, I loved curling up with a good book on a rainy or cold Saturday afternoon and getting lost in the pages. I still love to do that.
Now though, I spend 15 minutes reading in the car when I get to carpool early. Or maybe I sneak in an hour at Starbucks between sports practices. I may not have the time to linger all day, but I still read. And I still love it!
2) Play tennis
I have always loved playing tennis. I think it’s the cute outfits, mixed with my crazy competitiveness. Over the years I have continued to play here and there.
After having kids, I made a concerted effort to join a team (at a gym with child care) and focus on the sport. I took something I loved to do, but was nonchalant about, and turned it into a sport I compete in year-round.