Funny how you ladies say your 30s seems so much easier in that sense. I always had a strong sense of self growing up and through my teen years. That has wavered a bit throughout my 20s, but I feel like I still know how to come back to myself. Katie, I hear you when you say you've always had this "mama"-ness inside of you. That's always been me. I don't struggle so much with "who am I without my kids" because this phase of life just feels very natural to me. Like this is the meat of my life, this is where the substance is, what I've been waiting for. It's not easy, but it is what I chose and where I want to be. My mom has always told me that her favorite age was her 30s, that was when she came into herself, really knew who she was and was able to stand by who and what she is. I can see as my 20s wind down that I'm coming into that too. I look forward to the next 2 decades honestly. I tell my husband all the time I can't wait until our 40s. The kids will be older, we'll have time for ourselves again and focus on our lives, retirement, etc. I love where I am, but I do still look forward to what's to come.
Leaving tomorrow for a work conference. No one else from my school is going, but I did convince a close friend of mine who also works in my field to come with me. We're making a girls weekend out of it and I'm so excited!! Excited for the break, excited for the learning opportunities and excited to have some me time!