What Happened When I Returned From My First Ever Girls’ Trip

I had the pleasure of going on my first ever girls’ trip this summer. My husband secretly plotted with my BFF and sent me to meet her in Tampa for our trip to the Don Cesar in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida.

It was so fun. And so relaxing. We have been friends for a long time, so there really wasn’t any pressure to do anything or act a certain way. We could just “be.” We did yoga on the beach and water aerobics in the pool. We hit up the spa with fun body treatments and enjoyed yummy food. We soaked up sun, collected seashells, and just got to relax. Our husbands were with our children, and there is such peace of mind that comes from that. It was totally what this Mama needed after an especially trying start to our summer and I returned home restored.

Or so I thought.

Ya’ll, it took them two days to break me. TWO DAYS to undo a weekend of rest.




I think we totally underestimate the stress we are under as mothers. I’m not talking about a need for perfection, but just the amount of thinking it takes to maintain a peaceful home, have healthy meals on the table, manage schedules, all while working out and making time for your relationship with your husband. Oh, AND if you work, don’t forget to add that in too.

It’s a lot y’all.

So next time you are feeling like a failure, or overwhelmed, or anxious, just remember that is just Mom Life. It’s HARD WORK. There’s all the great and wonderful stuff that goes along with motherhood, but I feel like we tend to minimize the HARDNESS of it. Give yourself a little grace, and remember you are not alone in this.

Sarah Keating
Sarah is a 30-something mom of four children under six and wife to her high-school sweetheart. She returned to Acadiana two years ago following her husband’s completion of medical school and residency in Shreveport. After the move, Sarah switched gears from full-time pediatric speech-language pathologist and working mom to full-time stay-at-home mom to her brood. Her current hobbies include “speech-therapizing” her children, re-reading the Outlander series, catching up on her Netflix queue after the kids go to bed, completing XHIT videos at naptime, and taking her medication every morning. She loves and respects the sacredness of motherhood, but sometimes you just have to let go and laugh it out. Motherhood has been the most humbling, and empowering journey she has experienced.


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