Traveling Mom

I just arrived to London. This will be my longest trip away from my 2 year old Robbie (5 nights / 6 days). At this stage, Robbie understands everything we say. I tell him ahead of time that I am going away on the airplane for a few days and that I always come back. That’s my motto, that I always come home. He understand the words, and asks “RaRa Plane?”. I reply, No, Sweetie, This time just Mommy is going away, but I always come home. He isn’t happy and it seems he is more attached to me the rest of the day after I broke the news. On the way to the airport, he asks again, “RaRa Plane?” and cries when I leave him behind. And when we speak today he seems upset that I'm not there. 

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Letting Go of Perfect

Letting Go of Perfect


Happy Monday.

This weekend I noticed something about myself as I set out to accomplish the long list of things I wanted to do.  I have always been my own biggest competitor. From a young child in school, through college and into my career. You may call this ambition, determination or even aggression, but I think its actually an internal struggle with some ideal of perfection. What is perfect anyway?

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Traveling Mom

Traveling for business as a mom of a 14 month old isn't easy. I'm writing this as I arrive in London for the Conde Nast Local Experts Conference. In the days leading up to the trip in addition to packing, I am also preparing all of Robbie's things. I do a full run through Wholefoods to stock up on enough snacks and easy to make meals; I clean and organize all of the bottles & Sippy cups and snacks; I even prepare a detailed document on schedule, foods, likes and dislikes. It's not that his Dad doesn't know all of these things, but it makes me feel a lot better to be organized about it. 

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A quest for the best hotel kid amenity

What's life really like after kids? Have you given up any of your pre-children favorite things to do like traveling, expensive restaurants or shopping sprees? I must admit that I have never been a big shopper and I have definitely cut down on the restaurants (instead I spend all my money at Wholefoods). Traveling, however, has not slowed down. Last year I became a Local Expert for Conde Nast Johansens. This means I travel to some of the best hotels & resorts in the Caribbean and South Florida, hand selecting properties for Conde Nast's exclusive hotel collection. In any case, now in this new phase of traveling as someone's mom I am excited to explore the best hotels from a new perspective. What's important to moms is totally different than a single 20-something independent traveler. 

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Taking the Plunge...

This post is intended to be the beginning of my new blog. When I think about writing a blog I find myself in a state of hesitation. There are a million other more productive things I could be doing. I also ask myself do I really want to share my thoughts and inner life with the world? The answer is not really. But, I believe doing something uncomfortable often unleashes creativity and inspiration. So I take the plunge into the unknown world of blogging.  

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