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All alone: Taking a vacation by myself

It's not selfish to spend time and money on "just you"

by Mandy Nelson - Dandysound  |  6199 views  |  5 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Well, the first leg of the trip is almost over.  I'm no longer shaking.  I've settled in comfortably and am thinking about all of the grand adventures that lie in wait in the week ahead.  Big bro will pick me up from the airport and we're going straight to the beach for a swim.  Then to his home to meet my newest family member.  Then who knows what else.

And the thing I'm most looking forward to?  The return, where my children will hopefully be happy to see me (I harbor the thought that they won't even notice I'm gone since Papa is their favorite anyway) and, perhaps even more so, laying in bed with my husband that first night back, after the kids are in bed and the lights are out, and we remember why we love spending so much time together and how good a little time apart is for recharging the batteries.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to wake up the nice gentleman to my right so I can go to the potty.  ALONE!

About the Author

Mandy is a voice over artist, yoga instructor and mom to 2 princesses. Not always in that order.

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5 comments so far...

  • Wow, oh wow. How cool ... I am envious!! I love the thought of traveling without having to drag along 110 lbs of car seat, sippies, snacks etc. My friend recently suggested I take a one-day trip alone. Maybe your story is a sign of sorts that I should do it!!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Diane on 6th October 2008

  • I LOVE the idea of a private vacation:) I'd love to try this once. I bet I could get a lot of work done, AND a lot of relaxation as well lol.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Chrys on 6th October 2008

  • Really, you haven't been alone in 8 years - you deserve Hawaii!!! so amazing that you get to go and see your brother and your new baby niece! enjoy enjoy enjoy and I have a feeling a new favorite will reign upon your return ;)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 3rd October 2008

  • Thanks, Nataly. Shhh, don't tell's been 2 full days and I don't feel guilty at all. I almost wish you were here BUT being alone is just what I needed so maybe next time.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Mandy Nelson - Dandysound on 3rd October 2008

  • I am so thrilled for you, seriously. I feel my own body relaxing into the Hawaiian sunshine as I read this. And oh, yes, I envy you girl! Please enjoy, guilt free!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 2nd October 2008