Before I was a mom I was cool! I was living in one of the trendy neighborhoods in San Francisco in a quintessential Edwardian flat. I had the perfect job at a great company. I went out with friends to local bars and made sure to try new restaurants every weekend. And, thanks to a regular yoga practice, I was in the best shape of my life.
So what happened?
I moved to a San Diego suburb and had a baby. I got a job doing something I am good at, but didn’t love, in order to support my family. I never could find the time to get to a yoga studio because who would watch my daughter? Going out was replaced with staying home in my pjs and potty training. I was so not cool!
Sound like your life or that of a friend of yours?
Tracy Beckerman, the syndicated humor column and blogger of Lost in Suburbia®, seems to know exactly what happened to me! Her new book, Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir. How I Got Pregnant. Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs, is all about how her life completely changed once she said goodbye to her fast paced New York City career to be a stay-at-home mom in the suburbs.
This book was such a fun read! Those early years of first time motherhood is challenging and life altering, but you will never survive if you can’t laugh at those over exaggerated moments. I laughed out loud when Tracy described trying on bathing suits. I found myself nodding my head in agreement about suburban mom cliques. And, even though our lives are pretty different I still felt totally connected with her.
Since my divorce I have been working on getting my cool back. I may still be living in the suburbs, but I have gone back to yoga and have a great social life. I am working on changing my career to be one that is fulfilling. What makes my life so much cooler now is that it has so much more meaning. Who I am is reflected in my daughter’s life. What could be cooler than that?
Special thanks to Penguin Group and Tracy Beckerman for letting me review “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir”. All statements are my opinion and my opinion only. I did not receive any other form of compensation.