So just let me introduce myself, my name is…

Welcome!  My name is Diana.

Educator by day, self-proclaimed expert in self-care by night (and weekend).  Mom and wife always.

I have a passion for relaxation, taking a breath, slowing down.   I like massages.  And facials. And yoga classes.  And long walks in the woods.  And rainy days.  And adventuring with friends.  And laughing.  And weekending.

Becoming a mom in 2017 prompted me to rethink my dedication to myself.   While my “mom friends” (also known as “friends”) were selflessly and tirelessly working to ensure that their families were ok, the same things were depleting me to my breaking point**.  Something had to change.

Taking time for myself takes discipline, balance, and sacrifice.  I probably fail as many times as I succeed.  But I am trying because this is what I need to keep myself and my family afloat.  I hope that my lessons learned can help you find what you need to keep yourself and your family going.

I live in a small town by the sea, in a state conveniently located within a few hours of most of my favorite places in the world.  I have an adorable little baby who delights me everyday and a generous husband who does his best to help me live my best life.  I am truly blessed.

I look forward to sharing my journey with you.

Interesting facts about me:

  • I LOVE adventure and travel.  I’ve been to Japan, Brazil, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Canada, etc. but my favorite place in the world is Truro MA.  Cape Cod has my heart.
  • I am an only child, oldest child, and youngest child- all at the same time. Figure this one out… Here’s a hint: my parents are divorced.
  • I am not into healthy living at all.  Yet.  This is a goal for the future.  I want to be around for my baby.
  • I am passionate about equity and access to quality education.  I have worked as a teacher and now in higher education with beginning teachers.  There is so much energy and heart in education- I am so lucky to work in the field that I do!
  • My sisters and I travel together every year, our “sisters’ weekend”.  It started in 2009 when I dragged my sisters on a camping trip.  They hate camping, so we changed up the venue the next year.  And we’ve been adventuring together ever since.  They are my two best friends.
  • My husband and I met in junior high school but didn’t start dating until we were in our 30s. He is amazing in so many ways. You’ll see- he comes up a lot in this blog.
  • I owe my passion for self-care to my first group of students.  They gave me a spa gift certificate as an end of the year gift.  After having a few services at the spa (it was a very generous gift!), I asked the esthetician if they were hiring.  I needed a job for the summer and the spa fit my requirements (air conditioning and no children allowed).  I worked at this spa for 7 years, part-time nights/weekends/summers.
  • In my head, I often connect what I am saying to a song lyric (mostly 90’s rap).  Did you catch this in the title of this post?  Many apologies if any of these references offend you.
  • The interwebs can be a rabbit hole, particularly when I am looking up something totally random.  I’ve just spent 35 minutes looking up Digital Underground (see previous bullet).  I’m glad to see that Shock G is still working.  Forgetaboutit when I watch The Crown.  I’ve spent 3 hours looking up royal family members on Wikipedia to figure out how they are connected. Which leads me to my next bullet…
  • I love TV and movies.  I don’t get too hung up on actors and celebrity- I love the stories.  I especially love reality TV.
  • I like to challenge myself and take risks.  A few years ago my mouth wrote a check that my body did not want to cash.  My friend always wanted to skydive- me too (yeah. right.)!  So we did.  It was amazing. And stupid.  Never again.
  • Not only do I connect to song lyrics in my head, I also like to type in my head.  That is as weird as it sounds.  Sometimes, in my head, I will type out the words that I am saying.  My love affair with typing started in a high school typing class, on a typewriter.  I am old.
  • Be on the lookout for F.R.I.E.N.D.S. references throughout this blog.  Inserting F.R.I.E.N.D.S. references into everyday life has become a personal mission.
  • I am not crafty at all, but I love to create things for my friends that are detailed and personal.  For example, I sent a thank you care package to all of my friends that attended my bachelorette party.  The package included little funny items to represent how thankful I was for their friendship.
  • I eat like an 8 year old- mac and cheese, pizza, chicken nuggets.  The heart wants what the heart wants.

 

**I will refer to my breaking point periodically in this blog.  In no way am I referring to postpartum depression or any mental health issue.  I strongly encourage you to seek professional help immediately if you suspect that you are experiencing any sort of mental health issue, including postpartum depression.  And I applaud you.  You are strong, a warrior.  A MOM.