It was never my intention to be a stay at home mom. I never wanted a life that revolved around playdates and trips to the library. I have had a job since I was eleven. Having a career meant I was independent, it gave me a purpose. Ruby changed all of that.

Having the opportunity to spend the last 11 1/2 months at home with Ruby has truly been one of the biggest blessings of my life. Thank you to my incredible husband for making this possible in more ways than one. I am forever grateful. I got to witness every one of her firsts, be there for her the second she needed me, and play with her for countless hours a day. All while making memories I will never forget. She truly is the best. 

But it's time. I am ready to go back to work. I have goals, business plans and BIG dreams. I want to be an example to Ruby, I want to show her what it looks like to be a business woman while most importantly being a great mom. I don't ever want her to think she has to limit herself. She can have it all (and more) if she wants it all. She will forever be my greatest accomplishment, but that doesn't mean I'm done. I have a lot of life to live, and a lot of things left to do. I am just grateful that Phil and Ruby will be by my side for every step.

Today I start part time (I'm not ready for anything more - yikes) at a bridal boutique right around the corner from our house. If you can't tell by reading this blog, I am obsessed with all things wedding, so being involved in someone's wedding story is a dream come true for me. I will be working mostly evenings and weekends meaning that Phil will get to have his LONG deserved one on one time with Ruby, and that we will only need babysitters for her from time to time. Side Note: Phil is WAY more fun than I am, so she is going to love it.

And to be honest, I am excited to have a reason to do my hair and make up, and put on cute clothes. It's hard to get jazzed about eyeliner when your big outing of the day is to the post office. Lame.

And Ruby, you're the best ever.