A lot has changed in the last three weeks.
First, I finally said goodbye to life in events. I thought about my decision long and hard, and it wasn’t an easy one to make. I’ve been in this industry from the very beginning, working as an intern on my first event in 2004. It’s been really fun and exciting, but also an immensely stress-filled 14 years. I knew for certain, after my last one, that it was time to move on from the world of events.
Officially a #SAHM. (Long post ahead!) . . It has been 5 days since this photo was taken, 5 days since my last event ended, which means I’m 5 days into retirement. Shifting from the #WAHMLife to the #SAHMLife is certainly not easier, nor is it any less busy. Except now, instead of deadlines and clients plus meal plans and laundry piles, I only have the family and the household to deal with. Lakas maka “only”, no? 😂 As if it were really that simple. . . People keep asking me what I’m going to do, now that I’m done with events. The honest answer is nothing. At least for a while. I’m excited to finally be able to focus on being mom, wife, cat mama, and homemaker. First time ito, guys! Ever since we had the manchild, even before graduating college, I’ve been working na. I was never not working! For the first time ever, I’m actually gonna stop. Scary, and I might get super bored, but I’m excited about it.😉 . . PS I love this dress from @smwomanplus. They make THE BEST #plussize clothes. This one’s so comfy! I have survived several 15-hour event days wearing it. It’s easy to dress it up with wedges or heels, and to dress it down with sneakers. Sana I had it in all colors, seriously!🖒 . . #athomewithmrsc #buhayhousewife #earlyretirement #lifedeclutter #stressless #fashionforeverywoman
We also got a cat! A week before I officially retired, I saw a post on Bianca Elizalde’s IG stories about some kittens she had rescued and was putting up for adoption. That same night, I asked the husbandry if we could take one. To my surprise, he said yes right away. After exchanging a few messages, Bianca and I agreed to meet up one sunny Saturday in Makati. On that day, we welcomed Nougat the House Cat to our family. What a joy it has been having her at home these past few weeks!
This is #NougatTheHouseCat. We adopted her exactly a week ago after she was rescued by @biancaelizalde. In the 7 days that we’ve had her, she’s proven to be the most perfect little kitty for our family and our home. . . In the mornings, she greets us with loud meows, both out of excitement and obvious annoyance at having been left alone for several hours while we slept. She enjoys being around people, and easily warms up to house guests. She eats and drinks a lot. And I mean A LOT. As in ManChild levels. She 💩s a lot, too. 😂 . . She’s super playful, and loves crumpled paper balls, ribbons and strings, and her mouse toy that already looks chewed to death after only a few days. She’s also super lambing, likes to sleep on our laps, chests and tummies, and allows me to smother her with hugs. I’ve always wanted a lap cat. Now I have one. And I love her so much. . . This little kitty brings so much joy to our home. We are so lucky to be her family. 💕 . . #catsofinstagram #instacat #catstagram #rescuecat #rescuepet #petstagram #petsofinstagram #adoptdontshop #puspinlove #catsofmanila 📸@rachelle_lauren
Then, summer ended, and school began. Right on cue, rainy season rolled in. Along with it came a typhoon and the first class suspension of the school year, only four days after school started. The no-school day fell in between a Sunday and a holiday, too, which meant an instant 4-day weekend for us. Ang galing, diba?
Side kwento: The Man Child (formerly known as Little MrC) is now in Junior High. He’s also an active member of his school rondalla, complete with practice schedules, workshops and performances. It’s gonna be a busy year for him, which means it will be a busy year for me. I’m not complaining, after all I wanted this kind of life. It’s really nice to see my son interacting with kids outside his batch, and enjoying being part of a new group in school. My siblings and I had a lot of fun participating in extracurricular activities when we were students, and I’m glad that this is something my son gets to do, too.
Tomorrow, if the weather permits (and it looks like it will), the boys go back to school and work, and things go back to normal over here. This is a new normal for me, staying at home, spending time with Nougat, and prioritizing housework above everything else. I feel just as tired as before, but 100% less stressed, which is great. I feel happier and a lot more fulfilled, too, even though I’m mostly just washing things throughout the day (like dishes and clothes, and cat butt). I’m totally loving this life! (Well, so far. LOL.)
What have you been up to lately?