This post is sponsored by AQUOS Crystal, who is also partially sponsoring my trip to Mom2.0 Summit and the Iris Awards. I am beyond excited to go to Phoenix this week for all of the festivities! Very, very cool.
The #AQUOSCrystal’s #ToTheEdge campaign was inspired by the phone’s edgeless design.
Since having a child, my definition of “edge” has changed a *little*. Ok it’s changed a lot. Ok fine it’s completely unrecognizable.
If you’re dealing with a tiny person 24/7 who has no control over his bowels and enjoys waking up sporadically throughout traditional sleeping hours you know what I’m talking about. Times have changed, my friends, and the view is different now.
Let’s take a look at how the concept of taking it “to the edge” changes once you become a parent:
Old “To the Edge” Travel: Includes zip-lining into a canyon, staying in hostels with strangers who may or may not be drug lords, and trekking through South America carrying a single backpack filled only with tank tops and high heels.
New “To the Edge” Travel: Includes packing so much luggage that you’re mistaken for someone who is actually moving to a new city. Your suitcase may or may not break from the strain, but you’re willing to risk it because you are intent on carrying supplies that will serve your family well in the event of the apocalypse.
Old “To the Edge” Athletics: Competing in a sprint triathlon, even though you don’t know how to swim. You “trained” for a few months and then swam and biked and ran your way to glory. Ok, not to glory, but to the beer tent at the end of the race.
New “To the Edge” Athletics: Running 20 feet from your kitchen to the living room to try to stop your toddler from eating a dust bunny that got mixed up with his puff snacks. You make it in time, but not without pulling a muscle and breaking a slight, but clearly perceptible, sweat.
Old “To the Edge” Shopping: Spending right up to your credit card limit on a pair of amazing shoes.
New “To the Edge” Shopping: Doubling down on toilet paper during a fantastic sale at Target, and then treating yourself to a Grande Iced Latte at Starbucks, which you know is a splurge but you feel you’ve earned it on account of the great toilet paper bargain.
Rest and Relaxation
Old “To the Edge” Risk-taking: Pulling an all-nighter with your girlfriends before having to catch a 6:00 a.m. flight.