I swore I would never have children. I swore it up and down for years. On my first date with my now-husband, I told him that I did not want kids. I also said I did not believe in the institution of marriage, and, well, you can see how that turned out.

In my twenties, I rolled my eyes at everyone who said, “Oh just give it time, you will eventually change your mind.” And while I would prefer not to let them be right, something has changed. …

Carly Petracco

I ran away to Portugal to start a food tour and wedding celebranting business after a decade in IFIs. I adore writing, my dog, naps, and reinventing myself.

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