What a trip...! This #girlstrip was one for the books. I've been to Myrtle Beach several times, this is the first time I think I actually engaged in what the area had to offer. This girls trip was fun and exciting. We were ready for adventure and that is just what we had. To just say we had a great, fun and relaxing time is a huge understatement. Here are just a few highlights from our trip.
We stayed 3 beautiful nights in Myrtle Beach, SC in a 2 bedroom ocean front resort. Between the five of us we split the cost of the trip and was able to enjoy a much needed getaway before the official end of summer. A summer without beach time, is not a summer... We ate until our hearts were content. One girl said she gained 5 pounds...LOL but I think she was just messing. Meals were a mixture of fine dinning and home cooked goodness. We cracked so many crab legs...We left when they turned the open sign off...don't judge us. We were trying to get our monies worth...ha ha!
Two of the meals we cooked were so good, we debated which meal was the best...Taco night or my famous rich and creamy grits? I think the group decided they were both equally memorable. Everyone went back for seconds...so I'd say it was pretty darn good! I slow cook my grits for over an hour...string often to ensure smooth slap yo mamma grits. Now...I can't tell you what I put in them...however I always make them for my #Kaycatioin crew when possible (smiles big)!
There are several advantage to traveling with people you don't know. Some people shy away from it but I say...embrace it, you never know who you will meet and how that person will impact your life. After all, this is why I started #KaycationTravel. I saw people's desire to travel more! Connecting with others who desire a traveler's lifestyle is a no brainier and who doesn't like traveling on a budget! Group travel offers everyone a chance to travel.
Bringing people together is what I do. It's a gift. Something magical happens when you allow yourself to meet new people and share new experiences. And let's be honest, most of the people in your regular circles aren't trying to travel. They are afraid of everything and the excuses they give about why they can't travel is nuts...LOL. But I know there are people who will travel if the price is right. When you travel in a group, you get the best of both worlds.
In a world full of hate it's refreshing to meet like minded people who love to travel, find power in being social and embrace new adventures. These two (below) just met on our trip...can you tell? They rode a banana boat...If that doesn't help you bond with people i don't know what will LOL. They made parasailing look easy. I think its safe to say they will be good friends long after their #Kaycation.
Leaving a great trip is always bittersweet. However, we went out with a Bang. We enjoyed a great meal, slamming drinks, a screaming boat ride and good laughs. Friendships were born, hearts were lifted, a birthday was celebrated and we all made it possible for each other to share in this much needed weekend.
So What You're FAT...!
Before I knew my own power and strength, I undercover hated my fat body! Yup...you heard me right! I fell into the fat trap of being body shamed. I allowed societal norms to distort my thinking with the belief there was something wrong with me. The truth is, over 50% of the world’s population is overweight...fat...or obese. Beyond the stats I still felt ugly, unwanted and judged for being fat! I over dressed to hide skin, I was afraid to wear my arms out and I avoided eye contact with men and girl...you know I love a good lookin' man. However, coming to grips with my truth, I knew I had to change my unhealthy self-reflection if I was going to overcome the negative thoughts associated with being FAT. I low-key really want to slap the person who decided that "fat" was offensive and made fat shaming normal. No ma'am...no sir. Get out of here with that! We all have things that we are body conscious about. NO ONE IS PERFECT. NO ONE! Truth be told size has nothing to do with it.
It's been said if you change your mind...you will change your life! Welp, it’s true. The Bible tells us "So a man thinketh, so IS HE". Aren't you glad God was thinking about you and loved you so much that He made provision for you in His word to get you and keep you on the path of healthy thinking? What an awesome God! So not only do I get to choose my thoughts, I have the honor of helping others realize their God given POWER...! It keeps me honest and humble.
Becoming confident takes time. Building confidence can be done in many ways. Let me share a few thoughts with you:
1: Know and understand who you are. (What does God say about who you are?)
2. Learn and accept your purpose. (Do this quickly! Most likely you already know and have been running from it your whole life...or maybe that was just me. LOL)
3. Stay connected to positive people. (Cut off the haters & dead weight)
4. Always maintain a positive attitude.
5. Embrace Change.
6. Do what makes you happy daily (Learn what you like. Stop being passive).
7. Always look your best (No matter your size, jazz up! When you look good you feel good).
8. Have daily quite time (Center yourself and focus on what’s important for you).
9. Don't be afraid of the unknown (You will encounter some feelings and challenges along the way to building your confidence...go back to step 5 and keep moving fearlessly).
10. Repeat steps 1-9 as often as needed.
My Personal Affirmation
Today I celebrate MY body, MY fat arms, MY bare face and the beautiful soul that is all 100% authentically ME! I know I am desirable. I am brave. I am beautiful! I am free! I am FAT & Unafraid! I am me... #confidenceiseverything I am walking in love and light. I attract powerful and loving people. I am God's creation. I reflect God's love & power. I create my world and all that is in it. I am a reflection of my choices. I choose to be happy and free. I choose to love beyond hate. I choose to be the best me I can be daily. I am capable to do all things. I react in love and not hate. I lead and build leaders. I am not afraid to shine. My steps are ordered and I win through Jesus.
I hope your heart was encouraged and your life changed. I stand in agreement with you for your personal journey to confidence and freedom. We all struggle with this and that. Never allow anyone or anything to have power over how to choose to show up in this life. You only get one...Be Conscious of your thoughts and choices. Take God with you...
With God's Peace & Power,
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