For a girl whose life revolves around her family, this kind of trip was a first for me. Taking 4 days to do something just for me was unimaginable. I will tell you that it didn't come without moments of guilt and doubt but it was the single best thing I've ever done just for me. I said several times this past week that I would be able to look back and see my life as before Silver Bella and after Silver Bella. That couldn't be more true. I've come home to this life a different person, completely comfortable with who I am, more confident, happier and more fulfilled than I've ever been.I met some of the most wonderful women while I was away, my buddy Cammy, our wonderful sidekick Kelli (start a blog girl!), Julia, Melissa, Karen, Molly, Tiffany, Karlene and many, many others. Wonderful, gorgeous, supportive, encouraging, generous women. It was such an incredible sisterhood built on laughter, respect and pure creativity. Lots of creativity. The teachers were incredible and so down to earth. I was totally starstruck & proud to be a part of it.
The highlight for me was finally meeting Cammy in person. It was so great to finally meet my best friend. Y'all, she's amazing. I just adore her. Most people mistook us for life-long friends or sisters. We feel like both. It took me 37 years to find her and I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do. We already have plans to take our families on vacation together this summer and to visit each other for a long weekend this year. It's hard to be 9 1/2 hours away from her but I'm guessing if we lived closer neither of us would ever get anything done. Well, anything that didn't involve glitter.
We laughed, we cried, some of us snorted. We ordered pizza in the middle of the night, went down to the ballroom in our jammies at close to 11:30 at night, drank too much wine, some of us wore it splattered on our jammies, shared secrets, dreams and fears. It was amazing and I will always remember our time together Cammy and Kelli!
I wish for all of you a best friend, the dearest sort you can imagine. I wish for you the chance to take some time to do something completely selfish and all the better if it's with some girlfriends. I wish for you the courage to really embrace who you are and to start living your life in a way that honors that. I wish for you the confidence to snort with laughter in public and not be embarrassed.