Holy moly, what a girls trip! I’ve just gotten back from 10 days in Hawaii of sunshine, shopping and sunset drinks with 3 of my closest friends. It’s a trip I will never forget. I came back relaxed, refreshed and ready. And empowered. Yep, you read that right – empowered. I gave myself permission to be confident, to make my own decisions, to let my hair down, to do things I wouldn’t normally do. The result? I found myself and got my mojo back.
As a busy mum often my needs come last and the concept of being alone was a frightening and exiting one all at the same time. There was no audience in the bathroom (but who would pass me tiny scrunched up bits of toilet paper and ask me where my doodle’s gone?!), I showered without a baby looking on from the highchair (desperate times at our house, lol) and I got ready each morning in record time.
I went on a night snorkel with manta rays, dived into the open ocean to swim with dolphins, trekked up an ancient volcano, saw the many wonders of Hawaii from the air and slid down every single waterslide the hotel had to offer.
And you know what the most glorious thing about the girls trip was? The overwhelming amount of support that we got. From husbands, children, friends, family and even total strangers. In a world where we as women judge each other very day, it was so refreshing to hear words of encouragement from people that we met along the way. So many women saying things like “good for you” and “you’ve inspired me to organise a girls trip” – it was fantastic.
I did start to “baby stalk” as my girlfriend calls it towards the end of the trip (i.e.: grab the nearest baby and smooch them as much as their parents will allow!) and I really did miss my babies. Hubby did such an awesome job taking care of them – same time again next year girls? Hehe
So yep, I had a kick arse time and I’m not feeling one bit guilty about it. My kids have a happy and refreshed mum ready to take on the next adventure with them 🙂