This picture says it all about my turning 40 Vegas trip with my PNP girls. These are just a few of the women from my site who made the trip to celebrate life. Not just my life, but all of our amazing lives. It's very hard and still emotional for me to say what the last week meant to me but I'm going to give it a try.
We are such a diverse group. In this one shot we have moms of twins, one mom expecting, single women, married women, women from their 30's-50's, and women who have traveled the world to barely left their own hometown. How often have you spent a few days with such a wonderful mix of women and there was only love, fun, and laughter? Probably not often and I am blessed to say I get to do it YEARLY.
I had so many favorite moments but this is one of them, too.
I look damn good and it's why I love it. Being honest. This is the first big day with my girls as they arrived and I was happy to be 40 and loving how I felt in a bikini. When I weighed 250lbs I hated my body. I hated my life, too. There's nothing I want of the life back. Waking up each day tired, disgusted with my weaknesses, and ashamed I was so out of shape all made me miserable on the inside. This picture really shows how I feel about life - BALLS OUT! Live life like you are riding a T-Rex in a leopard bikini. That's a birthday wish I would never have imagined turning 30 and yet it came true turning 40. It was a LONG road but worth every minute to feel like this.
The rest of the trip was full of shenanigans and fun. We had a scavenger hunt that lasted all week. Items that had to be collected included a pair of men's underwear (and from a stranger), unwrapped soap from a competitor hotel, tattoo, condom, slot ticket that said .01, a picture of you with a statue doing something lewd, bro bingo, and more. Although the items were crazy it sure made us laugh as the pictures came through in our little group. Memories were made and few comfort zones were opened up.
Other awesome things...
- The girls SURPRISED me by making it rain with pink queen money! OMG it was awesome and I was SHOCKED!
- We partied like MTV's Spring Break at Tao Beach. Between needing security, pool battles, twerking, and more it was a crazy day!
- Sister Wives photo - enough said.
- Buti Yoga class in the big suite. Amazing for me. You girls, I have never led Y'ALL! It was so fulfilling to me to teach my girls and for us to find out why the Queen can get that ass shaking on the dance floor.
For me spending time with my PNP friends who have now known me for years and years is amazing. I can be myself. I don't have to worry about what I eat, drink, act like, look like, or guard my thoughts and words. It's amazing to have true friends and trust like this. I am blessed beyond measure to have not only these 14 women but others who couldn't make the trip support and love me as they do.
My weight loss was a gift to myself but one of the "side effects" is that I have this safety net around me. Call it friends or God's protection, but there is never a moment that one of my girls isn't available when I need them. Yes, when I NEED THEM. The beautiful thing about PNP is that I feel as much a part of the team as I do the leader.
Before I close out my recap because there's no way in hell I could ever do our week justice...just way too much fun and hilarity to share...I want to tell my husband I not only love you but I adore you. You give of yourself like no other man I've ever known. This week you were "our" King, not just my own, as you took care of the bills, details, watched our antics, wrangled us all hours of the night, and allowed me to just have fun. Maybe a couple of times we got a tad edgy trying to keep things going but as Jamie Foxx says, "Blame It On the Alcohol." Lord knows we've had our share lately! I can't ever thank you enough for all you do. From being my rock to get this weight off, to watching me melt down when I was competing in figure, supporting me as I have ran 1000's of miles to do crazy things with WildKat, taking me and 14 friends to Vegas to let loose, and now helping me embark on getting my Yoga certification...well, I am f-ing lucky and I know it. I hope to always be with you and never without you. 😉