Good morning, all! I was so glad to see that you all enjoyed the Top Ten Workouts post I shared on Monday! Now I simply must share about my past weekend. I know it’s been a few days since then, but it was such an incredible weekend that I can’t let it pass without telling you all about it.
A group of girlfriends and I devoted this past weekend to a lot of girl time at a women’s conference with a healthy living twist that happened to be right in our neck of the woods. Girl time related to healthy living? I was so game!
The weekend kicked off Friday night after we picked up our tickets to the concert and realized we had time for dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant. We ordered up some margaritas to celebrate our time together. Who says you can’t have margaritas before attending such a conference, right?
I also ordered the mini tacos that came with six small tacos of various fillings. One had battered avocado and it was fairly amazing!
With full bellies, it was conference time! Friday night started with an amazing concert followed by an unexpectedly hilarious comedian – Mark Lowry. He sincerely brought me close to tears I was laughing so hard. That followed up with the first speaker of the event – Sheila Walsh.
Her session was all about living boldly and believing in yourself – that you have worth and value. I believe that message more so now than I have in many years, but it’s still something I feel like I’m constantly having to relearn. Do you ever feel the same? Seems like we each have a few messages we need to hear over and over again…this was one of mine. After Sheila’s session, the night ended with another concert and quite a good bit of dancing. I’m no dancer, but when you’re with your girlfriends? Well, you bust out a move or two. Have fun and live a little, I say.
By this point, it was already almost 11 pm. I was tired but quickly got my second wind when myself and three of my friends checked into our hotel room. Even though the conference was local, we thought it would be fun to have a “sleepover”. Because women can still have sleepovers. Complete with sea salt caramel chocolate ice cream bars and wine – the perfect accompaniment.
We ended up staying up until 3 am. THREE AM! I can’t remember the last time I did that, but all the girl talk and laughter made it incredibly worth the very few hours of sleep we got before the next day at the conference. So, day two.
Day two featured a lot more speakers touching on topics important to all women – giving up things like guilt, doubt, and fear or appreciating life even in the midst of all the day to day stuff. So many great topics shared by so many great speakers. Day two also included something only slightly special – a concert by just a small little band (ha!) called Third Day.
LOVE them! And it was great to finally hear them play live. Anyone else a fan?
Anyway, between the concert and the phenomenal speakers, day two just sped right on by and the conference was over before we knew it.
I will forever be thankful to these women and all they add to my life. One of the best weekends I have experienced in quite awhile.
As of right now, you may be wondering a couple of things? What was this conference exactly? Or, how exactly was this a “healthy living” conference since it didn’t sound like it based on what you shared? Well, the conference was Women of Faith. How is it a “healthy living” conference? Faith. Because of anything related to health, FAITH and inner wellbeing matter most.
IT MATTERS. More than you may realize or choose to admit. But IT MATTERS. Many don’t talk openly about it and don’t apply it to “healthy living". I, however, could leave it out of how I choose to share a healthy lifestyle no less than I could leave out quality fitness or a healthy diet. What if you have those other two things in perfect order, but have nothing to nourish you from the inside out? Well, I don’t believe you will have the true wellness and wholeness to live life as fully as you could.
I’m not here to tell you what to believe. I’m not here to tell you to choose a religion (you especially won’t hear that coming from someone who is not into religion at all but into faith and LOVE above all else). I just want to say find a way to care for your heart. Your soul. Your spirit. YOU. Those things are YOU. And you are worth caring for and loving and finding joy and peace and hope in this world.
I’m not here to tell you what to believe. I love you. I don’t know you, but I love you and want TRUE, COMPLETE wellness and health and fullness of life for you. I spent years filling the holes in my heart and the brokenness in my spirit with exactly those “healthy things” – workouts and a “perfect” diet. And I was far from healthy because I wasn’t whole. Do I have a way I personally chose and believe is the best decision I ever made and could be life changing for anyone else out there? Yes. Am I going to judge your choices if they differ from mine? No. All I can say is I personally chose to believe in GRACE. It’s what I needed above all else and it has made me a healthy, whole person from the inside out. I can only hope that you may know that change and wholeness is also available to you.
IT MATTERS. Don’t forget your inner self for the sake of the outward appearances or solely the stats a doctor can give you of your insides. IT MATTERS. Be healthy. Be whole. Be willing to consider there is something more to healthy living than just diet and workouts.
Your Turn: I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this. Also, if you have questions, never hesitate to let me know in the comments or email me – tina [at] tinareale [dot] com.