Our Honeymoon Finally Happened
16 years ago for our honeymoon, we so badly wanted to go to an all-inclusive tropical island. The truth of the matter was we were young, had an infant & could barely make ends meet. Our honeymoon ended up being two different hotel timeshares for a total of 4 days in Florida. The type of timeshare where you sit through a couple hour presentation (twice) to get an almost free stay at a hotel. I don't even know how we even qualified because our income didn't meet the requirements, but by the grace of God they let us attend.
Our first night there we were so excited. It wasn't the honeymoon we dreamed of, but we were in the sunshine and had just gotten married. We arrived at our first hotel and it took everything in me not to burst out into to tears. It was a Days Inn truck stop hotel. We checked into the motel looking hotel and struggled to sleep while everyone heavily partied outside on the balcony. It was far from that relaxing tropical honeymoon we had hoped for, but we woke up and just made the best of out of our next three days.
As we headed back home, we both said one day we will get to know what it is like to be on a real honeymoon. Over the next three years, we would be blessed with two more babies & the financial struggles continued. No matter how hard we worked, we struggled to keep up and that dream honeymoon slowly vanished from our conversations.
So as you can imagine when I had the opportunity to earn an all-expense paid trip from my coaching business on the largest cruise ship to the Bahamas and Jamacia, I was determined to make that happen for my husband and I. When I achieved that vacation I could not believe how amazing it felt. We had both worked so hard for long, stopped dreaming and went years without even having a date night. It was our chance to have that dream honeymoon and it was exactly all we had dreamt of long ago. We hadn't dated in so long, between going back to school, both of us working & keeping up with our three kids, we never made time for us. This trip showed us what we were missing in our marriage and how important it is to make quality time with one another, which then led to us to being on a journey to a healthier lifestyle together.
Not only did I earn that trip, I earned a trip for us to Punta Cana last year, Los Angeles last month & one month from today I will be taking my husband to the Riviera Maya in Mexico. This still doesn't seem real...I can not even put into words how grateful I feel. For the third year in a row, my husband and I get to go on what feels like another honeymoon.
Becoming a LIfestyle & Accountability coach was not only the best thing I ever did for myself but for my marriage and for my family. Thankful fear did not hold me back from pursuing what was pulling at my heartstrings. This opportunity has opened my eyes to all the possibilities we all have available to us when we begin to work hard to go after our dreams living this life fearlessly.
Fear is a liar, do not let it prevent you from living this life to the fullest.