Ya' mon! Forgive me because today's post isn't at all decor related, but after our recent trip to Jamaica I had some major eye opening moments, and I want to share some of them with others.
As most of you know we Nick and I traveled to Jamaica last week. This was our first trip out of the country together. Little did I know when I booked it, I would leave Jamaica with so much more then a tan.
We've done a little traveling before, in terms of beaches and Disney World. But never anything like Jamaica. It is a lifestyle truly matched by none. I've never in my life met happier, more optimistic people. I was worried we would feel nervous or out of place in another country but from my first red stripe to my last, I felt right at home in this beautiful place!
Take a look at some of our vacay pics and see for yourself!
1. Jamaica= No Worries.
Jamaica is known as a place of no worries, and they remind you of this all the time. The happy and positive vibe is contagious! I realize so often that life stresses us, and it's easy to feel like things are out of our control. Jamaica taught me we all need to worry a lot less and enjoy life!
2. One Love.
Okay, things are starting to sound a bit cliche here, I know. But in Jamaica, it truly is ONE LOVE as they love everyone and everything. Everyone is welcome, and we felt like family. Everyone, everywhere we went wanted to know more about you. It doesn't matter what color your skin is, or what country you're from. We had so many encounters with amazing people that shared with us and we left feeling like we had made true friendships and bonds with many of the people there. It's so easy to be judgemental, especially here, where we are always competing with people. I left Jamaica making it my goal to Judge a little less and love a whole lot more.
3. Work Hard.
Jamaicans work really hard, like. Really hard. Most days they work 18 hour shifts and they never complain about it. Some days I feel overwhelmed but Jamaica reminded me I could always be doing more, more meaningful work with a smile on my face.
4. Play Hard.
Just as hard as they work, they love to have a good time. Every single place we went we were surrounded by people dancing and moving and in an overall great mood. It's amazing to me how calming and soothing music is for the soul. And Jamaicans know this and appreciate it. They don't care who's watching, they are always moving and dancing and feeling the music. Which taught me to do the same. One of our bartenders, Andrew, told me never to be afraid to move and dance. It's not about impressing people, it's about feeling the music and releasing negativity. It stuck with me and I'll definitely be remembering it in the future!
5. Be Yourself.
Maybe the most important thing of all that I learned on our trip, Normally a shy person in social settings one of our hosts during a boat cruise we took one night came over to me and asked me to dance. Being the typically shy person I am, I said "No Thanks." She insisted, pulled me on the dance floor and I ended up dancing and having a great time. She told me to always be myself and that it didn't matter what other people thought. I heard this a lot on my vacation and it stuck with me and taught me I really do need to worry less about other people and more about myself.
Besides those things, Jamaica also taught me there is truly only one person I need in my life besides my kids and my Mom, and that's my husband. While browsing the gift shop one night, a lady came up to us and was talking about how important it is to bond with each other, Nick mentioned something (I forget what exactly) and she said "The only person you need is this girl stranding right besides you, through thick and thin, she is your best friend and rock." It hit me hard, and reminded me that Nick really is the only person I need. He is truly my best friend, my soulmate, my other half and I'm so excited to experience everything life has to offer with this amazing human being.
We left Jamaica knowing we would soon return. We booked a trip for next March but don't know if we can wait that long! Countdown: 371 Days!
Have you been to Jamaica before? I suggest you go, like yesterday. You won't regret it! Not only is it a beautiful place, but the people are what makes us want to come back again, and again.
"Let's Get Together & Feel Alright"