I've attended and spoken at workshops A LOT in my 6 year span of being in this business. So when I was asked to speak in Playa Del Carmen for the HOF (House of Flynn) Retreat, I couldn't say no!!
This was my first time on a plane, first time out of the country and the first time I'd be away from my daughter/family for six days
....but boy am I glad I did.
You'll never grow, never learn knew things or become who you are meant to be-if you never push yourself out of your comfort zone.
When I was little I had a traumatic experience, I drowned and that scarred me beyond belief. Then fast forward 15 years and I found myself in an abusive relationship that took away my confidence and brought on intense anxiety that limits me from functioning like a normal human being. So when we went Scuba diving, my plan was to watch all these fun activities alone on the beach....not so fun. Thankfully I was so blessed to connect with an AMAZING group of ladies my "Flynners" & my soul sisters. (I'm totally crying writing this!!) they encouraged me, waited patiently while I took my time getting into the water...the FIRST TIME since I was 3. I couldn't touch the bottom so they held my hands, stayed with me & kept encouraging me...even though they were missing out on going out on their own to have fun. THAT meant the world to me. These girls became my sisters & it didn't end there...
Even though we were all different, we all had different styles, we were all connected. I know that in this industry it can be hard, we can't always connect to those who aren't "like us" but I'm telling you...if you step out, you'll find the best friends you've been searching for.
Fear is just insecurity in a Kate Spade coat and this year I squashed it. I'm ready to take on next year and all the "What if's", I'm not going to give up or be scared because if I had said "I'm just going to stay on the shore because it's safe" I NEVER would have saw all the beauty around me.
Thank you so much Maureen with The House of Flynn for this amazing experience & helping me find my "tribe". If it weren't for you those fears would still be holding me back!