Maybe it was the water...| Personal Post| Sarah Houston Photography

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!!

Another shot of my girls. Me, Alex, Lisa & Ashton. There's something about making a hot Mexican hug sandwich that connects you more 😂 

Another shot of my girls. Me, Alex, Lisa & Ashton. There's something about making a hot Mexican hug sandwich that connects you more 😂 

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.

The stunning view from my airplane window of Cancun! 

The stunning view from my airplane window of Cancun! 

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...

That is me, in the water after 25 years of being in fear...top it off with a Dolphin. 

That is me, in the water after 25 years of being in fear...top it off with a Dolphin. 

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.

These girls!! I love them to the moon and back! Alex, Ashton and Natalie...trying to eat my sunburned shoulder 😂 

These girls!! I love them to the moon and back! Alex, Ashton and Natalie...trying to eat my sunburned shoulder 😂 

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.

The Mayan Ruins, I've always wanted to see...but never wanted to fly. I am so happy I did finally see them! 

The Mayan Ruins, I've always wanted to see...but never wanted to fly. I am so happy I did finally see them! 

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!

Just some of the colorful beauty that Playa Del Carmen has to offer! 

Just some of the colorful beauty that Playa Del Carmen has to offer! 

xoxo

Sarah