Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the “Support Your Girlfriends” Weekend in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

This 4-day getaway served as a much needed weekend of relaxation among women who wanted to create a supportive community. It was hosted by Tene Nicole Public Relations at the exquisite Moon Palace Resort where we were wined and dined with unlimited luxuries from complimentary bottles of champagne each day to 24 hour room service.

Although we came together to connect professionally, we naturally established personal relationships as well. It was amazing to see how women from so many backgrounds, ages and professions had so much in common.

There were so many amazing memories made at the Moon Palace and tons of lessons learned. Being an Educator at heart, I’m always looking for lessons that I can apply and share. These are my top 3 takeaways that my young 30 somethings can relate to:

#1 Me time is a necessity, not a luxury

It’s super easy to get so caught up in your to do list that you forget to take care of yourself. If we’re not running around like crazy with a jam packed calendar, we actually start to wonder if we’re doing enough. This weekend away really showed me the importance of pausing. Pausing to reflect on your circumstances and hit the reset button so you can remain focused on your priorities. With so many of us wearing so many hats and being so much to so many people, this time away was much deserved. 

My challenge to you: Take time for yourself at least once a week for a “solo date.” You don’t have to spend a dime to do something to celebrate yourself. The more you invest in you, the better you’ll be for everyone else.

#2 You can learn something from everyone

If you pay close enough attention, everyone you encounter will teach you something. Whether they help you discover something new that interests you, introduces you to a new perspective, shares a contact or even if they just uncover something that annoys you– if you pay attention you can learn something. Sometimes we get so caught up in creating perfect lives online that we forget to engage in our lives offline. 

My challenge to you: Be present. Put your phone down. Pay attention. Start really engaging in meaningful conversations because they can open doors and create opportunities that you wouldn’t even believe were possible.

You can only take advantage of them if you’re paying attention.

#3 Whoever said no new friends must not have any real friends

I love me some Drizzy Drake but he was wrong about the #NoNewFriends thing. Some of my closest connections and most profitable partnerships have come from “new friends.” People I’ve met along my entrepreneurial journey, ones who were like-minded and open to opportunities. A lot of times, our homegirls from high school don’t have the same mindset as us. No shade to them, but it’s natural and normal to outgrow certain people. Sometimes it doesn’t even come down to outgrowing anyone, you can create new relationships without getting rid of the old ones. My point is that there is power in people.

Plus, if you can do it all by yourself your dreams aren’t big enough.

My challenge to you: Be intentional about connecting with new people. You never know when or how you’ll meet your next business partner, investor or customer.

If you haven’t had a chance to getaway with your girls in a while, definitely consider a relaxing stay at the luxurious Moon Palace Resort. It’s literally the nicest resort I’ve ever been to, unlimited everything!!!! 

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