Do you ever wish you got to spend more time with your closest friends? Or that for just a few days you could leave your responsibilities behind and just enjoy life? We do, so that is what we did.
Nestled in the Similkameen Valley, hours away from the hustle and bustle of the nearest city, we find ourselves in a tranquil environment where we can listen to a river rushing, horses playing, and birds chirping. In our case, despite the serene setting, the soundtrack of our weekend features clinking glasses, belly laughs, songs from the early 2000’s, pool splashes, and the constant chatter of girls. It is the perfect setting for a weekend away from our various work demands, family priorities, and everyday stress; a place where every person is forced to unplug their phones (thanks to being outside the service area) and live in the present. Even greater, it is a place where your best friends can gather to enjoy one another’s company and talk about everything under the sun in a filter-free environment.
After all, if you can’t let your hair down and be your authentic self with your girls, then who can you do it with?
Our group is made up of all sorts, in it we have family members (aunts, sisters, cousins, step-siblings), as well as friends who have become like family over time. Some are married or in relationships, some believe they are terminally single. Some have kids, some do not. Some work in the corporate world, some run their own business, some work from home. Some live in the city, and some in the suburbs. In short, there are enough differences amongst our group that if we do not set aside time to see one another – it will not naturally occur.
As we get older and our lives get busier, we find it more and more difficult to get together, especially if we hope for it to last more than an hour and be responsibility free! Because of the challenges life presents, we chose one long-weekend over the summer to get out of town with the ladies we love the most. We planned some activities for the weekend, but mainly the goal was for everyone to come, relax, enjoy and recharge. The rules for the weekend: no men, no kids, no drama, and BYOB.
People arrived as schedules permitted, and everyone pitched in for food so that meals could be prepared as a group. We enjoyed yoga in the mornings, pool time during the day, movie nights on the lawn, games, and family-style dinners every evening. As the rosé flowed over the course of our weekend away, you could hear all sorts of candid conversations happening; from successes and failures as a parent and spouse, to achievements and set backs at work, heartbreaks and relationships, goals and aspirations, and as always sex and men.
We may not have a ton in common with everyone who came, some became new friends over the course of the weekend – but we know this, every person around that table has their own unique challenges to overcome and achievements to celebrate. As women and friends, we have been brought together to do just that. To remind one another that even when we cannot see it ourselves, we all have something to be proud of, not the least of which is being a great person and friend to the ladies seated around us.
On our last evening together, we hosted an all-white, summer solstice dinner. While we sat around the beautiful table filled with fresh fruit and flowers, we laugh about the activities of the day and the colourful stories we shared with one another. After we finish some of our refreshments, we venture to the fields around us to enjoy the setting sun and beautiful surroundings. The setting is peaceful and ideal for us to all look around and take a deep breath. A weekend away was truly what we needed to charge into the oncoming weeks like the girl bosses we all are.
For anyone who feels the need to recharge or who just misses girl time, make a girls-only retreat happen for yourself. Don’t let months or years go by. If you do it once, you will realize how important it is to continue to make time for yourself and your friends. After all, as an adult how often do you get to forget about your career, relationship, financial woes, and responsibilities and just have fun? I would venture a guess that the answer for most, is not often enough.
It does not have to be expensive and it does not have to be a lot of work. Pick a spot – maybe a family property, a campsite, a VRBO rental, or if you want something more upscale a hotel/spa. Pick a date – you could ask your friends first and try to accommodate the largest number of people or just pick one and welcome whomever can make it. Invite your girls – pick the people you enjoy the most and who you know you can be yourself around. Suggest a packing list and decide if you’re doing any special events or community meals.
Then go! Simple as that.
Styling by: Jenna Montroy – http://www.jennamontroy.com
Candles: Canvas Candle Company – http://www.canvascandleco.com
Accessories: White fox collective – http://www.whitefoxcollective.com
Skin Care Products and Swag: Meraki Skin Care – http://www.merakiskincare.weebly.com
Hair Accessories: West Coast Jewelry – http://www.westcoastjewelry.com
Calligraphy: A Little Love Creative – http://www.alittlelovecreative.etsy.com
Cake and Cupcakes: Sugar Flour Bake Shoppe – http://www.sugarflourbakeshoppe.ca
Flowers: Sophia’s Flower Shop – http://www.sophiasflowershop.ca
Flower Crowns: Ever Red Fresh Designs – http://www.facebook.com/everredfreshdesigns
Body Products and Swag: B Natural Skincare – http://www.bnaturalskincare.ca
Macramé backdrop: Forage and Lace – http://www.forageandlace.bigcartel.com
Vintage table and chair rentals: Bobbypin’s Curiosities and Vintage Rentals – http://www.facebook.com
Photos: Warin Marie Photography – http://www.warinmariephotography.com