I’ve had the most trying yet amazing last two years of my life. I have figured out I love life and my forever friends that I consider family. I know everyone has friends, but are they forever friends? If you took a hard look at your friends do you know which ones you could call in the wee hours of the morning? I am so fortunate to have made a forever friend as an adult and that she valued my friendship enough to invite me into another inner circle of friends. With this invite I would have to travel for a weekend known as Betty Ford.
Betty Ford…well it happens once a year on beautiful Klinger Lake in Sturgis, Michigan and is by invite only. At Betty Ford there are women of all ages (HA! I’m the youngest!) and stages of their lives. Some are empty nesters, divorced, happily married, remarried, wild, quiet, talkative, foodies, grumpy, in shape, out of shape, full face of makeup, no makeup. You name it and Betty has it!
Betty is a place where we come together and bond and just be ourselves. There is no schedule really other than when it’s time to eat! This year at Betty I was very observant of all the visitors. I was thinking about my path in life and how some of these women had greatly influenced me from my very first visit and that this second trip would impact me again for this upcoming year.
For the past year I have thought of a blonde bombshell I met and what she said to me, “you can either stay home and cry or you can go and do something with your life”. For the past year I thought about this moment at my first Betty Ford weekend and it has helped me every time I needed motivation.
So many of us are hurrying through life and don’t take the time to truly do something great for ourselves. I hope you all stop for a moment and bond with your girlfriends away from the kids, work and significant others and just let yourself escape! It is so wonderful to come back fresh and ready for life’s challenges.
I want to take a moment to thank Betty. Betty is a woman who is comfortable with herself and takes charge. Betty is a good listener and one hell of a cook! Betty navigates the mothership on Klinger Lake and brings us all together every year! Thank you Betty!