For about two years, I’ve had a dream.
To host a weekend for women where they could make themselves a priority, break up the monotony of motherhood, and try something different.
To relax, challenge themselves, and have fun.
And I did it.
The first annual Not Your Average Weekend at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, CT wasn’t just a success.
It was fucking awesome.
It was everything I had hoped it would be.
Maureen and I headed to the Interlaken with a car full of goodie bags on Friday afternoon.
We were greeted with a nice surprise in our rooms.
Check-in went off without a hitch,
and it was followed by happy hour and dinner.
I welcomed everyone with a short presentation where I encouraged all the women who came to try something over the course of the weekend that scared the shit out of them.
The food was delicious.
A couple months ago, I got a Facebook message from a woman asking if “middle-aged, divorced women with grown children” could attend.
I told her that as long as you were twenty-one and had a vagina, you could come.
And that woman who sent the message did.
In fact, there were women of all ages there.
Including Number 4’s retired, first grade teacher!
A friend’s husband provided us with great music.
It wasn’t long before Maureen joined in.
Saturday morning I presented everyone with multiple opportunities to try something scary.
We had pole dancing classes. This woman was very hesitant to try pole dancing. She was scared. She “didn’t know how to be sexy,” she told us.
And then she fucking rocked it.
In fact, I was afraid we might not be able to get her off the pole. She was amazing.
We had fireside yoga classes with my favorite person from Manipura Power Yoga,
and really fun salsa classes (we all fell in love with Ildi, the instructor).
We all tried something out of our comfort zones.
We had a smoothie and snack break, an awesome lunch,
hand and foot treatments,
Then, the fun began.
dancing and karaoke,
a little messing with the dj,
and the surprise hit of the night… the photo booth.
I met a lot of amazing ladies.
And wrapped up the weekend with brunch and the perfect Bloody Mary.
Today one of the attendees posted this on Facebook:
Okay, if you didn’t know about it or you passed on the opportunity this year, you MUST make the attempt to join us next year. NOT YOUR AVERAGE WEEKEND was amazing. I have not laughed,smiled,slept or eaten as well as I did at this event. So much fun – I feel energized,renewed and appreciated. Thank you to Susie and Maureen for a fabulous time.
Delicious food, foot massages, entertainment, Salsa lessons, dancing, karaoke and the photo booth, etc… I felt like a teenager again – responsibility free. Thank you, thank you . And thank you to the Interlaken Inn for gracious accommodations and awesome hospitality.
I am sore in places I didn’t even knew existed. My abs are killing me.
I don’t know if it’s from the pole dancing, or the planks in yoga class or the fact that I haven’t laughed that hard in a long, long time.
Maybe even ever.
It was an amazing weekend. I’m really proud of us.
And I can’t wait to do it all over again.
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