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You Better Belize It!

You Better Belize It!

Over the weekend I added another stamp to my passport: in Belize!

I've heard a lot of great things about Belize, so back in October when Southwest Airlines announced they were starting to fly there, my good girlfriend E and I decided to jump on the flight deals. Not only did we find a great price on our flights, but we also managed to find a fabulous resort to stay at on the island of Ambergris Caye.

Everything was perfect and ready to go, until the day of. 

We were supposed to fly out together on Friday afternoon - it's only a 2 hour direct flight from Houston to Belize - and from there we were going to take a water taxi to Ambergris Caye, Belize's largest island. Buuuuut, life happens. Work happens. And E wasn't able to make our flight (the only flight that day), thus leaving me to fly out to Belize. Alone. 

Let me just take a minute to be real and tell you that I had a slight freakout moment at the airport. The thought of traveling to a foreign country, as a young woman all alone, did not sound appealing. Trust me, I've seen Taken 1 and 2. But, after a small pep talk from Monty (my dad) and G, I decided that I would turn my solo plane ride into a little adventure. 

A two hour plane ride later, I landed in Belize City. From there, I decided to take a smaller airplane to the island of Ambergris Caye, instead of the water taxi. That seemed like the popular thing to do and hey, there's safety in numbers right? Within fifteen minutes, I was in San Pedro, the main city on the island.  Once I got my suitcase, I had the head baggage guy contact my resort to send over the shuttle. And here's where things got interesting....

Side note: there aren't that many vehicles on the island. The main method of transportation is heavy duty golf carts. That being said, the resort "shuttle" arrived 15 minutes later. Out stepped a man wearing a polo with the smallest logo 'Captain Morgan's Resort' Logo I've ever seen.  He was driving a white, unmarked van, and when I stepped in, I noticed three Belizean women in little black dresses already seated in the backseat, with no bags in sight. At this point, my imagination kicks into high gear. Let me mention too, that the door handle was missing, making it inaccessible from the inside . Again, I've seen Taken 1 and 2, so I call my dad....as if he's Liam Neeson. Ha! I asked him to pray; I gave him clues. It was pitch black at this point, and there aren't any street lights out there (#FirstWorldLuxuries). My dad reassured me that everything would be fine and I would make it to the resort without any trouble.

And he was right. But, that was the longest 10 minute car ride of my entire life. 

Let me just take a moment to remind y'all - and myself - that just last week I said I was going to let God surprise me in 2017. Well, He definitely did. I have to be honest and let y'all know that in those anxious moments of my harrowing car ride, I totally forgot that He was with me and on my side. And it seemed like the worst possible surprise. Until Saturday.

On Saturday, I was able to lay by the beach by myself and enjoy precious moments of rest and relaxation. I napped, I read, I prayed, I laughed, and I sang (the entire lyrics to the theme song from Moana). It was quite possibly the best start to 2017, that I wouldn't have even begun to imagine. E arrived Saturday afternoon and from then on, we enjoyed every single minute of our trip and our time together. We sipped beachy drinks, had girl talk, laughed, talked about our goals for the year....it was fabulous! We even rented a golf cart to explore the city, and we ate some of the most incredible seafood and copious amounts of ceviche ;)

 The view from the "puddle-hopper" 15-minute plane ride. Stunning!

The view from the "puddle-hopper" 15-minute plane ride. Stunning!

Pics from left to right: The public beach in San Pedro; Morning Sunrise; the view from our villa

 Slay All Day. #BeachBabe

Slay All Day. #BeachBabe

Once again, this trip proved to me that God has goodness in store for me. If I will trust Him, He will show up again and again. Was this trip worth it? You better BELIZE it! :)

Do you have any questions about my trip to Belize? Let me know in the comments!

Always,

Nina xo

Creative? Who, me?!

Creative? Who, me?!

Surprises and Sunrises

Surprises and Sunrises