Happy New Year friends! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

Feels like forever since we’ve connected through a good blog post! As the new year rolls out, I’m looking forward to bringing you new content and sharing more of myself through videos and photos!

I have great things in the works and I look forward to sharing them with you in the coming weeks! 😘😘😘💘💘💘


Today’s post is inspired by a recent trip to Belize! Last weekend, me and one of my girlfriends took a spontaneous trip to the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye and it was UNBELIZEABLE! From the food and the beaches to the warm smiles of native Belizeans, the trip was simply amazing! I particularly fell in love with island’s ceviche! I’ve seriously never tasted ceviche so mouth-watering in my life! 😋

In addition to the delicious ceviche, one of my favorite moments was watching the sunrise during our trip.😍 I’d never watched the sunrise from a beach shoreline so it was an experience I knew I could not miss! I’m usually not an early riser while on vacation but I was up before 6am each day just to catch this beauty.


Never in my life, had I seen the sun rise from just below the water. When it finally arose, it seemed to float on the surface of the water and left us both speechless and breathless!

Just as we thought our view couldn’t get any better, both of us glanced up and saw the moon dusting the clouds at the same time as the sun was making its appearance above the water. I had no idea that it was even possible to see sun and the moon at the same time so I was truly without words! Needless to say, I was utterly blown away by the earth’s beauty and God’s magic. 💘

The crazy part about all of this is that I almost cancelled this trip!😳😧🙄😱 A few weeks prior to my departure, I set a goal that I didn’t meet and I was bummed about not achieving it. To be specific, I set a certain body goal because I wanted to look a particular way in a cute little 2-piece swimsuit.

I had been working out 5-6 days a week, following a strict meal plan and drinking over a 100 ounces of water a day in order to meet that goal.

Things were going so well and then…BOOM, I caught a horrible cold.  Suddenly, I was zapped of energy and I could barely eat enough to follow my meal plan.  As a result, I ended up missing all of my workouts for nearly a week and a half, and I no longer felt confident or comfortable wearing that cute 2-piece swimsuit.

My immediate solution to my swimsuit dilemma was to order a monokini as a back-up plan but days later, I learned all of my swimmies were back-ordered. I was so stressed to find replacement swimmies and there were only six days left before my trip.  Just as soon as I thought things could not get any worse or hectic, I was late getting out of court and I missed my departure flight!🙄🙄🙄🙈🙈🙈😳😳😳😑😑😑😩😩😩Talk about a crazy ordeal!

With so much working against me, I was convinced that it was best to cancel my trip and just stay home. After all, it’s not like I’d accomplished my body goals any way so I didn’t think it made sense to go on a vacation. I was in the mood to do a major shoulder-shrug and flush my vacation plans down the toilet. However, for as many reasons as there were not to go there were so many more to hop on that plane and leave!

From the moment I stepped off the plane in Belize City and entered the “puddle-peddler” (a very small airplane) to San Pedro, I knew that I’d made the right decision!  The warm tropical air brushed against my face and immediately erased every sentiment of disappointment about not reaching my goals. Then, I locked eyes with the deep turquoise water and I knew it was time to kiss those goal-blues good-bye!


As I laid on the beach in my super cute monokinis (thanks to Amazon Prime’s 2-day shipping, two of my swimmies arrived on-time), I remembered the importance of celebrating success no matter how big or small. Disappointments and setbacks in life are inevitable but our responses can be controlled.

With only three weeks into the new year, I knew that I did not want to start a new season of life with a pity party over things that didn’t go my way. Moreover, I knew that starting the year with a bad attitude would not be conducive to ending the year with a win. My UnBelizeable trip to Belize reminded me of this principle and helped to set the tone for 2017–no matter what, I will fight, celebrate and win. 

Friends, I don’t know what setbacks or upsets you’ve already faced or may be facing this year but I encourage you to get up and look past them. Rather than focusing on what is going wrong, be intentional to focus on the things that are going well!

  • Are you in good health?
  • Do you have a warm bed to sleep at night?
  • Do you have people to call friends or family?
  • Do you have at least $100 in your bank account?

These may sound like small, average wins but if you’ve answered yes to one or more, you’re actually doing better than 80% of the world.

Let’s commit to celebrating ourselves no matter the circumstance! Cheers to 2017!

I believe and declare this will be our most amazing and endeavoring year ever!



  • Nina Bina
    January 19, 2017

    Loved this trip! Loved our time together. So glad we got to go! 🙂
    2017 will be our best year yet!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 19, 2017

      Yes!!! Me too!!! Such an amazing time! 2017 is totally ours! 💘

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