The family that drinks bourbon together...
I just married into the family last year so I haven’t spent a significant amount of time with some of the cousins and I had not even met all of them before this trip. Needless to say, I was a little nervous. We were mixing eighteen female family members and a little whiskey, that can go all sorts of ways.
My mama in law, a matriarch of the group along with her cousin planned our itinerary. They included a tour of the Evan Williams Experience downtown Louisville, a stop at Jim Beam Distillery and Friday and Saturday nights in Nashville. She and I bonded immediately when we met 6 years ago, both of us loving her son dearly and we like whiskey, bourbon specifically. There is something to be said about a woman who likes whiskey. Usually, I have found she is confident, a little feisty, doesn’t take any shit and gets shit done.
Now all of the women on the trip were not bourbon enthusiasts, but I found that they all had those attributes. It was an epic trip. Real family, real love and no bullshit. Powerful.
I was so inspired by these women. All of these women rallied for cousin Jill’s 50th birthday. Each one of them moved mountains and found a way to leave their jobs, kids and husbands. They came from near and far. They honored their differences and shared their commonalities. At dinner, everyone celebrated the birthday girl in a heartfelt, tearful round table. I want to cry now just thinking of how beautiful that was, and how lucky I am to be a part of this family of strong, badass women.
My journey as a mother over the last twenty five years has been an ongoing battle of finding the balance among being myself and losing myself to kids and work and now a new husband. This trip, and these women reminded me how essential it is to take that time for myself and for sisterhood. It fuels me like nothing else. You would think after 4 days of drinking, talking all night and taking a killer barre class I would be dead when I got home, but it was exactly the opposite. I am reenergized.
I am recommitted to my dreams. I am recommitted to being the badass I am. I am ready to reconnect women to their spirits and to sisterhood.
And what better way to do that then to get out into bourbon country?
My first women’s whiskey retreat in Louisville, Kentucky is October 12-14. I am beyond excited to share my passion for our native spirit, show off what I love about bourbon country, foster new and old friendships and offer respite from our crazy world.