"We are a family; I got all my sista's with me!"
This song rang so true to me as the weekend came to a close and the 2nd Annual Swim Soiree had finally come to an end. 6 months of hard core preparation, sweat and even a few frustration tears went into this event and once the night ended, everyone felt empowered and full of hope.
The Swim Soiree began as I became so discouraged at the lack of body positive events held in my home town. Being a full time mother and cosmetologist with a full schedule, the freedom to travel isn't always in the plans. So I took matters into my own hands so that Philadelphia would have a safe place to celebrate their bodies and have a blast while doing so!
Let me be the first to tell you that my experiences with the plus community haven't been all fairy tales and gum drops but I don't let it fill my spirit at all. My biggest goal is to make events that generate so much positivity that negative vibes can't enter. It was a personal goal of mine to speak to almost every guest that attended the Swim Soirée, because I wanted to personally thank you for supporting my dreams. The Swim Soirée almost didn't happen this year because of so many personal obstacles
I had to endure but with the support of our sponsors allof you, it turned out to be bigger and better then I ever expected.
It takes a lot to step out of faith and make a decision to live out your dreams, especially when that deeam is to use your platform to help other people. I refuse to take all the credit in what happened on Saturday! It truly takes a team of people who not only believe in you, but support you no matter what obstacles you endure.