It’s incredible how much of a difference a week can make. A week ago today I was in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, enjoying the views from my cabin in the woods at Westgate Resorts.
Now, that cabin no longer exists. All that’s left is the memories thousands of people hold on to who travel to the Great Smoky Mountains year after year.
So much devastation in the blink of an eye. While I conscientiously labored through my emails today, the news served as a sort of white noise in the background as updates were made through the morning on the condition of Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas. I paid close attention, not only only because it’s a place I have traveled to several times, just last week in fact; but also because my family owns a mountain top resort just outside of Gatlinburg.
I let out a “gasp” when the news outlets finally announced that my family’s resort had been completely destroyed. Immediately, all those amazing moments I had last week came rushing back: reading on the balcony as the sun rose over the mountain tops, sitting by the fire place with hot chocolate in hand and all the wonderful interactions that I had with the incredibly welcoming staff. My heart was, and is, broken for all of them and everyone in that area.
I will cherish every moment I have spent in Gatlinburg, from a little girl in elementary school all the way up to college, and now a married woman. All I know, I can’t wait to go back.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE MOMS OUT THERE!
I am so lucky to have grown up in such a supportive family. I truly feel blessed to have both my parents undying support. They are my motivation and the ones I turn to for advice.
Especially my mom.
I have always had a great relationship with my mom. She’s the one I call when I have good news and she’s the one I turn to when things go wrong. It’s nice to always have someone there who will listen. Today I honor my mom and all the amazing things she has done for our family.
Because of her…I’m the person I am today.
Right now I am sitting on my bed, staring at a half full suitcase worrying about what to take on my next adventure. My suitcase has definitely had its fair share of adventures in the last 12 months. I feel like I have barely been home, but I can’t complain especially since this weekend will be nice and relaxing.
I’m heading off for a quick weekend getaway at Westgate Lakes.
It may be just a couple miles down the street, but being away will force me to relax a little.
I am super excited because Westgate Resorts is like being home for me. I remember when I was little, my whole family would pack up and spend a week at Westgate every summer. We would spend countless hours by the pool or just relaxing in the spacious rooms.
And, that’s exactly what I plan on doing this weekend, along with the added spa visit or even making smores, mmm. It was actually at Westgate River Ranch Resort that I made my first S’more.
Also, as an added bonus, we will be spending some time at Downtown Disney. Relaxing, along with a little Disney magic – definitely the makings of a perfect weekend!!
Be sure to follow along this weekend #WGLakesWeekend.