If you were following my instagram feed last week, then you were able to see a few photos from my recent trip to Mexico. Sorry, that doesn’t do it nearly enough justice. This was more than just a trip, this was the Thrive Life Puerto Vallarta Fantasy Getaway!
My Thrive Family Tree: Adam & Andrea Anderson, Cory & Misty Marsh, Chad & Rachel Mano, and Lisa & Jeff Warnick. (left to right)
I’m excited to share some stories from my vacation, as well as more pictures and even a few videos! First and foremost, I need to say thanks. Thanks to my wonderful mother who flew from Alaska to babysit while me and my husband had the time of our lives. Though to be fair, she insists that she had even MORE fun somehow (something about unsupervised grand-baby time). Thank you to my mentor, Misty Marsh, who knew long before I did that I had what it took to make this dream a reality. She gave me the tools, training, and confidence to reach for something I thought was impossible. Thank you to my friends, family, and team mates who supported me in my goal to earn this trip. Finally, thank you to Thrive Life and the entire executive team for offering a wonderful experience like none other.
I would like to say that this was a once and a life-time thing, but I’ll admit: I have every intention on earning a spot on next year’s Thrive Life Fantasy Getaway!
Our (5-Star) Accommodations
Our trip was an all-inclusive 5 day, 4 night stay at the Hard Rock Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This hotel is FANTASTIC. The staff actively engaged with us, were helpful, and by the end of the trip I was addressing a few of them as if they were old friends. The food was delicious (I’ll be dreaming about the braised short ribs from Ciao for a while…), the views were awe-inspiring, and the atmosphere offered both fun and relaxation. Honestly, I have never been so impressed with a hotel, and I would recommend it to friends and family without hesitation. I easily could have stayed within the resort and had a blast. Beyond the pools (with a swim up bar, music, water-slide, kids area and daily water aerobics), there were endless activities beach side including volleyball, surfing, paddle boarding, and (of course) cozy tanning/reading spots. In the evenings, there was a nightly shows. My husband and I happened to win a Latin dance competition at one of them!
A Bit of Relaxation
I will admit that my favorite part of the hotel was the spa. I don’t typically visit the spa when I stay at hotels, but with a free evening and a little extra resort credit, I was able to treat myself to a Hot Chocolate Spa Body Wrap. Yes, it was as good as it sounds. I’ve had my fair share of therapeutic massage, but this was a whole other world. I received a relaxing massage complete with aromatherapy plus a full body scrub and a full body mask that frankly smelled good enough to eat. I still smell slightly chocolaty…and I’m okay with that. It is hands down one of the most relaxing experiences of my life and if you ever have the opportunity to get this treatment, go for it. I would do it daily if I had the opportunity.
And A Dash Of Adventure
However, it wasn’t all rest and relaxation…there was also plenty of adventure! Through Vallarta Adventures, I was able to check off a few things on my bucket list. The first was the Extreme Zip Line Adventure. They weren’t kidding about that “extreme” part! It started off with simple zip-lining through the jungle canopy. Then there was some upside down zip lining. Oh, don’t forget the rappelling! Plus ATV rides and water slides! That still isn’t everything, because to top it all off we got to take a trip on one of the longest and fastest zip-lines in the world: the Superman. Reaching over 60mph and about 4000ft in length, this was a ride like no other! I’m not usually terrified of thrill rides, but this one made me a bit nervous. Hey, who wouldn’t be when you are essentially moving at highway speeds tied to a couple of ropes 100+ feet in the air.
Here’s the videos from my epic ride!
And in case you would like to see what I actually saw:
I still get some butterflies watching that. Still (and this is important) the guide team made me feel safe at all times. You can tell that they were well trained, they knew what they were doing, and while they loved having fun, they were focused on our safety every step of the way. Between the different experiences, there was some hiking and the guides showed us many local plants and animals, shared stories, made jokes, and basically made us feel right at home.
I also had the opportunity to experience and Dolphin Adventure with the same company. It was fantastic to swim and interact with one of the most amazing creatures on earth. We were able to get in the water with the dolphins (our friend was named Nemo) so we could pet, dance, kiss and ride with them. There were actually two different dolphin rides: the belly ride and an quick underwater ride.
It was amazing to see how powerful these creatures were. They carried us with ease and moved so quickly through the water. They were able to leap into the air as if they were on a trampoline. They were also very smart and perceptive, able to recognize a pregnant friend by the baby’s heartbeat. While all these traits left me awe inspired, there was one that made me down right jealous. Did you know that dolphins NEVER sleep? They simply rest one side of their brain while thinking with the other, and then switch when needed. Imagine how productive you could be with this talent!
Would You Like To Go With Me Next Year?
It was such an amazing getaway. I was able to get some much needed relaxation, enjoy some time with friends, and check a few things off my bucket list. Like all good things, it eventually came to an end, but I loved every single moment. I never would have been able to do this without the help of a great company: Thrive Life.
If you would like to have the opportunity to earn a spot on next year’s Thrive Life Fantasy Getaway, contact me to learn about signing up as a Thrive Life Independent Consultant. You can read some of my story here, but I would be happy to answer any questions you have. Also, the Annual Thrive Life Convention for me and every other Thrive Life Consultant is coming up in April. If you would like to attend, I would love to have you as my personal guest. Learn more about Convention here, or feel free to leave a comment below.