I went to a conference in Atlanta this past weekend, and it really was refreshing! The conference was Mystic South, a gathering of like minded people who believe in meditation, rocks, crystals, candles, hexes, charms, spells, and a whole lot more!
I found out about Mystic South a few months back as I was scrolling through Facebook and I noticed that a friend of mine had clicked that they were going. It peaked my interest and we spoke and agreed to go together and split the travel and hotel costs. After that day I felt like a kid waiting for their week of Summer Camp! I haven’t felt this excited to go on a trip in a long time. I had never been to a conference like this and didn’t know many of the attendees.
We left on a Thursday and my four year old daughter came with us on the trip. The plan was that my friends 18 year old son would stay with my child while we went to the workshops and that worked out very well. The first evening we were there we stopped at the Java Cats Cafe
Java Cats was a wonderful place to go have a good cup of coffee and to pet some beautiful cats! My daughter was in Cat Heaven! I call her the “Cat Whisperer” she has such a love for all animals, but especially cats. Most are drawn to her, with the exception of my cat who she has renamed “Bad Kitty”! All of the proceeds go to help the Homeless cats find good homes. They average around 1 adoption a day, and that is fabulous! Of course she wanted to bring a cat home, but we were able to talk her into just petting and playing with them. The room is set up just for the kitties, they have shelf levels on the walls. Some were sleeping, some were waiting to pounce on the cat toys, and others were just walking around. A true Cat haven! And my little cat charmer enjoyed talking to the people that were already there loving on the cats and she told them all about her cats. She enjoys sharing stories of Waylon, Willie, and Kit Kat (AKA “Bad Kitty”).
After that we went back to our hotel, which was a apartment really. We had a full size kitchen, living room and two bedrooms with two bathrooms. A real nice set up, it is my favorite place to go to when I go to Atlanta, my home away from home.
The first day of Mystic South on Friday was great. There was so much positive energy and learning in the air that at almost every class I was overwhelmed with all of that strong energy. I would be so overwhelmed with it that my eyes would barely be able to stay open as my brain was taking in so much. It was a good kind of overwhelming feeling! I did feel a little self conscious at first because I know it looked like I was falling asleep, but it was not so, I was just absorbing everything and was having a sensory overload. I met some wonderful people. Saw some beautiful art pieces in the vendor room, had the most relaxing massage, and found some wonderful books to take home to read. I left there on Sunday feeling so refreshed and enlightened. At the end I was hugging people goodbye and asking if they were on FaceBook (equivalent of when I was a kid at summer camp and we were getting everyone’s mailing address to keep in touch). I haven’t even scratched the surface with describing just how good this trip and conference was. I had great company in the car on the way there and back, met wonderful new people, learned from some phenomenal people, and left with a smile on my face and in my heart.
Last weekend was everything that I needed to refresh. I had been feeling a little down and just not feeling that self love that I know I should be feeling. I wasn’t appreciating myself and in turn it made others not appreciate me. I am learning more everyday on how to acknowledge my true feelings and to accept them. And today as I placed my hands over my heart and breathed in several long and slow breathes, I realized that I was not only feeling happiness, but that I was also feeling content. And guess what? There are still a few dishes in the sink, and THAT IS OKAY!!
Smile today and Love yourself!!