Read ALL about our SOUL CRUISE HERE!

 

2016 Sponsors

Big Tough Girl was so honored to sponsor and host this year's BTG Soul Cruise! 

We hope you will join us next year as a sponsor for this event!

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2016 Vendors

We could NOT have pulled off this year's amazing retreat without the beautiful vendors that believed in us and helped to provide all the goodies that we spoiled our BIG TOUGH GIRL cruisers with!

 The vendors below either donated product, gave generous discounts or helped us advertise and share our mission.  

We hope you will join us next year in providing for these women that deserve to be spoiled and celebrated!

email us for details at hi@bigtoughgirl.org 



2015 Sponsors

Big Tough Girl was so honored to sponsor and host this year's BTG Soul Cruise! 

We hope you will join us next year as a sponsor for this event!

View Sponsor Details HERE.

2015 Vendors

We could NOT have pulled off this year's amazing retreat without the beautiful vendors that believed in us and helped to provide all the goodies that we spoiled our BIG TOUGH GIRL cruisers with!

 The vendors below either donated product, gave generous discounts or helped us advertise and share our mission.  

We hope you will join us next year in providing for these women that deserve to be spoiled and celebrated!

email us for details at hi@bigtoughgirl.org 

It always amazes me...every year that we do this how it miraculously comes together!!!  No matter how much we plan and prepare there is always something (HUGE blog post coming about this)  But so many miracles and prayers and awesomeness always take place so that this event can come together and we can enjoy the most amazing week ever!!!  

Through the year of 2014 I went back and forth a million times about whether or not I should host this event again.  After the way last year ended, after the cruise, the giant changes in my heart personally, the anger and the pain and all that played out I never thought I would be here again, I never thought that I would EVER host this event, put myself out there, put in the HUGE amount of time and energy and money into planning this event....but as I started to think about all the things that I have learned and all the growth that I had done this year I started creating the workshops....and soon I was putting myself back together and putting the pieces of this cruise together!!  

One of the first workshops that we do in the week, one of the crucial starting points is giving ourselves permission.  I wanted to share what I wrote in my journal as I made the final decision to put this together!

"This has been a crazy year.  One filled with great loss and change with everything that happened on this cruise last year I have been so scared to host this event again.  I have doubted myself greatly this year- who I am, my mission, feeling like a fraud.  I am GIVING myself permission to let it go and move past it all, to start the incredible journey of creating this new life with BIG TOUGH GIRL.  I have let so many people effect the way that I feel...it is time to take the power back.  to do whatever is needed to regain control and self worth.  I am giving myself the permission to take this leap, keeping the faith that the message will be received and that there will be great reward and joy for my soul."

As the preparation continued I was inspired to look into the meaning behind a "Maiden Voyage."  I was blown away but what I found and I knew in my heart that this was the right decision...that this event was greatly needed and that it would continue to grow and be bigger and better with each passing year.  It was the answer that I had been looking for.  

It is a great honor in my life.  

The maiden voyage of a ship, aircraft or other craft is the first journey made by the craft after shakedown.

SHAKEDOWN = TEST

Wow.  Mind blown.  Seriously.

So for 2015 we took the BTG Soul Cruise on the Maiden Voyage.  Our first journey made after shakedown.  

And it was beautiful.

The women that join us each year are coming after shakedown and are ready to get back out there...to take the next journey in their life.  It is incredible to see them repair and prepare and then get off the boat to face all that life has to offer!

This year, this group of women....seriously.  I can't even think about them without crying!  They have changed my life, they are forever connected to me and I love them all so so dearly!!  It is never easy to put 10 women together, so different in so many ways...but this group came together and were one heart all week!  It was such an amazing thing to see.

As I met women for the first time some of them literally fell into my arms in tears.  I will never forget meeting these women.  I will never forget the love and joy that was exchanged.  It was so beautiful and incredible!  

There are so many moments that I could share, so many sacred one on one conversations that I witnessed, so many silly girl moments that were so priceless but I want to keep these so close to my heart...it is one of those things that you just have to "be there" to truly understand the magnitude of a week like this!!!  

I have women literally walk off that boat a different person.  I have seen women go home empowered to leave unhealthy relationships, to change their life physically, to let go of and heal from emotional scars that have been haunting them for years, to return a recharged mother and wife, to come home and start building the dream job full of opportunity and YES! 

To say that I am humbled to be a part of this event is an understatement.  These women do the work...they work HARD when they are on the boat...they work hard and they play hard.  It is like this is THEIR week to just GET IT ALL OUT and that comes in literal blood, sweat and tears!  They sacrificed to be there, they have all been through so much and they are MAKING IT COUNT!

This is only about half of the photos....I think you get the idea...EPIC is the word that you are looking for!

 

Every single day for an entire week we worked together, ate together, cried together and played together.  It is always so bitter/sweet the morning that we get off the boat.  I know that they are all so exhausted and ready to get back to their family and daily routine....but I know it is always hard to go.  

I am so proud of these amazing women.  I am so honored to know them and to call them my friends.  I am forever connected to them and I am forever inspired by them and the life choices and changes that they are determined to make.  They showed up, they put in the work and they will be different women, better women not only for themselves but for those in their closest circles!  

I am in tears as I post this, as I close another year, another chapter, another amazing Soul Cruise.  

I look forward to 2016 and hope that you will join us, that you will make the sacrifice and that you will join us for this LIFE CHANGING experience that is truly a once in a life-time opportunity that you will want to make happen over and over again!

REGISTER FOR 2016 HERE

I truly believe that the individuals that will put their heart and soul into this journey and give themselves to the sea will return changed women.
— Ashley Mitchell. BTG Soul Cruise