You, Me, and Kiawah

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Growing up as a professional athlete, it was a given that life was going to be a little different. For much of my youth, I was fairly isolated, and while I wouldn’t trade those experiences for the world, I always wondered what it would’ve been like to go to school everyday, attend prom, and graduate alongside my lifelong childhood friends.

It may have taken me a little longer to find them, but my girlfriends now feel like the ones I would’ve first broken bread with in preschool. Even though we’re sometimes on different coasts, or spend long stretches of time apart, it’s like family when we reunite. We just don’t miss a beat. It’s part of the reason our annual 4th of July trip to Kiawah is so important, because it’s one of those few “family reunions” that we get. And we spend it in one of my favorite places on earth.

Kiawah is a little slice of paradise that forces us to unwind. We eat, we sun, and we laugh. Every morning starts with hot coffee and a spread of fresh fruit and hot French Toast, eggs, or bagels. Next we hit the beach. We were very aware of all the shark attacks happening on the Carolina coast so we weren’t able to take full advantage of the warm salt water. Instead, we biked up and down the sand, stopping for a few cocktails at the ocean clubs (or impromptu photo shoots), and making our way back to cool off in the pool. In the evenings, we found ourselves eating BBQ or at a BBQ, drinking chardonnay, eating ice cream, and trying to dance it all off in the center of the kitchen. If I had known that was going to end up being the main dance floor I may have rethought the layout…

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For the most part, this is how each day looks, with the rare exception of one evening in Charleston, which is such a beautiful and strong city. And my father taking us out for a boat ride around Bohicket Creek. There are dolphins that crest in your wake and the most beautiful sunset in the backdrop. When I say this place is magical, I mean it.

It really was a 4th of celebration and friendship. Spending five days in the company of your girlfriends you learn so much about each other and yourselves and you realize no matter what is happening in each of your lives, you will always have each other.

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Even if it’s a year until we see each other again, I’m so grateful Kiawah will always bring us back together.

 

Here is a video that sums up our time together:

 

Xo, Tara

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