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BTB Winter Retreat 2019

Good morning my loves! The beginning of this year has been a transformation to say the least, and you will never guess how much has changed in such a short time! Although my initial change transpired began before the “BTB Winter Retreat 2019”, I’m going to give you a quick backstory about everything.

Last year, I was the go to advocate for excuses, motivation-LESS, and truly carrying the weight of what should have been dead in my life a long time ago. Fast forward to now, I have had a refreshing in my spirit, my mind, and body.

I began this year fasting for 21 days which i COMPLETED! Yes, I said that magical word. COMPLETED. Afterwards, I had a real reality observation and decided to act on things that would ground me better spiritually. Then, we approach February 1, 2019.

I could not have prepared myself for what would happen starting that day.

It was a pleasure to be picked as the photographer and assistant to Tenisha Bibbs for her “Behind the Beauti Winter Retreat” that weekend. My God, I tell you, what I am about to share with you all, should move you to be curious about what this movement is all about.

On the first day, we of course had a hilarious, yet fun ride there with all the locals. I guess we were driving too slow for them. (Even though we were already like 10 mph over the speed limit.) The closer we got to the house, the more lost we became. I mean, we went in a circle so many times, but that’s the beauty of a road trip right? Right.

Oh my goodness, I have to tell y’all, Ms. Tenisha had me rolling when she saw a deep cliff on the passenger side. She dropped her phone, her eyes bugged out, and I promise she almost stuttered. We laughed so hard about that tears were falling. So that’s my warning if you decide to be adventurous and go up in the mountains.

After we finally circled around for a bit and found the home, it was GO time. We all buckled down for those who were present, and flipped that house. We had a deadline to get the decorations done, tables up, food set up and more. Thankfully, we did it and it felt good when it was done.

Later that night, we commenced our night by getting to know each other, pleasuring our taste buds with an amazing dinner by Chef V, and a small fireside chat with Morale Ocain. I was so adamant about sleeping in the room with others because didn’t want to be that bear in the room. When I get a good sleep, I’m out like a light. Nonetheless, I climbed my happy hips on the top bunk and enjoyed my roomies. They were perfect.



Next day, we were blessed with a powerful sunrise prayer and mediation. The power of the Holy Spirit fell so heavily, I could barely take pictures. I felt such a weight of relief, healing, and peace like the hand of God stretched forth and touched each one of us. Once prayer was over, Mrs. Jean Turner led the ladies in a morning stretch and Glory Walk. We then followed with Breakfast, Coffee, and Conversation and that’s when we really hit the meat of the day. We also enjoyed another catetered meal from Chef V for lunch!

We spent the entire day with speakers such as April Reason, Kristole Pierce, Faye Shaw, Jean Turner, and Yvette Gavin.

Yvette Gavin
April Reason
Jean Turner
Faye Shaw
Kristole Pierce

These speakers were on fire! I also wanted to share the reason why I chose these pictures. When you look at them, they all tell a story. I belive that is where the beauty comes in, because these are raw, uncut, and down to the core. These are speakers who didn’t sugarcoat anything and they shared what needed to shared.

Starting from Mrs. Yvette Gavin to April Reason, the anointing just flowed down. April set the platform and made the room an altar. When I tell you, she gathered us altogether and then prayed for Ms. Tenisha! My God did she pray a hedge of protection over her. Afterwards, I felt an unction to get my healing. Why? Because, the atmosphere was conducive for a shift to take place. Before I knew it, I was on the floor praising God for what I didn’t know was being held onto was finally released off of my spirit.

ABSOLUTELY POWERFUL I TELL YOU.

After we gathered ourselves from what I call chuch (insert southern accent) we had a few activities to enjoy from jewelry making with Ayana Glaze to an image styling session later that night with Marcella Thomas. Some of the other ladies enjoyed Massages by Mac while others rested up and enjoyed the company of one another.

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I truly believe we slept very well that night with a packed day. My heart is so full from meeting the ladies to the conclusion of the event. It really gave me a different perspective on how to allow my purpose to be manifested from healing.

If you are interested in attending the next retreat, I have a surprise for you. Registration is open to purchase tickets early, but we are also having a “Behind the Beauti Experience Conference” coming up July 19th and 20th at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, GA. Stay tuned for more to come! Learn about your true BEAUTI!

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A few moments of recognition go out to:

YURLP Productions for photography and videography

Our sponsor Fit, Foxy 50 & BEYOND

Enjoy the snippets below from the “BTB Winter Retreat 2019” below and grab those tickets!

(Pictures are property of Let’s Get Relle and TB Media Group for the Behind the Beauti brand. Permission must be granted before republication)



Weekend Recap – Cultural Crawl Atlanta 2017

Cultural Crawl Custom Hats

What is up y’all?! I said I was going to give you a bonus post this week so HERE IT IS 😊

RECAP: Cultural Crawl Atlanta Little 5 Points

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of helping my good friend Shafaa celebrate her 23rd birthday (whoop whoop) by going to the Atlanta Cultural Crawl along with the opportunity to cover this dope event! It included everything ranging from food to art to local talent, like I could go on and on forever.

The registration began at Hand in Hand restaurant where you get to meet the beautiful faces behind this event.

After getting registered, you can head inside and chill where they have certain specials specifically for the Cultural Crawl event. I ran to get a few pics of the staff participating in “The Culture Shotski” special. I must admit, it was very interesting to watch.

Next up, we ventured to this chill spot called Atkins Park Restaurant and Bar where Shafaa and I shared some good ole nachos.

Nacho's Atkins Park & Restaurant Bar

Now, we skip on over to Corner Tavern for their loaded tater tot special. 🙌🏽 Shafaa, me and the hubby hung out in the restaurant for a bit while we recharged for our last few stops. Our waitress of the evening was absolutely awesome too -shoutout to her!

Up next, we hop on over to The Brewhouse Cafe where I tapped out with the food. We all ate outside which was a very unique experience and I ordered one of my favorites…MUSSELS 😍 I give them props on presentation and preparation. It is not easy to make those bad boys tender before they get too chewy.

Brewhouse Cultural Crawl Atlanta

LAST, but not least, we stopped by Front Page News Patio Bar & Grill. Funny enough, we were all caught with the sleepy bug by then. There were some pretty great pictures taken though. Next time I’m in the area, I’ll DEFINITELY be dropping in!

Front Page Cultural Crawl Atlanta

Also! We were provided with a virtual map with some of the best murals around town. Just my luck, I managed to get a snapshot of a very talented artist. He was painting a fresh mural for a jewelry shop who specializes in gold and signature pieces. This artist goes by the name of @ Paulathol on Instagram.

Special shoutout to my love for snapping this dope pic!

Cultural Crawl Atlanta Mural

To close, I thoroughly enjoyed myself throughout this entire event. Special shoutout to every individual that helped bring it together. It was an absolute success in my opinion. I definitely look forward to attending next year.

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Click the links to check out each business’s webpage and social media to follow!

Check out a few extra goodies I snapped along the way 👇🏽

Cultural Crawl Atlanta Mural-Little 5 Points

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Cultural Crawl Atlanta

Happy Friday you guys! Today, this post dedication will be going towards one of my favorite things…FOOD!

Next weekend, I will be attending Cultural Crawl Atlanta with my husband for Shafaa’s birthday where we will have the pleasure of experiencing art, culture and food all in one. I am super excited to go because (cool note on their site) a portion of their ticket sales will be donated towards a local nonprofit art based organization here in Atlanta. What better way to help give back to the arts while being able to absorb each creative aspect along the way.  You’ll also receive a custom street art map which highlights the best art all around. I will definitely have my camera by my side!

For the food, there will be tons of restaurants who teamed up with Cultural Crawl to welcome all guests with exceptional specials as well. Make sure you go grab your tickets before it’s too late for this dope event. I can’t wait to explore the city with two of the best people while making memories. I need to find me an awesome outfit!

Go get those tickets! I’ll see you there!

Oh! you can also check out their Cultural Crawl Facebook event for more info.

 

USE CODE CCATL17 for a discount!