I recently returned home from the Tequila, Lime, and Sunshine 2019 Posh incentive vacation. The trip was a five day, all-inclusive vacation held at the Now Amber Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The trip is one of many Posh incentives that I’ve been blessed enough to take part in. I worked hard earning the points I needed to be a part of this incredible opportunity, and my Posh Crew worked even harder, supporting one another along the way.
Getting to and from Mexico was a bit of a cluster. Mother Nature had an arctic-blast, so to speak, blanketing much of the country with snow and sub-zero temperatures. We had delayed flights, missed connections, and even a night snuggled up in the Denver airport. As crazy as all of that was, it’s not what framed this trip.
I Gave Puerto Vallarta My Heart
Something kind of amazing happened once I got to Mexico. It’s not what you might think, though. I loved the time with my husband, my teammates, and my company, and to say that part was anything less than spectacular would be a total understatement. I loved every second of this vacation. But, it was when I stepped into the streets of Puerto Vallarta, that my feelings about this trip changed.
One of the days, we headed out on a shopping excursion to an area of Puerto Vallarta called The Malecon. The Malecon is a boardwalk that runs along Puerto Vallarta’s seawall promenade. The boardwalk is lined with sculptures created by local Mexican artists. Street performers, vendors, and artists have shops that sell everything from trinkets to amazing pieces of art.
That day, walking along the boardwalk, feeling the breeze from the ocean attempt to cool my face, I felt lucky. I knew that not everyone gets to travel internationally and have an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than themselves. And here I was, in Mexico, experiencing things that would contribute to my growth as a person and eventually enrich my soul.
The Artists Huicholes
I decided right then and there that I wanted to do more than just vacation. I wanted to learn about the culture of Puerto Vallarta, and instead of bringing back a trinket, I wanted to take home something unique that represented the people of this area. I walked into a shop that I later found out was owned by Enrique Barragan. The vibrant colors and the pure craftsmanship of the beautiful art amazed me. The pieces in the shop represent the Wixárika people and their religion, Huichol. Huichol art recreates the sacred Huichol symbols uniquely and colorfully. Tierra Huichol, the company that brings local artisans together, handcrafts beautiful, iconic pieces of art and sells them within the community. The Artists Huicholes, mainly consisting of the Carrillo family, create the art pieces and sell them in stores, much like the store I stumbled upon while shopping.
Dìa de Los Muertos
I fell in love with a tall butterfly skeleton. Her purple dress is covered in butterflies (mariposa), and symbolizes good luck. Her skeleton features are Día de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. She is utterly spectacular, and she is now mine.
Now, my butterfly skeleton sits in my office at home looking over my workspace. She serves as a reminder of what I accomplished to earn the trip to Puerto Vallarta, but most importantly, she is the figure that gave me the desire to learn and respect the places I am lucky enough to visit. From this trip forward, I hope to learn about the culture of the places I visit. I hope to bring back reminders of each community instead of random souvenirs that won’t mean anything to me years down the road.
If I’m lucky enough, perhaps I’ll revisit Mexico. If I do, I hope to see a different region with similar traditions that I can learn about and compare to the colorful community of Puerto Vallarta.