We packed for a weekend getaway and came home without baggage.

Toronto turns into a ghost town on long weekends, so my girlfriends and I planned the perfect getaway to Niagara on the Lake to celebrate Canada Day and a special birthday.

We ate and drank more than we could stomach, biked until our bottoms were sore and listened to Fleetwood Mac on repeat. Although, the most unforgettable moments derived from our dinner conversations.

Can you recall your happiest moments in life? Are you able to experience and let go? What is your biggest secret? What was your childhood like? These are just a few of the many topics we covered both evenings.

We sat through two, four-hour dinners and watched one another go through a combination of laughs, tears and moments of discomfort while answering each question in full detail. We spoke about the highs and the lows of each topic, how the outcome came to be, how we moved on and what we learned from each experience. I have to say, it was one of the most therapeutic experiences I have ever had. To sit there and know that you’re in a judgement-free zone, surrounded by love and you’re able to speak exactly what’s on your mind is an incredible feeling. At the end of the last dinner we sat there and reflected on all the topics covered, feeling much lighter and our souls much happier.

We live in a world where women are constantly making comparisons amongst themselves and judging each other for every unimportant, minuscule thing. It’s time we start empowering ourselves and each other! Friendships like the ones I have don’t often come around, they need to be nurtured and maintained. I’m beyond grateful for these two women, they push me to always strive for more, encourage me when I’m feeling defeated and inject inspiration into our friendship and I will continue to do the very same in return. That weekend strengthened our friendship and I will cherish the memories forever.

I’ll leave you with this: When was the last time you asked your BFF(s) a round of seriously challenging questions that were guaranteed to evoke emotion and strengthen your bond?