Maybe You Need a Personal Day
When’s the last time you took a “personal day?”
When you did, was it really a day just for you?
In our typical day-to-day, we’re often so busy bringing home the bacon, helping others, and keeping up with our social scene. Rarely do we take time to check with our inner guru about what we want and need, about where we’re even going. It’s no wonder we face overwhelm, anxiety, stress, and boredom. We’re often going about our day reacting to whatever life throws at us as if we’re standing on the front lines of a war zone. Sometimes it’s all we can do not to retreat.
But maybe that’s exactly what we need, an opportunity to withdraw and regroup, to regather our forces and come back with a deeper inner conviction about what we want our lives to be. Not just a vacation (which can be stressful itself), but a chance to discover our true strengths and reignite the passion and purpose that keeps us in the game.
There are a lot of ways that you can retreat, but in many cases, it involves taking a step away from your normal daily patterns, your usual places, and the people you associate with. You step back to create space for new ways of thinking and feeling to emerge. Because it is in seeing things anew that you’ll find the hope and strength to bolster your Spirit.
There are solo retreats, couple retreats, parenting retreats, artist retreats, team retreats, women’s retreats, writer’s retreats, yoga retreats, men’s retreats, and so many more. Although many of these carry a themed focus, the general point is to exercise self-care and re-engage your passion for what you’re doing and why you’re here on this planet at this time.
Without taking time to retreat every now and then, the likelihood that we’ll crash and burn on the front lines is high. We can’t go forever once our reserves have been depleted. Instead, we stand there dodging bullets, hoping, wishing and praying we’ll make it out alive. We’re there, merely surviving.
But I want more for you!
- I want you to feel powerful in your place, able to handle what comes your way in integrity with your ideals.
- I want you to feel valued beyond what you do or have, where you live or who you know.
- I want you to feel the meaning behind the life you’ve chosen and to keep choosing that which makes life meaningful for you.
- I want you to feel capable of engaging with others in ways that empower you and them.
- I want you to feel inspired and creative and motivated to make your mark, whatever it may be.
To have this life, you have to take time to know the part of you that has the power to create it. It’s a quiet inner knowing, a force that’s easy to ignore. There are too many competing voices that we often cannot hear its call. So let’s take a day soon to retreat. I’m not telling you all of this because I’m hosting what I believe will be a spectacular retreat this week. I know what I have to offer isn’t for everyone. But there is something out there just right for you and I hope you take advantage of it.
How to Retreat
- Consider what aspect of your life feels the least stable or stale. Is it physical, emotional, personal, relational, financial, creative, etc? What part of you needs love and care right now?
- Then determine what type of retreat would offer the most to you at this time in your life. You can find all kinds of retreats online. That part is easy. Find one that speaks more to your Spirit and less to your head.
- The hard part is saying YES to any one of them and putting an X on your calendar to make the time.
- Okay, I know there’s the money part. Some retreats are expensive and well worth the money. But others aren’t. Give yourself a budget and keep looking. Even renting an Airbnb for a night or a weekend to read, take walks, and contemplate your life can be an inexpensive option. Maybe you have a friend with a cabin or rental you can use for free. Don’t let limitations like time and money stop you. These are just bullets you’re accustomed to taking in the chest. Stop.
- Tell the people who normally count on you that you won’t be available that day, weekend, or week. Set up coverage all around so you won’t have to worry about anyone or anything while you’re away. It’s not selfish to rest and renew so you can continue as your best self rather than a depleted automaton.
- Choose the clothes you love most to wear and take a new blank journal to record thoughts and inspiration along the way.
- Leave early and arrive early. Feel the excitement of being with yourself and maybe others like you.
- Immerse yourself in the moment.
- Do what feels real and right. Don’t censor your experience. Not now.
- Stay open to hear your heart’s most important messages about you and why you’re here.
Think of your retreat as an unexpected stopover on your journey, a little like getting waylaid into some cool village where you’ll unknowingly stumble upon a new clue to a life of more happiness and freedom. Take a “personal day,” soon. I’ve never heard anyone say they regret taking the time to learn and grow without the pressures to keep up an indestructible front. The truth is we’re not made of steel. We’ve got a soft and gentle spot inside and we better know damn well why it’s worth fighting for.
For anyone in need of an immediate retreat, there’s still time and a few tickets left for the Real Women of Wonder Retreat this Saturday. They’ll remain on sale until Friday 10/18 at 12pm. I hope one of them becomes yours.
If you’re interested in learning more about your personal empowerment in an experiential setting, come to our next retreat! It’s happening this Saturday in Indianapolis and we’ve got an amazing lineup of presenters ready to share their experience and expertise with you! Check out the Real Women of Wonder Retreat.
If you want to get in on this life-changing experience. Go get your ticket today!
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