I have arrived. First time traveling solo internationally for 20+ hours was nerve wracking and exciting at the same time. I take comfort in traveling with others because it makes me feel safe and secure. To be honest I have avoided this for a very long time and told myself that I would never travel alone. Little did I know how much this solo travel experience would empower me. I remember trying to round up some of the ladies on our retreat to coordinate flying together out of LAX. That plan did not pan out. All good. It was meant for me to fly alone and you know what, it turned out better than I had expected. When I got to my resort I literally cried in gratitude to God for allowing me to receive all the goodness that I am experiencing. Women have so much power if they choose to harness it. Our moment to moment choices determine if we give it away or take it back. Which do you choose? Shout out to my sis @litz_bitz who empowers and leads women on solo traveling retreats. I get it now💓 You are right! 2 days is not long enough. Let the adventures unfold✨🦋
Good morning! Sorry I’ve been a little quiet this week .... but when you are called to ditch the Martha lifestyle and be more like Mary you have to be both brave and obedient.
I found a little courage and booked myself some time to sit awhile with God this week. And guess what? He showed up.
Being intentional about obedience is super important to God. It’s something I learned very quickly when he spoke clearly about quitting my job and stepping out in faith.
It wasn’t easy to obey and it meant sacrifice. But I was more fearful of disobeying God, especially knowing that his word was true.
I’d much rather do something outrageously crazy for the sake of the gospel and God’s Kingdom than miss out on a life I wouldn’t even dare to dream of by following my own plan, my own way.
So this week I was a bit brave and very obedient! I took 24 hours and went on my very first ‘Solo Retreat’ in Sligo. You can read all about it on the blog!
This is the darling little cabin named Iris that I am in love with and love to retreat to whenever I can. She has a sister on each side that I also hope to experience soon. They all underwent recent makeovers and are just cuter than ever. If you’re ever looking for a solo or romantic getaway, I highly recommend checking one of them out. For real. This place is magical.
A trek through the forests by #VanaVasa isn’t just a physical adventure – it is a state of being. The deep silence of the woods awakens your senses, and as you cross the stream that separates VanaVasa from the forest, you’ll find your mind crossing the sea of your distractions, towards your true self.
I feel strongly that we can all benefit from a ‘pulling back’ from our daily life, our full schedules and the often chaotic lives that we lead.
Many of us attempt to gain respite by going on vacation or even registering for a retreat. Both of these solutions are great and needed, AND I’ve seen they often end up being an extension of how we live our daily lives - over scheduled and even stressful.
Creating the tradition of going on a yearly personal retreat for myself has been transformative for me! The most important relationship we have is with our SELF. Caring for and nourishing this essential connection to my Self through time alone in a conducive environment of my choice has been a way for me to reset, regroup, restore and remember. I’m able to reenter my life with a fresh perspective and more deeply connected to who I am and how I show up in my world!
Learn more in this week’s podcast episode - Link in bio!
I'm excited to be back from a month-long hiatus from my podcast, a bit of a digital detox and travels and adventures to bring you this week's episode!
Listen in as I talk about the benefits and reasons for going on a yearly personal retreat. After just returning from my own solo retreat, I share what I love about taking this time to reset, regroup, restore and remember. I give you some tips on how to make it happen for yourself and how to make the most of your time before, during and after your personal time of pulling back.
My times on retreat for myself have been essential to my well-being and transformative in my journey toward a more spacious life. Join me wherever you listen to podcasts or directly on my website - whatever's most convenient for you!
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• BALANCE •
Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to unplug and rest. Sometimes going on a daylong hike to a waterfall without cell service is the best medicine you can give yourself. Sometimes you need more too.
Having a business-life balance is so important. Balance and self care are the backbone of life. Maintaining this balance is essential so that you can continue to show up fully, and sometimes the most important investment you can make is in a vacation for yourself—to fully tend to your own self, to hear the quiet whisper of your intuition, to reconnect with the softness of your animal body, gently luring you across the threshold into a landscape that beckons you with the promise of restorative solitude, creativity, clarity, and nourishment.
May this weekend afford you much restoration.
After a lovely solo retreat for some much needed self-care, I came back with Ayurvedic tools to implement on my daily life.
It was eye opening to find out how the same food affects people differently depending on their composition.
I will be eliminating some foods from my diet that I love in order to heal my rosacea, including garlic, onions and vinegar.
I’m excited to embark on this journey, and guide my family through it as well.
We made it home. As lonely as it gets sometimes, traveling alone, even a quick getaway, I always learn something. Sometimes I learn to face my fears. Or I find clarity about something in the past. Or I have a profound self actualization. Or I learn what poison ivy looks like from @jac_dryden.
To quote one of my best friends @_drewdbell, I am officially “ready for any situation”
At the end of last year, I made a declaration to take an epic ::solo:: journey this summer, the first summer in 5 years I wasn’t bound to Big Work like managing craft shows for @pacrafts or completing wellness trainings @createkarmatoday or preparing for the launch of the #Holistic Therapy department at LGH/Penn Medicine
I figured I would Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or backpack through the Alps, daydreams and lofty goals
When my father died 5 days after my 34th birthday in January, I began to contemplate what kind of radical self-discovery could unfold on such a trip, knowing I was, for the first time in my life, truly complete with him, even before he died. Knowing there was no more burning away of painful childhood memories, no more doing to do, at long last I had entered, in earnest, into a space of Being Whole and healed
Then one night in this past Very Long and Very Alone in the #tinymagickhouse Winter, I was having dinner with dear friends, friends who have become a part of my chosen family, And over many glasses of 🥂 by the 🔥 I was (easily) convinced to travel in a way that included extravagances I would normally not offer myself, like a hotel room with a private balcony facing the Swiss Alps overlooking a lake, just for the sake of it, nothing more nothing less
And enough days between old-world destinations yet TBD so that I can flow into the next stop with Possibility and an air of Spontaneity
So, Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, here I come with my backpack and my boots, with a list of hostels and a few well-laid plans, with an open 💙 and a humbled 🧠 and with intentions to Be Present with myself, unencumbered in a way, no babes, no husband, no regrets, just a full 💜
This is quite a time to experience the fullness of being alive, yes? ✌🏼
If you are ready to press the mute button on the world, maybe it’s time for a personal retreat. Rebecca West, author, speaker, and designer shares how to plan a restorative solo getaway on The Journal (link in bio). #fundamentalsoffulfillment
I was feeling very disconnected from myself, and felt overwhelmed with life. So, I took myself away on a solo retreat for the weekend.
This Art Journal entry was created using a magazine, glue, water colour paints,, black and white marker pens and stamps. It was reflective of how I felt on the first night I arrived.
I Art Journalled throughout the weekend and came back home feeling connected with myself again and no longer overwhelmed.
I wrote about my experience, and my Art Journal process in the hope that it may inspire you to use Art Journalling for yourself.
The article will appear in an eBook soon to be launched. An amazing project by @theartofinsight called 'Winter Wellness' with contributions from so many incredible humans. I am so honoured to be part of it. This eBook will help you get through the colder season. ❄✨
This is the view I woke up to this morning @innisfreeretreat I was really in need of some ‘space’ and in only 24 hours there, it well and truly delivered. I feel nurtured, rested and best of all, now seeing clearly. I’m a relatively experienced teacher and practitioner and found the coaching session I had with @basia.nowacki so helpful in getting clear on what was blocking me. Her and her beautiful partner have created the most amazing space for anyone wanting a solo retreat or (like me) a special space to feel connected to nature, practice and get clear on some things. Enormous thanks to you both, you clever, clever things! 💕 #mothernature#lifecoahcing#nature#soloretreat#meditation#yoga#itsallaboutpractice