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Retreat ~ What Reason Do You Have for a Retreat?

My Year of Adventure ~ Week # 10

This year I’ve challenged myself to a Year of Adventure.  What that means to me is finding not just adventure in the everyday, but Joy In the Ordinary!  And, wow, I can’t believe it’s already been 10 weeks of Adventures!  When I look back at what I’ve done already this year, it makes me smile.  And, I know this year holds many more adventures and smiles to come!  This weekend my adventure came in the form of Retreat!

The Gift of Retreat

Every year, at the beginning of the year, I have the opportunity to surround myself with other women and relax.  It is such a gift to be able to do this!  The theme this year for our retreat was Just Breathe!  Very appropriate!  I think we all needed to be able to take a step back and not just relax, but maybe recharge!

Recharging the Batteries

When I’m at home, there are always a million things that need to be done.  As mom, wife, sister, daughter and friend there’s always plenty to keep my plate full.  But, when I’m out at retreat, for a couple of days, I can just be me – Becki.

This  year I took the time to think and pray about what lies ahead this year.  It will no doubt be a very busy year, but also, I do believe, a very exciting one!

As women, we tend to take little time for ourselves.  For some reason, it feels kind of selfish?!  But, it is so important that we take it.  It isn’t an indulgence or frivolous, it’s a necessary part of keeping ourselves healthy and happy!  It’s very hard to take care of everyone and everything else, if we haven’t first taken care of ourselves!

For you, it may look different than a retreat in the middle of the woods, and that’s ok.  Do whatever helps you feel relaxed and recharged!  Might be a girlfriends night out, having a manicure or pedicure, taking a nice long walk on the beach, whatever it is – make sure you take the time to recharge those batteries!

Sunrise at Retreat
Sunrise and a cup of coffee is always a beautiful way to start the day!

The Company of Women

There’s something really special about spending time with a group of women.  Since I work from home, I don’t get to hang out with a group of women on a regular basis.  So, this is a real treat for me.  One of the many things I love about this group of women is that we spend the weekend building each other up, not tearing each other down!

My favorite time of the weekend was hanging out by the campfire, roasting marshmallows and telling stories.  I laughed so hard – it was great!

Find women who make you laugh and hang out with them!  It’s medicinal!!  Really!

Campfire
S’mores and stories by the campfire!

Surrounded by Nature

I’m not a big camper, but I do enjoy being out in nature.  As long as nature is somewhat controlled!  Out at the retreat center, nature is (at least I like to think) somewhat controlled.  Since I haven’t seen any bears or snakes, I can continue to think that and it’s all good!

Being surrounded by creation is good for the soul!  I especially enjoy the time before most are up – sunrise.  Finding those dew-covered spiderwebs and watching the sun rise over the lake.  It’s definitely good for the soul!

 

Spiderweb glistening in the sunrise.
This sandhill crane hung out with us for the weekend.
He really wanted to have lunch with us 🙂

 

Lessons Learned

  • Nature is one of the many things that refuels my soul!
  • Women are a powerful force when we build each other up, instead of trying to compete and tear each other down!
  • Retreat is a necessary part of my life!  I’m grateful I’m able to participate each year.

So, what reasons do you have to go on a Retreat?!  Find the time and some good company and go relax!

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5 Comments

  1. Just reading this was relaxing to me – I’ve always wanted to attend a Joyce Meyer retreat, but I’d also like to attend a writer’s retreat someday. I’m a single mom without much help, though, so I don’t think I’ll be able to go on any retreats until after I’ve already found myself with nothing to retreat from!

  2. What a great idea! I agree that we have to take care of ourselves and recharging is so important. The best times I’ve had doing that has been with a group of friends too! Getting away and focusing on what makes us, us! Thanks for a great read. 🙂

  3. There is something very special about the coming together of different women, to relax, recharge, and build one another up. I enjoy conversations with men, but women better understand what it’s like to be completely emotionally exhausted, to understand that it’s difficult to take ‘me’ time. Loved this piece!

  4. Yes, I do this kind of thing a lot. It is a powerful re-affirming and charging too if you spend it with the right women who are strong, positive, energetic and funny.

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