For the past couple of years, every summer, I participate in an event that is imperative to my self-care. The BeYOUtiful Women’s Retreat© is a time for women to get away and recharge, rejuvenate and relax. Through empowerment sessions, fellowship and fun, the retreat allows women the much needed time for self-care. This year, we were at the gorgeous Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. The weather was perfect, the people were amazing and I just knew I was going to have a great time.
I decided before going that I was going to vlog my experience, so I made sure to pack all my equipment. I had my MacBook, my mic, my lights, my cameras because I decided this would be perfect as a part of the self-care series. Besides that, I was responsible for getting some media footage of it all so I was recording all the sessions and taking pics. On top of all of that, I had reading for class and a paper due the evening I returned, so I brought my books and notebook to complete my assignment. Sounds relaxing, yet?
I forgot what I was initially there for! To relax, recharge, rejuvenate…to RETREAT! With blogging, I didn’t want it to be something I started and didn’t finish (again). I want to be consistent and organized. I made a commitment (Read my post: I Was Being Stalked) and that is what I was going to do.
But a part of my self-care and yours, is taking some time to disconnect and refuel so that the goals and purpose we’re committed to can get some fresh wind.
I work full-time, serve at my church, I’m in graduate school (which is another full-time gig), I blog/vlog (which can take 3 hours just to edit a 3-minute video clip), I help mentor young women, and I have family & friends that need me too. But I am no good in any of these areas if I don’t give myself time for me.
Child, I left that vlogging camera and my textbooks in that bag so quick once the light bulb came on! I went to each session clutter-free, open to really hear and receive (not mentally planning all that needed to be done). On Saturday, I was a beach bum and I loved every second of it. I needed it! I didn’t respond to any tweets or my blog sisters’ group chat (sorry ladies) but I did not feel guilty at all.
I think sometimes because we have goals, we feel we need to grind every second. Your goals will not disappear if you take a break!
You may not be able to go to Jamaica or Paris for a vacation but there are so many ways to retreat. Put your phone on silent. Go to the park, have a picnic and read a book. Go to the beach. Have your own Binge Watchathon at home and watch the entire series of your favorite show. Have a spa day. Disconnect because YOU matter.
Make time for you!
Your goals will thank you for it.
I’d love to hear from you. What are some ways you disconnect or refuel? Do you find it hard to give yourself time for you?