While many people plan personal retreats to tune out, this personal retreat exercise has the opposite agenda. Your job is to TUNE IN. Because when you carve out real time to be fully present with yourself, deeper insights are bound to arise.
As with journaling and being still, though, there’s no need to force anything. We just want you to create a formal time and space for exploring your vision for yourself and your future. In other words, we’re inviting you to take a vacation where your sole purpose is finding out more about who you are, what you want and where you want to go in your life.
Here’s how to get the most out of Vacationing with a Vision:
- Go Like You Mean It: If you neglect to set boundaries around your plans, it can be too easy to get distracted. This is YOUR time for visioning your future. Guard it as though your life depended on it (because in a big way it does).
- Go Solo: It can be tempting to turn a personal retreat into a vacation with those you care about. After all, you only have one Summer of 2012 and only so much time to spend with loved ones. Trust that the people you love will benefit greatly from your personal time, too, and banish the guilt. Give yourself permission to take care of you.
- Go to the Future: Our Summer of YOU! personal retreat does have a theme. So, while we want you to continue simply noticing whatever comes up without judgment, we also invite your to journal about your future and spend quiet time listening to what your inner wisdom has to say about the topic.
- Go Somewhere: Getting out of your normal routine and environment can be essential for vacationing with a vision. It helps you see things from a different perspective and takes you out of your comfort zone. There are lots of ways to travel on a budget or travel for free – and your personal retreat does not need to be far from home or last more than a few days. Get inventive and see what you can make possible.
- Go to Staples: Bring supplies that will help with visioning and capturing your ideas with you. A white board, notebooks, pens, markers, crayons, magazines and glue for making a collage of your future plans – just think about what tools you might want with you and you’ll be prepared when the insights come.
- Go Home: If you absolutely cannot get away – for whatever reason – take your personal retreat in your own home and be creative in making it work. Send the kids to visit friends. Send your partner to visit with parents. Even keep your retreat to a limited number of hours per day if you have to. The point is, don’t let your circumstances stop you from spending this time. Where there’s a will there’s a way.
We don’t expect all of you to take a personal retreat right away, but we really encourage you to do it soon. Even if you choose not to use your retreat for visioning your future, we all deserve time alone to reflect and recharge, and next week’s Summer of YOU! exercise is about just that, so stay tuned!
To getting wiser!