It was my last day of work and I was relieved. The nightmare was over.
It wasn’t a bad job per se, actually it was a pretty good one all things considered and I was working for a great company.
The problem was that somewhere along the line being a good soldier and putting out too many fires started to take its toll: I had lost my balance and I had begun to burn out.
And I could felt it in my body, in my mind, in my energy: I was toast.
After careful consideration, I took a leap, negotiated my exit and I was free.
The question now was: ‘what should I do with my life?’
The gift of silence
Honestly, I had no idea where to begin.
There was a lot to process, a lot to rebuild, and with all the playing the corporate game I wasn’t even sure who I was anymore.
Most people when they leave a job rush to new job or a new training with fervor but I was extremely fortunate to be in the position to be able to take all the time I needed to heal and to rediscover myself.
I shut everything and everyone down, stepped away from the world and I took the time to listen, play, explore and gain fresh insights.
I took long walks, I meditated, I journaled, I asked a million questions to get back in touch with my core.
Over time one idea began to emerge: I no longer wanted to be a cog in a machine I wasn’t 100% behind, I wanted my days to completely devoted to doing something positive, something uplifting, something that benefited others.
I wanted meaning, joy, balance, love.
Pretty much everything!
A retreat the secret to a successful reinvention?
That’s the beauty of retreats.
They give you the space you need to truly listen to yourself. Finally you can hear the little voices that you’ve been silencing with long work hours, glasses of fancy red wines to take the edge off and shopping sprees.
By not being on call all the time, not having to produce results, you’re finally able to peel off the layers of junk: the false corporate identity, the compromises you’ve made on your priorities, your health, the fitting-in and you can begin to reconnect with your authentic self.
How to add a reinvention retreat to your busy life?
Obviously, most women are too busy to afford the luxury of spending months thinking about their lives. Fortunately there are ways to integrate the benefits of a retreat wherever you are now.
Here are some tips to get you started in emulating the spirit of a reinvention retreat in your busy life:
- Create silence: turn the TV, the podcasts, the music off.
- Lose the devices: put your phone on flight mode for the evening, power down your tablet.
- Get back into your body, feel what’s happening in there: do have pain, tense shoulders, headaches, migraines. What is it telling you?
- Pay attention to your food, your body needs energy: cut down on the junk and comfort food and pull out the juices and the healthy, nutrient-filled food instead.
- Get back to your roots: look into your past, revisit old passions, old movies you love, try to remember outside of the social notm and your professional life.
- Get playful.
- Capture the vision for your new chapter: take a pen and piece of paper and start dreaming.
Reinvention retreat: the shortcut
Another option is to join a coaching retreat.
It’s a powerful way to emulate the effect of retiring from the world for months when you’re short on time since being coached forces you to go deep in your soul-searching process which brings big shifts and months of insights in a very short amount of time.
If you’ve been feeling out of touch with yourself and you’ve been looking to make big changes in your life rapidly, you will love this!
Post updated on Dec. 26th 2019
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