Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
– Maya Angelou

Take a moment to breathe.

It’s a small break that can make a big difference.

Women’s intuition can sometimes mean we pick up on a lot of energy (good and bad) so please make sure you are practicing self-care and self-nourishment to stay rooted.

Speaking of self-care and self-nourishment, I remember a time when I flew to Austin for a women’s mastermind retreat.

I had been in a virtual group with 8 women from all over the US (and one in Switzerland and one in Guatemala!) for 6 months. Our Zoom meetings and virtual retreats had been wonderful. The last retreat had a live option….pandemic or all, something in my heart was pulling to go to this one.

I talked myself out of going about 27 times. The longest I have ever been away from my daughter (who was 8 at the time) was two nights. This trip was five nights away.

Was it safe to fly?

Would people judge me for going (if you are judging me, that is a-ok, you have the right to your opinion!)

Would my husband be able to handle work and homeschooling our daughter?

Every reason not to go came up, but instead of listening to my brain, I felt in my heart and soul that I needed to go…but on one condition…if I could bring my dog to the retreat.

My coach said ok (she has a pit bull, I have a 5lb Chihuahua, they got along fine) so I booked my ticket and found a pet-friendly AirBnB.

I packed my clothes, masks, dog food, supplements, shake mixes, diffuser, essential oils, books, journal, and crystals (yes, crystals)…even the fluffy dog bed and laughed at how high maintenance I was.

And you know something, I embraced the heck out of it because this trip was about me.

I had forgotten how much I thrive when I travel.

And how badly I needed a break.

And how much I needed to be with myself, for myself.

You don’t need to fly to get away, but in order to create and grow, you do need to retreat.

Even if that is retreating in nature, or giving yourself a stay in bed and reading and journaling for a half-day or doing something decadent (like going out for a long lunch), whatever you do, know that breaks are food and fuel for your soul.

I left Austin refreshed, educated, and more excited than ever to come home.

What can you do to take a break to breathe and be?