I want my life to be fun, juicy rich with laughter and joyful activities and August is a compressed version of my wish.
Ah the challenge: how to observe a month of self nurturing retreat activities in the midst of being a woman who runs her own bustling business, is caregiving an elderly father, and is intimately connected to family and grandchildren? It’s the question I always muse on as August arrives. I love summer and love having the “carefree summer feeling” that living in Colorado in the summer offers.
But I’m a busy woman!
Which is a happy thing. I love working for myself and I love being in control of my schedule. So here are some of the ways I observe August as my retreat month.
1. I do schedule some “declared vacations” during the month of a week or 10 days where I put the autoresponder on just to let people know I”m off work. (yes, communication is everything and my clients and inquiries are great about waiting till I return)
2. I don’t make appointments for my free days for lunches, dinners, etc. I love the feeling of having no schedule. I want to wake up in the morning and do whatever I want and see what unfolds for the day. I do get invitations to lunch etc but I tend to fend them off until September. And if someone shows up at my door or I am somewhere and run into a friend and a spontaneous coffee happens, walla! joy ensues.
3. I spend more time outside. My body and soul both recalibrate when I’m outside in the summer sun and rain and temperatures.
4. I eat lighter intentionally. I try to eat mostly from what I can grow and harvest in my greenhouse. This gives me that “freedom feeling” that August is about. Viva zucchini sautes!
5. I do more of everything I love: bike ride, make music, read poetry, build fairy houses with Jude and Scarlett, take them to the pool, and create art.
6. I look for spontaneous things to do that don’t require any planning but instead call to me and I respond. I am able to do this because I am not juggling the work schedule and can say “Yes, I can go tomorrow”, which is not how my normal work week with client appointments is usually scheduled.
A self declared month of retreating is a sign of my business being successful!
And did I mention that I do work during this month? I have clients that I am working on great things with; I lead an active network of Retreat Coaches and that requires support, plus I have many administrative emails and website and writing projects and more to attend to. But my energy is held by the month of retreating I am observing. I can do both because I am not a black and white thinker and run my business as the creative woman that I am.