I’m getting ready to head out for 10 days on a summer vacation.
I’m taking to the high altitude sections of the Colorado Trail with my hiker husband Dave and 3 long time friends and I have decided to put the autoresponder on my outlook program and just tell my clients and other customers that I’m away. I’ve done this before but somehow with the many things happening with my new website launching and other business programs taking registrations it feels weird.
But I’m doing it. A vacation from technology is something that nourishes me but it does honestly take a few days to get into the groove of being unplugged. I’m used to being in touch with clients, working on on-going projects when inspiration hits me and using creative process to guide me in my daily work. I’ll be reduced to my journal and pen. I’ll be walking for many miles and will have to record ideas, thoughts and inspirations in my mind knowing I’ll forget some things and write down possibly the best ones I can recall.
As a small business owner I will trust that my clients will write me back, call me back when they see I’m away. I will trust that my business will flourish even more while I am taking care of me, experiencing what I call “dirt time”. That I’ll come home renewed and infused with the type of inner transformation that only wild places in Nature can give me. That being set out on foot above 12,000 feet with blue skies above and unknown challenges on the remote trail will make me a better coach to my brilliant clients.
And so I breathe in the beautiful words of Dawna Markova that always inspire me and I will hit that ” log off ” button soon enough and smile.
“I need to recover a rhythm in my heart that moves my body first and my mind second, that allows my soul to catch up with me.
I need to take a sacred pause, as if I were a sun-warmed rock in the center of a rushing river.”
Helene Van Manen www.RetreatCoaches.com