I often hear how the highlight for most people who attend conferences, live events and workshops is connecting with like-minded people. The business lessons and tangible knowledge are actually second (and third) to meeting more people. Interesting. As an entrepreneur who loves being home (I’m a cancer after all), I mostly connect with people online. As I would like to be able to expand my network and make connections further afield, leaving the house and meeting people in person seems like a worthy goal.
From July 15th to the 20th of 2014, I joined 4 other future retreat leaders and 2 coaches who have experience running their own retreats, in Whistler, Canada. This is a bit about what I learned from my time away.
Getting outside your head and connecting with other entrepreneurs is a great way to re-connect with your purpose and focus on what matters. Tweet this ! Click here.
Masterminding with some lovely ladies for a few days helped me work out the direction I want to take my business, and gave me confidence to focus on what drives me and makes me feel alive.
Adventure is worthwhile in itself. – Amelia Earhart
I got out of my comfort zone in unexpected ways by:
-seeing what it felt like to wake up early for a yoga practice and breakfast
-sharing a room with a stranger for a week (Krystal is awesome, and I’m so glad I was paired up with her)
-enjoying a spa day with the other ladies from the retreat and dozens of other males and females at a gorgeous Scandinavian bath/spa place
-openly discussing my ideas for something that is close to my heart
-going in to an experience with only some idea about what we would be doing and covering
Random, life-y lessons
Being able to go on a retreat seemed like a distant goal that wouldn’t be reached anytime soon. Having been on one, and seriously hustled to come up with the money for it, I feel like I am more than capable of doing the same for other big goals.
In spite of—or maybe because of—the way the retreat was organized, and tangible takeaways I got from it, the week made me think of my university experience. All 7 years of it. I have all the tools I need, but what I’m lacking is a group of people to bounce ideas off of. I’m in a dozen FB groups for blogging, business and more specific topics. But, connecting with people in person who get what I’m talking about and actually want to help me out in an individual way is so incredibly valuable. I haven’t yet found a group of people to mastermind with that are as committed to regularly getting together as I am, but I’ll keep hunting for just that.
They say with every broken heart, we should become more adventurous. – Rilo Kiley
Like I said, I changed the focus of my business, but also got lots of great insights about what I do and don’t want to do with my business, my new income project (the retreat I’m planning and everything that leads up to it), and my life in general.
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Most of my fears are unfounded (in general), but I enjoy being disproven in this way. Things are never as bad as I think they’ll be. Having a small group at the retreat was really great in terms of my comfort level. Strangely enough, I’m okay being the centre of attention when I know what I’m talking about/am clear on the message I’m presenting—like in a workshop setting, but I get nervous when a large group of people are in a room with me and it’s “networking” time. (<—- gag!)
There were many “universe: more of this” moments during the retreat. I really felt like I was living the free-entrepreneur-living-the-life-of-their-dreams feeling, being able to spend a week away to focus on my business and myself.
And finally, this gem: When I need to RETREAT! the everyday, I would like to escape to a retreat. Yes, I really did just say that.
***I know I didn’t go in to any details about the specifics of what was covered, and how the retreat was organized. I don’t think it matters, really—things are what you make them. Since I spent a lot of money and committed to going to the Retreat Retreat, I’m choosing to focus on the positives. If you would like to know anything else, feel free to get in touch with me.