Today was the day I had set aside for my "retreat." I wanted time to think about what I'm doing and what I want to achieve and how I'm going to get there. I wanted to do it in a different setting than at home because it's too easy to get distracted there.
So this morning I packed up the laptop, a notebook, a couple of books I had bought on stretching and strength training for women my age, and off I went to my local library to spend the day.
I started with a centering meditation that I found online and dove in.
I read some notes I had made from Spark Coach on vision statements and goal setting and began writing a vision statement. Let me tell you, this is hard work. Thinking about where I want to be in 1 year is a lot easier than what life will look like in 5 or 10 years. I moved on to what an ideal day would look like in 1 yr.
I took a break for lunch and during lunch I read up on stretching and strength training to see what I should be incorporating into my workout routines or how I can change them up.
When I came back to the library, I set aside the vision statement and ideal day to work on scheduling the next three months. One of my vision statements had to do with trying to be more in control of my time. Some days I wonder where the time went and why so much time was wasted. I worked on several different types of schedules depending on whether it was a week day or a weekend day and whether or not it was a commute day or a work from home day.
I scheduled just about everything that happens in a typical week. Workouts to laundry, grocery shopping to spending time with the hubby. If I stick to the schedule more days than not, I should have time to get everything done and still have time left to be a lump, if I wanna. One of my other vision statements had to do with rekindling some activities that I enjoy but have let fall by the wayside. So I scheduled time for gardening, crafting and needlework too!
I am no where near done with this process. I think it is something that is never really done, but I'd like to get the vision statement "done" and dive into the goal setting because this is where the results come from. I will work more on this throughout the week because I'd like to have at least a few goals in place for the next few months.
It was a good day. I slowed down for a while to try and bring clarity and focus to my goals. Thinking about what I want and how to get there makes it easier to say no to the things that don't take me where I want to be. Even though there is still work to be done, I already feel more focused. II feel lifted up and more energetic. I spent about six hours on my "retreat" and I think I could easily have spent an entire weekend, so my next retreat may just be an entire weekend! I'll keep you posted.