I have no idea where to start. If you follow me on Instagram, you must ask yourself « what’s going on with all these life changing retreat posts? ». Well, I am not going to apologize for posting about the « trip that changed me forever ». I have to share all this goodness, and I must say I mainly do it for me first. Sounds selfish? It’s probably selfish but I don’t care. And I’ll explain why.
Have you actually listened to the security guidelines the stewardess explains on EVERY flight? It says that in case of depressurization, you have to put the mask on you before helping someone else. Do you get that? If you want to be helpful, to be present in other people’s lives, you have to take care of yourself first.
I have never really understood this until a few months ago when I started feeling numb, sad, depressed and disconnected. I now understand that I went very low so I can take care of myself and rise again. When I talked to my therapist about Nine Retreat, he told me it was a good idea and that I will benefit from this experience for sure. I did not realize how right he was.
You know, I must tell you something, I am a people pleaser. I want people to like me, to be happy and sometimes – well, often – this means that I am putting my needs, my goals and my wishes after everyone else. So, it’s not surprising that after so many years of denying my own feelings, I was starting to be a mess. I needed to do something for me, and just for me, not for my husband, my cats, my friends, my family or my clients. Just ME. This retreat arrived at the perfect timing and I truly believe it was sent by God or the Universe or whatever you believe in. Everything happens for a reason right?
I am not the kind of person who signs up for a retreat or a workshop without thinking about it for weeks. I usually weigh the pros and cons. But this time, I saw a friend posting about it on Facebook, I went to the website and I signed up without even searching for more information. I just told my hubby that I just signed up for a retreat and that I would be gone for a few days in September. I think I got one of the two last spots available.
I am not going to bore you with all the details of these four amazing and life changing days. You can go to Instagram and read all my posts about it. I am just going to say that I feel like something inside my heart has been unleashed, I now feel like I have this warm feeling of peace that I had no idea was inside me. I just told my friend Charlotte that I felt like a barrier has opened and I now can see myself and my future with a fresh and positive look. Cheers to life changing events!
Here are some photos of Venice Beach. I hope you will enjoy them.