My family loves to go river rafting. This summer we hired professional guides and paddled in the Grand Canyon. It had been awhile since we were in someone else's boat, following their commands, and we did so willingly as it felt like the stakes were high.
I loved watching the Guide read the water ahead and then tell us to paddle forward two strokes or four or paddle hard or take a break. Each of those commands represented a strategy to navigate the moment - fully knowing what's coming up around the riverbend.
Taking a break becomes a super important strategy to be able to sustain the paddling through the big waves.
It's no different in navigating business.
We know that success comes from showing up, doing hard things, and building systems over time that will make your operations more effective and efficient.
We make waves on purpose and sometimes by accident- and if we are following the river analogy, we won't be able to sustain our work without...
I was thinking this week about my plants in the garden and how some of them thrive in certain spaces and some of them don’t.
On the back of their seed packets are specific instructions for how deep the seeds should be planted, how far apart from each other, when they should be planted (soil temp), etc.
Are people really any different?
Do we each actually have a set of ideal planting and cultivating instructions that if we followed we would set ourselves up to thrive and be more resilient?
What would those be for you?
If you were to write a description of your planting instructions- what would those look like?
Here are some ideas:
I need to head to the big city to get my car serviced, so I’m taking myself on a date.
I plan to sit and savor food in a restaurant and go to a book store and stay in a hotel.
I don’t feel a strong need to “get away” from anything, I just know that spending some quality, intentional time alone is so important.
Without a list, without expectation, without coordinating logistics.
I know that taking this time for me makes me more present and open with others.
It makes me return to home with gratitude for the life I lead and the people I love.
And… it's fun.
What would you do on a date with yourself?
Perhaps it's time to schedule that.
When to Retreat
by, Jen Visitacion
My husband Joshua and I took a couple of days away together to get some rest and to soak in some hot water.
As we planned our weekend, we put some intention into how we would spend our time both individually and together. Our bodies were feeling the end of the farming season, especially with an influx of downed trees to manage, so we knew that taking care of our bodies was the highest priority. We also knew we needed some time to connect on priorities moving forward this fall.
As we began to release the tension from the season and to reconnect to nature, ourselves, and each other...our life together came into to focus and a revived vision emerged.
This is not the first time this has happened. In fact, in any major transition we have created space to "get away" and put intention to our self care and connection. This is beyond a vacation- its more about purposeful retreat.