I wrote a to Tara—the author of
this post—telling her this: ‘I’m loving that you’re using your experience to help women see that they are not their circumstance, and that they can enjoy motherhood even if it comes suddenly. And inconveniently.’ Tara put together a wealth of self-care resources for the women she bonds with online. Read her post below and consider investing in your You-ness.
When I thought about what I most needed in this stage of my life (as a busy solopreneur, mother of two, wife to the world’s busiest man™ who is also pursuing his doctorate), the answer was simple: it was time to recalibrate my life.
There are a million things on my to-do list on a daily basis and I’m kidding myself if I say my self-care needs always make the cut. Yoga? Ha! Meditation? Um, no. Taking myself to the movies? Who’s watching the kids because again, I’m married to the world’s busiest man™.
The women in my online community tell me the same thing:
“I feel like I’m either working or taking care of the kids. What’s ‘me-time’?”
“I haven’t had a vacation….ever.”
“I’m so tired of being tired. When am I going to get a break?”
Out of these concerns, the 2015 Self-Care Retreat (presented by my website, TheYoungMommyLife.com) was born.
The retreat is a two-day affair for 25 overworked, overwhelmed women like you to get a break from their everyday responsibilities and recoup in a gorgeous space among like-minded women. Join us September 18-20, 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia.
I wanted to give women a chance to put themselves first. To invest in themselves, to get some space to just be a woman without all the other titles.
Here’s eight reasons breaking down why hardworking women (is there any other kind of woman?) need to give themselves a break and join us in September!
1) You need a break from your family.
I know you love them. They make you light up and give your days purpose. But you need a break. For your sake and for theirs. Take one weekend away from the family to recharge your batteries. Being “on” 24/7 has the tendency to drain even the most devoted women. We’re so busy tending to them that we don’t have enough space to consider, “Okay, here is how my life is going and here is where I’d like to see some changes and here is how I’m going to achieve it.” You need that space.
2) You need a chance to see new sights.
If you’re tired of seeing the same five places every week (kids’ school, home, office, grocery store, gas station, etc.), you need to make time to change your scenery. When we’re in a new space, we find inspiration that we can take back home with us.
3) You need a chance to sleep by yourself.
There’s something about having your own space to use as you please that can relax and rejuvenate even the most tightly-wound woman. When I’m alone in a hotel room, it’s a great break from small children constantly fighting for space on my lap. Sure, I miss them, but I remember that alone time has its benefits (sleep is easier to come by, for one).
4) You need to eat some delicious food that someone else cooked.
At the retreat, you’ll have breakfast, lunch AND dinner prepared by someone else, just the way you like it. Who could pass that up?
5) You need to get inspired.
If you’re anything like me, it’s been way too long since you’ve taken the time to get in touch with yourself. I’ve got a quite a few inspiring speakers lined up and they know your life because they have been in your shoes, they have walked the path you’ve walked, and they’re here to share how much joy they know you can have!
6) You need to look toward the future.
We will be offering FREE 30-minute life coaching sessions to each of the attendees so you can feel good about where your life is headed once you leave. Come unwind, get clarity and return to your normal life feeling like a rockstar.
7) You need to meet women who get you.
You are not the only one who needs a break. So many of us are strong and tough, but even the best piece of technology needs to power down from time to time, lest you wear the battery out. Join the sisterhood that supports you and lets you know it is okay to do what you need to do to feel emotionally healthy and balanced.
8) You need to make a strong declaration that you will focus on your self-care. Choose yourself.
Taking care of yourself—ensuring you get enough rest, you nourish your body, you feel at ease in your skin, etc.—is your number one priority. It’s no one’s responsibility but your own—not your spouse/partner, friends, kids, parents, etc. It’s on you. Coming to this retreat is a bold declaration that you are important, you matter and you will always strive to treat yourself well.