An appointment with me.
On the first weekend in December I’m going on a personal and business retreat.
In my home.
December is a curious month, devoted entirely to preparing for a one day celebration, going to parties that one complains about and putting everything off …”until after Christmas.”
It is the frenzy of December that I like the least. That is why my ears raised when I learned my business coach holds a retreat for her employees during the first weekend of December. She gathers her staff in a nice lodge in northern California, complete with fireplaces, massage, yoga and champagne interspersed with a review of past performance and business goal setting for the year to come.
I tried getting some friends interested in a personal December retreat back in July, when there remained time to actually schedule such a weekend…but everyone hedged. “Gee, I don’t know.” “I have a lot of parties at this time of year.” “This time of year is difficult.” “The kids…” They all suggested January.
A December retreat is like deciding on Friday, what you’re going to do on Monday. That way, when Monday rolls around, you slide easily into your week, no thinking required. Same with December and January. No more waking up after New Year’s and thinking…now what.
I have set aside the first weekend of December. Phones turned off. All the things of a spa weekend plus a planning meeting for 2015. My life as a project.
There will be all the foods I love, like smoked salmon and croissants. Elegant salads for lunch. Prosecco during happy hour. There will be massage, a facial, yoga and meditation.
Then, I have broken up the hours of this two day pause, with specific meetings for me with me. One session is called: 2014, a review. Achievements, accomplishments, the good, the bad, what worked, what didn’t. Next there will be a goal setting session for 2015. Brainstorming and meditation on different aspects of my life: business, personal, spiritual, physical, creative.
One exercise I will do is Marie Forleo’s “Wouldn’t it be great if…?” It frees your mind and lets your spirits soar into areas you may not have imagined or permitted yourself to go. If you can’t dream it, you can’t have it. Once you say it, you realize, hey, why not?
“Wouldn’t it be great if… I went to live in France for three months?” (Yes, it would! Why not?)
“Wouldn’t it be great if…I finished writing my novel?” (Yes, it would! Why not?)
“Wouldn’t it be great if…I monetized my blog?” (Yes, it would! Why not?)
Pampering for the body, lovely food and drink for the senses, lots of meditation time, list making, goal setting — all wrapped up in a lot of gratitude. Sounds good to me. The holiday craziness will be waiting for me afterwards.
I’ll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, will you think about joining me next year for a refreshing December retreat, at the time of year when we need it most?
What’s cooking at Camp Liza this weekend: Coq au vin. What’s baking? Mary Berry’s coffee walnut cake.
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