A bright, sunny, chirpy hello to you from good old Ubud in Bali!
It’s hard not to fall in love with this place with so much awesome naturama around - deep green foliage, sweet caressing notes from the river a cliff away, fresh crisp flora-infused Balinese air. Temperature dips all the way down to low 20s without the humidity. It’s oh so so lovely.
I will be spending the next 2 weeks here, on the island of the gods, for a part thinking, part business mastermind retreat.
Starting from today, I will be spending 7 days with a group of 9 beautiful humans from different parts of the world. We have gathered on this spiritual island to figure out and work on our “next big thing.” We have people who are switching career tracks. Some thinking of bringing their business to another level. Some wanting clarity around their life. Some deciding to take the big leap to ditch the corporate jungle.
As for me… confession: it’s actually not one but a few big things I'll be working on. And that includes setting sexy boundaries. *giggles*
Nothing lights me up more than being around people who are actively taking responsibility for their own happiness and being committed to living life on their own terms. I am super psyched about this experience and opportunity. This is definitely going to be a personal highlight of 2017. With a third of the year already said and done (can you believe how fast time is just whizzing past us these days?), this retreat will inform the rest of my year.
The purposeful scheduling of my regular thinking retreats is to prepare my body and mind for the increased demand of the following phase, and to decompress, unplug, carve out breathing space to mitigate the risk of burn out.
Big ideas come from uninterrupted blocks of silence and white space. We need the room to ask the “what ifs?” Aha moments are more possible with the pregnant void of infinite possibilities, the lack of obligation and compulsive reactivity. We let our minds wander… ponder… play… postulate…
Thinking retreats must first be strategically scheduled and once they are on your calendar, vehemently defended amidst business commitments. The former can strengthen and inform the latter, but not the other way round. They are non-negotiable in my arsenal of tools for thriving in life and business.
Discipline results in freedom.
When will you be taking time out to de-load? If you don't know when and haven't made plans, may I encourage you to whisk out your calendar, pencil down some dates and start making plans? Remember - It's not real until it's officially scheduled.
I'll be back next week to share the gains and insights I've unlocked. Until then, remember to drink more water, get enough sleep, and eat well.
It's the silence between the notes that makes the music.