“I’d like to take some time for rest and play, but I can’t take a vacation right now.”
When you aren’t in a position to take an extended vacation, try taking a “Solo Day,” a personal retreat day. I started taking Solo Days a few years ago and am amazed at the delicious difference one 24-hour period can make.
Start by choosing a place. It can be as simple as a room at a friend’s home, a campsite in nature, a local bed & breakfast, or a pampering spa resort. Whatever your budget, the key is to choose an environment that nurtures and inspires you.
Brainstorm a list of your favourite, delicious, renewing activities. Gather the items, information, clothes and food you’ll need. Make arrangements with loved ones so that you can be away with integrity and support.
And go. Give yourself an uninterrupted day of solitude, rest, play and unexpected delights.
One of my most memorable solos (my first!) was during a difficult time in my life. Funds were very tight. The future was uncertain. My soul yearned for a break. I chose a bed & breakfast on Salt Spring Island, an island a short ferry ride away. Though I was on a shoestring budget, it was a remarkable adventure. I indulged my senses viewing artisan’s wares, walking on the ocean beach, watching the sun set. I drank up the stillness of meditating, journaling and communing with the presence of nature. Time stood still as I connected to fresh hope, felt my unique Spirit re-emerge. I became ready for whatever lay ahead, and returned re-energized with a clearer inner direction.
I invite you to give yourself the gift of rest and play. Discover the balance point at which, having rested, you do your work with greater ease and joy, and feel genuine gratitude for your life.
The Woman’s Retreat Book. A Guide to Restoring, Rediscovering and Reawakening Your True Self – in a Moment, an Hour, a Day or a Weekend. Jennifer Louden. HarperOne (2005). San Francisco.
This inspiring and practical do-it-yourself retreat book will guide you in designing your own personal retreat. Jennifer describes a range of ways to take a retreat and provides questions, activities and moving stories to help you create your Solo Day.