We had such an amazing summer filled with travel and adventures. We spent a few weeks on Vancouver Island and then we did a road trip through the Rockies followed by our very first family vacation to Hawaii.
Vacationing with my family has been on the top of my priority list and it felt so amazing to share these invaluable experiences while making so many memories with one another. I especially loved watching my daughters bond with one another.
During the school year, we are quite busy with activities and work and everything is very structured. Therefore, we thoroughly enjoyed our unstructured family time.
However, as much as I love spending so much time with my family I realized I was beginning to miss, “me time.” Now that the new school year is in full swing, I feel like I need to reconnect with myself.
The beginning of the school year is the new year for me as much as it is for the kids. I spent the first week of the kids being back in school organizing and purging our home so we can begin the new school with a fresh, hopefully, less chaotic start. And then I realized this was another thing I was doing not only for me but for my family and our household.
Yesterday I went for a run. It was the first time in almost a month that I spent some time alone doing something primarily for me! As I ran through the shaded trails with my headphones on and sweat dripping down my forehead, my mind began to feel more clear. This clarity was lacking for a while and as I was running it began to come back. I began to feel inspiration for my work, I started to feel connected with myself and tears began to flow. As I was running I realized I was missing “me”.
I do countless things as a mother, friend, wife, sister, for work and our household but I’ve been feeling this disconnect within for a while now. There are some internal things I’m very emotionally aware that I’ve been suppressing and my disease to please has been catching up with me. I know I still struggle deeply with setting boundaries. I’ve been holding onto some past hurts for a long time now. I’m very aware of it but I need time for myself so I can work through these emotions. I can’t possibly begin to live my truth if I’m too busy avoiding it. I also want to sleep better, and eat better, and move more. Essentially I want to continue to be the best version of me!
Needless to say, I need time to reflect. I need time without family distractions, and work obligations and mundane household tasks. I just need time for me. Man, it’s even hard typing this out because my mom guilt automatically makes me feel like I sound selfish, but this is the exact voice I need to ignore!
This weekend I’ll be taking off alone to Whistler. This will be the very first time I’m driving alone to Whistler and I’m attending a wellness retreat with The Life Delicious. This was a last-minute blogger opportunity that came up and it really couldn’t have come at a better time.
Founder of The Life Delicious and friend, Catherine Roscoe Barr, says, “Every small action you take in the direction of where you want to go counts. Everything counts.”
Life has a funny way of presenting you with opportunities at the right time, doesn’t it? At first, the excuses consumed me. I can’t leave my husband all weekend with the kids. I’ve never driven alone to Whistler. Seriously, the stupidest reasons kept coming up and I knew they were excuses because sometimes it’s scary to spend time with yourself, especially when your heart and soul know there are some things you need to work on but like Catherine says, every action counts!
For this reason, I told the excuses to take a god damn hike and I am going! I need to invest in me and it isn’t selfish it’s an act of self-love. I can’t advocate for positive well-being if I’m not walking the talk.
If you’ve been feeling like you need a weekend simply for you, today is the last day to register for the Get Delicious Wellness Retreat.
The Life Delicious is a simple and efficient template based on neuroscience and mindfulness to help you hardwire habits that best serve your life. Our proprietary curriculum includes powerful, in-depth modules on:
The Get Delicious Wellness Retreat includes:
- 2 nights luxury accommodation at Four Seasons Resort Whistler
- 6 nutritious meals
- daily movement sessions
- The Life Delicious curriculum and workbook
- unlimited access to fitness centre and spa facilities
- complimentary internet access
- complimentary parking
- special amenities
- personal time to relax at The Spa, lounge by the pool, and explore the spectacular natural surroundings
I can’t wait to share my experience with you!