This short episode shares 6 strategies to create your own personal retreat which will help you implement rest in your life. We challenge you to make one happen for yourself over the summer or the next 3 months! What is a personal retreat? It’s a day just for you! How do you calm that noise and nurture the most important relationship in your life? Do you spend time with yourself? Do you making it a habit of calming down and create space to listen to yourself? Do you give yourself what you need, caring for yourself the way you consistently care for others?
As artists, your connection to yourself helps you facilitate your best work. If thinking of this as a career necessity helps you let go of some of the guilt, call it that. A business tactic. But really, we shouldn’t feel guilty about carving out time to retreat. A personal retreat should not be a reward for hard work, but rather a normalized necessity that you deserve just for being a human being.
Kaylan’s 6 strategies for planning a personal retreat:
1) Block your time. Minimum 6 hours. Max 48 hours.
2) Name What Matters to you about your personal retreat. Let those 1 or 2 things be your guidepost for how you schedule your day. Inspired by: The Lazy Genius
3) Plan ahead so you feel cared for.
4) Do some writing and reflection
5) Prioritize something that brings you joy that you “never have time for”.
6) Let go of expectations and form a plan B
Writing Prompts for Strategy 4:
1) How are you feeling in this season of life? What emotions come up for you most often?
2) What are YOUR biggest needs right now?
3) What makes you feel most like yourself? How can you implement snippets of that in your schedule more consistently?
4) What are some things you are doing right now that you are really proud of?
5) What do you love most about yourself?
Thanks for listening and please share this episode with a friend, or even plan a personal retreat together with someone for some buddy accountability! Sending love your way!
The Artist/Mother podcast is created and hosted by Kaylan Buteyn. You can see more of Kaylan’s work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @kaylanbuteyn