Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wish You Were Here

Dearest Readers,

As one chapter of my work life comes to an end and another begins I am happy to report that I am taking a few days to rest and restore my energy.

There was a time in my life when I would have scheduled something, anything, on the day immediately following the end of a project. I would launch myself into more work lest I miss an income-generating or career-enhancing opportunity.

This way of operating clearly wasn't working for me. Burn-out was something I knew well. My coach introduced me to the term "re-entry", which is the state of being that comes with endings and beginnings, especially when travel is involved.

It took me a while to learn how to give myself the re-entry time required to adjust to normal life but eventually I got it. With the conclusion of the Big O Project I'm taking it one step further. Before I head home and into re-entry mode, I'm going on spiritual vacation.

For three days I will be on a personal retreat in a beautiful location, taking part in activities like Qi Gong, labyrinth-walking, and guided meditation. I will receive Spiritual Direction and healing treatment sessions and my time will be devoted to letting go, discerning new direction, and seeking quiet.

The fact that I am now able to give myself this gift is a testament to the healing work I've done over the last number of years. One, I didn't ever believe I deserved a spiritual vacation, and two, I didn't think I could afford it, either financially or time-wise.

Today, I know that not only do I deserve and can I afford this gift but it is absolutely necessary for my overall sense of well-being.

What a change! From financially-insecure-overachieving-workaholic to prosperous and relaxed vacation-taking mama. Let the re-entry begin.

Inspiring Message of the Day: Do I need a spiritual vacation? Do I believe that I deserve something like this? I will explore the idea of taking time to rejuvenate my spirit and restore my emotional energy.

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