5 Summer Retreats for Relaxation and Growth

A couple of years back I attended a fun retreat hosted by my friend, event coordinator, Glenna Griffin.  It was a relaxing weekend of massage, vegan food, and professional development.

If you’ve been feeling a little stressed in your life, why not take this summer to go on a retreat? A retreat can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks in length. It’ll help you recharge, help you relax, help you learn about yourself and allow you to enjoy nature all at the same time.

Here are five different kinds of retreats you can embark on this summer.

A Health and Spa Retreat

A health and spa retreat is perhaps the most relaxing and rejuvenating of all the retreat options you could choose.

Usually these retreat centers are located in nature, separate from the rest of society. You’ll usually be asked to turn off your phone so you have no contact with the outside world.

You get to enjoy delicious and healthy meals. There will usually be yoga classes, massages and often saunas. It’s a retreat dedicated purely to joy and relaxation.

A Meditation Retreat

A meditation retreat is much tougher. It involves sitting, standing or walking for many hours at a time, simply experiencing the present moment.

On meditation retreats, people often have profound realizations about life, who they are and what they want to do. Some retreats have a no talking rule, while others are very social.

A Yoga Retreat

Are you a fan of yoga? Do you find that stretching your body and deepening your breath helps you relax and find your center?

If so, you might want to consider a yoga retreat. These retreats consist of a lot of different activities, with a focus on yoga. You might do five sessions of yoga per day while socializing, cooking and doing various other activities for the rest of the day, for example.

Spiritual or Religious Retreats

The majority of meditation and yoga retreats are religion-neutral. However, if you’re religious, you might want to consider going on a religious retreat.

For example, go on a Christian Retreat if you’re Christian. You can discuss the Bible with others, pray together and deepen your relationship with God together.

If you’re Buddhist, you can meditate together, study Buddhist texts together and learn more about Buddhism together.

Go on a Vision Quest

This is perhaps the most intense of all the retreat options discussed in this article.

A vision quest is when you’re taken to a remote location, like a desert or a forest. You’re left alone there, with no food. Usually you’re there for a period of three to five days. You’ll be given a flare and/or radio for use if there’s an emergency, but otherwise will have no contact with others.

Not eating food puts you in an altered state very quickly. You’ll then be able to use this intensely lonely and focused state to think about your life. It’s called a vision quest because people often use these vision quests to try to figure out exactly what they want to do with their lives.

These are five different kinds of retreats you can go on this summer. Some are relaxing, others are introspective while others are extremely difficult. Which one(s) call to you most?

4 Ways to Prepare For Your Summer Road Trip

Yesterday, I shared a story about a road trip my husband and I took last Fall with an unexpected detour.

Road trips are fun!  If you have a few extra days this summer, one great way to spend your time is on a road trip. Taking a road trip is a fantastic way to broaden your horizons, and see your neighboring cities and states while soaking in the summer sun.

You’ll have tons of amazing conversations with the people with you in your car. You’ll get to listen to great music. You’ll get to spend a lot of time outdoors and meet a lot of amazing people.

So how do you plan for a summer road trip?

Start by Prepping Your Car

You’re going add several hundred, if not several thousand miles on your car during a road trip. Make sure your car is ready before you set out.

Get an oil change if one is due. Replace the car’s fluids. Notice if your breaks are skidding or weak and get that fixed if necessary. Notice if your car is making any strange noises. If so, have those looked at.

Before going on a road trip, it’s probably a good idea to sign up for roadside assistance if something happens.

Planning the Trip Itself

Start by planning your destinations. Try to include both mainstream tourist destinations as well as places off the beaten path. Sometimes it’s a good idea to just show up at a city and see what happens.

Plan the actual roads you’ll drive to get to your destination. Again, try to get a mix of both highways and country back roads.

Plan where you plan to sleep each night. Of course, plans can change and you can end up at a different motel. But it still helps to have a plan to start with.

Buy a couple different maps of the area(s) you plan on driving. Having different maps helps, if one is a little off. GPS is not always reliable, either.

What to Bring with You

The most important thing you need to bring to a road trip is copious amounts of great music. That, and great company. These are the two things you can’t really get on the road.

You’ll want to bring a lot of snacks. Make sure you also have garbage bags, as there will be trash generated from all the food wrappers and drink bottles.

Bring sunscreen. Driving in the sun, even with shades and sun blockers down can still cause a sunburn.

Conversational Games

If you have conversational lulls during a road trip, one great way to pass the time is through conversational games.

For example, the “Three Truths One Lie” game, where you tell three truths and one lie and the other person has to guess the lie, is a great one.

Lookup conversational games and play the ones that excite you most when there’s a break in conversation.

Going on a road trip is a great way to deepen friendships, see new places and enjoy the summer sun.

Unexpected Detours Lead to New Adventures

Last September my husband and I took a road trip to Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.  On our way home from SLC, we ended up on a detour that took us 3 hours out of our way to Interstate 70 through Manti-La Sal National Forest. It was breathtaking, and worth every extra minute it added to our trip.

Reveal how much my blogging skills need to improve, I started writing this post on October 4, 2016 and today is July 6, 2017, a full nine months later.  Even though I managed to upload a video to Facebook about our adventure, this accompanying post was never completed (until now).

Unexpected Detours

I must have hit a detour.  But, as you will read, sometime detours lead us down unexpectedly delightful paths.

As we drove through Manti-La Sal, we stopped at several viewing stations to take in the scenery.  At each overlook there were vendors selling Navajo jewelry and pottery.  A boy and his little sister sold me a beautiful turquoise necklace that I wear quite often.  My husband purchased a ceramic turtle from an elderly woman.

This story definitely falls into the turning lemons into lemonade category, because a 3 hour detour added to a 22 hour road trip could have created two very grumpy travelers.  But, we chose to enjoy the breathtaking scenery, and unexpected treasures we purchased.

Pivot and Adapt

Detours can happen in business, too.  Heck, the economic crisis in 2008 put a lot of good companies out of business.  For those of us who looked at the crisis as an opportunity to learn, pivot, and adapt, made it through just fine.  My husband and I were crazy enough to triple our prices in 2008.   Heck, we weren’t crazy, we were navigating the detour.

Next time you find yourself on a detour in your business, ask yourself, “Self, what can I learn from this detour?  How can I pivot and adapt to it?”  Allow the detour to take you on an amazing journey.  You will end up at your destination, anyway.

Glenna Griffin has a travel lifestyle

How to have a Travel Lifestyle with Glenna Griffin

Glenna Griffin is a travel consultant with WorldVentures who teaches ordinary people how to have a travel lifestyle.

Note:  Glenna and I go way back.  She was one of the first women I connected with when I left my home office and started networking.  Check out our networking tips video from 2013.

Describe your business:
My business is a travel club, not just club, it’s a travel lifestyle. We show people how they are able to take affordable vacations.  I am passionate about travel and the need for people to take vacations.  Vacations are about memories and memories have no price tag.

How did you get started in your business?
My sponsor was visiting Linen ‘n Things just before they closed in Katy. Met my son, he said he wasn’t interested but thought I would be. He gave me her card and I set up a time to meet. After looking at the concept I knew it was for me. I previously worked in the travel industry and loved to travel and this gave me the opportunity for a travel lifestyle.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
My biggest hurdle I have had to overcome is learning how to network. I had never been part of a multilevel marketing company. I was totally out of my comfort zone.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I have learned how to network and be comfortable talking to people I don’t know.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude for me is being grateful for all the people who have touched my life, I feel really blessed.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
Linda Ballesteros and Bonnie Karpay, they were there when I first started networking and taught me all I know about how to network.

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Listen, Clear, Travel | 3 Words for 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for me personally.

For my blog, not so much.

At the beginning of the year, I outlined over a dozen blog posts intending to finish and schedule them weekly.

Great plans for my 30 Women Who Mean Business series, and inspirational metastatic breast cancer updates, as well as, relationship marketing advice fell to the wayside as I lived my incredible life.

Those unfinished blog posts are still sitting in my editorial calendar queue, like this gem from January:


It’s My Birthday! | 3 Words for 2016

Friday, January 15th, was my 46th birthday.  I spent over 6 hours pole dancing, or rather connected to an IV Pole.  I pole dance every three weeks.  Good times.  Knowing the chemo is working makes it easier.

Pole Dancing on my Birthday

Pole Dancing on my Birthday

My Three Words for 2016

Listen

I am listening to a biography of Elon Musk.  Musk runs Telsa Motors, and Space X.  He is a co-founder of PayPal which netted Musk $165 million when eBay purchased the online payment solution.  Musk divides his time between Tesla Motors in Silicon Valley and Space X in Los Angeles.  To maximize his time, he listens first, and advises second.

Listening more and talking less.  Yup, that’s a good thing.  I’m working on being a better listener.

Clear

My office, intentions, and PET scans will all be clearer in 2016.

Travel

I love to travel:  camping, resorts, road trips, discovering new places, people and things.   Unfortunately, it has been years since we have taken a vacation. That will be remedied this year.


Living My 3 Words

I’m not sure why it has taken so long to hit “publish” on this post. Perhaps, I felt it needed more. January seems like a life-time ago. Good thing publishing this 3 Words 2016 blog post wasn’t necessary to manifest the intentions.

While I haven’t been blogging as much as I like, I have lived my three words.

I can’t say I am the best listener in the world, but I am consciously working on it.

My office is still a hot mess but I have so much more clarity in my intentions. And by gosh, by golly, my scans have been clear all year! Hallelujah.

Clear scans meant those travel plans could proceed! And boy did they!

Over the summer we visited 8 colleges in 12 days, helping our daughter narrow down her choices to 4 exceptional schools that are a good fit for her personal and educational goals. Last month my husband and I took a road trip to Salt Lake City for a technology convention visiting Las Vegas, Zion National Park, and the breathtaking beauty that is Southern Utah along the I-70 corridor. Even better, we are now making plans for a summer 2017 trip to Cancun.

Yup, 2016 has been a fantastic year!

Zion National Park. Photo Credit: Shane Rodarte

Zion National Park. Photo Credit: Shane Rodarte