But to be honest, I’ve been having some trouble shifting my energy and intention from the introspective spiritual cacoon of writing back into leading and coaching. I’ve been also been struggling to figure out what my next steps look like, where I will prioritize my time and energy, and what will make the biggest impact (what people need).
That is until a few days ago when I returned home from a retreat in Lake Tahoe where I was both a participant and teacher. The retreat came at the perfect time and was just what I needed. I laughed so hard I cried. I cried so hard I felt vulnerable and drained. All of which resulted in what I would call empowering release – this was true not just for me but I think for all the ladies who participated on the retreat.
The reason that I am sharing this with you is because the empowering release gave me the transformational boost I needed to step into the next realm of my business – even if I don’t know exactly what that looks like yet!
One thing that is for sure is that my heart believes that I am where I am supposed to be right now, and my soul is ready to go where I’m meant to lead.
During the retreat, I realized with profound clarity that one of the reasons I enjoy cooking for myself and others so much is that when I cook, I have a deep desire to naturally infuse the food I’m preparing with love. In other words, yes I want the food to taste delicious and be “healthy”, but most of all I want those who are eating it to feel loved. This was a big realization for me. What I’m trying to say is that while on the retreat, I really came to own that as part of who I am and to own my big vision of spreading more love around the world.
On our last day in Lake Tahoe, we were standing close to a rocky cliff overlooking the iconic Emerald Bay taking photos, including the one above. Another woman, a stranger, asked me what type of group we were. When I said “a women’s retreat,” she asked, “what kind of retreat?” Almost unanimously, my fellow retreaters responded, “a spiritual retreat” – which was something I hadn’t really thought about.
While we were not praying during the retreat, we were holding a highly sacred space for each other to release, to share and to discover new truths – to be vulnerable. This is hard but so incredibly important.
Even though I talk a lot about food, I’m also a big proponent of nurturing the spirit deep within. That, I believe, is the source of our power. Retreats are a fabulous way to reconnect with and nourish that inner spirit.
Disconnecting and doing this kind of spirit work with self love is a fabulous way to get clarity and boost momentum. What’s cool is that – sometimes our biggest breakthroughs come at times when we are feeling our most vulnerable. Often vulnerability is a key to realizing our dreams even if it feels uncomfortable at first.
On the plane home, I thought I’d be teary about leaving dear friends, new and old. While I did cry a bit, I was also fueled with passion and energy around continuing my mission of loving others back to health, to loving their bodies and living in joy.
I look forward to the momentum of sisterhood and sharing more love with you.
If a retreat is something you are interested in, please comment below or send me an email so I can put you on the first to know list. As always, I look forward to supporting you on your journey 🙂