How would you feel if you walked into a weekend where you knew no one? Fearful? Anxious? Excited?
4 days ago I led my FOURTH sold out retreat with women from all over the nation.
A magical thing took place…something I’ve been dreaming of, hoping for and intentionally creating since I started leading retreats: these women became sisters. Soul mates.
Each beautiful soul from a completely different background, all trying to overcome obstacles that have kept them from living out their dreams.
I wish I took a picture of each woman as they entered the lodge on day one. Some were scared, anxious, fearful and trepidatious about what was to come.
Their vices taken away: alcohol, mind numbing TV and a chip basket to talk around.
They had to be themselves. Almost no one knew one another when they booked the retreat. I think only two of them knew each other before the retreat.
But on day three, when they left through those doors…WOW! Glowing faces, laughter, big squeezing hugs and tears in their eyes as they departed.
Pictures by: Nicole Carter
This was the most life changing moment when I read them their answers to this question:
What do you want to BREAK FREE from?
My character defect of not putting myself first – I need to be my number ONE priority in my life right now.
The need to people please.
The need for acceptance from others.
How to manage stresses in life and how to not get stuck in ruts.
Getting out of comfort zone.
Depression and poor self-care.
I have a lot of anxiety, all of the time.
I am constantly second guessing myself, especially since becoming a mother.
I tend to be obsessive about how I present myself to others. I’d love to just let go of the self-limiting belief that I need the approvals of others in order to be happy. Also, my vision of success and how much stress that puts on me.
I want to break free from being stuck, unfulfilled and just not genuinely happy in my life. I want to find my greater purpose in life, pursue it, reach great fulfillment and pure happiness.
More confidence in the workplace!
I want to break free from the anger I have that won’t allow me to make deeper connections.
Self-doubt & Fear
My bad habits and lack of confidence. I have blocks around money and building MY business.
I focus a lot on my jobs, but I am not being compensated for my worth. I struggle financially and with keeping my own steady habits for wellness.
I want to break free from myself in a way.
Fear – my own insecurities (known and unknown/subconscious).
I want to BREAK FREE from the old me. The quiet, second guessing, let someone else go first me. I want to become the speak up first, stand up for herself and her ideas me, who stands confident in her experiences and trusts herself and respects herself and takes herself seriously – so much so that she is her own #1 supporter, and people around her can’t help but join in as well!
Every single day, every workshop, every meal was on purpose.
We ate anti – inflammatory foods so our minds would be clear.
We sweat in barre and dance class so we’d feel refreshed and energetic.
We had the Break Free Workshop to release trapped trauma.
We broke free in the Improv Workshop to surprise ourselves with how good it feels to laugh and trust our wildly spot on instinct.
The retreat was the beginning, the kick off to a much larger, more in – depth program starting in January 2019.
The 6 Month Break Free Program.
The Break Free Retreat is over, but the transformations are just beginning.
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