I have decided to devote the whole day of Holy Friday for some serious soul searching somewhere in Tagaytay, as part of the design-it-yourself retreat activity I’ve come across in femalenetwork.com. It was perfect timing actually, because recently, I’ve been feeling restless and feel that I need some quiet time to organize myself, my goals, and my life.

This decision brought along aseries of “firsts” for me – first time to go on a retreat, first time to spend the holy week (actually just one day of the whole week) away from my family (if you are from a typical Filipino family, this time of the year is time for some serious family bonding), and first time to give time for myself away from the people that normally surrounds me.

So how does a DIY retreat work? I lifted the following guidelines from femalenetwork.com:

The Crossroads Retreat
Perfect For:

Those points of transition in your life or your career, when you feel like you need to choose between two (or more!) different opportunities for growth.

Questions to Consider in Your Journal:

– If you had all the money you would ever need and you knew that there was no chance in the world that you would fail… which choice would you make?

– When you look at your choices and you look ahead five years from now, which version of your life has the power to inspire you more?

You Know Your Retreat Is Going Well When:

You are able to distinguish between “warning signs” and “normal fear.” Whenever we encounter an opportunity to step out of our comfort zone and really grow, we all experience a moment of fear. Many people interpret this fear as an inner warning not to continue. Learn to recognize the difference by digging underneath that fear: if you find “excitement” and “future strength” underneath it, then you’re on the right track. But if you find a persistent sense of “something not being right,” then simply review your choices, clear your mind, and start again.

photo from blogs.pitch.com

There’s actually another typre of retreat mentioned in the article, called: The Heart-Healing Retreat. This is perfect for people undergoing times of longing and loneliness—whether in a relationship, are considering ending one, are currently recovering from the loss of one, or have been single for some time. I am generally happy and contented with C, and is very grateful for everything that we have been thru in almost a year that we have been together, so I think I’ll focus more on the first part.

Have a blessed week everyone!

7 comments on “DIY Personal Retreat”

  1. Congratulations on your new dot-com!!! 🙂

    Your DIY retreat seems like it was fruitful. 🙂 Have a blessed weekend ahead!

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