New York Times Best Selling Author Barbara de Angelis said Women need moments of solitude to balance how much of themselves they giveaway.

Do you agree? When was the last time you had some quality me time? I don’t mean falling asleep in front of the TV after having a glass of wine, but real me time when you are permitted to indulge in thinking only about you, your wishes, dreams and goals.

I had a conversation with a coaching client recently who found it really to think about herself during our session. All she could consider was how any decision she made would impact her family; she had lost sight of her wants and needs completely.

Now I am not advocating narcissistic navel gazing for the sake of it or neglecting those you care about, but once in a while an opportunity to reflect, renew and revitalise is important.

Many of my clients are the main earner in their home and if they become unwell or stop performing at their best at work it will have a dire impact for their families. When we look at it from that perspective me time then becomes a necessity not a nice to have.

So how do you do it, well one option is to attend a retreat. When you think retreats you may think of: eating vegan, yoga and chanting. Earlier this year I designed a retreat to help women rediscover themselves, renew and plan for their future, which was more about enjoyment than abstinence. Here’s what I found:

  1. Reinforcement

A group of different women came together from a variety of backgrounds, with one thing in common to support each other through a transformative experience. The atmosphere that was created on the retreat meant that they could reach out to each other and supportively challenge each others thinking. A real sisterhood was created and continues via accountability groups and a secret online group.

2. Renew

Space was designed into the weekend to relax and recharge, whether that be over delicious meals or meditative walks through the grounds. Precious time without the usual demands of life meant that the women could prioritorise themselves for a change, which was really appreciated and much needed.

  1. Retreat

You could quite easily be busy 24/7, especially with smart phones keeping you connected to work. But a little thinking time can go a long way. The thinking space helped the women to think strategically, gain new perspectives and their goals and commitment to action to achieve those goals flowed easily as a result.

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Happenista Retreat

Jenny Garrett is an Award Winning Coach with over 11 years experience of running a global business. She is a Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs – City of London and was listed in Brummell Magazines Top 30 City Innovators 2016.

Her mission is to transform the world for everyone, one empowered woman at a time. She use’s her years of experience in coaching and leadership to inspire and motivate people, working with them to deliver career and life changing results beyond expectation.