At the end of December I saw a post in my trusty NOTHS support group announcing there was a few spaces going at Jenny Hyde's small creative business retreat. I'd seen it advertised before and knew a lot of people who had been in previous years, but I'd always passed on it, telling myself the money would be better spent elsewhere (sorry Jenny! How wrong was I?!). This year was different, I was feeling frazzled after a busy and stressful christmas, my head was all over the place. I needed a break, and to step back and reassess what I wanted from the business. I quickly sent an email and booked my place.
A week later, I was packing my bags and feeling petrified of what was to come, what if everyone knew each other? What if I was a tiny fish among the big guys, without a clue? I nearly backed out, and once I arrived I was relieved to find I wasn't the only one feeling that way!
So, I won't lie, I expected to be learning how to take the perfect instagram picture, how much money I should be making, and other various practical, business focused things. I did not expect to be meditating, laughing, crying (sometimes laughing and crying, who knew?!), making amazing friends, having tarot readings (big cry!), and learning more about myself than I could have ever imagined.
So if I didn't learn how to take the perfect instagram picture, what did I learn? Well, I came away from the retreat with a clear vision of myself, the future, and what I really want from life. I now also know how I intend to create that life, and how the business fits in to it. I feel refreshed, and ready to take on the new year.
If you are thinking of going on one of Jenny's retreats, do it. I guarantee it will be one of the best decisions you'll make around your business. I can't wait for next year!