Last March, I went on a three-day creative retreat to Florida with a friend. She needed a break from her routine and so did I. So, we traveled together, split the cost of a hotel room, and then went our separate ways each day to get what we needed.
That time was so valuable! I came back with decisions made on several things I had been struggling through. I was filled with new ideas, plans, and a fresh enthusiasm for my work. I also gained clarity on my goals and core values.
And now, I’m heading back to Florida to meet up with my dear friend, Shaunna, for another creative retreat. We’re going to do a lot of thinking and planning together while we walk in the surf and sit by the pool. (Going to a relaxing and beautiful destination is the best way to do creative retreats if you can swing it!)
As I’ve been preparing for this creative retreat and thinking about what I want to get out of it, I thought back to my last trip and how I went with a notebook full of questions to answer and books I was going to read, but I didn’t have a real plan or a guide. A few people asked me if I would share the questions I asked myself and I intended to do that, but that intention was crowded out by other projects and deadlines.
Now, I have finally put a guide together, but I added a lot more questions and prompts that I wish I had on my first creative retreat…
It’s a 20-page guide that walks you through reflecting on your journey so far (successes, failures, what you’ve learned), where you are currently (what’s working in your business and what isn’t), and where you would like to go (cultivating new ideas, dreaming, turning dreams into plans, etc.) I’m so excited about this guide and my hope is it will serve many creatives as they recharge, refocus, and reenergize.
And you don’t need to wait until you can schedule a formal retreat to use this guide. I would suggest you give yourself an unhurried day outside of your house or workspace if you can. I know that’s not always possible, depending on schedule and season of life, so take a little time each day in a quiet room if that’s all you can manage.
Whether you have a weekend, a day, or just a few hours, I think this guide will be beneficial to you and your business.
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In addition to creating this guide, I also made a business resources page with links to business blog posts, some of my favorite business books and podcasts, photography gear, and a list of agencies I work with and digital tools I use.