Did you have a wonderful weekend? Mine took me out of the city and into the woods, for some time to think, reflect and connect with other women, breathing deep and gaining strength, thinking about how to live better and more beautifully.
Across Elliot Bay from Seattle is Bainbridge Island. Just 30 minutes by ferry, but somehow a world away...
Reconnecting with the wilder places can restore the spirit like nothing else. A visit to IslandWood, a 255-acre outdoor education center on the Island designed to provide exceptional learning experiences, is a retreat to a sacred space. A place to stop and remember to look at the world with wonder and be grateful for your place within it.
The highlight of our Circle of Friends Weekend in the Woods was keynote speaker Cheryl Strayed, author of New York Times Bestseller Wild. A true and honest story about pain, healing, fear and hope, Strayed's description of her 1,100 mile trek on the Pacific Crest Trail is one of those reads that inspires you to think about your own journey, and how to find your way to the best places within yourself.
Since I'm not quite ready to return from woods, why don't we start the week with a few words from Cheryl that I managed to scribble down:
"Do the unreasonable. Don't listen to the voice of reason."
"You are not required to measure your success by other people's standards."
"You have to try to offer up the very best thing you have to give."
"Find a way to be grateful for lessons learned."
"Fill the holes in your life with beauty, not ugliness."
Happy Monday, all. I hope you have time this week to find a way to connect with some of the world's wilder places - if only through your breath and your in mind. XOXO