Two weeks, ago, I attended the Soul Proprietor retreat, a business mastermind event for spiritual outlaws hosted by tarot badass Theresa Reed (a.k.a. The Tarot Lady). The two night, three day affair featured teachings from some of the best in the metaphysical biz, all focused on how we could improve our work as soulful entrepreneurs.
The fact that it was in a haunted mansion on Lake Michigan? Just icing on the cake.
The leaves were neon reds and yellows, and the whole thing felt like a girls camp, but with wine. It was lush, relaxing, and I must say: there's nothing like spending quality time with people you admire. I left feeling full- of ideas, determination, + love.
Here are a few lessons that I learned at the Soulful Proprietor retreat (in no particular order):
Everyone is beautiful, and no one is perfect.
During this trip, I had the honor + pleasure of meeting twenty incredible women, many of which I had known online or admired from a distance prior to our face time. This was my first business event and I was, admittedly, anxious about what it would be like to meet everyone in person. Would I measure up?
It's easy to idolize someone when all you see of their life is a glossy headshot and impressive follower list. But what I found was, in reality, these things don't mean as much as they feel like they do. What does matter is kindness, generosity, and devotion- all of which these women had in spades. We were witnessed, truly served, and downright pampered, and I was lucky to be in the presence of so many creative + classy people!
The most successful person in the room? They're probably the most reserved.
They wait until the appropriate time to speak because they aren't trying to prove anything. Above all, they're secure in their personal power.
Alex Franzen shared a lovely African proverb that said, "Only speak if what you are about to say is more beautiful than silence." As a glib Gemini moon, I took the idea of intentional communication to heart, and deeply appreciated seeing it demonstrated by such talented ladies. Silence can be as powerful as speaking.
Don't be too polite to ask questions.
After one of the workshops, I was still stuck on something I was writing. I knew I need to ask the instructor for help, but I didn't want to bother them- after all, they'd already done so much. But finishing that small piece of writing was part of my reason for coming to the retreat in the first place, so I decided I would go ahead and ask for a little TLC after the class. If I hadn't asked, I wouldn't have had one of my biggest epiphanies of the weekend!
Be respectful, but don't be afraid to ask. Go for it, graciously. It's worth it.
There is deep value in listening and simply being present.
Everyone has something magnificent to offer.
Always take a direct flight - Especially during Mercury Retrograde.
You don't want to be the girl running through Chicago O'Hare with the broken suitcase... oh wait, that was me.
Have the courage to do what feels right, even if it seems crazy.
The decision to go on this retreat was, at best, spontaneous. At the time tickets went on sale last year, I couldn't buy one. But as the event drew closer, I couldn't shake the idea that I desperately wanted to be there. Things had changed, I was in a much better place, and I had no plans for that weekend.
That Wednesday, on a whim, I emailed Theresa to ask if anyone had dropped out. The same morning, someone had. I snapped up the ticket and bought a flight immediately. That Friday, I was on a plane to Wisconsin, and that afternoon, I was taking over Starbucks with a few of my online besties.
When we arrived at DeKoven Center, we all pulled a stone from a bag with a word inscribed on it. Mine was courage. It couldn't have been more accurate. It felt crazy booking the trip on such short notice, but I knew I had to go. The women at the retreat taught me how to be brave in new and amazing ways. My fellow mystical entrepreneurs and soul sisters inspired me with their stories. I'm so glad I booked that ticket, and grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community.
(Plus, that juicy swag bag didn't hurt.)
Can't wait to share all my new ideas with you! I've got big things coming up in 2015.
Here's to courage + community! XX