An Idea Comes to Life Thanks to Social Media and a Buddy
I have wanted to find the time to work on my OWN stuff for sometime, but because of the multitude of client work that I have (I am blessed) and the nonprofit I direct there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to further my own work. I know from years in the corporate machine that doing projects for others over the long term can be financially or career fulfilling, but it can be soul draining. I also know that I am completely dedicated to working. Yes, some might see that as being a workaholic, but I get supreme fulfillment from seeing my vision and ideas executed. Some people work hard, play hard as a friend would say; I work hard, work hard.
The idea I had was to find a retreat cabin in the woods, invite a group of other highly motivated women to share the expense, share the cooking and work for the whole weekend. We would work throughout the day and then come back together in the evening to either share what we did or just enjoy each others company.
I direct messaged a group of these high rolling women on Facebook, shared the vision and waited to see if they would be interested.
Then I messaged my friend and former intern, asking her to chime in. I figured if she was into it, and explained it more fully, she could get the conversation started.
They wanted this. They wanted it badly. We started looking at locations we could rent. I started asking friends for empty second homes. It wasn’t until one of our tribe asked her in-laws that we found our blessed location. A masterpiece in design and a transcendent location.
The date was chosen, the group figured out who could come, the cooking assignments decided upon, and the anticipation grew.
Six women who desperately wanted some time to do their own shit gathered in the woods with three beautiful dogs, chickens, goats, a gorgeous home, a bunkhouse, and 245 acres to work our hearts out starting Friday night through Sunday morning.
My goal was to flesh out two book concepts, create a monthly blog theme, knock out five blog posts, install software, flesh out an editorial calendar, and review my email newsletter strategy - 48 hours of awesome.
We may not be solving world peace or even making tremendous progress on our personal projects, but we are here making time for ourselves which, among women, seems to be lacking. Putting our own personal, creative, or work forward often gets lost in the must do of life; this act of taking the time feels risky and wonderful.
I had a mini panic attack on the way out knowing that I wouldn't be doing paid or “real” work and instead working only on my own stuff. I’ve never taken a weekend or even a day to do that. It feels like the floor is shifting and my heart is filling with self care - it is a good thing.
Sure, some people wouldn’t want to spend the weekend working. That doesn’t sound like “vacation” to them. It doesn’t to me either, but it does feel special and risky. It feels cutting edge and a little wild. It feels like the most important thing, right now, is whatever I want to be the most important thing and that is an amazing idea.
Cheers to us for being brave and deciding to run with the dogs for a weekend, not knowing where that was going to lead us.
Do you hunger for your own time to work on whatever ideas are spinning in your mind, but get distracted by the everyday in your home. Connect with some folks and find a way to gather together on a weekend. It's a pretty amazing experience and anyone can make this happen. Need help? Leave a comment and let's see how you can go run with dogs (or do whatever you need to get your own stuff done!)