So, this weekend I’m going on a spiritual retreat at Avila.

avila_sign_200 Part of my personal development plan is to go on a retreat once a quarter, and this weekend is my second quarter retreat. I’m so looking forward to it. I plan to spend time sleeping on my own schedule (a luxury for any mom!), studying the Bible, walking their lovely prayer labyrinth, and praying. I will also be meditating on many specific questions.

What do you do to refresh yourself? Anything? Do you ever take time for your own personal development and growth? Times of retreat are a great option, but often it’s too big a step for most of us. Start small: 15 minutes of alone time each day. Or even smaller: 15 minutes of alone time once a week. Whether spiritual or not, taking time out for yourself is essential to a joyous life.

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