And the sun sets on Day 1 of 109 World’s first social mission retreat. Part beach paradise, part yoga, part service, this retreat is unlike others. A holistic approach to vacation, it truly is a retreat to harmonize your mind-body-soul connection. As participant, you are able to enjoy all the the beautiful country of Nicaragua has to offer, but also give back to the sacred land that supports your personal restoration.
Truth – this is my first vacation/time off in 2 years! Launching BuddhiBox is 2014 has been a rewarding journey but also incredibly demanding for this one-woman show ( 7 days a week, sometimes 16 hours a day). My entire focus and priority has been on the health of the business which includes the well being of customers, partners, and the non-profits we support. During this time, there has been little to no “me” time. Please know that I am not complaining or looking for sympathy. I followed my heart to find my purpose. And I fully understand and take my commitment as an entrepreneur seriously. I know that there is no such thing as an elevator to success; the journey is long… Doubt, guilt and uncertainty arise and leave you exhausted and questioning your purpose. You feel there is more that can be done. Wait…NO, you feel that there is more that needs to be done and until you hit that next milestone of achievement you are not deserving of “me” time. And trust me, when you don’t take care of yourself, you lose yourself a little…and this can lead to serious burn out.
Which is why when I learned about 109’s retreat focused on water conservation and supporting the rural villages in Nicaragua, I knew that I had to go. It was based on the very foundation and principles that I founded BuddhiBox on – Discovery, Union, and Compassion. It beckoned me. It struck a cord. I responded.
Leading up to the trip I was filled with anxiety. Would I be able to manage the business while abroad? Am I a terrible business owner for spending 5 days doing yoga, soaking up the sun, and making new friends? Hesitant, I packed the last the BuddhiBox store shipments and boarded the plane. I was so exhausted, I could not even find the excitement within me. Sad but true.
As I stepped off the shuttle and onto the Aqua Wellness Resort property, I felt an immediate shift of energy. The lush, organic surroundings with the sound of nature and ocean waves wrapped me in a sensation of serenity. An immense wave of emotions washed over me and my eyes welled with tears. A sensation I had not felt in a long time. Pure, authentic gratitude. It was so safe and familiar, it was like coming home.
As the afternoon progressed I met other beautiful souls that traveled as far as the Ukraine to be here, admired a family of monkeys outside my room, ate some delicious ceviche, and took in the beauty of a blazing red sunset.
As I sit in my room listening to the roar of the ocean, I read a bit from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book “True Love”. Like a message from the Universe, it offered me the perfect words to conclude day one of this journey –
“Come Back to yourself and restore peace and harmony.”
And so I have, and so I will. I am looking forward to sharing this experience with you. Please stay connected via the BuddhiBlog, our social media streams – Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope to see what our group is up to. And listed to our 109 Water playlist on Spotify HERE.
Read Day 2 here.