The first half of this year has been action-packed with regular coast-to-coast travel, facilitating Conscious Leadership forums and teaching the Igniting Genius Leaders Immersion program. Bringing these consciousness tools out into the world is super exciting, fun, and challenging (in a good way), but here's the obvious and not-so-obvious truth: 

As you increase your capacity to serve others and give your gifts to the world, you also need to increase your willingness to receive. In fact, I would go as far as to say that the capacity of your giving is dependent upon your ability to be a big receiver.

After six months of focusing on the giving side, facilitating many people each day with focused, exquisite attention, I was feeling empty and depleted. 

My husband Jack and I had planned to take a vacation over the 4th of July weekend, but the idea of getting on a plane or even packing a suitcase was totally unappealing. When I thought about what I most wanted, it was to create some space to fill up my own tank and spend time with Jack and close friends. With this in mind, we decided to create a staycation.

Jack and I sat down together to make a list of the most important things we wanted to include in our long weekend, knowing that first and foremost, it had to be easeful. We came up with this list:

 Meditate twice a day and soak up the silence

 Practice yoga each morning before breakfast

 Have intentional conversations

 Eat healthy, delicious food, as much as possible from the garden

 Be out in nature daily

 Have plenty of open space for reading, writing, or napping

With my energy tank feeling pretty low, the thought of implementing this staycation seemed daunting. Little did I know how easy it would be and how much this time would give back to me and everyone involved.

By the end of our three days together, we were all so deeply fed on every level. I had truly received and felt gloriously rejuvenated, and we spent less than a fraction of what we ever had on a vacation.

In the next blog, I will share our complete how-to recipe to create your own soul-satisfying staycation.