PNW Operations Retreat

It's been a while since I wrote. There have been many times I've said to myself, "self, you should write about ___" and then I say "good idea, self" and the conversation ends there. Funnily enough, one of the themes I took away from the PNW Ops Retreat was sticking to my word. So, I vow to start listening to that self talk, even about the smallest things.

The PNW Operations Retreat is one of my favorite weekends of the year. 40 women (and one inaugural man this year! Hi Curtis!) fly in from all over the country to come together for a weekend out in the woods. We have guest speakers, amazing food, and we get super vulnerable.

This year we had to go virtual. I'll be honest, I was not expecting too much from a virtual event that relies heavily on the attendees talking about their greatest traumas and fears. I assumed the Zoom sessions wouldn't allow for the same level of connection that in person does. I was wrong.

The retreat was as incredible as always. I was stunned.

Over three days we had speakers Gary John Bishop, Susan Scott, and En-May Mangels. Chelsea Rose led meditations (one of my favorite parts!) We talked, laughed, learned and cried. We cried a lot. I cried a lot.

After the three days exhaustion kicked in. I had a vulnerability hangover before day three even ended. I put off reviewing my notes for a week. I'm not sure if that was out of tiredness, fear, or laziness. Alas, I finally got it done.

After reviewing my notes four general themes stuck out to me. Over the next few weeks I will write a post breaking down each of the themes.

My four themes are:

  1. Creating the person I want to be

  2. Honoring myself

  3. Finding the context

  4. Living in reality

There is so much content to go through for each one of these themes, I can't wait to share them with you. To end, I'll leave you with a quote from our time with Gary John Bishop, "you are a f****** miracle"

Be back soon,