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My Retreat Feeds My Creative Spirit

I attend a women’s writers retreat twice a year, and the time is quickly approaching. This is my time to decompress, relax, and get some writing done without the distractions of my dog, cats, family, job, or noise from the neighbors. There’s always someone or something that needs my attention. I can’t remember the last time I sat down at home and wrote undisturbed for more than 15 minutes.

I was hesitant to attend the retreat for first time because my husband and I spend so little time together that I felt guilty leaving him for three days. Then I came to the realization that I need time to nurture my craft. I need peace and serenity to rest my over-stimulated mind and renew my soul. I need to be with other creative minds in a safe and creative setting. I need time to concentrate on the work of my heart.

My first retreat was an eye-opening experience. I was welcomed by brilliant and generous writers who welcomed me into their group with friendly smiles. Being in the same room with that much creative energy sparked my own, and I wrote approximately 20,000 words that weekend. I average 15,000 words a week when I’m home.

I’ve grown to love the ladies who attend my retreat as much as the time I spend on my writing. Whether we’re visiting about our families and our lives or helping each other through a tough spot, the support we provide to each other is priceless.

I encourage you to find something that relaxes your mind and feeds your spirit. Writing isn’t for everyone. Sometimes all you need to do to accomplish this type of zen is throw a hook and line in the water and wait for a nibble. Simple pleasures are the best.

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