We all know that staying on top of our mental wellness can be a challenge, but tools like therapy, yoga and meditation help us stay on track, right? Despite all the evidence (and advertising!) in support of self-care tools like these to help stay sane amidst the chaos of everyday life - we aren’t always paying attention to our brain health… are we?
As the founder and CEO of ANGEL AID, Cristol is working tirelessly to offer antidotes to the adversity and challenges faced by families affected by rare diseases.
Rare diseases impact more people on the planet than AIDS and cancer combined - 350 million people, half of whom are children. [Source: Global Genes]
First of all, let’s expand the concept of “journaling”, shall we? If the idea of keeping a journal sends you into a spiral of “Dear Diary” teenage melodrama, you aren’t alone! Instead, Monica has taught me to think of journaling as more of a creative practice - using whatever tools you’ve got in your toolbox. She’s convinced me that there is no right or wrong way to go about the practice of journaling!
In case you haven’t picked up on this already, I’m a fan of the open road. I LIVE for a good road trip… the wind in my hair, the hits of the 70’s & 80’s blasting and the greasy truck stop diners all hold a certain nostalgia for me. But more than that, the road stirs my soul and shakes up my sense of everyday in a way that is SO SATISFYING. There’s magic in the excitement of what’s to come and the inevitability of the unexpected popping up along the way. It always does. It’s almost a guarantee when you hop behind the wheel and answer the call for adventure.
Just a few years ago, I found myself in the uncomfortable role of a brand-spanking new empty nester. And boy, it wasn’t pretty... (but then again, when is it ever?) I was filled with self-doubt, and was quite frankly, flailing. Up until that moment when my two kids flew the coop, I’d been a stay-at-home mom for almost 18 years. I hadn’t been out in the “real world” for what seemed like a lifetime, and I had no idea what my next move should be. I was in desperate need of “more” but had no clue what that was going to look like and how to make it happen. The feeling was paralyzing.
"Leadership is taking care of yourself and empowering others to do the same." - Abby Wambach
I read Abby Wambach's book Wolfpack last weekend - twice - I couldn’t get enough. One of her eight New Rules I can't get out of my head is this: Lead now - from wherever you are.
When I became a mom I realized that whether I liked it or not, I had just been cast in the greatest leadership role of my life. I would be leading by example and it was up to me to choose what type of example that was because my kids would be watching and modeling my behavior. Yikes! The weight of this responsibility was not lost on me. Fortunately I had support and guidance from my mom and my sister, who taught me how to lead from where I was, even in my weakest moments as a mother.
Running a tad behind on the holiday shopping this year? You and me both! I know you believe in empowering women, redefining beauty and embracing authenticity in all aspects of your life - that’s why you’re here! How awesome would it be to pass on those same values when it comes to gift-giving? With this in mind, I’ve compiled a list of independent, woman-owned businesses who think outside the box, create quality products with passion, and who care deeply about the world. Consider supporting these amazing businesses with those last-minute gifts this year, or forward this list as hint to someone who is wondering what to get you!
It’s only been a month since the retreat, and I am truly missing it, especially all the wonderful Daring Darlings. I felt a connection with each of my guests and am looking forward to staying in touch and supporting each other going forward ‘cause there’s no doubt in my mind that we are better together today than we were when we first met as individuals a month ago. We dared and we detoured. We experienced mindfulness and ritual. We witnessed the beauty in each other, with and without lipstick! We burned our limiting beliefs and reframed them as affirmations. Most importantly, we laughed and were joyful and shared our unique gifts in one of the most beautiful places on earth. All the Daring Darlings from each Dare to Detour retreat and workshop are invited to join a private Facebook Group where I sincerely hope we’re able to stay connected. Authentic connection is one of the many perks of being a Daring Darling - once a Darling, always a Darling;)
After an amazing reset from the Dare to Detour Retreat, and the autumnal equinox, my spirit is strengthened and I want to make space for contemplation this winter. Honoring this natural cycle, I find myself cleaning my house, my body and my thoughts simultaneously. It’s time to get rid of everything past its sell date and make room to redefine your intentions and create new rituals that bring warmth and nourishment for the season ahead. Read on for my tips on where to start in your beauty cabinet.
Cassidy Wendell is a wellness writer, online educator, and community builder for people all over the world. Like many, she found her calling in a very roundabout way after losing her dad to a serious stroke in 2013. As a way to express her stress and emotions, she started a blog and soon found an exciting and meaningful career path in the digital space. I “met” Cass through Instagram a couple years ago. Her fresh perspective and positive approach to health and wellness pictured in her tiny squares captured my attention. When I found out that she lived in Bozeman, where I was planning to hold Dare to Detour, I knew I had to find a way to get her on my team. I am so happy to Cass involved again this year in an even greater capacity. Cass will be with you every step of the way during your time in Montana to make sure everything flows as it should. The two of us will be meeting this year’s retreat guests at the Bozeman International Airport on September 13th, and are looking forward to welcoming all the Daring Darlings to Big Sky Country!
WHY DO WE RETREAT?
We retreat to get away from it all and bring in our energy that is otherwise spread out in multiple directions. All the stress, noise, responsibilities and distractions of everyday life melt away and we are able to get back in touch with who we are and what is important to us. We use the fresh perspective that a new environment provides to reconnect with ourselves and find our flow. Sometimes we learn something new or understand a situation that has been troubling us. Sometimes we meet someone who inspires us. Most often we are simply reset and reinvigorated and return home hoping to keep this fresh perspective alive.
THE PAST 40 DAYS HAVE BEEN INTENSE
Way more intense than the 40 days before them, or the 40 before those. You know that feeling when you stand on the beach, toes in the sand, at the spot where the broken waves roll over each other and with every lap of the water you sink a little deeper? Had I not learned to emotionally surf this month, I would be thigh deep in sand by now.
When I was a kid, I loved playing Truth or Dare. I nearly always took the dare. Taking the dare was sometimes risky, often challenging, and always scary in a shaky knees kinda way. I loved it because it made me feel bold and courageous… it was exhilarating putting myself out there on the edge, sometimes quite literally.