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.