Imagine the excitement of a new year ...
The past year felt so right, so on target, so very - y.o.u.
The sense of inner ease and flow of being true is like no other.
Listening to your inner nudges and prods didn't steer you wrong.
Curve balls and hurdles were so much less a big deal.
Your clarity deepened.
Decisions were easier to make.
Plans were filled with meaning rather than planning to make plans.
How about fairy tales and unicorns too?
Facing the new year, well ..., sort of sucks. Hard not to question what's going to make this year different from any other.
What is it they say - insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results?
Logically what you lay out makes sense. Follow the plan and all should be well.
Except it isn't.
You have a solid track record of being no further ahead, and more so feeling the unjoy of wading off in weeds. Hopes and resolutions always seem to get buried in dust of everyday life. What you really want just isn't coming true.
Will anything really make this new year any different?
caught up in do-do
Like clockwork, December is flooded with messages for making the best year ever.
The next greatest planner will keep you organized this time. Learn the secret to ultimate productivity in less time. Make your dreams come true in the blink of an eye.
A gazillion variations to Sunday blast you on how to make everything come true ... yesterday.
Only problem is, they're all are focused on what you can do.
Let's flip this upside down
Start with you instead of do.
Doing more, even doing less, isn't the answer. Efficiency and effectiveness feel good, but only get you so far.
There's one common thread, however, woven through everything you do:
Scoping out plans, making decisions, and following your dreams can go in very different directions based on where you place your attention.
Focus on what to do
Focus on being you
What does that actually mean?
What you can expect starting from you over what to do.
Putting you first doesn't mean tossing plans out the window. Planning becomes a hybrid processing of setting out, paying attention, and making adjustments along the way. You don't have to wait for a clear, definitive end point before starting.
Stuck isn't so sticky
Feeling stuck comes from a lack of alignment and clarity about what to do. Wherever you are is where you can start from because you always have you as a reference point. Every small step gives you something to use for the next one.
On the move
Don't get fooled by the "Being Myth." Being isn't all about stillness and navel gazing. Being your true self is allowing who you really are to shine all the time and allowing your natural GPS system to provide direction as to where to go and what to do.
going in spirals
Two points form a line. There's nothing saying the line in between must be straight. Or fast. The richness of Life is found in the scribbles. Going back over old ground and heading off on tangents is you experiencing you all over again as you evolve.
Lodgings & Amenities
What to expect during your time at the virtual cabin.
As your host
Think of me as your guide - part sherpa, part nudger - to find the answers waiting within.
What I’ve created for you is:
- a small, intimate community
- an online private group space
- two live group conversations (online)
- livestreams and written support material
- my very active participation every day in the online group space
More importantly, I'm here to:
- create a space for you to sink into
- ask the questions you need to explore right now
- nudge when you need poking and be there when you need resting
- serve up a feast of food for thought
- celebrate what goes unnoticed
as a guest
Stepping Outside is designed to be an obserflective, experiential journey.
You'll get the most out of your getaway if you:
- give yourself an hour each day, and more if you like
- participate, share and engage as fully as you can
- ask questions, ask A LOT of them
- bring an extra change of clothes for when things get messy
- pack an abundant supply of curiosity
- create a safe space for yourself and others to explore deeply
- be open to seeing past experiences differently
- celebrate even the tiniest shifts
the fine print
Things you might wish you knew ahead of time.
Jumping into Stepping Outside and exploring the year ahead will be a shifting experience if:
- You have a decision to make, something needs to change, but not sure what, you need the courage for what's next, you're holding back, your plans feel fake or empty
- You find year end a time of introspection and reflection
- You like a mix of being part of an intimate group and time by yourself
- You want a different experience
- You want next year to feel more like your true self
- You enjoy hanging out in your flannel pajamas or sweat pants
- You know when you give something your attention and effort, even when it gets messy, you get results.
When Next year might be better
This retreat might not be the right timing for you if:
- You have complete clarity without questions
- Your plans for next year are rock solid
- You have no time for yourself between deadlines, company, travel, family, etc.
- You're not quite ready to dive deep or get squirmy
- You want to work on your own
- You prefer to be given answers rather than discovering them
unsure if the cabin is for you?
In a former life, I took an assignment at a field location.
I moved from the Big City to a small town at the end of the highway.
The 18 months living there are fondly remembered.
But being at the end of the road took getting used to.
When something came to town, you went or you missed it.
There was no "maybe next week."
Stepping Outside is kind of like living at the end of the road too.
It only happens once a year.
You're in or you've missed it for another year.
Honestly, I hate that it feels like some bad scarcity tactic.
That's not my intention at all.
This is a super special experience specific to this time of year.
Offering an evergreen version or having multiple entry times throughout the year would water it down.
That's not what I want for you.
So for now, Stepping Outside is truly an annual retreat.
If you're in that middle space between saying "hell, yes!" and "meh, no thanks," please get hold of me.
Let's have a quick chat about your questions and hesitations.
I'll tell you straight out if I don't think the timing is right for you.
There may be a better way or better time for us to work together.
Or not at all.
What I don't want is for you to miss out on something that would make a difference for where you are right now.
Double pinky swear promise - there will be no convincing you to sign up.
So, please. ask.