There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe my overall feeling from coming off this amazing retreat this past weekend. I could tell you a million things about these incredible ladies, their drive, their passion, the bond we had, how natural it felt, how much I felt completely loved and even more driven after this retreat.
So what was this all about?
Every year, actually twice a year, I take my leaders from the team on an exclusive retreat where we celebrate our success, we laugh, eat, drink, workout, eat some more, and enjoy some time away.
I rent a HUGE house (the better the WOW factor, the better), and I think of everything I can do to show my leaders on the team how much they mean to me and how proud of them I am. We have such an amazing team and one thing I have learned is that we do better when we work together. So it makes sense to bring the team TOGETHER and do this celebration as family.
Everyday these ladies strive to be a better version of themselves and help others at the same time. How cool of a job is that!?!?
I think back to when I worked at a job for 5 years and didn’t ONCE have a RETREAT or an exclusive event that celebrated all that I have done. It was monotonous, daily, boring tasks that I was doing and no matter how hard I worked, I never was offered a luxury vacation. And that is why I LOVE doing this for my team. This is just as much as treat for me as it is for them.
So what did we do??
We all arrived on Friday night and I greeted the team with a leadership retreat shirt, a personalized glass, a notebook, and other goodies. I also had a leadership wall of fame to celebrate my girls! This is one of my favorite parts because they girls have their pictures blown up and recognized for their success (as they should be).
Now, we are all fitness and health coaches, however, a big thing we promote on our team is balance. Living your best life and not sacrificing things. So we ate the desserts, we drank the margaritas and we didn’t regret it one bit.
The first night was all about getting to know eachother and hearing our stories. This was amazing to hear how people became apart of our team and we all were so different. Some of us were overweight before and wanted a community, some of us were already into fitness and wanted to help others, some just joined because they wanted to go on retreats like this…… Each story mattered and was a reminder that ANYONE can do this. You just need the PASSION.
On Saturday, we woke up and did a LIVE workout with the fabulous Rowaida Touma. She is a personal trainer and LIVE instructor so we got super sweaty. We also streamed the workout life for our crew back home who couldn’t make it.
We spent the day eating more, drinking more, (see a pattern here) and getting professional pictures taken by Jessica Fike Photography. Shameless plug here…. she is AMAZING! This is our second year using her for a retreat and she makes you feel like a celebrity and her pictures always turn out incredible. So for anyone visiting Deep Creek, Maryland, I HIGHLY suggest her!
My goal of the photography session was to give these girls professional pictures that they can use for their business. I also love watching girls who maybe once didn’t take a ton of pictures of themselves, light up when it’s their turn to get their picture taken. The other girls stand behind and cheer them on, make them laugh and assure them that they are absolutely rocking these pictures.
Ashley Kaskel and I lead a training to give our girls the top information on creating more success for their business. We talked goals, we masterminded and really dug deep into what we wanted.
Another favorite part of this trip was when we wrote down our limiting beliefs and burned them. It sounds crazy but we did just that. We all said out loud what was holding us back and we burned that away and promised to not let those things restrict us anymore.
We hot tubbed that night and then the next morning burned off more calories with a LIVE insanity workout by Kristy Burdsall. She did an amazing job! She was spunky, fun and made us work!
Then it was breakfast, cleaning up, saying our goodbyes and talking about what NEXT was to come for this team. HINT: A bunch of fun stuff! 😉
How many times can you say that you stayed in a huge house, were treated, had amazing meals, had a professional photographer, were given gifts, had live workouts in your own home, hot tubbed, and burned your beliefs?
Probably not once.
And that my friends is why this team is so amazing. We do the things most people don’t. We lead with heart, passion and want to be better. We support eachother, we empower one another and we SHINE BRIGHT together.
We don’t limit this team. This is open for anyone with a passion to help others. Anyone with a passion to change their life.
Why not you???
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