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January 1, 2014

January Newsletter – New Year Ideas and Exercises!

It’s Time to Reboot!

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season!  Now, it is January and that time when many of us reassess our busy lives and think about what we want to accomplish or do to balance our lives during the next year.With that in mind, we have some New Year ideas and exercises for you!

Read Our Book: Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life by Taking a Break is selling well and available on and in bookstores. It is a great guidebook to giving yourself the “gift of time” and is full of helpful ideas and stories of what others have done to focus their lives and bring more balance.

Attend a Retreat: Our next retreat is coming right up in Santa Fe January 10-12 and we have three others in 2014 scheduled for April, August, and October in Brooklyn, Sag Harbor, and Cape Cod, respectively. The retreats are a way to work within a small group setting, and with us one-on-one, to discover what it is that you really want to do, and make the plans actionable.

Try our Exercises: Then there are the exercises that really get you motivated.  We always encourage daily journaling and have published a Journal for Inspiration just for this purpose! The Circle Goals Exercise also one of our favorites – the four of us do this each year and share with each other. Unlike New Year’s Resolutions that often get forgotten after two weeks, Circle Goals help you to change your life and bring it back into harmony and balance by providing a focus on priorities, with actionable steps.

Circle Goals Exercise:
Get a cup of tea or a glass of wine, find a comfortable chair, build a fire or pick a beautiful view, grab a journal and pen, and get started!
Sample Circle Goals
  • Draw a circle and divide it into 6 even pie-like slices. The equal pie slices are to remind you to give equal weight to each aspect of your life, if not in time at least in mental thought.
  •  In each slice, write an area or category of your life that you want to focus on for the next year.  Examples might be: Financial, Health and Exercise, Creativity, Career, Friends and Family, Spirituality, Romantic Relationships, Renovating the House, Writing a Book, etc.
  • Write 5 measurable and obtainable goals you can accomplish under each category. Be specific and make sure you can see results at the end of the year.  For example, under Financial, you might write: Put all financial information online by June; or under Creativity, it might be: Take an art course from the local university this year…You get the picture!

It may take you a couple of hours, or you might want to go back to it within a few days tomake changes as the process gets you thinking.  When you are finished, go back and pickone goal that is most important to accomplish this year from each category and write that down and put it somewhere as a reminder, to look at occasionally.  After 6 months, pull out your Circle Goals again and review it, but make no changes, then look at it again at the end of the year and reflect on all you have changed in your life.  We never get everything in our Circle done, but we get so much more than we thought and we have given priority to those things that we say are important, but never seem to have the time to do.

One example from Cathy – for five years she put “Take an art class” in her goals, but because of a heavy travel schedule was never able to take a course. This year she finally figured out a way to accomplish the goal by asking an artist friend to give her private lessons, based on her schedule. She is wondering why it took her so long to think of this!We find that most people accomplish more of their goals just because they took time in writing them down.  You can also share your Circle Goals with people close to you – that will encourage you even more to fulfill them!  The process also makes you think about all aspects of your life and to try to keep them in balance.  The five goals in each category have a way of “making things happen” in many areas of your life – by spending mental, as well as physical, time on what we want from life, we are more in control of how we realize those goals.  We call it “being present and open” to what synchronicity comes your way!We wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2014!

January 31, 2013

Rich and Nurturing: Reboot Your Life 2013 Santa Fe Retreat

“I had no idea how much I needed this.  Incredibly powerful.”
~ Retreat participant

“The retreat helped me focus on what I want to do – and that I can do it.”
~ Retreat participant

“You have all managed to create a very special event through a combination of your experience, your willingness to share, the design and flow of the event and the wonderful location.  All in all it was a tremendous use of two days!
~ Retreat participant

The first Reboot Your Life Retreat of 2013 was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where we have had so many fantastic retreats.  This one was no exception.  The weather was cool, but beautiful, and clear blue skies and starry nights prevailed.

It was one of our largest retreats ever, with a diverse and interesting group of people, hailing from all around the United States and from various professional fields…nonprofit and corporate.  We even had a Brit, whose humor was greatly enjoyed!

For the first time at a RYL retreat, we were able to incorporate material from research for the new book we are writing on pre-retirement planning.  It was good to give it a run with the participants, as several were at the perfect age to start designing their ideal “retirement” or “next chapter” years.  We all know that “retirement” is changing and people want to work longer and stay relevant, so there was much discussion about new opportunities.  Finances are a concern to many, and we did cover many ideas about “making your money last” and “investing in yourself” for a Reboot Break or life change.Everyone came seeking a plan about their next chapter.  Several were on a Reboot Break, some because of job loss or burnout.  A number were planning the final six months to two years in their current position, so they needed to work on exit strategies. The ages ranged from 40 to 68 and there were both men and women.

One of the participants is  head of Leadership and Talent Development  for a major Global corporation and convinced us all of the importance of being on LinkedIn to prove we are “relevant” and “technology proficient” to prospective clients, employers and boards.

The topic of “how to get on corporate boards” was also a hot topic and many good ideas came out in the conversation.

We urged people to be bold in their thinking and in their approach to the weekend.  What work is more appealing for the next life chapter?  What else would they envision doing?  What are the obstacles?

Ideas flew, and everyone added what they knew and their own creative thoughts.  One man wants to travel on his Reboot Break to the famous Way of St. James along the Camino de Santiago featured in the movie, The Way.  Others added their knowledge of it, liking the theme of tranquility and searching. All had places to go and things to do too, and they were trying to sort out their goals and how to accomplish them.  All left with a self-written individual plan.  All said everything was clearer now.

One of the most encouraging sessions was when the participants listed five skills they thought were important in this competitive environment and shared them, then heard from the others how they perceived their skills and values. Everyone saw themselves in a different, and more supportive, light. One attendee was encouraged by all of us to get certified as a financial planner and open up for business…he had us all signed up and he hadn’t even thought of that career. It was his knowledge, integrity and way of communication that sold us all.

The hours together were rich and nurturing, as participants bonded and coached each other with their considerable knowledge, some of which was gleaned through similar experiences.

Everyone commented on the comfortable, conversation- friendly environment in Cathy’s home.  The delicious, filling meals were a hit too.  The recipes are also posted on our blog.

Everyone really appreciated the experience and each other.  All said the group dynamic and retreat structure enhanced their learning.  That makes us happy.  We are achieving what we set out to achieve.  (And we are grateful for the participants’ comments above and below.)

 “A tremendous way of channeling your energies, ideas, and questions into your next chapter.  A wonderful environment of support and fun.”
~Retreat participant

“This was an extremely professional and positive furthering experience grounded in authentic wisdom and practical insights and strategies. Both the facilitators and participants were outstanding. I highly recommend the Reboot Your Life retreat.
Retreat participant 

“Tremendous value.”
Retreat participant

June 26, 2012

2012 Reboot Your Life Santa Fe Retreat and Reunion

“I did not imagine just a short time could focus my thinking on my life so well.  Possibly this is because it is timely in my life and our little group (including facilitators) was fabulous, supportive, and ‘clicked’.”
~Retreat participant

“Whether your issue is a sabbatical or a desire to revitalize/rejuvenate your life, this workshop provides the tools and an amazing environment to provide a clear direction for your future selves while being armed with counter measures to prevent yourself from being ‘derailed’.”
~Retreat participant


They were fast learners, this group.

They came searching for deeper purpose in life, with questions about the next chapter of their lives or whether to take a Reboot Break; and they began to find their paths almost immediately.

Every group at a Reboot Your Life retreat has its own personality, and this one was no exception.  Warm and fun, accomplished, and unwilling to sit back in life, they each sought ideas for their journey and the kind of support that comes from a 2-1/2-day retreat with interesting people in a beautiful, inspiring place like Santa Fe.

The ideas they sought came in self realization about their real interests — some rediscovered, some new — and in suggestions from fellow participants and the facilitators.

The discussions and exercises laid the foundation for each individual roadmap or plan about how to carry out a dream, whether it is a Reboot Break or a next phase of life.  Such a plan — sketched or fleshed out — is the prime goal of our retreats, along with acceptance by attendees that they deserve to give themselves the gift of time.

They left tired but bonded and happy, filled with the warmth of new friendship, outstanding Santa Fe food, and new affirmation.  (A note on the bonding:  This group discovered a mutual interest in rocks. When one picked up rocks on the visioning walk, others joined in a discussion about loving to bring rocks home from special places.  So they called themselves the Rock Group – with multiple meanings and several theme songs.)

The retreat ended Friday night and was followed by a RYL Retreat Reunion for previous participants, as we had done earlier in Brooklyn.  The next night, participants of both events enjoyed dinner together in Santa Fe, getting to know each other and swapping Reboot stories.

We extend our thanks to all of the participants for their energy and enthusiasm, and we hope they will enjoy the community they have created and come to a Reboot Your Life Retreat Reunion.

 We close with one last comment from a participant: “Thank you for the gift of using my time to reflect and develop a plan to improve my new life!”

And a final comment from us:  Join us in Cape Cod September 21-23 or The Berkshires November 2-4 for the next retreat!