Mother’s Day Self-Renewal Retreat Giveaway

 

 

We’re celebrating Mother’s Day 2018 with a special Self-Renewal Retreat Package to support you in nurturing your body, mind, heart and soul~ featuring “Renee’s Favorite Things.”


Total value: $1100. The package includes:

  • One complimentary registration for New Way of Being: Spring Self-Renewal Retreat on Friday, May 11 from 9:30-4:00 at McKinney Roughs Nature Park, 20 minutes east of Austin, just in time for Mother’s Day (value: $210)
  • One overnight stay at the beautiful Kimber Modern, a unique gem & boutique hotel in downtown Austin (some blackout dates apply; value $300)
  • A luxurious in-home 60 minute massage with Marsha Walker, LMT – Renee’s favorite massage therapist (valid in the Austin area; value $90)
  • A personal career or job search strategy session with senior career coach, Angela Loeb of Austin boutique career coaching firm Career Strategists ; established in 1999 (value $225)
  • A full size bottle of Divine Feminine essential oil blend from Renee’s favorite Body Mantra Oils (value $50)
  • A full size bottle of Rose Tincture from EZ Herbs; for heart soothing and stress-relief  (value $35)
  • a personal yoga therapy session to help you develop a home practice with Renee’s friend/master teacher Jess G Yoga (value $105 )
  • A pair of unique and stunning Kendra Scott rose quartz earrings; rose quartz symbolizes self-compassion) (value $95 )

To enter to win the package, make sure you’re subscribed to Renee’s blog  and share in the comments section below, your answer to “What does self-care mean to you?” A winner will be announced Friday, May 4th!

Prizes courtesy of:

               

        

EZ Herbs        Marsha Walker, LMT

 

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  1. I can’t wait to see who wins this package. Open to all women in Texas who can make it to our May 11th retreat! Fingers crossed it’s you.

    • Jenny FH says:

      ❤️

    • Laura Olson says:

      Thank you for this amazing offering, Renee. I am likely too late after some tech issues, but am sharing anyway.

      As I age and reflect and evolve, so does my view on self care. When my children were younger it usually meant a much needed simple moment ‘off’…sleeping in a little longer or meeting a few mama friends for social time. It was rare and I rarely prioritized it.

      Now it is more about gratitude and learning to celebrate and nurture myself mentally, physically, and spiritually…daily. It’s less of an external affirmation and more of a moment to pause and embrace the gift and effort of living and mothering and friending and being a professional and all of it. It’s a chance to tune into divine wisdom and nature. I can’t say enough how much courage and delight I gain from witnessing my women friends rock their own self care and life journeys.

      As the mother of a chronically ill child, self care could easily never happen. I want to model for myself, my children, and other mamas in the struggle, that when our child is in deep hardship we mustn’t sacrifice ourselves entirely to their care. It’s hard to feel okay being joyful or tending oneself or even knowing what you need when your child is suffering. And yet, in order to be present for the struggle and notice the moments of light and hope, it is important to step back and breathe and savor the good in life. And, for my son, who worries deeply about the negative impact his health issues have on my life, I want him to see that I am okay and celebrating and joyful alongside the grief and challenge we bear.

      As a single mom, it’s hard to find a moment for respite. There’s no one to take a night shift when he’s up needing support let alone meeting what all five of my children and I myself need day in and day out. My body is often weary and my resources depleted. And so I strive for some kind self-care and recharge every day even if that is just to breathe, hydrate, and put my face to the sun alone for a few minutes. If can move, sing, visit with a friend, or nap…all the better! And it’s a daily practice and struggle to tend myself and know it isn’t neglectful of anyone to do so. It is…crucial and valid and wonderful, or at least that’s what I am learning from self-care.

      I love being a human and mother and I don’t always love what it requires of me or how it stretches me. Mother’s Day is a chance to be grateful and to love it all wider and bigger, the beauty and the pain of this awesome life.

      Thanks for your consideration, Renee, and for your continued inspiration!!!

      Laura

  2. Jenny FH says:

    What does self-care mean to me? It means the world. It means the difference between cranky mommy and the best me… It means serenity, balance and choice. But I have to admit I need to work on my self-care! Your retreat sounds DEVINE! And I absolutely LOVE Jess G! I met her 10 years ago for my postnatal yoga classes with my then-newborn-twins!!! Miss her classes! ❤️

  3. What a wonderful giveaway! This would be a perfect way to reset and prepare for baby #2. Self care to me means taking the time for yourself every day. That time can be for physical, spiritual or emotional care or all three.

  4. Victoria Shope says:

    Self care to me means creating space for the things that keep me thriving. For me it typically looks like a quiet bath when my husband gets home, allowing me time to reflect and regroup. Other times it doesn’t look so glamorous, like when I take the time to plan out my week or get ahead on chores so that I can have more peace woven throughout the week. Waking up just a little before the kids so that I can enjoy a cup of coffee before the chaos. It can be so hard to come by but I constantly strive for it and try to remind myself that self care is a good thing to demonstrate for my children. SO excited about this giveaway!!!!!! I’m in the midst of transition in life and could so use more than 5 minutes of time for thought ❤️

  5. Kristy L says:

    For me, self-care is really listening to my inner soul to discover what I need emotionally and spiritually, and not just coasting along with a minimal level of attention to myself. As an introvert, I need a good deal of alone time to think and just be. It’s too easy to get caught up in all the demands of life and family, and lose sight of that!

  6. Self-care to me means allowing yourself to be exactly who you are in a given moment, and taking the time to listen to what you’re mind, body and soul need. So excited for this giveaway!

  7. Kristin Johnson says:

    For me, self care means paying attention to the things I love — and bringing them into my life as much as possible. Recently I’ve noticed how often I say “no” to my dreams without even considering they could become reality. In questioning why I can’t have what I want, I’ve come to realize — there’s often no good reason! I think being a mom, especially of a son with special needs, can make self care seem like self indulgence. So for me, slowing down and giving myself the time to reflect, appreciate and acknowledge where I am and where I want to go seems like the best gift I can to myself.

  8. Self care to me means the nourishment of ones mind body and soul. Being a mother is one of my the greatest gifts and it has changed me in wonderful ways and some not so wonderful, one being self care. I have not made time/opportunities for space to refill my cup. My sacred self needs its space to be able to grow and thrive to navigate who I am again. I have been nourishing my three beautiful babies for the past 4.5 years now and I am ready to have the opportunity to have my selflessness and love reflected back to me. What an honor it is to be considered for this amazing gift! Love and gratitude to you Renee, one lucky momma is going to get exactly what she needs 👸🏻💞

  9. Donna Shands says:

    Self care to me is something I have lost sight of. I am struggling to work it back into my life. I’ve gotten lost in caring for those around me, both at work and home. I come last and am too tired at the end of the day to do anything but go to bed early…. but that’s a start.

  10. I believe self care is listening to the voice and light inside myself despite all the difficult demands and obstacles life brings; making those insights a priority in my daily life so I actually act on them and enjoying the moment as well as believing in my dreams for the future. It has taken me a long time to truly realize this and it is a work in progress!

  11. Attuning to your highest self moment to moment.

  12. Self care to me means alignment over achievement. Really listening to my inner self, to my body, to what she needs and wants. Asking myself how I want to feel and then making sure whatever is in my life or agenda aligns with and supports that. There are so many external supports like yoga, or bubble baths, or a warm cup of tea, or time with a loved one, or time alone, or time in nature, etc., but for me, self care begins with introspection and then acting on (or not as the case may be) those insights. Ultimately to me self care is about listening to myself and honoring myself (which in turn fills me up and allows me to shine and serve others). And the actions needed for that can differ from day to day. It is not only about recognizing what is “on my plate” and how it aligns with and/or supports (or doesn’t) my soul/self, but its also about recognizing and honoring that the size of my plate can change with the seasons as well. Its about consciously curating how I spend my time and energy on every level, and about asking for help when I need it – and receiving it with grace.

  13. Self care often means saying No when I know I’m over-extended, under-rested, over-whelmed … even when I I might be hurting someone’s feelings by saying No…. and remembering that I’m not responsible for their feelings, but I am responsible for my own health! 🙂

  14. Pam Davis says:

    Self care takes many forms for me. My daily habits of a (mainly) whole food plant based diet, yoga, meditation and time spent in nature (even if that is just watering my plants). Spending time in the company of those I love feeds my soul, but time alone journaling, reading, snuggling with a dog or watching the leafs flutter recharges me. I have found that if I care for myself first, my entire family benefits, just taking a small five minute walk in the park while out running errands resets my day. Stopping when I begin to feel overwhelmed to simply take notice of my breath or practice a yoga posture, or sit down with a cup of tea and read for 30 minutes are tools I use to stay on track.

  15. When I think of what self care means to me, I think of that song “I love all of ya’ll but I love me the most!” – we listen to it in our dance class. It reminds me to love myself by caring deeply for myself, nurturing myself daily and having a weekly routine of self care that everything else is ordered around. When this is in place, I am able to do the deep caring work for others..

  16. I really don’t know. I am trying to get there. 🙂

  17. I am entering in the hopes of winning this for my sister, Sandra, mother of five wonderful children and non-stop carer, driver, helper, holder-of-the-space. (she lives in Austin, where we grew up, I don’t…) For her self care today means sitting down with nothing to do for 30 minutes. But it also means being pampered, which she loves and never has time for. I imagine she also views self care as anything that enables her heart to be settled and calm.

  18. To me, self care means to be balanced.
    It means to be in the flow, be present and in-line with the universe.
    It means taking care of myself, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
    Eating healthy, exercising, meditating.
    Taking care of our families, friends, businesses can sometimes be overwhelming so I make sure I take breaks from my busy life with adventurous trips.

  19. jennifer reinhart says:

    Self care to me means stopping. stopping what i am doing and leaning in. leaning in to the moment of where I am right now. what do I need to feel whole, less stressed, calm and at peace. what can I do to be able to think clearly, and be able to drop into my heartspace and feel connected to all and not be overwhelmed by it.
    as a mother of 3 under aged 7, self care usually means being alone, with no noise. listening softly to the birds and smiling. letting myself be who i am , and loving myself for where I am in this moment. being outside, being fueled by the sun, and the elements.

  20. Rochelle says:

    Self care is giving myself the time and space to feel all the feelings that come up for me. To be honest with myself and others about my needs and to be loving to myself first and foremost. And let’s not forget chocolate.

  21. Self care means prioritizing my health and well being over my children’s preferences. This is incredibly hard for me and i generally do very little of it, but I’m realizing how important it is! Moments of reflection, a workout, a walk, time with my husband or time with girlfriends… recharging and staying healthy for myself and my family ❤️

  22. Self-care means learning to live in the opposite way that I do now. It means giving up unhealthy habits and behavior norms and embracing new ways to live. Self-care would empower me to truly take care of myself so I can give my best self to my family, friends and society. It means finally raising my hand to say I matter too.

  23. Nissa Lind says:

    I’ve been trying to define and understand the best version of self care for me for over 10 years. It’s ever evolving and changing and what meets my self care doesn’t look the same of another mom’s self care. It took me a while to figure that out. Currently self care for me is giving myself the space to reflect on my feelings without judgement and just accept them and name them. Sometimes they pass and many times they hang out for a while. I’ve learned to ask for help with those that hang out for a while. Self care for me includes having the space to be in my body so I can be in tune with what my body needs whether it’s more vigorous exercise or yoga, healthier nutrition choices, sleep, or a professional’s service.

  24. Self care means self love…and all the actions that are needed to support that. It is an ever evolving journey of self discovery, self compassion and self forgiveness. And choosing moment by moment, to step into the best version of self in order to respond vs react, and to choose balance, integrity and authenticity again and again.

  25. Mary Riddle says:

    Self Care means……………..quiet time to listen to my inner voice. And breathing – it is incredible how certain breathing techniques can practically change the trajectory of the day. As a FT professional and mother of 3 girls (15,14,12), I have learned I am their role model and if I don’t demonstrate good self-care habits, there is high probability they will not learn good self-care habits. I am lucky, my 2 younger girls have special needs and they force me to slow down and cherish the truly important things in life. And my oldest is academically brilliant and as a 15 yr old year old teenager, keeps me engaged and challenges me to stay on top of my game. A fascinating mix in our loud, noisy household which also includes a wonderful husband.

  26. Andrea Fereshteh says:

    Self care for me means listening to my inner wisdom every day. Finding time – even if just a few minutes – to get still, get silent and listen deeply. Then, aligning with that wisdom and knowing what I need that day. Whether it’s a walk in the woods, a quick pedicure, a few minutes in meditation, a warm bath or something else, I try never to forget to listen deeply and respond.

  27. Myra Simmons says:

    It has taken a few years to grasp what self-care really is….Love Yourself! That deep love we have for ourselves will pour into our families, friends, passions and those we meet on a daily basis. One must realize that it starts with YOU first. Thanks for the opportunity!

  28. Self care=
    Trusting my inner guidance system to care for me in a way no one else can. Giving to myself so I can continue to give my gifts to my family and the world around me.

  29. janie cook says:

    I have learned over the first 50 years of my life that self care is absolutely vital to living out my purpose here on this planet. Self care comes in many different forms to me, but always serves the same purpose: it rejuvenates and inspires me to keep up the “good fight”. I have worked in non- profit leadership for over 25 years and learned early on that I needed to take care of myself if I was going to stay the course. My wise mom used to say, “you have to take care of yourself, because no one else will do it for you.” She was so right and what a powerful message it was to hear from the woman that gave birth to me. I believe that woman so often have the responsibility for everyone else around them that we put ourselves last on the To Do list. I have made that mistake more times than I care to admit and as a result my health has suffered. Renee, thank you for making your life’s mission to remind woman to take care of our selves!

  30. Melissa B says:

    Self care means listening to my heart and what I need in that moment. Life is very busy working full-time and being a soon to be single mama. Taking an extra breath before speaking, an extra glass of water, snuggling up to my boys when I am with them, spending time outside. I continue to look for ways to reconnect with myself.

  31. Lisa Elizarraras says:

    Self-care is so important and often neglected! Self care can be simple as taking a class or just being still….
    Reading or a walk in the yard are great too!

  32. Laura S. says:

    Self care for me means finding some “me time” in SHORT and RARE moments of free time. I tend to prefer body work – I’ll pop in for a Chinese food massage, or schedule a facial. Nothing beats getting into nature, too, even if it’s a walk around the neighborhood.

  33. Terilyn Novak says:

    As a single mom fully responsible for raising an 11 and 13 year old, as well as caring for a mother with Parkinson’s, a father with Dementia and a brother with Aspergers (all 3 living next door), self care simply means breathing sometimes. It comes down to small things that keep me going…
    It usually means deciding to put my needs first, whether that equates to eating a vegan lunch out alone, walking with the dog by the bay or baking a healthy treat and I am actually the first one to eat it!

  34. Trish Andermann says:

    Self-care means taking care of myself so that I can be the best mom and partner to my children and fiance. I make sure everyone else’s needs are met and usually I’m the last on the list. I have recognized this tendency and try when I can to be sure to take time out for myself. If I’m honest, I do it sporadically, but think about it daily:) What I know for sure is that when I make the time to take care of myself, I feel better about myself. This retreat and these goodies would be a luxury that I would be grateful to receive. Either way, one lucky lady will be pampered and just knowing that is satisfying. Thanks for offering it up!

  35. Rebecca says:

    I wrote a self-care Haiku to express what self care means to me. <3

    Tenderness. Patience.
    Believing I am enough.
    Deep breaths. slow walks. smiles.

  36. Vanessa :) says:

    Wow! okay I’ll share!!! Self-care, to me, means connecting to my self and what’s happening within me and listening to her voice, and acting with deep trust in my intuitive knowing of what mySelf needs: my body, my mind, my spirit… to thrive… to be with myself at that level, is care… it’s not always lush velvet lounging (although sometimes it is)… sometimes it’s the deep care for my hearts desire that invites me to act with love to honor my vision and intention… and calls me to deeper service in showing up in the world… and to hear that voice, that call, that truth… I must love myself, and act with care, from that place <3

  37. Self-care is taking the time for yourself. Time is such a prized commodity. Just sitting and breathing for a few minutes can make all the difference.

  38. Marcia Sherrod says:

    Self care means being attuned to my inner life and being mindful of what I need. It means taking care of my needs self compassion. It is constantly evolving and something I must revisit when every day

  39. Ann Buist says:

    Self care to me is giving myself permission not to be perfect, permission to be just fine with not being able to do it all, permission to just “be” and not “do” when that’s what I need most! Self care is accepting whatever my best is that day, with no pressure, no guilt, and being just fine with it!

  40. Renee T. says:

    Self-care is allowing myself 45 minutes to lie down and rest when I am feeling tired instead of automatically turning to caffeine.

  41. Kristi Smith says:

    Self care has become my number one focus. After decades of being a healthcare worker, volunteer and mom to children and many pets. I had hit a wall of absolute fatigue. I finally took the tome to go to a Dr. found out all my hormones had tanked. I was 47 and had the hormones of a 98 year old woman and my adrenal was nearly non existent. When my dr told me that I could die from adrenal failure of need to take shots daily to live. That was a huge wake up call to me. I took a bunch of self help classes and started meditating and making myself the number one priority. I set my alarm daily an hour before I need to get up. And I stretch and meditate in bed. Because my old way was. Once my feet hit the floor. It was go, go, go and I never found time for myself. Currently I feel better than I have in years and gaining momentum. I’m reading and learning all that I can about ways I can continue to help myself and my ultimate goal is to be a facilitator to some that are dealing with the same issues I was. I want to teach women. That they must put themselves first! BecuE sac ifocing ourselves for everyone else. Leads to a not happy woman that is too tired to enjoy life. I’m no longer filled with anger and resentment for being and giving and fool g too much!

  42. Self care for me has looked different over the years. But I have found that self care can happen in the smallest of ways and it can happen every day. When my kids were little I would sometimes escape for an hour to Target and that felt like an indulgence because I could just wander alone through the aisles. These days my kids are growing up so I have more freedom but I still choose to indulge in small kindnesses to myself every day – a hot shower before bed, a Netflix show, a little nap in the afternoon, a 20 minute walk through the greenbelt behind my house. Every once in a while I buy a $6 bouquet of flowers for myself at Trader Joes and it feels like a precious gift to myself. Even saying “no” can feel like a gift to myself that doesn’t cost anything. So self care to me means the little things and little kindnesses we show ourselves everyday.

  43. Self care means to me shoring up my resources so that I can change the world.

  44. Sarah Bentley says:

    To me self-care means doing what I need to nurture myself in the moment. Sometimes that means taking a long bath or going for a walk. Other times it means eating nutritious foods, or even having a small bite of nice dark chocolate. 🙂 I’ve also started embracing the concept of taking care of what I’ve been putting off, so I can rest at ease knowing that nagging thing on my to-do list is finally done.

    thanks, Renee!

  45. Christina L. says:

    Self-care for me takes many forms: meditation, yoga, dance, a hot bath, eating wholesome foods, or hugging those that I love. Ultimately, the form is not as important as the yearning to return to source. To find an avenue where I can remember my truest essence: the part of me that often gets forgotten in the hustle-bustle of life. When this whisper comes alive, I feel a greater connection to my meaning and purpose in life which buoys me during physical and psychological stress. Returning to source is a salve for my soul!

  46. Karlena says:

    Two hours fell into my lap today :). I first called girlfriends to see if they could meet for coffee. They were busy so then I thought what else do I need? Acupuncture!! Self -care is happening today unexpectedly.

  47. Melissa Light says:

    Self care means being flexible, open and honest about what I need at that moment. Recognizing that each week, day or hour my needs can, and most likely, will change. Slowing down enough to giving my inner voice an opportunity to be heard.

  48. Hannah says:

    Self care means taking time and resources to keep your peace of mind and energy levels in a good place!

  49. Laura Delgado says:

    I’ve learned, and am learning, to integrate self-care into my life on a regular basis. I’ve realized the importance, particularly as an introvert, to take time for myself and to take care of myself for my well-being and for the well-being of those around me! 😉 I used to feel tremendous guilt when even thinking about doing anything for myself and I was a typical martyr who put everyone else’s needs above my own, until I realized through lots of healing work, how much better I was able to care for others when I cared for myself. Self-care, in short, is the best thing I can do for those I love, and I hope that by modeling this practice on a daily basis, even and especially when it’s rough, my daughter will learn to honor herself in the same way.

  50. Self care means knowing your priorities so that you can not only take care of yourself directly, but by knowing how to set boundaries so what’s in your best interest stays in the picture. That has become especially important for me this year as a parent’s health deteriorates and I learn how to juggle his preferences with keeping my dreams alove.

  51. Julie Carter says:

    Self-care for me is eating organic when possible, losing weight recently, working with a personal trainer weekly, playing music with a band when I can, remembering to take breaks at work, listening to music I like, going for craniosacral sessions when I can, remembering annual checkups, fine-tuning my thyroid, vitamin D, etc., spending time with my son and our pets when I can, wearing bright colors sometimes, having my hair done when I’m able, hiring somebody to clean my floors and sinks once a month, hiring an organizer to help me downsize, and letting myself watch a little guilty pleasure TV on my laptop. Being a single parent to a college freshman (at home) and working full time is tiring, but at almost 60—since I’m not getting younger—I’m doing what I can with what I have.

  52. Laura Olson says:

    Thank you for this amazing offering, Renee. I am likely too late after some tech issues, but am sharing anyway.

    As I age and reflect and evolve, so does my view on self care. When my children were younger it usually meant a much needed simple moment ‘off’…sleeping in a little longer or meeting a few mama friends for social time. It was rare and I rarely prioritized it.

    Now it is more about gratitude and learning to celebrate and nurture myself mentally, physically, and spiritually…daily. It’s less of an external affirmation and more of a moment to pause and embrace the gift and effort of living and mothering and friending and being a professional and all of it. It’s a chance to tune into divine wisdom and nature. I can’t say enough how much courage and delight I gain from witnessing my women friends rock their own self care and life journeys.

    As the mother of a chronically ill child, self care could easily never happen. I want to model for myself, my children, and other mamas in the struggle, that when our child is in deep hardship we mustn’t sacrifice ourselves entirely to their care. It’s hard to feel okay being joyful or tending oneself or even knowing what you need when your child is suffering. And yet, in order to be present for the struggle and notice the moments of light and hope, it is important to step back and breathe and savor the good in life. And, for my son, who worries deeply about the negative impact his health issues have on my life, I want him to see that I am okay and celebrating and joyful alongside the grief and challenge we bear.

    As a single mom, it’s hard to find a moment for respite. There’s no one to take a night shift when he’s up needing support let alone meeting what all five of my children and I myself need day in and day out. My body is often weary and my resources depleted. And so I strive for some kind self-care and recharge every day even if that is just to breathe, hydrate, and put my face to the sun alone for a few minutes. If can move, sing, visit with a friend, or nap…all the better! And it’s a daily practice and struggle to tend myself and know it isn’t neglectful of anyone to do so. It is…crucial and valid and wonderful, or at least that’s what I am learning from self-care.

    I love being a human and mother and I don’t always love what it requires of me or how it stretches me. Mother’s Day is a chance to be grateful and to love it all wider and bigger, the beauty and the pain of this awesome life.

    Thanks for your consideration, Renee, and for your continued inspiration!!!

    Laura

  53. Jeanette says:

    Self care is taking care of yourself before others, so you can be at your best to take care of others.

  54. Karina Bolger says:

    Self care to me means paying attention to myself and recognizing when my patience is starting to drop as that is the first thing I notice about myself when I need self-care. Obviously this is a more reactive than proactive, but it is a step to taking care of myself. If I am being proactive, self-care means taking time out to have dinner or lunch with friends after taking a long walk together or going to a yoga class together. The combination of friends, nature, good food fill my bank.

  55. Anne Marie Turner says:

    Dear Renee,

    Self-care presents itself with many faces depending on the season, the day, the moment. Those who have spoken earlier in this thread each have their own way. Yet, the constant among these voices is a sense of gratitude, perseverance, and a dedication to life lived as fully as any day’s opportunity will allow. What I know is that your business and your life flows from your capacity to honor and support this way of being for yourself, your family, and community. Thank you for the work you do; thank your tribe for the efforts each member puts forth to bring the same bounty to their lives, families, and surrounding community of friends. Namaste.

    Warmly, Anne Marie