I'll be speaking at the Assured + Well retreat at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa on January 18-21, 2015. Hosted by the editors of Cottage Hill Magazine, Assured + Well is a retreat designed to help wedding professionals and artists start the new year with clear focus as well as emotional, physical and mental rejuvenation.
I'll be giving two different sessions: one on neuroplasticity and the other on margin.
In the first, I'll be speaking on neuroplasticity, or — rather simply — the brain's ability to renew itself. We all know that we're supposed to love our bodies, but we often forget that the brain is in the body and that there are things we can do to intentionally live better. I want to be clear that this is not "The Secret" or "Law of Attraction" or other kumbayah fluffy theories about positive thinking and I won't be parroting any of the books available on the topic (most of which are full of dangerous misinformation). Instead I'll be sharing scientifically proven facts and in-depth psychological research about how the brain works and how you can use it to create a healthy business and life you love.
In the second session, I'll be talking about how to create margin in your life and business so that you can pursue the things you dream of. This is not a talk on "work-life balance." There's a quote by Alain de Botton that I love: "There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life." I believe this wholeheartedly, and believe that margin and balance are very different things. Margin is possible when balance is not: when you're juggling kids' or a partner's schedules, when you're taking care of an aging parent, when you're battling a life-threatening illness yourself — all on top of running a business. I'll be sharing a bit of my own story on this as well, including how turning down Oprah led to an opportunity to do the work that I am most passionate about.
You can learn more about the Assured + Well retreat and register here (registration includes accommodations and a spa treatment, among other things) and follow them on Instagram here.