• verb 1 (of an army) withdraw from confrontation with enemy forces. 2 move back from a difficult situation. 3 withdraw to a quiet or secluded place.
• noun 1 an act of retreating. 2 a quiet or secluded place. 3 a period or place of seclusion for the purposes of prayer and meditation. 4 a military musical ceremony carried out at sunset.
— ORIGIN Latin retrahere ‘draw back’.
Betsy (whose owl earrings I am coveting big time!) wrote that before she made a momentous decision to follow her heart into launching her own business, she spent a day doing a "Betsy Retreat Day" where she just spent the day in a coffee shop, weighing up her options.
I think I need something like that. A break. Some space. A "Green Ink Retreat Day".
There is a lot of noise in my head right now. I think I need to take stock of a lot of things, work out what's working for me and what isn't. But most importantly, I just think I need to finally put my money where my freakin' mouth is. I tell other people to follow their dreams and not to hesitate for another second, but I very rarely follow my own advice. That has to change. Or nothing will.
In the meantime, I still have Emily Bronte, Frank Zappa, David Bowie and hyacinths on the verge of blooming. I hope I am the hyacinths.