The Happiness Garden – you have nothing to lose but insanity… March 14th, 2013
Have you ever wanted to take some “Me time“, a retreat away from your business, a couple of days away to sit back, take stock and plan?
We would all like to, wouldn’t we, and wouldn’t life be so much better if we were able to go on retreat now and again, to relax a bit, pamper ourselves and make some plans away from the stresses of daily life? And yet how many of us do it? Somehow there is always something else to do and we just don’t find the time…
This week the choice was taken out of my hands. I found myself spending nearly three days in A&E and then in hospital with my daughter, as I waited for her to have her appendix out. Hours on end sitting in a hospital chair, waiting you don’t know how long, for you know not what, is not most people’s idea of fun and certainly not mine.
However, I’m a glass half full person, so once I realised that there was nothing else I could do, I sat down with pen and paper and decided to try and do some doodles about the future. With no other distractions, it was amazing how easily thoughts came to me, and I was able to be quite productive even though disconnected from my beloved laptop and restricted to internet on my iPhone only.
Once I had got as far as I could with the business planning, I decided to chill out properly and meditate for a while. I chose to check into the Happiness Garden, a great new website by Heather Bestel, which I had recently subscribed to, but hadn’t yet found the time to use.
The Happiness Garden styles itself as a Virtual Retreat. Heather is a practising hypnotherapist amongst other things, and she has put together a huge and growing collection of resources to allow stressed out businesswomen and mums to chill out a bit and give some time to themselves, without having to leave the house, or even their desk……
I first came across Heather a few years ago. We haven’t met in person as she lives in the wilds of Scotland, but she wrote a lovely blog for my Mummy Mentoring Month series, and she also sent me some children’s meditation CDs to review.
I am ashamed to say that I never reviewed those CDs – ashamed particularly since my children use them all the time – and I have found nothing else like them that will even make my very lively 8 year old boy lie down and relax at the end of the day. My daughter started with those CDs and has now developed a meditation habit which is really helping her with the stress of her 11 plus preparation.
So I was really excited to find that all of the children’s meditation resources were included within the Happiness Garden, as well as some wonderful guided meditations for adults, of which the shortest is just 10 minutes long.
So now you can find the time to take a short break from your business, and you can also take a short break from your mad children – I think this idea is nothing short of genius. Heather is going to be adding more resources to the Happiness Garden as she goes along, but she is also going to be raising the price for joining once the website gets bigger.
Heather is also planning a full-on Virtual Retreat for the last Sunday of October. Imagine a huge gang of mums all hanging out online and chilling out together for a whole day – wouldn’t you like to be a part of it?
Pop on over to The Happiness Garden now and sign up for a year’s worth of all these fabulous resources. You have nothing to lose but Insanity….
This post contains affiliate links, so I will benefit if you sign up to the Happiness Garden. But I would not promote it if I didn’t believe it was worth every penny.
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