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Finding Balance

Let’s face it, at times life can be overwhelming. Finding balance may be a constant struggle as our life changes and the demands upon us increase. Sometimes a weekend away is needed to find perspective.

Join us for a retreat and find perspective and more. Our retreats are the perfect place to take a break from the everyday commitments and renew your mind and body. Click here to find your balance and book a retreat.

The projects and commitments women undertake on a daily basis are impressive. There is work, yoga practice or workout, grocery shopping and preparing meals, keeping up the home – cleaning, repairing, etc.  For moms, the list is even longer, phone conferences, doctor appointments, sports and other activities…and the list goes on. Is it possible to even find balance?

Realistically there may never be a perfect balance. However, here are a few ideas to make the juggling of all our obligations a little easier.

1. Set priorities.

You don’t have to do it all. Sometimes, something has to give. Choose what you are willing to sacrifice. Identify what is a necessity and what is not. What commitment is mandatory, and which commitment can wait? The truth is, there is only so much time in the day and sometimes getting it all done is impossible. And that is okay.

2. Delegate when possible.

There is nothing to lose in asking for help. If you can solicit the help of a willing friend, neighbor or family member…by all means, do it. It is okay to accept help from others, and there is a chance you will have an opportunity to return the favor. Afterall, we are all in this together!

3. Take the easy route!

Yep, that’s right! Sometimes we just have to do what is easy in order to get it all done. Save the Pinterest worthy Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe for another evening and tonight make a simple baked chicken and a side salad. At the end of the day, the goal was achieved…there was food on the table and all is well.

4. Give Yourself Permission

If you find yourself pushing yourself harder and harder to get it all done and instead of getting it all done, you’re exhausted and stressed, it may be time to do things differently. Give yourself permission to delegate and take the easy way out. Give yourself permission to take time for yourself and enjoy an hour, an evening or even a weekend of self care.

Ultimately, the most important aspect of finding balance is managing the stresses of everyday life the best we can. In the midst of our busy schedules, we must take care of ourselves, first and foremost. It is essential to take a moment to refuel and recharge. Make time for the things that rejuvenate your spirit. Only when you take care of you, will you be able to accomplish all that you need to do.

 

Warm Spiced Fruit

Apples for Warm Spiced Fruit

Green Apples add a Little Bit of Tart

This simple recipe is perfect for a variety of dishes. The cinnamon and nutmeg combined with the apples and pears makes for the ideal warm and tasty treat.  This dish is great served at breakfast or as the perfect compliment to your favorite dinner entree. It could also be served as a dessert, spooned over a bowl of vanilla ice cream. So easy and delicious.

We serve it with our Ayurvedic Steel Cut Oatmeal for a warm and filling breakfast at the retreat.  Use your choice of apples. I recommend going organic if you leave the skins on. For extra deliciousness and health benefits, add a cup of chopped nuts of your choice. I top my Oatmeal and Fruit with East Texas pecans.

  • Ingredients
    • 10 apples or 5 apples and 5 pears
    • 1 cup dried cranberries
    • 2 TBSP cinnamon
    • 1 TBSP nutmeg
  • Directions
    • Dice apples/pears into medium pieces.
    • Saute over low heat in one TBSP coconut oil.
    • Stir in dried cranberries.
    • Cook on medium low for 20 minutes.
    • Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg.

New Friends…New Perspective

I personally believe true friends are precious, and it’s especially challenging to find new friends in the age of social media. I love my lifelong friends, but I’m always open to meeting and making new friends.

Our retreats encourage sharing and connecting. If you’d like to expand your circle of friends, join us for a retreat. Allow yourself to be open, and you may find a new best friend.

A lifelong friend REALLY knows you. They understand your personality and all its nuances. They’ve been there through your ups and downs, supporting you in the valleys and celebrating you at the peaks. Old friends know details of your history as it relates to career, relationships and everything in between. While having a lifelong friend can be exactly the support you need, new friendships offer many benefits.

Sometimes when calling my lifelong friend to get her honest opinion, I hesitate, knowing I’ve been discussing this exact thing with her for years, time and time again. I assume I know exactly what her response will be. I wonder if she will judge me…thinking I should have figured out the issue years ago! Or now I’ve changed my mind and did exactly what I said I would never do!

The refreshing “newness” of new friendships may be exactly what we need. There’s no judgement based on past mistakes. It’s a fresh perspective to an old problem. New friends don’t know about ALL your baggage and history. They know the current you and, possibly, the “new and improved you.”

New friends can expand our horizons and introduce us to a new way of thinking that may enrich our life in ways we never imagined. They offer new experiences, new hobbies and may even lead to more friends.

At our retreats, we often witness new connections leading to true friendships. There is something so beautiful about connecting with a stranger, whom we may have assumed we had nothing in common with, only to discover shared interests, joys and even shared pain…and now a friendship.

Old friends are our constants, supporting us through good times and bad, sharing joys and sorrows and knowing our strengths and weaknesses. New friends bring freshness. And sometimes a new friend is just what we need as we change and grow.