Do you need a ReTreat?
- Are you feeling overwhelmed and underfueled?
- Are you so busy meeting everyone else’s needs that you’re forgetting your own?
- Are you too busy to even think about your own spiritual life?
- Do you wish you had time for prayer, reflection, and meditation but don’t even know where to start?
Here are three women who desperately need a ReTreat, and who may be just like you.
Jane needs a ReTreat. Jane is 34 and a 2003 graduate of Fordham University. She grew up in Radnor and went to Merion Mercy High School. She went on retreats in high school and was involved in a variety of community service projects, service immersion trips, and retreats in college. After college graduation, she did the Peace Corps in Africa for 2 years before moving back to the United States to attend law school. The communities Jane was part of in each of these places enlivened her. They allowed her to have deep conversations with people who knew her, whom she trusted and loved.
Jane grew up Catholic, attended Mass on Sundays, and even continued going after graduating from college. After meeting her husband (who has never been super interested in faith or spirituality) in law school, her weekly religious practices waned slightly, though their 3 children — ages 5, 3, and 1 — have all been baptized in her home parish and will most likely attend Catholic school.
Jane is super busy: she works and balances motherhood but makes time for the gym and yoga. Volunteer endeavors are something she wished she had more time for, and prayer and a relationship with God have kind of reached the bottom of her priority list. There’s something calling Jane back but she’s not quite sure what. She misses feeling connected to God in a very personal way and yearns to be able to share this with her children. She’s ready to do something but feels limited by time and energy.
Amy needs a ReTreat, too. Amy is 28 years old and lives in a small starter home in Springfield with her husband (they got married last summer). She graduated from St. Joseph’s University and went to Haverford High School. She and her husband were both raised Catholic but had some bad experiences with their parish priest when they were planning on getting married. They felt belittled for having lived together before marriage and began to feel more and more distanced from the their childhood church.
During college, Amy went on a few spring break trips and was involved in a few reflection groups. Now that her life is getting a little busier with being married, she’s feeling like it won’t be long before she has children. She’s longing for a place to belong and wants to really explore her options through learning more about her convictions with God.
Laura needs a ReTreat, too. Laura is 38, and she wasn’t raised particularly strong in any faith. Her parents were Episcopalian and so was she. However, Laura never felt super connected to her faith. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and came to Villanova for her master’s degree in business management.
Laura met her husband at Villanova — a local Catholic boy and St. Joseph’s Prep grad — and they are raising their two kids in Radnor. Laura feels drawn to the time she gets in her yoga class to breathe and focus, and she loves journaling and having conversations about the meaning of life and her role as a mom. As her kids get older, she feels it’s super important to have a strong faith. Laura would LOVE to go on a Kripalu Retreat in Massachusetts but feels like she doesn’t have the time, and she isn’t ready to make the investment yet. A program she can do at home for a few minutes each day would be more feasible for her.
Sarah needs a ReTreat, too. Sarah is 32 years old and lives in an amazing apartment in NYC. She graduated from Boston College and went to an all girls Catholic high school in the Northeast. She loved attending mass at BC and was very connected to some of the priests she met during her time there, one of whom she still keeps in touch with. After college Sarah entered the corporate world where she has enjoyed many great successes since.
During college, Sarah went on a few spring break trips and was involved in a few reflection groups. Now that her life is mostly filled with work and getting together with friends (though this much less frequent than she would like) Sarah feels like she needs more direction and wishes she had more time to dedicate to prayer and reflection. She’s longing for a place to belong and time for herself.
Join These Women
Maybe you feel like I just wrote a paragraph about you and you’re thinking Liz, I cannot believe you shared my personal information on your blog! Well, I assure you I didn’t. These women are all made up. But they’re like so many women I know, and there are tons more who I could’ve written about!
If you feel like I’m speaking to you it’s because I probably am. 🙂
Tomorrow I will launch an amazing new program. The perfect chance for a busy person like you to find 20 minutes a day for your own wellbeing! Stay tuned …