The importance of getting away

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that this past weekend I escaped fled traveled to the mountains with about 200 women from my church for our annual women’s retreat.

The retreat was held in Leavenworth, WA, and the scenery alone made the trip worth it.

The Importance of Getting Away (a weekend in Leavenworth, WA)

Other highlights of my weekend included:

  • Becoming better friends with the ladies I shared a room with. There was laughter and story sharing and encouragement… it’s always nice to send time with wonderful people.
  • Eating dinner without needing to share bites of food with little people who just throw it on the floor. And also being able to eat at ‘fancier’ places and not needing to rush out after an hour due to both kids starting to meltdown. (My favorite dinner places were South and Visconti’s)
  • Listening to awesome speakers and testimonies and being reminded of God’s tender love for each one of us.
  • Meeting women from my community in small group settings or on mountain trails or over breakfast and lunch. I love meeting new people who I might not normally run into!
  • The views at breakfast and lunch. I can’t even describe what it was like to eat in a window-lined room with mountains surrounding us… it was gorgeous and restful.
  • Sleeping alone. No husband. No kids. No dog… I had a bed all to myself! Of course I still only slept from about 12am-6am, but it was consecutive sleep!

The Importance of Getting Away (a weekend in Leavenworth, WA)

  • Shopping in Leavenworth. There are such cute boutiques in town!
  • Hiking Icicle Ridge. We had 6 hours of free time on Saturday afternoon and I joined a few ladies to hike about 3 miles up a mountain and 3 miles back down. I love being in nature and feeling so small – it really helps me gain perspective and appreciate God’s creation!

I think that about sums it up! I had a great experience at the retreat.

The Importance of Getting Away (a weekend in Leavenworth, WA)

And I so needed the break. This was my first time away from Clara for more than nine hours in over 18 months and my first time away from Isabelle for that amount of time ever. We leave the girls with babysitters frequently, and I go out with girlfriends fairly often, but we’ve never done an overnight trip without the girls (because we don’t have anyone to watch them) so the only time I’ve been away is to go to conferences/retreats.

It was nice to pack suitcases for just myself and to take a car trip without worrying about crying or whining or diaper changes. It was really nice to have adult conversations (even if we mostly talked about our kids!) and to have a little peace to focus on what God is saying in my life right now.

The Importance of Getting Away (a weekend in Leavenworth, WA)

It seems so obvious, but moms need that time to recharge and reset. Motherhood can be isolating and boring and monotonous. It can be stressful and draining. All too frequently I can forget to do basic things such as eating and showering because I’m focusing on other people’s needs instead of my own (what a cliche, right?!) so it’s nice to get away for a bit and only focus on myself.

I won’t say I came back refreshed, because I probably needed a few extra days for that to happen, if I’m being honest. But I did come back re-energized to be with my little ladies. I had more patience for bedtime shenanigans and to read stories 18 times in a row.

The Importance of Getting Away (a weekend in Leavenworth, WA)

For me, it’s so, so important to get time away so I appreciate my time at home more. Whether it’s drinks with friends or volunteering or having a date night or even spending a whole weekend at a church retreat, time away from home is vital to my well-being – both mentally and physically.

I would encourage all moms (but especially SAHMs) to regularly plan some time away from their littles. It can be hard to remember to plan outings because the days get long and sometimes it’s easier to stay home at night or on the weekends to do things around the house. I get that. I also fall into the trap of only going out when I’m invited by someone else, but I’m working on changing this because I realize how much better I feel when I spend some time doing what I truly want to do as an individual, and not the mom version of myself.

Do you regularly make time for yourself outside of your ‘normal’ routine?

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15 Responses to The importance of getting away

  1. Your post, coincidentally, showed up in my feed immediately after a post from another blogger who took a weekend trip this past weekend with her friends and got to be a grownup without kids around, too! Must’ve been the weekend to do something like that 🙂

    Leavenworth looks SO beautiful! The mountains look like the absolute most perfect place to rest and recharge. I’m glad you were able to go on the trip!

    • Lisa says:

      Oh yay!!! I’m glad other moms are fleeing their families, as well 😉 Leavenworth IS beautiful! I’m always astounded at how pretty Washington is. I swear it’s a best kept secret.

  2. Okay so I left Jack for the first time this weekend and OH MY GOODNESS IT WAS WONDERFUL. So much easier than I thought it would be. He was perfectly fine and now I am so refreshed!

    • Lisa says:

      YES it’s always so much easier to just leave and not worry about it than the actual preparing to leave. I hate the thought of going somewhere without my littles but it’s always, always worth it.

  3. This sounds incredible (and LOOKS incredible!!!)! I wish our church had something like this. And how wonderful that you got a little time to go away and just be YOU for a few days. It sounds like it helped your spirits immensely!

    • Lisa says:

      YES it did help my spirits! And then I came back… haha! No, seriously, I’ve been dealing with a super cranky, feverish baby this week and I’m so thankful that I got away for a bit to stock up on patience and love so I can respond to her in a kinder way!

  4. erinhzauner says:

    consecutive. sleep. those are my magic words. I honestly don’t remember the last time I got over four hours of consecutive sleep. I’m so glad you got to enjoy a retreat like this!

    • Lisa says:

      Heck, four hours of consecutive sleep is still sounding pretty good! I swear my mantra is “this is all a phase. this too shall pass…” over and over again.

  5. I think it is SO important for Moms to have time for themselves. So awesome you had a great time with what sounds like a really lovely group of women. I would LOVE to go hiking in the Leavenworth area. It’s so gorgeous over there but I usually end up visiting in the winter not the summer. Gotta fix that this year!

    • Lisa says:

      I had only been to Leavenworth once before, and it was in March. It was like a whole different (BEAUTIFUL) place with the sun shining!

  6. I love this! I’m working on planning a little weekend with some of my old roommates from college!

  7. The first picture is BREATHTAKING! I’m glad you had a great time 🙂

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