Tomorrow, I’m leaving the Bay Area for a bit of a personal retreat. It’s been a long time coming and I need the break from my duties caring for my aging parents.
That may sound callous, but providing in-home care for my dad who is suffering from mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and my mother who has several maladies of her own takes a significant personal toll. I’ve been feeling the burden of the stress it generates and, hence, my need for retreat.
With precautions taken, I foresee a week of relaxation, creativity, beach walks, and some contemplation and planning. Good food, wine, and maybe even a cigar or two might enter the picture. Being neither a serious drinker nor a cigar aficionado, I’m sure I’ll fail miserably, but it will all be in good fun with the focus being on enjoyment and to prepare for my upcoming vacation.
It sounds funny going on retreat before I go on vacation, but here’s why. On June 5 I’ll be starting an epic journey with my 28 year-old son Benjamin. In January I gave him my second BMW motorcycle and because he lives in South Carolina, the situation just begged for a cross-country ride. He’s flying out on the 3rd and two days later we’ll start our 3,000 mile journey from San Jose, California to Anderson, South Carolina. It should take us about seven days and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
Riding a motorcycle -even a couple of high-end BMWs- can be a grueling way to travel. It’s exhausting and thrilling at the same time. It’s so much different than taking a train or riding in a car because you become part of the environment through which you’re traveling. In the deserts of the southwest you are part of the desert. In the grassland plains of central Texas you are part of that environment, as well as the mountains of Tennessee and the valleys of Georgia.
The trip east should take a bout a week and then I’ll be riding back to California solo. I have some friends and family to see along the way though I’ll be putting in some long days in the saddle to get home in a reasonable time. Along the way, I’ll be writing, shooting video, and coaching clients from wherever I happened to be. My business travels with me and that’s the best part.
What’s Been Happening Behind the Scenes
The New Book – Subscription Mastermind is still in development but I’ve not progressed the draft for a few weeks now. I often bite off more than I can chew when it comes to new projects, and the book that I saw as easy to write has placed third in a list of competing priorities behind my weekly coaching for Super-Caffeinated Conversations with Baz and administering the Taking Your First Subscription Online course. I’ll see if this week allows for more work on the draft as I’ll be free of most distractions.
Branding – On the site, I’ve been playing with different taglines and site foci. I find myself getting back into ruts that I’ve worn deep and have to catch myself and self-correct. That’s why I’ve haven’t been writing a lot on the blog as of late. Toward this end I’ve been experimenting with video more and more and soon I’ll start posting video posts as way of reaching more site visitors and presenting a more 3-D version of myself to all my readers and soon to be viewers. Personal branding is a chore, let me tell you. There is no one, right way to do it. It’s kind of like trying on an endless succession of shoes until you find the one pair that let you fly.
Coaching – The Super-Caffeinated Conversations are really heating up and right now I’m offering a three-month subscription for just $111. It’s a great way to get three months of weekly original business coaching articles to see if you’ll want to make it permanent. Click to join!
A New Coaching Program
Evolving Your Deepest Work – I’m also very excited about my new one-on-one coaching program. I originally thought I’d create an online course, but after thinking about it for quite a while, I decided it should be a more personal, one-on-one coaching program. In my experience, breakthroughs and progress are more readily made when I’ve worked with a coach and mentor one-on-one.
Beyond writing and teaching, working one-on-one with motivated individuals is where I get to engage my own deepest work and be true to my sacred calling.
Drop me a line in the comments if you like; let me know what’s happening with you! Chat soon!