Annual Planning Retreat

This is where we’ve been for the last two days — holed up in a little cabin in the woods. So nice that it snowed for our adventure, the only snow we’ve had this year! Made the whole thing more romantic.

Russ and I always take a little retreat early each year to examine our lives and goals. The first day we start by reviewing the previous year accomplishments and financial stuff. The second day we look at our artistic dreams and commitments, also personal and family trips we want to take. This year I typed up a calendar of important dates – it may be one of our busiest years in a while.

We’ve been doing this retreat every year since the early 90’s, and it’s taught me a lot about the difference between important and urgent things. Every day we are all pressed to respond to urgent things, but sometimes they are not the important things. Important things usually don’t knock at the door or come in your email box. They are things that you choose to define yourself and are your compass in life. And sometimes it’s good to check that compass, especially in the partnership of marriage.

4 thoughts on “Annual Planning Retreat”

  1. What a fantastic idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing a intimate side of your life. I have no partner; but this might be a great thing to do with my 13 yr. old daughter. It’s just she and me: she’s wrapped up in her freshman year of High School & me in my daily job that pays the bills; we are both are artists, she is a budding photographer & me in quilt art. I can’t wait to share this with her. Thank you!

  2. This is an amazing and inspiring thing to do. I rejoice in your ability and success in planning this and making it an annual event. So important for a couple to focus on the value of such a retreat. I’m hoping I may be able to find the time and resources to do something similar with my husband. Maybe that should be a goal that I set for this year.
    Thank you

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