Self-discovery retreats with Brie Doyle

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We are honored to be featuring our first extraordinary woman creator/entrepreneur, who we feel is beautifully embracing self-care and living a life on purpose.  I met this precious woman not long ago at an event (by no accident, of course) and have had the pleasure of getting to know her personally.  I am incredibly inspired by the contribution she is making to this world, her passion for guiding women through transformational retreats and most importantly, her heart.  I knew in a 'hot second' that I needed to find a way to get to her next retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica in March 2019!  And yes, I'll absolutely be sharing my experience with you. 

Let's meet the lovely Brie Doyle.

Tell us a little about you, your background and what inspired you to start your business...

I am a mom, a yoga teacher, a writer and owner of She Glows Retreats, LLC from Boulder, CO.  I grew up loving the outdoors and being physical.  I was wildly creative as a kid, but super quiet and introspective.  I was funny and playful too, but I needed both social stimulation as well as significant times of withdrawal.

I’ve always had a deep connection to my spiritual self, even as a kid.  Part of why I started my business is because I feel there is a real need for spiritual and emotional connection.  I know where I live, people turn less and less to church, temple, synagogue and other places of worship. But we all still yearn for meaningful connection to ourselves and to each other.  

This is why I started my business.  I wanted to hold the space for busy women interested in personal growth to come and reclaim their sense of confidence, clarity and intention in their lives.  I felt like so many women could benefit from retreating because retreating has always offered me so much in my own life.

What most fuels your creativity?

Travel.  Without a doubt.  I love change of scenery, change of routine, conversations with strangers, any kind of change.  And if I can’t travel, I like to try new things: food, dance classes, new exercise routines, meet new people. Anything that changes my day to day.

And I am a voracious reader.  I read constantly. I am always reading at least one self-help/spiritual book, and one work of fiction.  I have to have both going at once. Reading fuels my own thinking and writing, and gives me new ideas for every retreat.  

What has been the most rewarding thing about following your dreams?

The most rewarding thing about following my dreams has been the deep sense of trust in the universe I’m beginning to have.  I know it sounds cheesy, but since stepping into the work of hosting retreats for others, doors continue to open for me. Ones I never could have imagined.  I’ve made incredible connections, been led to critical resources and on and on and on.

I always wanted to believe that these sorts of things happen.  I always have done the positive self-talk and been clear about my dreams.  But it took stepping into them and taking that risk to show me that when you’re meant to do something, the entire world conspires in your favor.  It’s completely awe inspiring.

What’s your favorite part about being a creator or entrepreneur?

My favorite part about it is that I can watch my dreams proliferate into reality.  Sure, some make traction and others don’t. But ultimately, I am always learning and growing in this process.  

Maybe that’s my favorite part: the growth.  And it’s totally individualized to me. I get to be the one to receive the feedback, and make the call.  Is this piece of writing worth a damn? Is this activity gonna land with the women at this retreat? I get to watch and grow and learn too.  It’s really a beautiful spiritual practice, being a creator/entrepreneur.

What’s your favorite form of self-care?

You know what I am going to say here (he he).  It’s definitely retreating. Retreating is my most meaningful form of self-care that goes so far beyond hitting a yoga class or going on a run.  For 20 years I’ve had a practice of going off the grid for at least a few days each year. I always come back with some of the most meaningful breakthroughs for that moment in my life.  It is a critical piece of my mental and emotional health. Retreating makes me a more inspiring wife, mom and person, over all.

Do you have any daily rituals or habits that shape your day?

I’m a big fan of a morning routine.  I am lucky to be an early bird. I do yoga, meditation and energy work at least 5 days per week.  I work out, drink green juices, and take proper oils. I’m a huge proponent of health. If we’re not physically healthy, some part of our life is suffering.  So, this is first and foremost for me. I take diet and exercise very seriously.

And laughter is important.  I have a killer relationship with my man, and 3 funny and smart kids.  I only keep friends around me who are 5 steps beyond amazing. I just don’t have time for people who drag me down.  I’m a real stickler about my schedule. I say no to a lot of things, and this, I believe is definitely for the better.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…

2 pieces –

  1. “Don’t let your focus become to narrow.”  My mom always used to say this to me when I was worrying about something, anything at all.  When I was a kid, I’d fret about looking stupid in front of others, or wearing the wrong thing.  My mom would remind me to take a larger view. But I find this advice holds even now. If I’m worried about anything at all, likely my view is too narrow.  If I step back, take a breath, and pick my head up, there are a million things that are going right in the world. No sense putting all my energy into the one thing that’s holding me down.
  1.  “There’s always gonna be someone better, there’s always gonna be someone worse.  Play your own best game.” I was a competitive track athlete as a kid, and my dad used to say this to me before races.  It helped me stay focused on myself and not worry so much about what everyone else around me was doing. And just like the piece of advice before it,  this one holds true in my adult life as well. Just gotta play my own best game.

My favorite business tool/resource/book or podcast is… 

There is no way I can choose just one!  I have a list of the millions of books that have shaped me (I send this list to my subscribers).  But I can speak about what I am digging right now! I am reading Ryan Holiday’s Perennial Seller.  It’s an outstanding read for writers/creators who want to get their work out there and do it well.  I love Marie Forleo and her interviews. She brings on some of the most inspiring people and her interviews just breathe life into me and keep the creativity pumping.  

And the works of Pema Chodron and Michael Singer help me keep my mind right and make sure I’m creating and growing from the right place.

One thing I can’t live without…

My family.  I love all of these exciting professional opportunities, but the truth is, my little family matters more to me more than anything in the world right now.  My kids are still young, so I’m very aware of the impermanence of it all. I know they won’t always need me this much, so I’m gonna give it my all now. This is my shot to enjoy them as young kids and be present and available as their mom.  I know it won’t last forever. I’d drop all my pursuits in a heartbeat if I had to for my crew.

What I’m reading right now…

I’m reading a book called The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Blue Zones of Happiness.  As I mentioned, I always have to have one fiction and one personal growth.  I’m super interested in The Power because I love all this girl power these days.  But I have to be honest, I’m super skeptical of the idea of girl power at the expense of boy power.  I like my man (and my boys!) to be powerful, so I’m curious how this will unfold philosophically in the book.  

And as for the Blue Zones of Happiness, I love learning about what enables a long life well lived.  Anything that can support or shed light for me or my clients. This book takes a deep dive into this very topic.  I’m loving it so far.


To learn more about Brie and She Glows Retreats, visit www.SheGlowsRetreats.com.

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