Reflections 103: YASR 2018

07.22.18

On July 6, I embarked to beautiful Denver for a three day YASR retreat with my best friend. YASR is short for Young Adult Summer Retreat. My best friend informed me of the retreat but she really had me sold at Denver :). I’m a mountain seeker enthusiast so the opportunity to visit a city like Denver was a once in a lifetime situation for me.

I didn’t know what to expect because this was my first time attending a YASR retreat. The main purpose of this retreat was to empower young adults through a series of workshops in the areas of mentorships, networking, spiritual development and civic engagement. I was impressed by the quality of the workshops but also of the maturity of the coordinators and organizers. I specifically selected to use the word “mature” because I was intrigued by the candor of the participants. In short words, people expressed their views without hesitation but in a respectful fashion.

I am grateful that I was able to attend YASR. I was able to relax, learn, laugh, and interact with my peers but also it gave me space to reflect. One of the workshops was geared towards self-awareness and self love which is two principles that I strive to apply in my life. It’s convenient to be distracted but takes a lot of discipline to stay focused. All we need to do is block out the noise and learn to appreciate solitude.

Following the conclusion of YASR, I took some time to reflect on what I’m doing to improve my lifestyle but also evaluating the steps I’m taking to reach my goals. Sometimes, simple reminders is all that is needed to get you back on track. Without further ado….

1. Prioritize spending time with yourself. The truth is that we don’t know who we are until we set time for ourselves. We all have obligations but we need to balance that with activities that provide fulfillment into our lives. Whether it’s enjoying the next travel destination or investing in your passion, we all have things we love to do. That may take time to figure but fear not and be patient.

2. Love yourself unconditionally. The only way you can appreciate who you are is to know who you are. Once you know who are, that love will come naturally and you will swim in an ocean of love. I know this from personal experience – once I took time to know who I was, I was able to appreciate my worth. I used to constantly invest in keeping other people happy at the expense of my well being and it made me miserable. One thing I’ve learned from past experience is that in order to take care of the people you love, you must take care of yourself first.

3. Surround yourself with like minded individuals. This is short for families, friends, acquaintances, or a significant other that keeps you grounded and is a positive inspiration to you. Going to YASR enabled me to meet empowering women who are incredible wives, sisters, and daughters. We are all on a journey together – we might have different paths but it’s nonetheless a journey. There is so much good in this world and it’s our duty to remind ourselves of the beauty we see everyday. We never know who we can inspire today or tomorrow.

I hope you all enjoyed my post. Feel free to share your next travel destination or any tips relating to traveling or self-care. I highly recommend visiting Denver 🙂

Until next time…

XOXO,

Isra

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