It’s time for Five Minute Friday, where I gather with hundreds of other women and write, together. Not just on a word, but as a community. Freely, for only 5 minutes.
Today’s word is: Hide.
I don’t like to admit it, though it’s ever present in my mind most days. I put on a brave face, stuff it back down deep inside, trying to pretend it doesn’t exist. All the while, it beats deep in my heart. Hidden, but present.
That I’m not enough.
My voice doesn’t matter.
My words have an impact.
It drums on me, day after day. An unwanted rhytym clashing against my hopes and dreams, beating them down. And I get tired of fighting against the flow. I find myself ready to give in.
And some days…many days, the fears and insecurities win out. I hide away my dreams, afraid others will find out. Scoff. Tear me down with incredulous words and glances.
I hide my words away, afraid to dole them out for the world to see. Instead of reaching out, I reach within, shoving back the things that yearn to burst out into the world. Unable to shake off the voices that tell me I can’t.
Because there is One that says I can. That says “Trust in me.” That says not to fear His dreams for me.
There is One who says not to hide from a brilliant future, but run towards it with an open heart, regardless of the bumps and bruises I’ll find along the way.
And yet, the familiar insecurities lap at my feet, and the tide starts to come in again. Ready to wear me down, to see my dreams hidden again.
This isn’t meant to be a “woe-is-me” post, but rather a “hey, this is real life” post. I’ve been challenged lately to be brave and let my words out. Though I’d much rather these feelings of inadequacy remain hidden, it’s time they find their way into the light.
Here are the basic details:
Tickets for the whole retreat are $180.
This includes two nights of accommodation, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, and Sunday breakfast. Cost of transportation and Saturday dinner are not included in the ticket price.
Tickets for Saturday only are $45. Day visitors are welcome from 9:30am-4pm on Saturday.
The day visit ticket includes a morning discussion, a special presentation, lunch, and an afternoon session.
There are 25 retreat tickets and 10 day visitor tickets available. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
** No refunds are available for cancellations. You may sell your own ticket to another person if you purchase a ticket and are unable to attend.**
Registration information can be found here!
Also…exciting news! We’ve gotten a sponsor for the #fmfretreat! ViBella Jewelry will be sponsoring part of the retreat, and will be doing a fun presentation/activity. This company is AMAZING! It uses recycled material to make BEAUTIFUL jewelry, which support local artisans in Haiti and Mexico. We are thrilled to work with them during the retreat, and hear more about the wonderful things they do. Check out more of their story here!