Most days seemed to have blurred together this year. And now with traditional vacationing pretty much out of the questions, how can we carve out a time for us to reset and practice that self care we've been craving?
I chatted with Anna VanAgtmael, the Owner of Wandering Roots and certified Yoga Instructor, about how to practice self care in our everyday. Anna specializes in all-inclusive retreats where guests can choose their own adventure. She also helps women in the wellness industry plan and host their own profitable retreats.
Xi: Hi Anna, tell us why do you do what you do, and how did you get started?
Anna: I was feeling bored and completely uninspired in my career but had no clue what else I wanted to do. I started a landscape business with my husband and that fed my love for a challenge for about a year before it felt like it wasn't enough. It was more of a BTS support for his dream. So I signed up for yoga teacher training and it changed my life. I had never experienced a situation where every single person was there supporting each other, and loving and accepting each other. Knowing that I couldn't convince everyone to join a yoga teacher training, I thought I could host retreats and create experiences where people could show up as they are and be taken care of. I wanted to combine my love for community, travel and yoga so I started Wandering Roots.
Anna: A clean, organized space, my laptop, & tea.
Anna working from home
Xi: What struggles or myths have you seen with women practicing daily self care?
Xi: What advice would you give to them so we can find our own daily self care routine, or our own little daily retreats?
Anna: Do one thing everyday just for you, simply for the reason that you're worthy of the things you desire. For example, mine are giving myself 10 minutes each morning to savor my tea and ease into my day, hiking with my dogs, working out, meditating, etc. My days are very flexible but I build in routines and non-negotiables where I can. I normally meditate at my 3 pm slump when I get kind of tired and unmotivated, and I start my day with tea every day. The walk happens everyday but it varies from day to day and the workout happens about 3-4 days per week. I know that if I don't create the time for these things that fuel me, I won't show up to my work as my best self.
Xi: I love that you are so mindful about not just what activities give you fuel, but also what times during the day work best for them. I'm going to try that! Anything else you would like to share with our audience?
Anna: We just released our 2021 retreats, which are available on our website. Our retreats are always hosted by a team of women that are the best at what they do. We take care of every single detail and even give you a packing list so that you really don't have to worry about a thing. You get to show up and be taken care of. You can directly contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.