Soul party; a gathering of likeminded women talking about real shit.
I had a few friends ask me what I did on Saturday. I was struggling to articulate the life and career coaching/personal development retreat I had experienced.
Was it like a church retreat? They asked.
Oh, a writing retreat?
A women’s retreat?
It wasn’t until a few days later that I realized what Saturday was.
It was a soul party.
Like any good party, there was an incredible spread of eats (more on that later), drinks and funky tunes.
But the real show stopper, the main event, was the conversation.
I walked into Kelsey Murphy’s Carlsbad townhouse, nervous to open my heart and thoughts up for discussion with complete strangers. I thought I might have a Glennon Doyle moment where I share a raw truth and the group looks at me sideways and I think, “Oh. We’re not doing that here.”
After warm hugs and introductions with the other eight women, we were met with buttery croissants, scones and perfectly fresh berries beautifully displayed by Anne, the chief hostess of the group. Signature chocolate-peanut-butter-with-all-the-healthy-stuff smoothies lined the countertops.
Within a few minutes of about me’s and storytelling, it became clear. We were doing all of that here.
We sat comfortably in an ocean view family room, sharing our current career status and latest obsessions. All honesty, no judgements.
There was a momtographer, a real estate agent, a freelance event planner, a copywriter, a nutritionist, a virtual assistant, a former paralegal and one woman who’s taking on field trips full time to find what lights her up inside. We were all there for different reasons; some of us looking for jobs we were more passionate about, others looking for relationships we were more passionate about.
But we were all there to connect.
Kelsey, the truth-telling, entertaining and skillful life coach, led our group in meaningful conversations about everything from particle physics to sacred friendships. She asked the right questions, going deep into the heart of what each of was looking to get out of our time that day. There was nothing fluffy about her approach; all actionable items to cultivate more meaning and intention in our daily lives.
She guided us through the skill of practicing confidence, discovering and exploring our curiosities (and saving the word “passion” for the bedroom), and finding and connecting with like-minded people.
As a mom of one and with one on the way, spending the entire day on soul work felt like taking the biggest deep breath I’ve had in months. I took the day to remember me; the things I love, and the person I want to be.
When all was said and done, there was writing, there were women, heck it was even a little like church with all that soul in the room.
It was one of the best soul party’s I’ve ever had.
And the best part? I realized I can have soul parties everyday, in every conversation; from the Uber driver, to my husband and every relationship in between.