One week into my summer writing retreat — video of my writing cabin in Mexico

Lisa Sonora in her writing cabin in Mexico

Where I’m writing to you, in my garden writing cabin in Mexico

Do you dream of a writing retreat? My summer writing retreat in Mexico is both a state of mind, and very fierce protecting of boundaries around both creative work time and the creative work space. Come visit the writing cabin where I’m working in a garden in Mexico — quick video tour inside.

My Not-So-Graceful Balancing Act

So I am learning about balance. Not my strong point at all.

Right now I’m thinking of balance as my creative edge. Social visits with alone time. Balancing physical activity (running!) with mental  activity — sitting my ass down and doing the work of writing.

Wellness and physical well-being are always a top priority. Even more so since I just came out of a two-month-long cold/flu/pneumonia experience that just depleted me to the core and put me behind on so many projects.


I’ve been doing tree poses in the park during my running stretch breaks. Coached by one dog or another accompanying me.

Rocky loves to write with me

Rocky loves writing with me. My muse.

The Summer Plan to Write (and Retreat)

Because I knew the start of the year would be full-on busy, I planned a quiet summer, with no in-person teaching until September — so that I could dive deep into some writing projects.

Three weeklong trips (a personal retreat, family vacation, and business powwow with a client, in that order) happen one month apart, a nice break in a concentrated work schedule. We’ll see how it actually goes in terms of keeping up my creative momentum.

Momentum is my word of the summer, more on that in a sec.

Completion is another key word. Oh, I love the sound of that.

So, starting last week. I AM HERE. On my own personal creative retreat.

Since I’m actually HOME, being on retreat is both a state of mind, and very fierce protecting of boundaries around both creative work time and my creative work space.

My Writing Retreat Cabin in a Mexico

Living in a warm climate means there is a wonderful opportunity to mix indoor and outdoor living and working. So instead of an office, which I don’t have anyway, I do my writing outside on the patio, surrounded by trees and birds, in a small screened-in room.

Here’s what my little writing cabin (cabaña, in Spanish) looks like here in Mexico:

On my lunch break I took this quick video tour for you.

Balance is teaching me about acceptance and surrender, while still planning, plotting, and working.

Like any creative endeavor, I’m figuring it out as I go.

Upcoming Workshops and such…

If you, too would like to get away and create without distractions, then I have a couple of new opportunities to share with you.

The links will take you to the details and registration. Enjoy!

MOMENTUM: The Working Vacation Where You Get Your Creative Work DONE

Create your own private artist retreat 

There are still a few spots available in Wiser & Wilder: Women’s Creativity Immersion, the Art and Writing Retreat in Mexico for Women 50+

Creative Passport: Virgin of Guadalupe Art Workshop & Tour

One Week into my Writing Retreat

Last week there was another writer here doing her own writing retreat, so we supported each other in keeping to our morning and afternoon work schedule.

What a luxury to have someone nearby doing their own creative work. I love that and look forward to more!

I got a book project all mapped out and worked on structure.

Momentum & Completion

This week, I decided that before I could dive in fully on the book, that one big project that got sidelined during my long illness needs completion.

So I’ve had a bit of a creative u-turn, and it feels just right. I’m actually breathing a little easier now that I’m shifting in to completion mode, rather than revving up into start mode. Does that make sense?

How about you?

What creative projects are you working on this summer?

How are you playing with the idea of balance?

Do you have a work for the summer that is helping you focus?

10 Responses to One week into my summer writing retreat — video of my writing cabin in Mexico

  1. Christine O'Brien June 5, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for sharing your writing space and allowing us to witness your process, the starts and stops, the momentum, the resistance, the distractions, the completion.

    I am beginning a book. It’s been under consideration for a very long time. I’ve kept a blog faithfully for one year, so I’ve proved to myself that I can show up to the page.

    Deep and big breaths and going forward.

    Best wishes to you.

    • Lisa Sonora June 16, 2018 at 10:06 am #

      Good for you, Christine on beginning a book – and blogging for a whole year!

      I appreciate your witnessing, too – all of you readers who show up and comment here really help me know I’m not just shouting out into the big void.

      Much gratitude!

  2. Suzanne Suor June 5, 2018 at 9:18 am #

    My ongoing project – Always Learning – a digital scrapbook and landing place for observations, photographs, and writing. I’m working toward making the book, in electronic and print form, available on Createspace.

    I love your emails. Inspiring, gentle reminders that feed my creative soul. I publish small print run books, sometimes for paying customers, or as gifts. I always read your schedule to see if there’s anything offered within a day’s drive from our beautiful forest home in Williston, north-central Florida. Hopefully one day we will meet.

    • Lisa Sonora June 16, 2018 at 10:10 am #

      Hi Suzanne – It’s so good to hear from you again and hear about your book projects. Do let me know when it’s available on Amazon!

      I would love to come teach in Florida… it’s on my radar! It will be wonderful to meet in person.

  3. Donna Mckenzie June 5, 2018 at 7:22 am #

    Hi! I love your Cabana, I live in a beautiful spot here in Arkansas on Piney River. I have wanted to make a meditation spot / Japanese garden to meditate and write and just appreciate all things. I am a terrible procrastinator, however, at this moment I am out of work. Lots of work to do just no energy … 🙂 You are very inspiring , Thank you for the nice video and a peek into your special place.

    Donna M

    • Lisa Sonora June 16, 2018 at 10:08 am #

      Your place on the Piney River sounds just diving, Donna. In my experience, energy comes and goes, and CREATING energy for creative work is something I’ve been deeply working with for many years. More to share on that in future posts and in the EffortLESS Creating training. 🙂

  4. Kate Fauller June 1, 2018 at 11:07 am #

    Hi Lisa,

    I am at the end of my 12-day vacation which I have spent at home. I must say it’s the most time I’ve had all to myself since 2014 and I was sure to protect this time alone. This seems to have been an incubation period in that I have spent time picking up where I left off on a few things plus, just cooking.

    One of the most important things I discovered that I need to get back to is following up where I left off in The Creative Entrepreneur process. I left it back in 2012, on page 32, when I had to find full-time work. Finding my journal and reviewing what I wrote up to that point culminates with what this incubation period was bringing truth to — Without a creative outlet, I don’t exist and the piece of me that belongs out in the world is still calling me to right my focus.

    With three days left to my vacation, I’ll review and pick up my work in the journal. Thank you for this gift in helping people like me make clearer a path that what speaks in our spirit is the guide we’re meant to follow.


    • Lisa Sonora June 1, 2018 at 11:33 am #

      Hi Kate! Good for you for taking a big time-out for yourself, and sharing explorations from your “incubation” – such an apt word.

      Keep me posted on your work with The Creative Entrepreneur…

      and thanks for the thank you:

      Thank you for this gift in helping people like me make clearer a path that what speaks in our spirit is the guide we’re meant to follow.

      It’s one of the main intentions I have for all of the work I’m doing here. Gracias!

  5. Sabine May 31, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

    The Momentum workshop sounds amazing and definitely something to think about. In the meantime, lots to do: painting, mixed media, admin … oh, and life + day job, too. The words I’m relying on right now are resilience and faith. Creative exploration and mindful layering are helping me balance what I feel I need to do with what I want to do. So much going on inside and outside my mind, so I should add a third word to my list: focus. Thanks for the inspiring words and energy. Keep up the cabaña life.

    • Lisa Sonora June 1, 2018 at 11:30 am #

      Sabine: So good to “see” you here! Thank you for sharing your words of the moment and a little window into your creative life. Picturing you enjoying YOUR cabin in Canada!

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