Ditch the Busyness Badge: Why Investing in Yourself is the Ultimate Honor

Investing in Yourself is the Ultimate Honor

How often do you find yourself lost in the whirlwind of daily life, juggling work, kids, endless chores, and a mountain of responsibilities? We’re the ultimate multitaskers, right? But amidst the chaos, where do we fit in?

You wake up already exhausted, your mind racing with today’s to-do list. The kids need to be fed and dressed, lunches packed, and then it’s off to the races—school drop-offs, work meetings, grocery runs. By the time you get home, you’re barely holding it together. Dinner, homework, bedtime routines—all blur into one endless loop. And when the house finally falls silent, you collapse into bed, too tired to even think about doing something just for you. Does this sound familiar?

We’ve been taught to wear our busyness like a badge of honor, to equate our worth with how much we can cram into a single day. But deep down, we know it’s not sustainable. This relentless hustle leaves us drained and disconnected from ourselves. The truth is, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

Now, imagine a different scenario. Picture yourself stepping away from it all. Imagine spending a few days where you’re the priority, where you’re nurtured and cared for. No kids tugging at your sleeve, no emails demanding immediate attention, just pure, uninterrupted time to breathe, reflect, and recharge. And to top it all off, someone else is preparing all your meals and even cleaning up the kitchen afterward. You don’t have to lift a finger—just enjoy. Sounds like a dream, right?

That’s exactly what our retreats offer—a chance to pause, to step off the treadmill of daily life, and to reconnect with who you are beneath all the roles you play. When was the last time you did something purely for yourself? When was the last time you gave yourself permission to just be?

I get it. The idea of investing in yourself can feel overwhelming and often full of guilt. Trust me, I’ve been there. Nine years ago, I was exactly where you are—caught in the never-ending cycle of doing for everyone else and neglecting myself. Then, I took a leap of faith and attended a retreat. It was terrifying and exhilarating all at once. But it was also life-changing.

That experience gave me the clarity and courage to chase my dreams, and it sparked a passion to create these transformative spaces for other women. Three years ago, I started hosting my own retreats, and the journey has been incredible—not just for me, but for every mom who has joined.

One of those amazing women is Angie. Here’s what she shared about her experience:

“This retreat with Susan Gladstein as our fearless leader, absolutely changed my life!!! The first year she offered it in 2023, I was so discouraged by not only myself but others. I was told so many negative things—from comments about the cost to my weight, to how unhealthy I was to do something like this. In 2024, Susan offered it again and this time I jumped at the chance!! I was feeling low, unhealthy, overweight (still working on this) and really just didn’t care about my wellbeing. It was the best decision I made! Now I’m not going to say it was an easy, stress-free vacation because it wasn’t. But it wasn’t going to be. It was hard and worth every minute, every penny. I had to put in work. No one can make that decision for you. I learned so much about myself and “MY” journey. Not the other ladies that attended, although I wouldn’t have made it without them, but me! I left Costa Rica with a new mindset, an amazing support group, and the tools to keep on keeping on!! You are the best investment! You are so worth it! Since attending the MetaboBliss Retreat in April 2024, I’ve lost 21 pounds. I’m already booked and planning for 2025!”

Angie’s story is a beautiful reminder that sometimes, the hardest step is deciding to put yourself first. It’s about breaking free from the voices—both internal and external—that say you don’t deserve it. It’s about recognizing that you are worth the investment, and that taking time for yourself isn’t just beneficial—it’s essential.

Nine years ago, that first retreat opened my eyes to a new way of living. It gave me the courage to pursue my dreams and the strength to prioritize my well-being. Fast forward to April this year, when I found the clarity to make a life-altering decision: to quit my job and homeschool my toddler. This decision came from the space to breathe, reflect, and connect with myself on a deeper level during the retreat.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stretched too thin, or simply exhausted, this is your moment. It’s time to step away from the hustle and reclaim your life. Join us for our July 2025 retreat, Refresh & Flourish: Find Your Spark in Costa Rica. It’s more than just a getaway—it’s an opportunity to transform the way you live and care for yourself.

For so many women who have attended my retreats, saying yes was the first step, and it opened them up to so many possibilities well beyond the retreat itself. This is a chance to get clarity and level up—and be completely spoiled.

If this is tugging at your heart, consider coming with us. Let’s join together in changing the culture where busyness is worn as a badge of honor to one where we proudly invest in ourselves, our health, and our family’s legacy.

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