Last year I wrote,
“Admitting that you are burned out can be hard, but many of us face it, some of us on a yearly basis (or more). My friend Elizabeth Foss has battled burnout herself, and she has created a workshop to help those of us who are suffering, recover joy. As my close friend, Elizabeth has held my hand through some of my hardest times. She’s one of those friends who always seems to know the right thing to say. Her words have turned my panic into peace on more than one occasion. She has poured herself and her wisdom, the kind that has grown through life experience, into her Restore workshop.”
This year, Elizabeth is offering her Restore workshop again, this time expanded to include all of Lent up through the week after Easter. Having taken part in the workshop last year, as both a contributor (we recorded a podcast together that is included again this year) and a participant, I know what a gift it is.
In Elizabeth’s words:
If you are feeling weary, frayed around the edges, or even falling apart at the seams, let’s make something beautiful together. If you go to bed exhausted and wake up tired and it all seems like to much too do, let’s journey together to a place of rest and peace. If you are willing to dig deep, do some soul-work, and seize the abundant joy that is Easter, let’s begin the restoration.
The Restore Workshop is a six week online course geared towards adult women who have struggled or are struggling with or want to avoid burnout. It is for any woman who wants to nurture joy within her life and the lives of those around her.
Every Monday, there is a podcast with a guest who shares her own perspective on burnout. We talk about the value of friendships and strong marriages. We discuss exercise and nutrition and quiet time alone. Each podcaster brings her own unique perspective and offers something new. These are frank conversations about the real struggles women face as they endeavor to lead holy and excellent lives. We laugh together and we build each other up, inviting the listener along for the talk.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday bring each component of restoration into sharper focus. We explore themes of self-care—from adequate sleep to creating healthy boundaries to getting in a daily walk. Fridays are for using our hands. Each Friday, a tutorial for a simple craft or recipe is offered. We make nourishing soups, pretty guest towels, hand kitchen towels, healing herbal salve, efficient headbands for morning runs, and more simple things to make life a little more beautiful. In many cases, two version of the craft are offered—one with a little more detail and one for the mom with a baby on her hip.
Every day, throughout the workshop, quiet time alone with Jesus is encouraged and facilitated by brand new devotions. There is a quote to think upon, a short prayer, and a do-able daily action.
To be honest guys, I don’t have a great Lenten plan for this year. I’ve been so overwhelmed with daily life the past few months, that I am having a hard time coming up for air. Maybe you are in the same boat? Maybe Restore is just what you are looking for, to help carry you through Lent and into the season of Easter?
Elizabeth is offering one Small Things reader a space in the workshop! If you are interested, leave a comment on this post. The winner is Lorena who commented, “this is something i need more than ever right now……..”
p.s. I am sharing this workshop with you because I believe in Elizabeth, and I believe in the good work she is doing through Restore.