Is there a book sitting on your coffee table or bookshelf that changed your life? A book that vibrates with power. Pure transformational energy.

There are a couple of books like that for me. One of them is The Desire Map  by Danielle LaPorte.

Before I read Danielle’s book, this is how I felt about goal setting and my life:

  • The focus was on what I wanted to HAVE (yes, the tangible stuff like that pair of cute shoes) instead of how I wanted to BE and FEEL.

  • I lost the excitement and enthusiasm about the goal quickly.

  • I felt like a failure if I set a BIG goal and failed to reach it. I was focused more on the end result than the wins along the way.

Then, I read this book and almost overnight, big changes started to happen for me.

I realized… I was chasing someone else's dream.

I started…  PAYING ATTENTION. To how I was spending my energy, time and money.

I let go of…  STUFF and obligations that were distracting me from time with my family & time for me. (NOTE: This is an ongoing process of releasing what no longer serves me)

The way we set goals is the way we live our lives. Your goals are your plans. They’re your vision for your future (and probably, your family’s future, too). Did you choose that vision on purpose? With clarity and confidence?

Are your goals based on your heart’s true desires, or what society tells you that you should want? Are your goals driven by your core desired feelings, or by the expectations your friends or family have of you?

Read The Desire Map, by Danielle LaPorte, and answer those questions for yourself.

When you get clear on the way you most want to feel and you make life choices based on those core desired feelings, well… I can speak from experience and say that EVERYTHING changes.

Life gets brighter, clearer, more fulfilling. Life feels better!

I’m wishing that for you — today and always.

AND...if you want support in getting clear on your CORE DESIRED FEELINGS send me an email at and let's schedule a time to chat. Or check out the Desire Map Events page for upcoming virtual events and workshops.

*Kat is a licensed Desire Map Facilitator and guides people through the process of discovery what they really want and how they really want to feel so they can create meaningful goals that help them live meaningful lives. She is also an Affiliate of Desire Map products.

If you are a retreat leader then you know the value of an in-person retreat. Spending time with your clients face-to-face in a setting where they are unplugged from the daily distractions of life can certainly equal magical, momental shifts in your retreat participants lives and businesses. However, if you are unable to host a live retreat right now you can still serve your community by hosting a virtual retreat. If this sounds overwhelming, fear not. Here are 5 simple tips of how to make sure your virtual retreat is an amazing experience for all involved.

Tip #1 - CREATE CONTENT. Create a simple, easy-to-follow retreat workbook for your participants to journal, take notes or complete self-guided exercises. NOTE: Keep it simple. It can be a one-page PDF document. What knowledge do you want them to take away?

Tip #2 - SEND AN ENGAGING WELCOME EMAIL. Get them excited about participating and share what to expect next and how to fully participate in the retreat. Include any technology instructions with links, PDF's of workbook and instructions for how to get the best experience (ex: make sure you are in a quiet, distraction-free location with headphones.) out of the retreat.

Tip #3 - CREATE AN EXPERIENTIAL, RESULTS FOCUSED AGENDA. If it is your first virtual retreat I recommend you keep your agenda to one-day, around 4 hours. A virtual retreat can follow the same agenda as a live retreat with a few tweaks to interactive, hands-on group activities. For example, if you normally open your live retreat with a meditation session you can duplicate that in a virtual retreat. Build in opportunities for sharing, group chats, self-guided exercises and breaks. And be prepared to be flexible. A topic may show up for many of your participants and you may decide to spend more time discussing it because it will support your participants in breaking through to a desired outcome.

Tip #4 - KNOW YOUR LOGISTICS. There are many platforms available for event registration, hosting virtual events and receiving payment. Keep it simple. Visit my Facebook page at for a list of resources.

Tip #5 - SPREAD THE WORD. In other words, market your retreat. Share your event invitation via your email list and social media channels and include links to register. Look for places where you can be featured as a guest speaker on another expert's upcoming webinar/virtual event. Build excitement by sharing tips via Instagram TV or Facebook LIVE. What can you do to build credibility and community with your online audience who might also be potential retreat participants? Who are your RAVING FANS that would you spread the word in exchange for you doing the same or a small Brand Ambassador commission or chance to attend your retreat for free or a discount?

And finally, pick a date and get started! The time is now...don't wait until you have more knowledge, more clients. If you need support please reach out to me at

#virtualretreats, #katsanfordretreats #retreatstraveltransformation #virtualevents

Updated: Oct 27, 2018


Located in southern Utah this 5-star resort features 34 suites tucked into the mountains. Each suite has an outdoor lounge and fireplace with amazing desert views. Some suites feature a private pool or roof terrace. And if you want the ultimate in privacy and luxury, you can book the four-bedroom Mesa Home that includes a 50-foot infinity pool. Experiences include spa treatments at the Aman Spa, culinary experiences, hiking, hot air balloon rides, kayaking, horseback riding in nearby Lake Powell and Navajo cultural tours.


Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country outside Austin, this all-inclusive retreat features 117 rooms and suites. There is a well-rounded offering of daily group and private activities including fitness classes, hiking, biking, horseback riding, farm-to-table culinary experiences, meditation and water sports. For a unique spa experience check out the Energy & Eastern services like the Aqua Zen and Chi Nei Tsang, a traditional Chinese abdominal massage and guided breathwork treatment.


Located in Sedona, Arizona and surrounded by the red rocks of Boynton Canyon this 16-suite all-inclusive resort recently received the Travel & Leisure World’s Best Award in 2018 for the #1 Domestic Destination Spa. Mii Amo has a little bit of everything for everyone including hiking, mountain biking, beading, stargazing, juicing classes, gourd decorating and watercolor painting classes. If you are looking for a wellness experience they can create a custom experience for you or your group. Experiences include guided vortex walks, chanting, meditation walks in the Labyrinth and Native American inspired spa therapies.


Located in Todos Santos, Mexico on the southwestern edge of the Baja peninsula (2 hours north of Cabo San Lucas). This laid-back, luxury beachfront hotel features 32 rooms & suites, a pool and farm-to-table restaurant Benno. For private events check out La Capilla, the ceremony hall (perfect for an intimate wedding or vow renewal ceremony).

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Located on the island of Amorgos, this hotel features a variety of rooms and suites, a restaurant and two pools. With six yoga shalas this the perfect spot for a yoga retreat. The hotel offers cooking lessons, Greek nights, herbal tours and organic gardening and can arrange boat tours, hiking, diving, kayaking and trips to the beach. Amorgos is accessible by boat via Athens, Naxos or Mykonos.

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