I sat down to write this post just a few hours after returning from Camp Mighty, and well…I just couldn’t do it. Then Bob the Builder and I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 15, and then, well…December happened. Now we are just five days away from leaving Los Angeles for our Christmas holiday, and well…here we are!
When I decided to go to Camp Mighty, I really didn’t know what I was getting into. I had heard about it from Meg at A Practical Wedding and Dana at Broke Ass Bride, as I am an avid reader of both blogs. When the opportunity arose, I jumped on it. But when anyone would ask me to explain it, I would say, “Well, it’s a like a retreat for bloggers. Kinda.” All I really knew what that I needed some perspective and perhaps some motivation, and I thought Camp Mighty could help me. And I was right.
Maggie Mason, the gal behind this whole shebang, gave a talk first thing on Friday morning. She was funny, and smart, and she said many wise things. In fact, here are her bullet points:
1.Your words determine your happiness
2. Action is transformative.
3. Check marks don’t equal happiness
4. Our opinions of ourselves are not fact
5. Be rigid only if you want to snap
6. My body is a compass
7. It’s about who you love and who loves you
8. You can predict the future
I am going to do a more in-depth post about each one, because they all really spoke to me, and I think they speak to many of us. Universal truths, people!
Ben also said: “The best things in this world are made my groups of people who dream together.” “Making things can take a really long time.” “If you dream really big, you can do really big things.” “Pinterest is a place for people who are connected by their passions.” And my favorite, “Rich people like free cookies.”
Other highlights of the weekend:
- Jenny Lawson (aka The Blogess) (FULL DISCLOSURE: I had no idea who she was before Camp Mighty, leading other campers to look at me in astonishment like I’ve been living under a rock). I know who she is now. I have a girl crush on her. Go read her book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.
- The Space Party, where I (nicely?) bullied the hipster DJ into playing “Footloose” so we could all dance like fools. If you don’t like “Footloose”, you are just telling lies to yourself. Get out on the dance floor!
- The Hot Tub, where all the actual networking took place. In the hot tub, Jen (from I Fart in My Sleep) and I decided to travel up to Seattle to visit our new BFF Amy, and Liz (from Silver Charm Events) and I set up an interview (which you can read here), as well as more stuff I can’t tell you all about yet. Secrets, secrets!
- Opening Dinner Bingo, which featured one of MY life list items (singing the national anthem at Dodger Stadium), which forced me to not be shy and go table to table and socialize. Well played, Camp Mighty organizers, well played.
And, the Life Lists. The reason for the season, so to speak. I’ve talked about Life Lists before, here and here. And you can read mine. I have to say that I thought there would be more focus placed on the Life Lists, and at the time, I was really confused by it. But in the time since Camp, I’ve found myself moving toward crossing things off my list, without even really realizing it. I signed up to take the orientation to become a volunteer at the LA Mission. I’ve researched inversion yoga workshops in the area. I bought a Groupon to that tap class I’ve been wanting to try. It’s like my subconscious is moving me to action. It’s cool. I like it. More please, universe.
Also, I should give a shout out to all the sponsors that made the weekend possible, and in some cases, rad. Lands End gifted us super awesome wrap dresses, Old Navy helped us update our wardrobe with a free pair of jeans (which I will be giving myself as a reward once I am down a size. Coming soon!), Alt Summit gave us a class on the house, and the fine folks at Bing & WantList gifted me a fine book on lists. Because, well, I like lists.
So, yes, there was swag. And silly photos.
And also socializing, relaxing, hot tubbing, learning, growing, networking, intention-setting, and sitting in front of cozy fireplaces.
In summary, although there were things I wasn’t too keen on (the food was just…not awesome…at all), I would definitely go back to Camp Mighty. And I would encourage others to go. You can never go wrong with a little introspection, extraversion, travel, and conversation. Never.
I think the effects of the weekend will be felt as ripples throughout my life – as opposed to the huge tidal wave that I assumed would come crashing over me that weekend. In the month since I’ve been, it’s revealed itself as more of a quiet thing, and that’s ok.
I’ll be updating on my Life List in the coming year, so be on the lookout for those posts interspersed with the wedding madness that I am sure is coming any moment now.
Oh, and next year, Camp Mighty is the weekend after my wedding. Soooooo, I’m not sure I can go. I mean, do you think Bob the Builder would want to honeymoon in Palm Springs?
And if you want to get started on your own Life List, go to Go Mighty and request an invite. We are all over there, setting and accomplishing goals. Do it!