All I can say to open this experience last October in two words is LIFE CHANGING. A friend of a friend kept talking about this ‘Unique CAMP’ conference and there was something about that called to me; I had to check it out. After researching their website, various social channels and commentary from past campers I was hooked. I was fortunate to have a boss that understood the importance of personal development and agreed to fund this conference (Which is worth every penny BTW). I was in, I knew this would change my outlook on my life and career and even the person I want to be in this world.
In this day and age, it is so easy to get wrapped up in that device that will soon be a major cause of neck and eyesight problems amongst society, the cell phone. This virtual world is made up of various social media channels and digital relationships many people define as their reality, but what does it really give you? In my experience it has given people the excuse to avoid connecting with other people in the flesh and the ability to hold a face to face conversation, both in social and professional situations. There are times where I want to grab people and shake them yelling “Wake up and live this life that’s in front of you!” The biggest notion that Unique CAMP owns and notifies campers from Day 1 is that this conference is a complete unplugged experience. You turn in your cell phones within minutes of stepping off the bus and will not get it back until you depart the campgrounds. I couldn’t wait to get it off my person, and I begged my counselor to take it away! The thought of four days with 100 new people that I have never met from all walks of life and chose to be there to improve themselves was an adventure I was so eager to embark on.
I can only explain to you the level of awesomeness this weekend meant to me by listing out activities and emotions that took over me during camp. Big breath, here it goes…
- Dancing every chance you get
- Chant good vibes “We Feel Good UH! We Feel So Good!”
- Hug strangers for an awkward amount of time
- Make friends and connections with amazing humans
- Listen and learn about people’s deepest ambitions
- Tight Rope Course (overcame my fear and completed it!)
- Expressions – happy and sad
- Crying my heart out while dancing across a soccer field feeling more connected and alive with myself than ever before
- Uncover passions
- The desire to do more in this life
- The need to be happy and live a fulfilled life
- Create and evolve
- Connect with past, present and future
- FUCK GRAVITY!
- The connection we as humans share with the universe
- Zero outside influences
- Judge Free Environment
- Unified Support
- Cedar Sonic!
- Lodge Skit contest
- Late night hike and astronomy class
- The art of meditation
- Music & Dancing
- Goal Setting
- Mind Lab (Connecting your heart and mind for a cohesive decision making process)
- Friendship bracelets
- Rock, paper, scissors tournament
I have made so much personal and professional progress since this amazing weekend I shared with amazing human beings that has shifted my outlook on life and how I choose to live it. I am more in tune with making connections and really listening to people in interactions. I make a commitment to disconnect and unplug every week for several hours or up to a full day away from my phone or any devices. My passion for nature and the outdoors has crawled back up to a top commitment of mine, like it was during my childhood. I am creating a better career path that offers creativity and freedom from an office desk 40 hours a week, resulting in offering a bigger impact and contribution to the world. Since CAMP, I made a goal to commit to my personal well-being and I have kept with being physically fit and take care of my body. Creating a healthy and balanced lifestyle has moved mountains for the person I was and who I have committed to being, and there’s nothing stopping me!
Daily mantras that I recite to myself that have carried me through these months and kept me on track with my goals are:
You are worth it! You deserve anything in this life that you want. Put fear in the back seat. No risk, no reward. Follow your heart. Live authentic.
I am pleased to be returning to Unique CAMP for spring session in May as a counselor, making every camper comfortable to open up in order to get out all they can from this experience. Here’s to never looking back on who that woman was before October that lived on auto-pilot. I am more committed to moving forward and creating a life that I want to live authentically and bring all life’s amazing things to me with a positive and fulfilled outlook.
I wanted to thank all the amazing humans that I met at fall session that hope to see in a few months, and for opening up my eyes to who I really am and to embrace my uniqueness to bring to this world. Check out the Unique CAMP: http://theuniquecamp.com/about/ and know that ‘Adventure is out there.’