The picture you see of a crazy woman leaping off a very tiny pole… that’s me. Yep, that is me flying through the air after taking a very scary jump off a very TALL pole. A pole that I had to climb. A pole that I was told represented what I wanted to overcome in my life. And I climbed that pole as I was shaking and scared and wondering how in the world I was going to hoist myself up onto the tiny round platform. It represented me pulling myself up, standing tall on shaky ground and taking a chance to leap forward toward what I want I life. All leaps in life are scary, but this was one of the most emotionally and physically terrifying things I have ever done. It was my “Leap of Faith” and to say that it changed me is an understatement.
Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? Because I am not someone who normally leaps off poles, or jumps off ziplines. That was me when I was in my 20’s….now, not so much. Life and fear has gotten the best of me in the past few years. To be honest, life has taken a big chunk out of me, and I wanted to reclaim some of my old fearlessness, passion and chutzpah. So I went away to camp. You heard that right! I went away for a weekend retreat for women at Campowerment. It was the best decision I have made in a very long time (except for saying a big fat YES to marrying Mike. That is the world’s best decision……but I digress).
I had read about Campowerment and the founder Tammi Leader Fuller a few weeks back and was struck by her passion for providing a space for women to get back a little “me time”. A place where girlfriends, mothers and daughters, or single ladies looking for some space could go and find a way to recharge, refresh, and find their strength again. Because let’s face it, we are all drained. We are all being pulled into thousand different directions. We are all too damn tired. All. The. Time.
The camp experience brings together experts from all over the industry teaching you how to find some peace in your daily life, whether it be with yoga classes, business strategies, wellness seminars or creative activities. I spent four days reigniting my soul. I made vision boards, I took journaling classes, a class on organization (who doesn’t need that help!) and I listened to some of the most powerful female coaches who moved me to get my act in gear. And yes, I ended the weekend by facing my fears and taking a very giant leap of faith.
This time at camp is something tremendous and necessary for every woman I know. This is something to share with your best friend, your sister, or simply go by yourself. I went alone and walked away with some amazing new friends. Yes, I was nervous and afraid…but isn’t that the point? To move forward toward something that is unknown because you need to be woken up! You need to be able to feel reignited. You need to let go and allow yourself to breathe again.
Mike has said I came home a new woman, and although I am not sure if that is true, I can say with all my heart that I found that 20 year old girl inside me and got some of my fearlessness back. I found my spunk and my spark again.
All by going back to Camp.