Summer Camp is truly being co-created with the women who are attending — there are no speakers, no gurus, no paid experts.
We are all teachers and we are all students.
We are all coming to give and to receive.
Each Camper will be bringing her own slice of magic, her own experience of being a woman in the world today, her own gifts to share, her own tenders spots of struggle.
And this is why women gather. To allow ourselves to be seen, to be loved, to be accepted. And to see, love and accept others.
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In the spirit of co-creation, I’ve been asking the ladies buying tickets —
Why are you coming to Camp?
And they’ve been sending me some magical answers.
Thank you Champ and Bliss for being so brave and lovely and letting me share your stories in my little corner of the Internet. Can’t wait to hug you both in August!
A Story of Synchronicity from a Stratejoy Newbie
I am truly one of the most positive people you will ever meet. Everything has a silver lining and it all definitely happens for a reason.
I believe that with all my heart.
Which leads me to why I’m coming to camp — there is a piece of irony in here that I hope you find as amazing as I do…
Almost a year ago, I was at an Origami Owl party at a friend’s house. It was an at-home-party where you take a locket and are faced with a giant table filled with about 2000 charms. The point is to find 4-5 charms that “define” you and build-your-own charmed locket to wear.
Although it “should” be easy, it was not.
I stood there for what seemed like hours looking through charms. I kept thinking, “What am I?” as I searched through these charms.
I picked a volleyball because I coach my daughters team, an “A” because her name is Angelina, a moon because she and I tell each other “I love you to the moon and back” and a ruby because that is her birthstone.
A ridiculously huge self-reflection began at that party, though.
What am I other than her mother?
Don’t get me wrong- I love my daughter more than any eloquent words could say, but is that all I am? Am I just her mom and her coach and her teacher? I couldn’t find a single charm, among 2000, that helped define me as anything other than her mom.
The self-reflection started. And I started reading little bits and pieces of inspirational blogs and posts looking for an answer to that question.
What am I? What. The. Hell. Am. I?
One day, I saw a picture on Facebook:
(You can see the synchronicity beginning here, can’t ya?!?)
To say this “spoke” to me is an understatement — this didn’t speak to me; it pulled out a megaphone and screamed at me!
That was it. That was the answer to my question.
What am I? I am enough.
Period. End of search.
I fell in love with this mantra. It’s on my phone background, it’s on my mirror at home, it’s on my desk at work.
I am enough.
I recently went on a Girls Weekend with 5 of the most amazing friends I could ever ask for — one of them I’ve known since Kindergarten! And we all did something to celebrate ourselves on this trip.
And I got a tattoo on my inner wrist that reads, “I am Enough.”
Fast forward seemingly unrelated and months after first seeing that picture on Facebook, I came across a shout out to be on the Early Bird list to hear about a Summer Camp opportunity. What?! Summer camp with a bunch of strangers spent trying to continue my journey of figuring myself out?! Heck yeah!
The problem is that I am a single mom. Extra money is not easy to come by.
I do, however, have a small Summer Vacation fund so my daughter and I can go on a trip every year. Already this year she went on a fantastic trip to Disney with her dad and is going to spend another 2 weeks in Florida with her grandparents in June.
So, I did something that took me a lot of courage to do. I asked her if I could spend OUR vacation money on an opportunity just for ME.
Have I told you yet that my kid is amazing?
My 10 year old, in all her true wisdom, told me that a trip for me IS a trip for her. That it’s MY happiness that makes HER happy and that I deserve this camp experience.
Really? Who raised this kid?
Well, I did. This Badass right here raised her to be selfless and positive and aware of her blessings.
So I registered.
Are you ready for the synchronicity to come full circle?
I had no idea that was your name at the bottom of that mantra. I never put two and two together.
But once I registered for the camp, I began getting the emails from this amazing team of women. Dee Sparkles Bordenkircher, Victoria Starlight Stanley, Molly Sunshine Mahar…
Molly Mahar, Molly Mahar, Molly Mahar, where the heck have I seen that name before?
Then, I randomly saw it just the other day — right there on the bottom of the mantra that answered such a huge question for me.
It was your statement that got me back on track — believing in myself and my future.
Believing that I don’t have to be perfect, I don’t have to have the right plan in place, I don’t have to get it right every time… because I am enough.
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I am coming to Camp because I am supposed to. That’s all I can possibly think.
I am supposed to be there.
Maybe it is for myself, maybe it is for someone else. I don’t know why the universe wants me there, but I am not going to question it.
I’m going to show up and give you and the new tribe of women that I will meet 100% of me…
Because I am enough.
A Story of Finding Your People from a Stratejoy Sister
I can’t even tell you how super excited I am for camp. Like… giddy, smiling to myself at my desk as I type this kind of excited. I’ve even convinced a friend to take an epic cross-country road trip along with me to camp!
So… why am I coming to camp?
I have been looking for connection with other women lately and not really knowing how to find it.
I have old friends (who are wonderful and I love them so much) but life happens and sometimes it’s hard to get together. When we do manage it, there are usually kids/husbands/boyfriends there which makes it tough to connect on a deeper level.
Also, due to a combination of being a people pleaser and worrying what other people think, I have been a guarded person all of my life.
I am learning to be more vulnerable but it’s sometimes most difficult to change around the people you’ve known forever because they see you a certain way already.
I am looking to meet people who can get to know the me that I am now.
And Camp seems like such a great place to get over my fear of vulnerability because the whole Stratejoy community is so welcoming and supportive.
I know that the type of ladies Camp will attract are my people.
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They’re Camp People. They’re going to be fun, supportive, vulnerable, brave and adventurous!
Other reasons that I’m sure Camp will be just what I need include
- The potential for squirt gun fights, color wars, dance parties, and other ways of connecting with my too-often-suppressed inner child.
- My undying love of time spent around a campfire.
- Yoga in the woods. Hiking in the woods. Sitting in the woods. The woods.
- Taking a break from real life in order to focus on what I really want for my future and how to get it.
- Crying and belly laughs and sisterhood.
- Making friends from around the country and the chance to get closer with my friend on our drive to Camp.
- Meeting you, Miss Molly, who has been such a force for good in my life!
- And a million other little things – fireflies, giggles, wine, pranks, silliness, difficult conversations, and so much lady love and positivity.
Molly, I big fat heart you for planning my absolute dream ladies’ trip and letting me be a part of it!
90% of my vision board this year is so in sync with camp — it’s all girlfriends and yoga and journaling and mountains and sparklers.
I’m totally feeling a WOO right now…
Now tell me lovely — Why are YOU going to make Camp happen?
I can’t wait to hear your story, first over email and then in person, over whiskey and s’mores.
p.s. If you have burning questions that need answers —
I’m doing a live Summer Camp Q&A Session!
When? Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 pm PST/ 9 pm EST
What? A chance for me to answer any question you may possible have about Camp! You’ll be able to chat live if you’re watching or you are welcome to email me with questions you’d like me to answer. Recordings will be sent to everyone who registers for the event.
Where? Register for the Live Spree Event