I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks already. The entire experience has finally had time to sink in and I can formulate into words what it was like. Two weeks ago I took an opportunity to disconnect from my phone, unplug from my daily routine, be hurled into a camp living out of open air cabins and a sleeping bag, and getting to meet like minded boss babes, like me, including Jenna Kutcher, for an entire weekend. Now, as a keynote speaker for the event, I expected Jenna to show up on Saturday, be there for her keynote time slot, then after her speech, everyone would line up single file to catch a picture with her and tell her how much she has influenced their lives. Then she would leave. But it didn’t go down like that. Nope. As a matter of fact, Jenna showed up Friday night, like the rest of us, woke up for breakfast and met us all in the mess-hall (which was actually a beautiful, well kept common area of the camp) and spent the entire weekend with us. Messy hair, no showers, sweat pants and all.
Its funny, I didn’t actually know who Jenna was a few short months ago. To be honest, Im sure I caught wind of her (most likely on Instagram) from the Buzz Feed article that went viral about her weight. If you don’t know what Im talking about, you can listen to it here. After I started following her on IG I was retargeted on Facebook and noticed one of her coursers for sale. It was a course on Pinterest. Now, because I am in internet marketer, I ended up purchasing the course and worked through it in about 2 months. The reason I purchased honestly was because I wanted to make sure my Pinterest skills were still up to date, and what I was doing for my client accounts was still relevant.
Turns out, Im all good! I was also in shock at how eloquently she had created a course out of a process and packaged it up as a product, so nice (bow included) and made it fun to work through. I was actually kicking myself a little that I didn’t have this idea myself, and buy Amy Porterfield’s course launch I caught on to two years ago…but that’s another story for another time.
Ok, now on to the good stuff. I have only known about Jenna Kutcher for the last 6 months I would say. I started listening to her podcast, looking into how she does some of the things she does, and following her Instagram stories. Now, I’m a HUGE fan of Instagram stories. I will binge watch IG stories at bed time, sometimes for up to an hour! I know, gross. Andre, my fiancé, always gives me a hard time for it. I tell him its so much better than SnapChat or watching mindless television shows. I like to see into the lives of other people. Not because I compare mine to theirs, but because I feel a connection. You see, as a solopreneur and mommy of a three year old, my life has changed in ways that are amazing and in other ways that I didn’t expect. Having a business, a family and a household can be isolating at times. Thank god for social media, as it as filled a gap in my life where I needed something else besides changing dirty diapers, and working behind my home office desk for hours on end alone.
So, one evening as I was binge watching IG stories like I always do, Jenna came on and made an announcement about Camp Climb, an event she was going to be attending as a keynote speaker, and it would be her last speaking engagement indefinitely, as she is having a baby soon. I jumped over to Camp Climb’s IG in my excitement, and then to the website. When the page opened up it read “Looking for a way to recharge and rejuvenate your life + business in 2018? Come to camp! Camp Climb is a unique retreat for women creative entrepreneurs or females looking to pursue a creative passion in the heart of the Midwest – a weekend to grow in life and your business with a schedule of super-curated speakers, mentored group sessions, a night time pool party and lots of bonfires and camping out at a renowned midwestern Girl Scout Camp.” I was sold! Initially.
I didn’t purchase my ticket right away. I was sitting on the fence, for two months. Debating. When I was finally ready, and after seeing another IG story about it, I jumped at the decision. Only, the event was sold out. I immediately emailed the creator and told her my ordeal, and she opened up another spot for me. ME! It was meant to be. So I bought my ticket. In the coming weeks I managed to formulate a caravan of other women campers that would all fly into Chicago, rent a car and drive to Iowa together, where we would stay for the next three days. It was just what I needed. I CRAVE connecting with other females and realized after this weekend, I need this in my life. As we get older, it seems to become more of a challenge to find your tribe, or circle of friends that share the same aspirations and commonalities with. At this point in my life I want meaning and real connection. We all deserve it.
Based on my experience at camp and meeting Jenna Kutcher, and in the presence of 150 other amazing women entrepreneurs at Camp Climb, here are the 5 things I learned from my weekend at camp.
You are never too famous to be kind
Lets be real. Jenna didn’t have to stay the weekend at camp. She was there because she wanted to be. She was there to share the experience because it resonated with her. She could have been stuck up about the sleeping arrangements, the food, anything, but she was in gratitude. She genuinely wanted us to get to know her, ask her questions, and be surrounded by other women who are walking their path and sharing their journey. She never acted like she was above anyone, and was a part of the camp squad. I learned that you are NEVER too famous to be kind to anyone. If you are an asshole, because you are popular, famous, or rich, that is a characteristic of your personality. There is no fixing that.
You are never too wealthy to be humble
No matter how much money you have, you can be humble and live in gratitude. Jenna talks very openly about money, what it does for her and her family, and how grateful she is to have what she has. She also shares how hard she’s had to work to get it. She also knows that wealth comes with a price and what it has done to her personal relationships and personal life has been challenging. She even stated that if it was all taken away from her tomorrow, she would be grateful for the experience. “Money is money, it doesn’t define who you are”. JK
Never forget who you are, even if you are at a high point in your career or life
If you lost everything tomorrow, what would be left? Who would you be? If you let things carry you away you can become ungrounded, get lost from yourself and forget what you stand for. Knowing who you are and what matters to you, and standing by that no matter what comes your way, is something we can all practice a little more. We are so bombarded by media and society telling us whats important and how we should act, that if we just look into ourselves, we would find the answers to what is important and how to respond to those things. Your character is everything in life. It will carry you through hard times and good. times.
Keep your family and friends close because they are truly what matter
This is a hard one, for me. You see, I never had the best relationship with my mother. Maybe when I was a child, but then I grew up. I cam to understand certain things about her and my family that didn’t resonate with me. So, I keep my distance. But you know what, if anything ever happened to me or I needed anything, ANYTHING, I know I would get supported and loved by my family, aka my mom. You see, no family is perfect, and really, if you’re lucky, they are the ONLY ONES who will stand by you when shit gets heard, life throws you curve balls, and you need someone. Thats their job. Giving that some acknowledgment and respect from time to time is a good thing. Even if its not perfect. And no two families are alike. If you don’t have family, Im sure you have someone in your corner who is this person for you. Show them some love. If you don’t, perhaps you need to look at how you treat your relationships.
Don’t be afraid to be who you are
You have a gift to share with the world. Those who are meant to see it and share in it, will be a part of it. This who aren’t, forget them. Don’t hide because you are afraid of being judge or looked down upon. If I cared too much about what other people thought, I would not be sitting here writing this. And that can be hard to do. Just live in your own truth and share what you know with the world. Because you have something special the world needs. Period.