Last weekend, I went to Camp.
For those of you who know me, that idea may sound preposterous. I refer to myself as an “Indoor Girl.” I like nature a lot…from afar. However, my dear friend Jami Curl told me about a Camp for adults called The Unique Camp and I was intrigued. I signed up.
I knew very little about the actual camp before attending. The literature is beautiful, chic, and somewhat vague. I knew that we would be in the woods in Big Bear, CA. I knew that I would be with 200 other entrepreneurs, business owners, creatives, etc. I knew that I would be pushed way out of my comfort zone. All of those things were true.
The Unique Camp is the brainchild of Sonja Rasula, who owns The Unique Space in LA, and Christopher Heynen. In a nutshell, it is a 4 day experience where you are phone and internet free (your counselor trades your phone for a Casio watch when you check in), and you are able to attend workshops from some pretty inspiring people. It is a chance for you to get out of your head a little bit and really get down to business. In my case, Camp helped me to crystalize what I needed to be focusing on, personally and professionally.
I also connected with people that I would never have met in a million years otherwise. In the process I met some people that I am certain will be lifelong friends. I also slept on the top bunk of a bunk bed, took hikes, participated in Improv classes, stargazed, stenciled a t-shirt, attended a silent dinner in the woods, got my mind blown, and laughed harder than I have in a long, long time.
It’s good to separate yourself from what comforts you. Sometimes those comforts are precisely what is making you uncomfortable.