It’s been almost three weeks since I’ve returned from The Unique Camp – a creative business summit held up in Big Bear. I have found the experience impossible to put into words – even though it’s all I could talk about the week after I returned home. My husband and friends all nodded their heads with enthusiasm as I went on and on about my CAMP experience- but I could tell they didn’t understand just how special it was. Most could barely get past the fact that our CAMP counselors took our phones (for four entire days, NO ONE had access to the internet) dun dun duuun! I had been having stress pains in my chest before I left –and at CAMP, they disappeared! That is not magic folks, that is called ‘they anxiety leaves your body when you’re not attached to your phone.’ And even though I know the dangers of being distracted 24-7 (it’s part of what I preach in my workshops) I am human and am susceptible to the intoxicating perfume that is Instagram. Thank god I don’t give one iota about Snapchat– but I’m chalking that up to being in my mid-to-late 30’s. Just swap that with Bravo and we’re equal.
I was invited to The Unique CAMP to teach a workshop on getting sh$t done — which turned out great. There ended up being more folks in class on day two (methinks word got around that it was a good workshop, hence the higher headcount). Going into CAMP, I didn’t know what to expect. I was excited for a new experience but I had all the nervous thoughts one has about not having their phone or access to wi-fi for four days. But hold-up. I have never not had wi-fi for four days. Even on my honeymoon on the remote island of Mozambique (that required a helicopter because the only other way in was a dinghy) there was wi-fi. It was spotty but we were still checking in…
Live and learn, right?! CAMP taught me there was another way. A way without phones. In the words of Eddie Vedder, “I just want to scream hellooo! My god its been so long, never dreamed you’d return. But now here you are, and here I am. Hearts and thoughts they fade…away…” Okay, so those lyrics have nothing to do with living a life without one’s cell phone BUT his passion is exactly what I’m trying to recreate when I go Hans Solo with no phono. I also realize that part of the beauty of CAMP was that we all went without wifi. In the real world, what’s that gonna look like? Will it be the same?! Probably not. And that’s okay! The upside is that I will be sleeping in my own comfy bed and not atop a bunkbed with the saddest mattress ever. Here’s how I think it will look:
- Decide ahead of time which weekend that I’ll be going without my cell phone (and wifi)
- Ideally, this would happen once a month – and something that I will really look forward to
- Pre-record a voicemail and write an email auto-reply so that friends, family and clients will know when I’m back on the grid
- I can work on my computer but will have the internet turned OFF
- Tell the world (aka my social media community) ahead of time about this and ask that they join in
- Report back on what it all felt like!
Last question… WHO IS WITH ME?! First free weekend is June 24th, 25th and 26th!!!