Camp Mighty

I'm fresh off the plane from Palm Springs and the Camp Mighty event and I'm super proud to let y'all know that I've already unpacked my suitcase. Boom. I'm nearly certain that I've never unpacked my bag on the same day as returning from a trip. Heck, I still have a bag half-unpacked from a trip a few weeks ago. I even had a baby with me so I deserve double points because I unpacked his stuff, too. Generally I'm a bit scattered. But Camp Mighty was such a nice retreat for me. While it was a work trip (official photographer, holla!) and I had my baby, I loved every minute of it. And loved all the attention that my super sweet baby got. He was a champ, for sure, and deserved every bit of that attention. Special thanks to my friend, Angela, whom I brought with me to enjoy the event and help a bit with the baby. 

I went to Camp Mighty last year (blog here, here, and here) and loved the motivation and inspiration it brought into my life! Here is a great description from their website: "Camp Mighty is Go Mighty in real life…an annual retreat for bloggers, Go Mighty members, online content creators, and life list enthusiasts who want to do good for themselves and for others. Each year more than 150 people attend Camp to trade ideas, gain motivation to start new projects, and find the support that can help make things happen." Here's my Go Mighty list of things I want to make happen. And here's my Life List on my blog from last year. Here are a few photos from my jammin' awesome weekend. 

Soundtrack to this evening's post: M.I.A. & Supertramp

my super-trooper Camp Mighty baby!


Larry (6 Word Memoirs), Maggie (Go Mighty), and Piper (Orange is the New Black) taking a very proper self-portrait (ooh, I have a hard time saying 'selfie'). Larry founded the 6 Word Memoir Project and his shirt rules: "Our prision visits were surprisingly romantic."


My pal's 6 Word Memoir:

"Quit job

Found love

Reinventing life"


"Are you taking a photo of my wife's leg?" And then I was instant friends with Leah and Simon from agirlandaboy. Love them!


Anna Dorfman, of Door Sixteen, talked about how Life Lists really aren't her jam. She showed us this rad Chuck Close video. And yes, she's just as cool in real life. I was too shy to talk to her. Damn, Kate! UGH.


Just in case we didn't think Palm Springs could be any more gorgeous, we were treated to an amazing full moon!


Mid-Space Party, Lori decides to go for a swim instead. She is stunning. The End. We can all go home now. 


Leah & Simon spacing it up! 


We all wrote 5 goals we want to accomplish and posted them on the back wall. We were encouraged to read others' goals and leave notes if we had ideas on how to help them accomplish their goals. But a few, very special tags just had lovely words of encouragement and they made me so happy!! My list can be seen here. I think I'll write a post about my 5. Because I need help. And accountability. 


Closing dinner by the pool. Yes, please. 


And this is me, carrying my sleeping baby around. Tamara (@TamVanHorn) said something super rad to me on The Twitter today:

is the epitome of "strong enough to bear the children- then get back to bidness"

thank you, thank you. Luckily, I have the most wonderful baby and he makes it easy. 


Best "business card" goes to The Paper Mama. Chelsey nailed it with these wooden rings she handed out.


And then we checked out of the Ace and came on home. Lickety Split. Cheers, y'all.

Camp Mighty Photos: Day Two

A week late, but that's ok, right? Here are some fine snaps from Day Two of the Camp Mighty festivities last week at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. 

Bing and Wantist gave us ALL gifts based on items on our life list! They were personal and so well done!! I got the new Smitten Kitchen cookbook along with sweet recipe cards from Yellow Owl Workshop. Thanks, Bing & Wantist! Amber Marlow received the nicest personalized stationery from Hello Lucky. She loved them and you can tell- look how big her smile is below!

The Ace Hotel doesn't mess around for meal times. They fed us well and I appreciated every piece of delicious food that I did not have to prepare, cook, or clean up. (Spending time and money on food & eating is a daily chore for me).

Jihan Zencirli of Geronimo Balloons gave out NED yo-yos (Never give up, Encourage Others, and Do your best) as a supplement to her awesome and inspiring story of how she's become The Balloon Girl. 

We made super classy crafts with the Craft Pack girls- Alison (of the alison show) & Susan (of freshly picked). Bing supplied us with all the materials for us to make leather key chains, freezer paper stencil tote bags, and other crafty holiday surprises. I made a bag... check out my Instagram photo :)

Maggie, Margaret, and Laura lookin' lovely during lunch. 

The Ace Hotel all decked out for our Space-themed party. I was going to wear a long silver dress but then this happened in my hotel room :(

Smilebooth was there- yay!!

Dancing makes everyone happy. Thanks to Anna Beth (AB Chao), Susan, and Laura for the great costumes and killer-jam moves. 

Poor Pluto is not feeling mighty these days.