As 2011 rambles ever-steadily on toward December 31st, the pressure of a new year is just around the corner. This makes me particularly anxious, because my aquarian ass knows my birthday is just around the corner from New Years, and that makes January is a double-whammy of NEW. There’s twice the… potential… in the air. Annual opportunities for fresh beginnings and second chances. Redemption, if you will. (and I do.) So I throw on my fancy instropection hat (oh, it’s cute, don’t worry) and take a good hard look at where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m going. And, inevitably, I’m kindatotallysomewhatvery disappointed with how little I accomplished in the previous year. I just never seem to get enough done.
Throughout my life, I’ve kept a mental “List”: things I desperately want to experience or accomplish before I’m done. Some that I’ve put voice to publicly, some I confessed to loved ones privately, and some which have emerged from the recesses of my imagination and tethered themselves relentlessly to my heart. It’s a work-in-progress, but each item on it is rooted deeply in my intention and speaks for my essence… my innate Dana-ness.
I was inspired to put mine to paper last year after reading Maggie’s blog and Mighty Life List. And this year, when Meg told me that Maggie would be hosting a weekend retreat in Palm Springs called Camp Mighty, I knew what I had to do. From their site:
Camp Mighty is a retreat for people who like to make cool stuff. If you’re one of those people, you should come. We can talk about getting good at life. We’re here to live better…get smarter…do gooder.
…Camp Mighty is a weekend structured around skills. The objective is to improve your life until it cannot be further improved.
And our Life Lists are the starting place. OH AND THERE’S A SPACE CAMP PARTY, WITH ANTI-GRAVITY. Holy crap, you guys… “experience anti-gravity” was already ON my Life List. I couldn’t not go.
So I am going.
Part of the “Doing Gooder” aspect is that each camper is asked to raise or donate $200 to Charity: Water a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund projects to help bring clean water to those that don’t have it. Currently 1 billion people across the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water. If I raise $200, everyone who donated will have helped 10 people get access to clean water, and if my team reaches our goal of $5000, we will all have helped build a well for an entire village. Collectively, all Mighty Campers will be raising $20k to bring clean drinking water to the needy. Check it out:
So go ahead and donate. Treat yourself to a hit of Do-Gooder seratonin, and wallow blissfully in some warm fuzzies, knowing you helped make that happen.
Or, if warm fuzzies aren’t enough: each person who donates a minimum of $10 to my team’s Charity:Water fund until I reach my goal, will be the dubiously lucky recipient of an original, personalized haiku poem, from me to you, and a video of me reciting it. I write a mean haiku, people. Get you some.
CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION ***and be sure to list my name in the comment box at the bottom of the page, near the donate amount field, so we can track that you donated through BAB (& if I owe you a haiku!)***
Camp Mighty is next weekend, and in preparation I’ve been revising my list, and laying groundwork toward some of the goals to try and get a head start. Spending a weekend with like-minded people, soaking up inspiration, and organizing my priorities sounds like just what the doctor ordered. A good, motivational kick in the pants before 2012 smacks me in the face. (Well, that… and space camp. I mean, let’s be real.)
I’ll be sure to report on how it goes!
…and if you’re interested in what’s on my Life List, you can read it here.