Mighty Life List
Jun 4 2014

News About Camp Mighty

Last year was our fifth year running Mighty Events. Our events have raised over $80,000 for Charity Water, spawned countless collaborations and personal victories, and even helped inspire a few books.

So I’m sad to say that there won’t be a Camp Mighty this year.


Life List resource share wall at Camp Mighty, photo by Nicole Stevenson.

In the last five years, the landscape around blogging has changed dramatically, and our team has gone through lots of personal and professional transition as well.

Photos by Leslie Fandrich.

We thought about switching venues, making the weekend a little shorter, changing the pricing structure, all the things one considers in these situations. Unfortunately, Camp Mighty has become too difficult to swing both financially and logistically.


Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook Director of Product Design, wears her Go Mighty necklace while ticking off her goal of speaking on the TED main stage. Photo by Susie Katz.

The Life List community at Go Mighty is where I, and many of you, have housed adventures over the past couple of years.


Nicole Balch, publisher of Making it Lovely, checks off her goal of going sightseeing on a scooter at Camp Mighty.


Go Mighty member Jenny Stockton‘s first paycheck for something she wrote.


The violin Go Mighty member Caitlin Marlotte made with her hands.

Seeing everything you’re doing there is inspiring in the no-bullshit sense of the word.


Pinterest Co-Founder Ben Silberman speaking at Camp Mighty. Photo by Jennifer Davies.

On a personal note, I’ve been surprised by the deep sense of accomplishment I get from seeing all my own aspirations gathered and ticked off over time.

I look forward to having more time in that space.


Amber Marlow at Camp Mighty, photo by Leslie Fandrich.

For those of you who have found your people through our events, particularly Camp Mighty and Mighty Summit, I hope you’ll continue doing what you’ve always done.


Our first event, Broad Summit 2009, which is featured in Jenny Lawson’s New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.


Mighty Summit, 2010


Mighty Summit, 2011.


Mighty Summit, 2012.


Camp Mighty reunion in NYC, photo by Leslie Fandrich.


The Be More Awesome Summit, inspired by Mighty Summit and hosted by Go Mighty member Ruth Stine.

You support each other in person and online, share resources to help each other achieve personal victories, and do good stuff for the world.


Artist and Camp Mighty speaker Lisa Congdon‘s print “Deep,” which she sold to raise her Camp Mighty donation to Charity Water.

I hope Go Mighty can still help with that.


Lori in the pool by Jetkat Photo.

Thanks for giving us a chance to get to know you. You are good people.

May 27 2014

The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway

The best parts of The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway:

She took her coffee without sugar, and the young man was learning to remember that.

“The whole way here I saw wonderful things to paint and I can’t paint at all and never could. But I know wonderful things to write and I can’t even write a letter that isn’t stupid. I never wanted to be a painter nor a writer until I came to this country. Now it’s just like being hungry all the time and there’s nothing you can ever do about it.”

This was the first writing he had finished since they were married. Finishing is what you have to do, he thought. If you don’t finish, nothing is worth a damn.

She drank the glass off and then held it, looking at it, and David was sure that she was going to throw it in his face. Then she put it down and picked the garlic olive out of it and ate it very carefully and handed David the pit.
“Semi-precious stone,” she said. “Put it in your pocket. I’ll have another one if you’ll make it.”

His father was not vulnerable he knew and, unlike most people he had known, only death could kill him. Finally, he knew what his father had thought and knowing it, he did not put it in the story. He only wrote what his father did and how he felt…

His father, who ran his life more disastrously than any man that he had ever known, gave marvelous advice.

He had lost the capacity of personal suffering, or he thought he had, and only could be hurt truly by what happened to others.

So you must write each day better than you possibly can and use the sorrow that you have now to make you know how the early sorrow came.

“I do like to look at you though and I’d like to hear you talk if you’d ever open your mouths.”
“How do you do,” said David.
“That was quite a good effort,” Catherine said. “I’m very well.”
“Have any new plans?” David asked. He felt as though he were hailing a ship.

“Can’t I read it so I can feel like you do and not just happy because you’re happy like I was your dog?”

There had been too much emotion, too much damage, too much of everything and his changing of allegiance, no matter how sound it had seemed, no matter how it simplified things for him, was a grave and violent thing and this letter compounded the gravity and violence.

They were inside at the bar and the day had come in with them. It was as good as the day before and perhaps better since summer should have been gone and each warm day was an extra thing. We should not waste it, David thought. We should try to make it good and save it if we can.

VOCABULARY

Vadepeñas – a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines located in the province of Ciudad Real in the south of Spain

“the get” – an animal’s offspring

kraal – an enclosure for animals

Ngoma – a type of drum used by Bantu-speaking people of East Africa

May 23 2014

Mighty Thirst: The Staycation

We had a heatwave recently in San Francisco, which would have been much more expected in October. My apartment was an oven, so we decided to have drinks on the roof, but the only ingredients I had on hand were for my breakfast shake. Which is surprisingly good with rum in it.

THE STAYCATION
Serves 2

2 cups almond milk
Frozen banana
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 shots Kraken Rum

Here’s to friends up on the roof, long naps in the sun, and being good with where you are.

May 22 2014

Photo Balloon Heads

This is my boyfriend Brad in balloon form. For Brad’s birthday, I wanted to have a bunch of balloons printed with his face, because hilarious. But then I couldn’t find anywhere that would do it for less than $120, and this was more of a $20 level of hilarity.

So we asked a friend to Photoshop Brad’s image to make it pop a little more. You can achieve a similar effect by changing your image to black and white in Photoshop and then adjusting the threshold numbers:

Image> Adjustments > Threshold
Check preview box
Adjust numbers until you get the effect you want

Then we photocopied the results, cut them out, and taped them to the balloons.

Hello, mister.

We used one of these adhesive dispensers, and just ran a line of tape up the center of Brad’s face and left the edges as they were.

He liked them, and we like him. Happy birthday, Bradley! Hugs for everyone.

May 21 2014

Good Copy

This anti-shoplifting sign made me want to bring in something from home and leave it on the shelf for them to sell.

May 15 2014

Pop Up Elopements

Pop! Wed Co. — Elopements for Awesome People from Pop Wed Co. on Vimeo.

Pop! Wed Co. based in D.C. throws one-hour elopements that include a legal marriage, a photography session, and a photo album. Genius.

May 12 2014

Hair Sensitivity

If you’ve ever been confused about why it’s bad manners to ask to touch black women’s hair, this video is a good education. In particular 1:12-2:36.

Also at 3:56 where Belynda Gardner tells the story of some random guy at a deli sticking his hand in her hair and touching her scalp with his fingertips. She’s super gracious about it, chocking it up to curiosity, but seriously? No, creepy dude. You cannot just feel around on my head without so much as a hello, ok? Yeeg.